Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Silent Box - Dan Dux

Dan Rux is a writer and father of two living in South Dakota.  In 1995 he moved from Aberdeen to Rapid City where he studied Computer Science at the School of Mines and Technology.  In 1998 he moved back to Aberdeen when his first child was born.  In 2001 his second child was born.  He started his first novel in 2010 and he is still awaiting representation.  His second novel, a novel that focuses on the after effects of Pandora’s Box, is still a work in progress.  The Silent Box was a project that Dan started on his blog as a series of short stories.  When he found that his readers enjoyed the stories at a high level, he turned them into a novelette to broaden his readership.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
The story is an eschewed tale of Pandora’s Box and a retelling of Adam and Eve.  Pandora’s legacy has been handed down by generations since ancient Greece and has been manipulated to form what we know today as Pandora’s Box.  The original myth tells of Pandora as the first woman to walk the Earth and a jar that held the body and soul of an evil God.  When the jar spoke to Pandora, she became curious and opened it to unleash evil upon the world.  Just as with the Christian and Jewish belief, that it was Eve who partook of the apple in Eden from the Tree of Knowledge to unleash evil and death.  The book is the start of my later novel that delves into the theory that humans would survive the effects if the box is re-opened and humanity is left to wither and die.
Q: Why did you go indie?
The novelette really isn’t long enough to necessitate representation by any agent or publisher.  Also, since it started as a short story series on my blog, some were already familiar with the story.  Indie publishing was the proper choice for this book.  Also, I wanted to make an experiment of indie publishing.  I have heard some success stories and some horror stories, and I needed to make up my mind as to how the medium would work for me.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Suzanne Collens would be first on my list followed closely by Dan Brown and Steven King.  Some authors that have influenced me but aren’t necessarily in my genre are C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling and John Milton.

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