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Interview with Daniel Sink, Author of Code Black

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Heroes don’t wear capes.  Heroes don’t fly in the sky.  Heroes don’t commit murder.  Chris Jacobs isn’t your ordinary hero.  Working the night shift as a Kansas City paramedic has him burned out.  The violent streets have taken their toll on him, but with a loving wife and a disabled son at home he finds the will to keep going.

For the most part, life is good, until one night he makes a fateful mistake and a patient dies.  Chris is pushed to the edge when a vindictive partner threatens to turn him in.  In the heat of anger he commits the ultimate sin. He soon finds himself in a fight for his family, career, and freedom.
Author Bio:
Daniel Sink is a freelance writer and a novelist. He works full time as a firefighter/paramedic in Kansas City.  His first novel, Stovepipe, was released in October 2013.  His upcoming novel, Code Black, is a fiction that dives into the life of a paramedic and unveils the truth about the things that EMS personnel deal with on a day to day basis.
Daniel lives in Kansas City with his wife, son, and two boxers.

Daniel, Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? I don’t.  I consider myself to have an average vocabulary, although I do have a few words that I dislike–words that hang out on my do not say before breakfast list..  Like the word moist.  I hate that word.   
  2. What is your favorite color?  Maroon
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up?  I was born in Winnepeg, Manitoba.  My parents were on the run from the law, which is another story.  I grew up in Ottawa, Kansas, a small city of about twelve thousand people.
  4. What is your favorite football team? My true passion when it comes to sports is baseball, but if I was to choose a favorite football team I would stick with my home team, The Kansas City Chiefs. 
  5. Who is your favorite author? Right now I’ve been reading the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.  I think he’s a great author.
  6. What is your favorite book?  My favorite book is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? When I’m not writing I read a lot and love to watch movies.
  8. Do you have a day job as well? Yes, I have a day job.  I work as a paramedic firefighter here in KC.
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? My advice for aspiring authors is keep writing.  Don’t let people who don’t like your writing discourage you.  Learn from their criticism, but keep writing.  There will always be people who want to poop on your dreams.
  10.  Is being a writer a curse or a gift? I think writing can be both.  It’s a curse because it’s competitive and consuming.  The market is saturated with people like myself just waiting to hit it big and when you start you are just a small fish in a big pond.  It’s consuming for me because when I’m working on a project it takes forever for me to get to sleep.  I’m constantly thinking about my characters and their interactions and what they are going to say/do next.  
  11. Where do you write? I do a lot of writing late at night in my livingroom when my wife and son are asleep.  My creative hours are between ten p.m and two a.m.
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? I prefer silence.  I get distracted too easily.
  13. What do you typically drink while writing?  I’m a sucker for instant ice tea.
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? My biggest challenges are my co-workers.  I work with a bunch of firemen who love to give me a hard time about being a writer.  They know my as firefighter Dan, not writer Dan.  Then they read my writing and it shuts them right up.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book?  I first started writing when I was in eight grade.  I would write these cheesy romance stories starring me and any good looking girl in my class.  I quickly learned that the romance genre was not for me.  I finished my book at the beginning of march.   
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts?  I picture Shia LaBeouf as my main character, Chris (the paramedic that kills his partner.)  Michael Pena would play the loud obnoxious partner that gets killed.  Matt Dillon would play my sly detective.
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? My protagonist, Chis Jacobs would probably find me very similar to him.  I’d imagine that we’d hang out.   We could both whine about the things we hate about EMS.
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? I use facebook, press releases, and word of mouth.  I also use free promotions on Kindle.  I’m not great at marketing, so this is my biggest challenge.
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? I had some initial formatting issues on Kindle with my first book.  The apostrophes came out looking like small square boxes all throughout the novel.  This was embarrassing for me and frustrating for my readers.
  20. What has been the best compliment?  My best compliment was “I just couldn’t put the book down.”
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? My novel has situations that were based on actual medical calls that I’ve run or friends of mine have run.  I’ve changed the names and occasionally embellish a bit.
  22. How did you come up with the title? Code Black means dead on scene.  it’s what we paramedics use in the field. I thought it was catchy and related to the plot.
  23. Will there be a sequel? There’s no sequel to this novel.  Although I might come up with a prequel.  Detective Thomas is an interesting character and I thought diving into his early career as a rookie cop.
  24. What project are you working on now? I’m currently taking a break and working on marketing.  I’m getting ready to start on my sequel to my first novel, which will be a series.  It’s called The Irishman’s Daughter and I hope to have it finished by the end of the year.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? I can’t think of any more questions.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and read on.  

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One Comment

  1. Best wishes for success with your books, Dan. Your book sounds great! I love anything about medical issues.

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