What Awesome Sci-Fi Movies Inspired Me To Write & Self-Publish A Novel?

As a 90s kid, the only movies I remembered watching besides animated flicks like The Lion King or the occasional live-action comedy such as Dr. Doolittle was sci-fi movies. Today, movies from my past and present helped me create the fantastic world of Syphons, my debut sci-fi novel. Here are the 5 movies that inspired […]

New Release: Syphons, A Debut Science Fiction Novel

Hiya Literary Fans, It’s here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ten years ago, in my 9th grade high school biology class the idea for my main character, Solstice Bellatrix, popped in my head and I started to flesh out the plot for my novel Syphons. Around that time in my life, I started reading the Touched by an Alien Series […]

Syphons Spring Book Giveaway *Winners*

Hello, Syphons, my debut novel was released today on Amazon as an e-book and paperback!! Here are the winners of the Syphons Gift Card Giveaway: And, here is the grand prized winner of the Starbucks Gift Card. This giveaway is closed. Thank you everyone for participating!! I appreciate it!

How Did I Stumble Back Into Blogging Again?

I started taking blogging seriously in 2012 when I signed up for the Tribe Writers Class by Jeff Goins. I knew that I wanted to be a writer of some sort, but (a) fear of being judge by well-meaning family members, (b) I needed steady and stable income for said family, (c) I couldn’t justify […]

Fun in the Sun With D. A. Smith Writes – Goals Update

Hiya literary fans, As I write this, I’m sitting at Sunset Park. Sunlight sparkles down on the dancing waves. Boats and wave runners are filling the relative silence with the growl of their motors. The sky is bright, blue, and clear. And, the breeze brushing against my skin is unexpectedly cool, but refreshing for mid-April […]

You Don’t Miss Something ‘Til It’s Gone

It’s funny, the old saying that goes like this: You don’t miss something until it’s gone. The last couple of weeks, I’ve been worried about how to sustain my disabled mother and myself financial. I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders as a 24-year-old who has been working full-time for almost a decade. […]

Grab Your FREE Chapter Preview of Syphons A Novel – (Synopsis)

A free chapter preview of Syphons is available by clicking here! Here’s my new synopsis for the back cover of my novel, Syphons. A hot new sci-fi available on May 3rd, 2019. (Just in time for “May The 4th Be With You”.) Here’s the synopsis again for your reading pleasure: Curvy, Fierce AND A Total […]

I’m So Sick of This Broken Record of a Conversation!

This important lesson is one that has taken me a few years to learn and inculcate in my life. Don’t take to heart what other people say. In the past, someone could mention one hurtful phrase about me and it would crush me. Today, I’ve survived so many other hurtful things that it doesn’t phase […]

Confession #1 – Avoiding Social Time for Writing Time

A few months ago, I started posting mini-confessions through my Instagram and Twitter accounts and have decided to explain the madness behind the post. I have roughly 20+ confessions and more to come. So, be prepared, here goes nothing. My confession above comes from the fact that in my youth and early adult years I […]

Why is Asking for Money so Difficult for New Writers?

What do stockbrokers, insurance agents, and the kid down the street selling lemonade on the corner all have in common? They want your money! You knew where I was going with that question. Here’s the next one, why do writers have a hard time asking for money or to be paid what they are worth? […]

How to Find Beta Readers When You Are Just Starting Out?

I published my first urban fantasy short story last year November without having a beta reader test it out first. I don’t regret publishing, but I know that beta readers add an extra edge to stories especially when you are going the self-publishing route, like I am. My current work in progress, Syphons a sci-fi […]