I'm the co-writer of the Shepherd & Wolfe mystery series, an internationally award-winning series of books.
I've also written short stories, film scripts, poetry, and academic film reviews. I occasionally teach screenwriting at the University of Regina in Canada and I recently finished being the writer in residence at the Regina Public Library.
Although my writing partner and I have two more books to go, I am beginning to wonder what I'd write on my own. Hopefully, this website will share this writing and help others tell their stories, and all of it will be powered by your memberships.
The Long Version of My Story
How I became a writer
When I was a teenager, I went home one night, turned on my Commodore 64, and wrote a short horror story. I hadn't planned for it; it just happened.
I took it to school the next day and showed it around. People liked it so I wrote more. The short story became a novel about teenage kids fighting monsters in a high school. I killed off the main character's girlfriend and people were upset I did that. That's all it took for me to get hooked on writing.
The words I wrote had the power to create an emotional reaction.
I kept sharing my stories and people kept reading them. Then one day, friends marked up my grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes. It felt like an attack. I grew self-concious and scared, and quit writing.
For 15 years.
I wanted to write, but fear always got in the way. I'd carry my notebook around and write a lot of ideas but never turn them into a story. I switched to making movies, because I figured I could just film my ideas. I got to university and realized I had to still write the scripts. I continued to struggle.
It wasn't until I discovered the book No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty that I got through the fear. I never read it, but I took the gist of it to heart. Write 50,000 words in a month. No overthinking it, just sit down and write.
Since I had switched to movie scripts, I needed to write four pages a day for thirty days to make a feature length script.
I committed to the exercise and I wrote my first script...in ten days.
I had heard somewhere that you should at least write four to six scripts to decide if you enjoyed doing this, so when I hit Script #5, I figured I was on the right track. I had also heard that 90% of your stuff is likely crap, so I continued on, hoping that at least one might be good.
After fifteen years of struggling, I had suddenly written ten scripts in one year.
I took one of those scripts—another horror—and tried to turn it into something. I was overwhelmed, so I asked my sister-in-law, Angie Counios, to help me out. We turned it into something a little better and then tried to write something together. The first script was a western, then we wrote a superhero love story, then a thriller. We ended up writing nine scripts, one of which was optioned, and another which was sold but never made.
How I became a writing teacher
After fifteen years of not writing and finally overcoming it, I vowed to help others not have to suffer as I had.
I started a screenwriters' group at the local filmpool cooperative to offer encouragment to others. The executive director asked me to teach some screenwriting classes and I agreed to do it. My first class was around four and in a few years I had a room full of people wanting to learn. Unfortunately, few were doing the work.
I needed a lever to encourage the practice of writing, so I applied for my Master of Fine Arts so I could work with university students—and use the grades as my pry bar.
How I became an author
Unfortunately, while I was in school, the government took away the film tax credit. Productions quit coming to the province, filmmaking slowed down, and crews and companies moved away. I had a degree that had lost its industry.
My wife and I were settled in our lives and not interested in moving, so I needed to find a new direction to my writing career.
While doing my Masters, I returned to my old interests and took a poetry and short fiction class. The brother of one of my classmates did graphic novels and didn’t understand why more writers didn't publish their own zines. The idea interested me and I asked a couple of classmates, along with some friends, to share some writing so that I could publish it.
I enjoyed the process and decided that Angie and I could do something similar. I reasoned a novel was the length of four scripts, so we could handle that. However, by the end of writing and publishing our first novel Along Comes a Wolfe, I was exhausted and had no energy to market it.
We contacted Heather Nickel from Your Nickel's Worth Publishing to re-release our first book and publish our future ones. Three books later, along with multiple awards and nominations, I'm now deep on my journey as an author.
Why davidgane.com and memberships?
I have always loved teaching and helping others. People have told me I'm good at it. But I have always struggled because it takes me from what I love doing the most—writing fiction.
When our world changed at the start of 2020, I wondered about the role of writers going forward. I also thought about all those who would want to share their stories once we were on the other side of this moment in time.
My initial hope is to get this up and running and see if I can build even the smallest success (10 annual members). That will give me a year to write, teach, and do some good.
In my heart, I want to entertain, to tell stories, and to help others. I am hoping with your assistance, I can continue to do so.