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Author's Corner: A chat with Daniel Hoyt Daniels, author of 'Short Stories Galore'

"Short Stories Galore" by Daniel Hoyt Daniels
"Short Stories Galore" by Daniel Hoyt Daniels

Name: Daniel Hoyt Daniels

Residence: Split time between Galveston, Texas and Beaufort

Book: "Short Stories Galore"

Printed by: Digital Scanning, Inc.

Where to buy: Beaufort Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon

First sentence: "They say it takes all kinds."

Plot summary in 50 words or less: The book includes fictional glimpses into the humorous and sometimes sad realities of the way people think and behave. There are anecdotes addressing the problems that goofy people, nice people and even nasty people have and the amusing results that may ensue when they try to extricate themselves from their difficulties.

Story behind the book: Life and humor, joy and sadness are all around us.

Favorite topic to write about: The humor of unrequited love primarily, and secondarily, the horror of war and violence.

Previous writing experience: Verse translations of nine plays of Moliere's, numerous other translations of classic 17th and 18th century French and Italian comedies, some short plays, and dozens of letters to The Beaufort Gazette opinion page.

Earliest writing memory: When I was 8 years old, I had to write weekly (forced) letters to Great Aunt Cornelia. Everything had to be neatly spelled and written in cursive.

Favorite books: I read a lot in French and Italian and love Guy de Maupassant, Stendhal, Gustave Flaubert, Albert Camus, Henri Troyat, Alfred de Musset and Moliere.

What's next: I expect to publish my fourth book, "Short Stories Forever," of 30 short stories later this year, and I am almost halfway into a fifth book, yet untitled. After that, I may go back to painting or get married or whatever. You have to have something to keep you busy.

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