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David J. Shepard Author Interview

David J. Shepard Author Interview

The Midnight Bite takes readers into a world of an avid fisherman, Johnny, who’s nearing the twilight years of life and seeks his ultimate underwater foe. What was the inspiration for this short and engaging story?

My Sister. This story is an accumulation of many true events in my life that take place in a fictional setting. The Midnight bite is real for several species such as the Mutton, Tuna, and Grouper. My fishing companion is my brother-in-law, who has a hard time waking up at midnight to fish. I was unable to go on the trip with him this year due to my health. Since I wasn’t there to wake him he slept right through an exceptionally hot Midnight tuna bite and was unable to deliver the fresh tuna my sister had requested. Since I’m the writer in the family she just mentioned that I should write a story called the Midnight bite.

What I liked most about Johnny was that he was relateable; he was flawed and wasn’t afraid to admit it. What were the morals you were trying to capture when developing his character?

Sometimes we see ourselves as too perfect and don’t take the time to listen to others or to what they are saying about us. We tend to tune people out and get ourselves in an emotional rut oblivious to new ideas and the story that others have to tell.

The story follows an avid fisherman and is filled with lots of fishing references. What has been your experience with fishing and how did that translate in the novel?

All of Johnny’s flashbacks and fishing stories are true events that have happened to me at one time or another. The part where he forgets his battery is a reoccurring nightmare I’ve had for years. There really is an AAHA and I do have the shirt and jacket to prove it. Our membership totals 9.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m working on a new book called “The Old Man” which should be available after the first of the year.

This is the story of an elderly man that intervenes and foils an attempted bank robbery by four gang members. The gang retaliates and swears revenge but they don’t know who they are dealing with as one by one their best ideas are spoiled by this older gentleman.  Embarrassed and made a laughing stock on their own turf they devise a plan to eliminate the old man and save face.

My other books available on Amazon are:

They Don’t Know Jack

The Jack Henry Saga Begins

Summer Heat

The Jack Henry Saga Continues

Just a Man Named Jack

The Jack Henry Saga Concludes

The Jack Henry Saga, Complete

All three books in the Jack Henry Saga under one cover.  Jack Henry, a man from simple middle-class roots embraces his life to the fullest. This series compiles his adventures into multiple stories about his life. As you journey with Jack you will witness his resolve about his  God, family, friends, country and get to know and love this guy Jack. If only everyone had a friend like Jack.

Surrogate Sisters

Follow two sisters and one man on their life’s journey as they perform a great service to the future of mankind. What they discover is the true love trumps all things and finds its own way.

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The Midnight Bite by [Shepard, David J.]Many saltwater fish are regulated. The Department of fisheries establishes weight and size measurements and open and closed seasons for all fish regulated or not, intended to manage the fishery for present and future anglers.

If there is an established open and closed season the season officially begins at 12:01 AM or one minute past midnight of the opening day. This is referred to by anglers as the 12:01 or midnight bite. It holds the theory that the fish are just as anxious for the season to begin as the fisherman and produces the largest bounty of the season.

This is a story about an avid fisherman who in his youth developed a love for a special breed of fish. His family grown, his working life over and his fishing buddy passing on, he now feels alone and returns to face his underwater foe, the one remaining constant in his life. Not for the Midnight Bite of the opening of the season but his own version of the Midnight Bite as a one on one confrontation with his worthy opponent. Along the

Along the way, he makes several discoveries that give him a new perspective on his life and the meaning of the Midnight Bite.

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The Midnight Bite

The Midnight Bite

The Midnight Bite (A Fishy Story) by David J Shepard takes the reader into a world of an avid fisherman, Johnny, who develops a love of fishing in his youth. However, it is one specific breed that catches his eye and this is where the story begins.

Once the character in the story realizes that his children are grown up, his working life is finished and his fishing buddy no longer wants to fish with him, he is aware that he has still not caught his ideal fish.

I liked this book as it threw me headfirst into the world of fishing. However, just because it’s a book about fishing doesn’t mean that it’s filled with fishing jargon. I found it very easy to read and the author has an immersive style of writing that makes you feel like you’re catching the fish alongside him.

It’s also an interesting read as you learn that the character is coming to terms with his own mortality through fishing and that’s what eventually drives him to seek out this breed of fish. It paints a very clear and refreshing picture of a man who is bitter, resentful and scared of his own life coming to a close.

It’s not until the 16th page of the book that you learn more about Johnny’s love of fishing from a young age. I enjoyed these flashbacks as it was interesting to read where his love came from, which was the days spent with his dad and family.

The author’s knowledge of fishing is clear throughout the book, as there are so many little details about the bait and fish that you feel like you’re learning while also exploring. It was eyeopening to realize that fishing can be more than a past time and become an art, in a sense. If you jerk the line too quickly, the fish will know something is up and therefore not choose to eat your bait. It was also interesting to realize that this man is a flawed individual who is open about his feelings of jealousy and resentment towards people who do better than he does. I really enjoyed reading his thoughts and perspectives on life.

The Midnight Bite (A Fishy Story) is an enjoyable and quick read for anyone who wants to learn a bit more about the complexities of life with a bit of fishing involved. Can’t get out to fish? Don’t have a fishing buddy? Well sit back and enjoy this book instead. 

Pages: 72 | ASIN: B073Q6KD2Q

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