Digitarum - Derek Bailey

This was a book unlike anything I've ever read. Watching a world being built from nothing was exciting and enjoyable. I was fascinated to see how the gods would learn to interact with one another and with their creations. 

The characters are well developed, regardless of whether they were one of the five gods, or one of the creations that routinely interacted with the gods. 

The plot was detailed, intricate, and overall well put together. With so many twists and turns,  I can appreciate all the time and effort it must have taken to keep the timeline straight. 

In addition, I really liked that this was a book that you could led the author lead you through, not bothering to read between the lines, and just enjoy the journey that you're taken on,  or alternatively, you could really dig in and read between the lines. I could see myself rereading this book down the road and making realizations that I had missed during my first reading. 

Bailey's writing style is one that is easy to read and holds you captive until the final page. If you're looking for something new and unique to enjoy, I recommend this. 

Some Bio Information

Derek Bailey is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University’s Game Design and Development Program (BA) where he also completed minor in Creative Writing. He is a graduate of the four year Honors Program, was President of the Game Design and Development Club, served as a Peer  Educator, and frequently acted as a Lector during Sunday Mass on campus. He has a passion for storytelling in all forms and across a number of genres. He has ghostwritten a science fiction novel and submitted other pieces of work to various publishers. He’s happily employed as a Business Systems Analyst, but enjoys writing on the side as a means of expressing himself and sharing his thoughts on life.  


1) What inspired you to write this book? 

Digitarum is inspired by my love for world mythologies and religions. Myths, legends, folklore, parables, and fables were some of the first types of stories that mankind cherished so I thought it would be appropriate to try out indie authorship with a sort of mythology of my own.

2) Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? 

It involves a lot of thinking. I try to be very thorough in mapping everything out very carefully with the understanding that stuff will shift around once I actually dive into the writing phase and the story begins to take a life of its own. I also always try to start off my process with both a beginning and an ending then fill in the space in between, though I generally still actually write the story from beginning to end.

3) What types of readers would most enjoy your work? 

I think this question will be very different for what I'm working on right now, but for Digitarum, I'd say that you definitely have to love myths and folklore in order to fully appreciate it. The distant sort of tone that marks this style of fiction is employed heavily here so if you don't like it, then my book definitely won't resonate well with you. I think you also have to have a decent amount of interest in world-building since the book is really about a world/culture as opposed to a single character which has thrown some readers off a little since most science fiction and fantasy centers around a well developed character or set of characters.

4) What do you hope that readers take away from your work?

First of all, I hope they have fun reading it, because it was great fun to write it. I also hope it makes them think about things in their life and the world around them. I touch upon some relatively serious topics in this book, but I hope that readers take them more as questions than an expression of any particular opinion. I think fiction should make us ponder existence as we know it and my favorite books tend to be the ones that leave me wondering about something so that's the kind of experience I'd love for my readers to have too.

5) Who is your favorite fictional character? 

That would have to be Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby. I love that he's kind of a bait-and-switch character in some respects. He's everything that's bright and beautiful and bold about a man living in the twenties while simultaneously also being the embodiment of everything that's dark and depressing. I think it's quite masterful the way that he's first introduced as this extraordinary man of great wealth and flare, but as we read on we realize he's got more than his fair share of personal issues, yet he's still likable somehow. There's just a lot of depth to him and I think he serves as a rather provocative statement about both the era he exists in as well as about wealth and status itself. 

6) How would you describe your writing style? 

It's a little old-timey in a way. I tend to write with long, sloping sentences and like to use somewhat irregular words (I blame my high school English teachers for drilling so many words into me with the relentless vocab quizzes). I'm also very visual in how I depict any piece of fiction I write. I'm visually oriented in general and really love movies with flashy action sequences or sharp imagery so I try to take some of that magic and translate it into a literary context.

7) What’s your ultimate writing goal? 

I'm sorry to say that my goals are actually rather boring. I don't really have ambitions to be the next J.R.R. Tolkein or anything like that. I just want to share my fiction with others, hopefully have some people read and enjoy it, and maybe build up a small, but loyal following along the way. If my work was to be considered a cult classic at some point, I would feel very proud for sure.