David Iseminger holds his
new thriller Cloud Cover.
David Iseminger’s name may just a ring a bell as a member of the Lake Stevens School Board but since his first novel, Cloud Cover has been published and offered on Amazon.com, Iseminger’s name will surely be known for his intense thriller style writing and the depth of the characters he writes about.
Cloud Cover is not the first book Iseminger has written, his other titles are technical books including a ...for Dummies book and other books based on Microsoft software, a company he spent 12 years working for as a Group Manager in the Server & Cloud Division, leading a team of technical writers that specialized in networking, security, and the operating system.
It was while working at Microsoft that he got the idea to write a novel.
“I actually started thinking about this over 10 years ago,” Iseminger said. “I was working in the Windows Performance Group and designed an application to make the mode application faster.”
While Iseminger was working on that project he came across a banner on a website that read, ‘Call for Authors,’ and soon he was working on his first novel length thriller.
“I decided to try my hand at writing a high-tech thriller and sent it off to a handful of agents. The first version was Net Worth,” he said. “After not too terribly long I got a response from a fairly prestigious company out of New York, Sterling Lord Literary. They loved it.”
That novel had a lot to do with the dot.com world, which burst soon after the novel was complete, however, the creation of ‘the cloud’ made for a more current and up-to-date idea.
That novel was The Judas Protocol, which publishers also thought would be a great seller, however, they didn’t have room for it on their list at the time.
Soon, Iseminger decided to write Cloud Cover.
“Cloud Cover is a completely rewritten version of Net Worth, lifting all of its good points and characters, but with the Cloud as its backdrop,” Iseminger explained.
This time around Iseminger decided to form a Reviewer Group that consisted of people he and his wife knew.
“I started the reviewer group to get some hard feedback about what worked, what didn’t, what needed to be changed through my own network of friends who were avid readers and would be honest with me,” Iseminger said. “They were the right collection of people from different perspectives. There were seven people in the group.”
After the group finished reading and critiquing Cloud Cover, Iseminger and his wife had them over to dinner to discuss the book as a unit.
“It worked really well. There are some insights that there was no other way for me to have gotten,” he said. “There were no huge changes really, just refinements. Everyone really liked it even though I asked them to be as mean as possible.”
After months of trying to get the book published and getting great reviews, Iseminger decided to self-publish and get it up on Amazon.com. The book became available in September.
“Around June of this year, I kept running into people that had similar stories and decided to publish on their own, especially ebooks,” he explained. “So, that’s what I did. I decided I could either let these ideas and books languish or I could take matters into my own hands, get them published and see what happens. More and more there are many of these self-published authors out there selling thousands of books. It’s based on how good it is, not who you know.”
So far the reviews are good and sales are going well.
“You hope that it’s good. You hold your breath and hope for the best because you don’t really know what’s going to happen but you’re so proud and happy and nervous all at the same time,” Iseminger said. “It’s an interesting mix of emotions.”
The great news for lovers of Cloud Cover is that it is the first in a series.
“Really the end goal has been to have an outlet and an audience for my fiction and my hope is that people enjoy it and want to read whatever comes next,” he said. “There’s a little bit of me in every character because you can only write what you know or what you imagine. Some of the characters come from people you observe or bits and pieces from people you imagine. I say that because of one bitter character that doesn’t come from me but I can imagine others reacting.”
Iseminger continues to write as well as continuing his roles as a technology consultant and online teacher. He also continues his work as a member of the Lake Stevens School Board and advocates for education.
You can purchase Cloud Cover in paperback or as an ebook through Amazon.com at www.amazon.com/author/iseminger.
To find out more about Iseminger visit his website at www.iseminger.com.