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Oh, hello! Nice to see you here! Does that mean that I haven't started boring people yet with my ramblings about other authors? Good, good... I am really glad you are here today because I am putting on the spotlight a very special person: Dan Leicht. Most of you will find the name D.e.e.L more familiar to you, since that's the name he writes under. Author of "Blissfire, A Story Collection", an incredibly beautiful collection of short stories, if you read any of his stories you will be hooked forever. You don't believe me? I dare you to try :) But let's see why Dan is an author that I love.

Have you ever been friends to someone that you get along so well that, no matter how hard you try to, you can't even remember how your friendship started? Yes? Great! Then you know how I feel about Dan. I met him on Twitter soon after I started to be more involved in the Indie world of publishing, but that's all I can remember. I had read one of his funny stories and he automatically became one of my favourite writers. I don't even know who started following who, but does it really matter? Not at all. The only important thing is that I had met an extraordinary writer, a good friend, a better person, and an amazing writing partner who is even crazier about writing than myself.

Dan is a compulsive writer (but, please, don't take him to rehab; I don't know what I would do if I had to look for another writing buddy :P). That's one of the reasons why I love him as a writer, since his enthusiasm towards writing is so infectious that it makes me want to write all the time too. It is incredible how fast he can develop a story with a couple of simple prompts, but of course, he is incredibly talented.

Apart from being a writer, Dan is, above all, a poet. A great poet. An extraordinary poet. He made me read poetry, and that's not easy to achieve since I am not a real fan of poetry. However, his poems are a delight to read. So, being a poet at heart, even his fiction sounds poetic. Hell! Even his college essays sound poetic! Poetry runs through his veins, so when he pours his heart in his stories, you can feel the poetic undertone that makes you feel unable to stop reading. At the same time, his stories are so relatable to situations in real life that it is easy both to follow them and like them. Every person can find a character relatable at some point.

Then, where can you all find him and enjoy his wonderful writing? Just stay with me a bit longer and you will find out.


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"Blissfire" is Dan's first story collection. Originally published as a paperback, now you can also find the ebook version on Amazon. I opened this book when I finally got it in the mail and I couldn't close it until I had reached the ending. Yes, it is so good. For more about the stories, you can read my full review here. These are the purchase links, just in case you may be interested, and while you are there, why don't you give him a like and some tags? They would be much appreciated.

Paperback edition: 
http://www.lulu.com/shop/deel/blissfire-a-story-collection/paperback/product-20440343.html

Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/Blissfire-ebook/dp/B00A97JFRS

Amazon (UK): 
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blissfire-ebook/dp/B00A97JFRS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354696921&sr=8-1

He has two blogs where he posts his poetry and a series of funny and absurdist stories that will make your day. Indeed, the first story I read written by Dan was one of his Hank Saga stories in his Tumblr blog. They are so funny that it is impossible to read them with a straight face. Some time later, we thought of doing a blog swap, and that's how our collaboration as writers started, since we decided to write a serialised story in our blogs. That's how "Groovy Cool Adventures" was born. We have already written 6 installments and planning to write more.

Apart from his blogs, you can also find Dan on Twitter and on our website. Yeah! I said OUR website. I was so lucky that not only had the chance of writing a series of stories with him, but he also suggested we should have a joint website to keep people updated about our writing, books, and other things. So we created the logo "Groovy Cool Writers" (yes, that's our official name... yes... you don't believe me? We have coffee mugs to prove it :P).

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deeliopunk
Wordpress: http://deeliopunk.wordpress.com/
Tumblr: http://deeliopunk.tumblr.com/
Website: http://groovycoolwriters.wix.com/groovycoolwriters

To sum up, I love Dan Leicht (D.e.e.L) as an author because he is so talented and so enthusiastic about the written word that it is impossible not to feel the same. Because his poetic voice is so powerful that never fails to move you. Because his stories are great. And what the heck! Because he is my writing partner :D

Hope you enjoyed this post and keep on reading!


 


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