By Kathy Yanchus • Review Staff
Mystery writer David Filax enjoys creating a good villain.
When developing his books, the evildoer’s character is fleshed out first and then enveloped by a plot
Before he sits down at the computer, the entire novel is composed in his head and the basic storyline jotted down in longhand.
“It runs in my head like a movie so there’s no difficulty if I stop for a week,” said the 40-year-old Waterdown resident. “The movie’s still there. I know exactly how it will start, I know what should happen to the bad guy, I know how the good guy should meet him and I know how it should end; it’s merely just winding a thread in between.”
Filax has always been an avid reader so his head is full of memorable characters, but he’s always careful to create original villains.
In his first novel, The Nefarious Mr. X, an actor has no memory of who he is and frames others for crimes they don’t commit. In his second, The Secret of the Lost Island, unknown adversaries come up against two specialists to prove the existence of an eerie island and the secrets it holds for the world.
Waterdown has factored in his two published books and in the third, The Boogeyman Agenda, which he expects to release, also through Amazon, this year.
In The Nefarious Mr. X, the detective lives in Waterdown, in Filax’s second book, although the story locale is South America, one of the specialists mentions visiting her parents in the village, and in The Boogeyman, the villain lives in Burlington, but drifts through the surrounding communities in search of victims.
Writing for Filax, a married father of one and a full-time portfolio representative for CIT, is a pleasant avocation. He pens his stories, first and foremost for himself, but decided to pursue the self-publishing avenue last year.
“I just figure if you’ve got a story you can share with someone else, why not? I enjoy writing and if anyone wants to read it, I’m just pleased as punch.”
Filax has been writing since he was a youngster; he still has one of his earliest efforts, a multi-page fantasy. He’s written numerous short stories, including one which took first-place honours in a 2000 Flamborough Review writing contest.
His books, both more than 400 pages in length, are available through Amazon at a cost of $20; $13 for the Kobo or Kindle versions and will soon be for sale at Pickwick Books on Dundas Street.
Filax will be signing copies of his book at Pickwick Books on Saturday, April 20 between 1 and 3 p.m. Community residents are encouraged to drop by and meet the author and purchase copies of his latest novel.
Filax is not only a literary artist, but a performing one; he has worked as a comedian at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, Hamilton and London as well as the Laugh Resort, where he was invited to entertain on MV Carousel, which operated out of Bristol, England and cruised the Mediterranean.
“I try all sorts of different stuff. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.”
His comedic pursuits are currently on the back burner, however, as it’s easier to continue his writing with a toddler.
“Besides, I can still be funny,” he smiles.
There is one way, however, that Filax can keep his hand in comedy and that’s to weave it into his books.
“Every single one is comical. Even though it’s a crime story, I try to make the characters funny.”