Daniel studies fiction writing and is specifically interested in genre fiction—including noir, classic detective fiction, horror, sci-fi, dystopian literature and magic realism.

Daniel is influenced strongly by film and TV writing, the genre-eras of the Great Depression through 1984. Daniel grew up reading Don Pendleton, CJ Cherryh, Andre Norton, and Ayn Rand. As a kid, he was enamored with "Cold War television programming" like Mannix, The Saint, and It Takes a Thief. Later, he became an avid reader of Robert Heinlein, Glen Cook, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King's literary fiction. 

Daniel's writing style is unique but is voiced with inspiration from Dashiell Hammett and Stephen King.