Thursday, November 19, 2015

My Interview With Deanna Dee

1) Do you write your books on paper first or start straight on the computer?
I go straight to the computer. I type much faster than I write by hand, and my thoughts run too fast for me to put pen to paper.

2) What do you do when you’re not writing?
Read, a lot. Hang with friends or my boyfriend. Watch movies. Talk shop with other writers sometimes. I also do trivia night at a local restaurant and am part of an improv comedy group. It’s a fine life.

3) In your spare time what do you like to read?
Speculative fiction is my first love. I love books that take me places where fantastic things happen. That said, I also like a good romance.

4) And what are you reading at the moment?
I’m currently reading The Seventh by fellow Evernight Teen author S. D. Wasley. It’s a ya paranormal about a girl who sees ghosts and six other members of a power group. It’s really neat!

5) If you could work with any author, who would it be and why?
Marissa Meyer. I love The Lunar Chronicles and fairytale retellings. Mixing the two together is, like, everything I ever wanted in a story, and I’d love to work with someone who came up with that.

6) When you were younger who were your favourite author?
Madeline L’Engle. A Wrinkle in Time was and remains my favourite book.

7) Writing wise what is your biggest accomplishment?
Managing to keep two characters apart romantically for 200 pages three times. Lol. I know it sounds weird, but that was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be before I started this series. Luckily, I like a good challenge.

8) What inspires you to write your first novel?
I wrote a rough draft of Critical Hit-On (Games of Love, 1) last year. It was novella length and lacked true romantic conflict. I was so focused on writing a story where the leads were the quirky sidekicks often found in romances that the plot got away from me. So my inspiration was writing a romance for the sidekick.

9) Are you working on anything new at the moment if so can you tell us anything about it?
Book 4 for The Games of Love is in the works. There will be theater and super hero jokes. That’s about all I know right now.

10) If you could do it over again, is there anything you would change in any of your books?
Probably, but I’m not sure what it would be at the moment.

11) Out of all your books, which is your favourite character and why?
Lydia (the mc of One Fling to Rule Them All.) I loved getting into her head, and I enjoyed writing that book so much.

12) When writing about something you don't know much about where do you get your information?
The internet or other people who know more than I do.

13) For you what is the easiest part of the book to write?
The middle. Beginnings and endings give me issues sometimes, but I’ve noticed that the part of the book that needs the least editing when I finish the rough draft is the middle. Not sure why.

14) ...And the hardest?
The first chapter. Getting the right emotion so readers want to continue, dropping only enough information so readers aren’t confused, establishing who people are—I love it when I finally get it right, but getting it there is a pain.

15) How do you choose the names for your books and the characters?
For The Games of Love, I chose many of my character names so I could make references with them. Sonya and Jaxon in Finish Him are names from the Mortal Kombat universe. The characters in MK are partners in the military, not lovers, but I love the names and wanted to use them. There’s also Parker Peterson. “Spider sense is tingling.”

16) Have you ever taken out a character or changed a character in a book before publishing and then regretted it?
Not as of yet, but I probably will someday.

17) I plan on taking part in NaNoWriMo this year do you ever take part?
Sometimes. It depends what phase of the creative process I’m in. I’m not this month because of Finish Him’s release and everything that entails. There’s always next year.

18) What advice would you give to someone who "ran out of creativity" while writing?
Work on something else. Sometimes getting away from a project brings it into clarity. Also, find other writers to socialize with. Getting out into the community and brainstorming can really help.

19) What do you do when you get writers block?
See my “work on another project” suggestion above. If that doesn’t work, I take a few days off from writing. Sometimes, the brain needs to recharge.

20) Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
“Live long and prosper.” Thanks for stopping by today!


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