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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Love of Story Welcomes DeAnna Dodson

Welcome to March and a new month of author interviews. Today we have the pleasure of learning more about author, DeAnna Dodson.

Hello, DeAnna. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
 
I must have just been born with it. Even my love of hockey is probably related to watching the story of good guys versus bad guys played out night after night. I was a reader from a very early age, and I realized later on that I loved story of all kinds, particularly when it’s acted out. But since I don’t have the training or opportunity to direct, I find that writing is a pretty good substitute. I get glorious sets and costumes and locations and actors and actresses just for the price of pen and paper.

Chuckle. That's a fun way of looking at it. :) What is your most difficult writing challenge?

Time. I need so much more time to do everything I want to do. And it’s not just the time to write the actual book. I never seem to have enough time to plan and outline and edit and promote. I want to do everything to the best of my ability, but I never seem to have enough time.

LOL. I can relate. I know my husband is always wishing there were more hours in the day. What is your 'how I got published' story?

I never thought I’d be a writer. I used to write little episodes of my favorite TV shows when I was growing up, but I didn’t consider that real writing. When I was in college, I started writing random scenes with the same characters in them just to entertain myself. Later I put all those scenes together and made them into a coherent story. I still had no plans to be published, but a friend of mine urged me to just submit the book and see what happened. The third place I queried accepted my book and that’s how I got started. It was a total miracle.

Wow! What a neat story. Do you listen to music or snack while writing?

Usually not. Sometimes if I’m dozing off I’ll put on “epic movie soundtrack” music to keep me awake, but I can’t listen to anything with words. Music with words totally interferes with the words that are supposed to be coming out of my head. I don’t generally snack when I’m writing, but if I do, it’s probably chocolate.

I often listen to music too, but when I'm really having to buckle down and write I need music with no lyrics or I get distracted. :) Tell us about your new book.

 Dressed for Death is Book Four in my Drew Farthering Mystery series. Drew and Madeline have been married for six months at this point, and her only request for an “anniversary” present is that they attend a Regency-era house party. He’s not wild about having to dress up as Mr. Darcy for a week, but since the party is at the home of an old school friend of his, he agrees.

Things take a darker turn when his friend’s fiancĂ©e dies suddenly of a drug overdose. Was is accidental? Or was it murder? For his friend’s sake, Drew agrees to see what he can find out, but he ends up following a trail that could lead to the destruction of everything he holds dear.

That sounds like a fun read. :) What are you working on now?

I’m doing the editing for Book Five in this series, Murder on the Moor, which might be my favorite of all the books so far. I love the brooding mysteriousness of the Yorkshire moors and with the literary influence of the Brontes and a touch of The Hound of the Baskervilles, not to mention a rakish gamekeeper who just happens to look like Aidan Turner, what’s not to love?

As soon as those edits are done, I’ll be starting work on Book Six. It doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s set in Muirfield, Scotland, at the 1935 British Open. Of course, Drew and Madeline can’t possibly go anywhere without there being a mystery to solve, but this one might be a little closer to home than Drew expects. I’m eager to start writing!
 
Ooh. That one has really peaked my interest. I just finished writing a novella where my hero was from Scotland. :) Thanks for stopping by today, DeAnna. It's been great getting to know you.

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