It’s February, the month of love and I have been celebrating the love of books. I wanted to try something new this year, by showcasing some of my favorite authors. I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Dani Rene this month. I will be featuring one author every two months to give my readers insight into the books I am into, the authors I admire and follow.
Well without further ado, here is my chat with Dani.
Hi Dani, I am so excited to feature you as the very first author to be interviewed on my blog. It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of your work but I also just admire your tenacity and your hunger for literary success. Below is a couple of questions for readers to get to know you better and I’ve slipped in a few to give new and upcoming authors a few legendary tips. Okay let’s kick off.
Hi Jo, thanks for having me today!
What is the first book that made you cry? (I do not cry for books is not an answer)
I cried like a baby when I read Beholden Heart by ML Steinbrunn and Leddy Harper’s Eminent Love. And I will never forget reading MOTO by M Never and bawling my eyes out. There are probably more books that I’ve shed a tear over, but those two will always stay with me.
What are common mistakes made by aspiring writers?
What I’ve noticed is that most newbie authors don’t realize how important a professional editor is, as well as a good cover designer. Yes, I realize that not everyone has the funds to pay for expensive editing and design, but there are numerous people within the industry who do both these for affordable pricing.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
In books? The bad boy alpha that slowly redeems himself by the end of the book. Raw, emotional words that tug at my heart and soul as I read. And if you’re referring to real life, my Kryptonite is definitely coffee and a good slice of cheesecake.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write what’s in my heart, what my characters tell me to write. Most of my books are probably not for everyone, and that’s okay. I find it very difficult to write to market as they would say, I think it’s because I’m very much a pantser, I cannot plot a book, I get bored and my characters tend to go off-script.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t be scared to put yourself out there. It may not be the most perfect piece of writing, but you’re learning, so keep at it and don’t let other people tell you that you cannot do it. There’s a story inside you, let it out.
What’s your favourite under-appreciated novel?
Of mine? Probably Love Beyond Words. If you mean from another author, I’m honestly not sure.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Haha, is that a trick question? Are you trying to find out what I’m planning? Well, to be honest, I have probably over twenty manuscripts all in various stages of the process. Perhaps one day they’ll be published. Who knows.
(I almost fainted on that one)
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Actually, I find writing male characters easier than writing the females. I’m not sure what it is, but I find they tend to flow much better, perhaps it’s because women are so complicated. I would know. Haha!
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
All the time. Those who are close to me, friends, and if ever any family read my books, they’ll find all the tiny secrets and snippets hidden in the pages of my books.
Do you Google yourself?
I have a few times. Not as often as people probably think, my mind generally goes at a hundred miles a minute, so my focus is on my words, and my Facebook group, I hardly venture anywhere else. Too little hours in the day.
Lastly, drop your links so others can stalk you the way I do.
Book+Main Bites: http://bit.ly/Book_Main
Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world Dani. It has, as always been a pleasure.
Check out her Sins of Seven Series
Well, readers, that is all from me, for now.