Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She's best known for Tuesday's Child, her romantic suspense novel that was one of the final four in the Kensington Brava/Romantic Times contest this last year. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in several different genres. To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series in ebook format.
Q: Welcome, Dale! Please tell us about your latest release.
A: My new release is Hide'n Go Seek and came out yesterday, October 24th. I'm very excited about this book. It's the second in the series, of which TUESDAY'S CHILD is book 1. TUESDAY'S CHILD has garnered wonderful reviews, including being picked as a Top 10 read for 2011 by Neissa at TheRomanceReviews.com!
Q: That's wonderful! Congratulations! What is the story behind the story?
A: There's always a story behind the story, isn't there? TUESDAY'S CHILD was my Waterloo. I originally wrote the book by doing a draft in 30 days and that absolutely killed the story for me. I already knew everything about it. There were no surprises left. There was no magic. And therefore, there was no reason to write the rough draft into a complete book. But my muse wouldn't let me move on. I had to fix this one. If I could, then I'd be able to handle anything. It wasn't easy, but, with lots of help from critiquing partners, I managed it.
Q: That's so interesting! What is your favorite genre to write?
A: I write in almost all genres as well as nonfiction. The nonfiction was how I started, and continue even now. Then I added in writing fiction in romance suspense, with and without paranormal, and now YA books in many genres, like contemporary, mystery, fantasy and even the odd vampire book thrown in for fun. I love all genres and won't say no to any story if it's strong enough in my head - regardless of whether I've written that genre before.
Q: How do you choose names for your characters?
A: I'm blessed in that most of my character's names 'feel' right before I use them. Rarely, do I change the main characters' names midway. I have been known to change secondary characters' names, particularly when I realize I have more than one name starting with the same letter.
Q: Did you choose the title of your book and if so how did you do it?
A: Like the character names, my book titles come to me as I work. I like to say they are working titles, but the original name is usually the one I stick with.
Q: Which element of story creation is your favorite?
A: I love plots. I love to read - and therefore write - fast paced twisted heavily plotted books! I have to go back and layer in description, settings etc, but the plots and dialogue MOVE!
Q: What inspires you? What motivates you?
A: The story, the characters inspire me. I won't start a book unless it feels right. But once it does I have to get it down. That's one of the reasons I write fast, is to get it down before I lose the threads in my head. Knowing that people enjoy my stories motivates me!
Q: Please tell us about your other books.
A: I have two YA series published, VAMPIRE IN DENIAL and DANGEROUS DESIGNS are the respective first books in the series. Book 2 on both series is in progress, plus I have three other YA books to revise. In nonfiction, I have books published on the mortgage system, companion gardening and on writing professional resumes. I just recently published Kindle versions of the career information in my series called Career Essentials: The Resume, Career Essentials: The Cover Letter, Career Essentials: The Interview and Career Essentials: 3 in 1.
Q: What is your writing process or method?
A: I'm a complete pantser. I open a blank document and I start writing. I usually have a single line in my head that gets me started. By the time I have the first scene down, I have the first hook and now the next milestones I'm heading for. I usually write hard and fast, then take a longer time in the revision process to make it shine.
Q: What's next for you?
A: The world! Lol. I have 5 series in progress and several more books in progress that are liable to end up as series. So what's next? Writing, writing and more writing. And that's okay, because that's what makes me happy!
Wow that's a lot of series! I wish you all the best on them! Thanks so much for being our guest today, Dale!
Read an Excerpt of Tuesday's Child.
Tuesday's Child is available at Amazon, B&N and All Romance eBooks.
Hide n' Go Seek is available at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and Smashwords.
To find out more about Dale and her books, visit her at http://www.dalemayer.com connect with her online with Twitter at www.twitter.com/dalemayer and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dalemayer.author
Dale is giving away a copy of Tuesday's Child to one commenter!