Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Interview with paranormal fantasy romance author D.D. Miers

Hello readers. Today’s special guest is D.D. Miers. She’s visiting to talk a little bit about her writing life and her new paranormal fantasy romance novel, Dark Summoner (Relic Keeper Series, Book One).

During her virtual book tour, D.D. will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky winner. For a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!

Bio:
D.D. Miers is an ardent book lover, coffee enthusiast, and die-hard romance fan. When she’s not writing, she can be found snuggling on the couch with a good book in hand. She currently resides in beautiful Southern California with her wonderful husband, a crazy toddler, and the many different characters in her head.

Welcome, D.D. Please tell us about your current release.
Abby Davenport has spent the last ten years forgetting her past until a fateful night reveals her false reality. Thrust into a new world of dark sorcery and ancient magic, she's shocked to discover her destiny lies as the keeper of a powerful relic. Now everyone wants to control, own, or destroy her. No longer able to discern truth from lie, she’s torn between a charming guardian and a mysterious summoner. Abby finds herself strangely drawn to each man—one sworn to protect and one who calls to her soul. Can she survive the strange and dangerous labyrinth of the first realm, where every move, emotion, and reaction must be a calculated one?

What inspired you to write this book?
During the week before I’d fully realized the idea, we’d been having a really bad weather storm causing lots of rain and thunder. I’d spend time on my balcony watching mist as it covered over the green golf course behind my house. I started imagining all kinds of nefarious creatures and this intoxicating man who would come out from the mist and scare them away. He was dark, frightening and wickedly sexy. Eventually, Dark Summoner was born.


Excerpt from Dark Summoner:
“His six-foot-plus frame leaned against the leather walls, arms crossed over his muscular chest, his demeanor casual yet controlled. To say he intimidated me would have been an understatement.
He seemed like the devil incarnate—a strange combination of wickedly handsome and utterly terrifying.
A strange black smokiness swirled around his frame, and I couldn’t tell if it was coming from him or somewhere in the club. Everything about him exuded danger. Whoever he was, that thing took one look at this man and disappeared. I couldn’t help but feel slightly grateful. The brief windows of light allowed me glimpses of his dark and brooding features. Much of him remained in shadow. But I noticed his stunning eyes.
They glowed unnaturally and danced as he watched me. With abnormal speed, they flashed from crystal gray to black coal and back again. His short, jet-black hair was tousled yet perfect, and a slight stubble bordered his jawline.
His riveting stare petrified and aroused me at the same time. Looking at him made me desirous for things I never thought I would want. I was recovering from the silent assault when a sudden daze clouded my mind, and my eyelashes fluttered uncontrollably. There wasn’t time for me to panic as it lifted within seconds.
I was no longer in the club.”

What exciting story are you working on next?
Yeesh! I’m working on a TON of stuff right now, obviously I’m finishing books 2/3 of the Relic Keeper Series and hoping to have those two release in October, 2-3 weeks apart. I’ve got a lot planned in between now and then and into the spring of next year: Novella’s on Witches, Novella’s on Shifters, A new series about Dragon’s that I’m really excited to start and a couple of stand alones. There’s going to be a lot of exciting things coming up!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always had a love for writing, reading and the imaginary world. I never considered myself an actual writer until about 4 years ago when I started taking courses online and focusing my writing towards specific goals. Once I started to make plans and see stories forming from those plans, I felt like I had become a writer. But it’s still a surreal feeling to call myself an author.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I WISH I could write full time, but the truth is I’m a mommy and I have a day job. I’ve had to learn how to block chunks of time and break apart my writing schedule. It can definitely be emotionally taxing, especially when I’m really into a scene I’m working on and I have to stop. I do fantasize about having 8 solid hours to work on something in a row. My writing “day” is often broken apart into several fragments based on my workload from real life and day-to-day mommy duties. I envy those authors that can spend large amounts of time on their work without interruptions.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have to find the right music for my writing mood, then I lay on the floor, close my eyes and talk about the ideas in my head. Every time I do this, questions or issues I may have had or ideas I’m debating about, become clear and well formed. It’s my “writer’s version” of meditation.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was desperate to work at Disneyland. I couldn’t imagine a better life then waking up every day and pretending to be a part of a fantasy world.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read a little bit about me and my debut book! Happy Reading!

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Thanks, D.D.

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13 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Mai T. said...

What does your writing process look like?

Sandy said...

thanks for the post and great Q&A. Congratulations to DD on the new release.

Rita said...

I liked the interview.

bn100 said...

nice interview

D.D. Miers said...

Hey guys! Thanks s much for stopping by Lisa's blog and checking out my interview! A Big thank you to Lisa for hosting me today! So sorry for not posting this morning, but I've got a little guy with a bad cold at home today.

D.D. Miers said...

Hey Mai! I'm flattered that you're interested!

My writing process usually starts with an idea that's barely formed, whether it be a character or a plot line. I usually track these ideas in a program like Evernote or Onenote. It's a huge help to just list the idea until more details come to me. Once I've got the basic idea and some scenes, (and by basic, i mean REALLY basic ) I move on to my version of outlining. This is where I play the "maybe" game. Maybe this happens... Then maybe this happens... I write down everything whether it's bad or good or doesn't fit just yet. This helps me move forward through the plot until I reach the end. Then I go back and fine tune the "maybes" until I have a cohesive story. From there it's all about adding the details and my personal style to make the story one that readers will enjoy.

Thanks for asking!

D.D.

D.D. Miers said...

Thanks Sandy!

patrick siu said...

I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

Kate F. said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Amanda Sakovitz said...

thanks so much for the chance!

Thomas Murphy said...

sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Victoria Alexander said...

Great post - sounds like an amazing book! Thanks for sharing