Interview with Dyanne Davis
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Interview with Author Dyanne Davis
Dyanne Davis is an award-winning author of 27 novels, several novellas and anthologies. She lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband of 49 1/2 years. Bill Sr.
She has been a presenter of numerous workshops, hosted a cable show for 10 years on Bolingbrook Community Channel, “The Art of Writing,” to give writing tips to aspiring writers. Interviewing many of her favorite authors was the highlight of doing the show. You can catch clips on Youtube.
Dyanne also writes a vampire series as F. D. Davis
- When you write, do you outline first, or are you a pantser?
Answer: I'm a pantser
- What type of characters do you like to create?
Answer: I like creating characters who question things, characters you may not like but who does remind you of someone you know in real life.
- Tell us about your new book or series.
Answer: The new book I'm working on is the 4th installment of my vampire series. Mr. Adam Omega will soon return.
- What is your favorite passages/scenes in your current release or WIP?
Answer: I'm not ready to share my WIP, but here is a sample from my fake memoir. Different right? LOL.
Hebrews 11:1(KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Was I aware that I couldn't make the mountain move if I didn't have that unshakeable faith? Of course I was. That knowledge didn't prevent me from wanting the mountain to move. Nor did it prevent me from wanting answers to questions I found contradictory in the Bible and in life. It wasn't that I didn't have faith. My faith, on looking back was selective. During my private conversations with God, I believed. The singing of hymns and reading the Bible served to strengthen that faith at times. I will be blunt and very honest for a moment. I didn’t believe every word in the Bible to be true. I didn’t believe ALL the messages given by the ministers. But I did believe that someone greater than humans created the universe and the humans that dwell on earth. I believed in God. I believed In Jesus. I believed in The Trinity. It was a bit confusing, but I decided to just accept that one as one of the things we were not meant to understand. At least that was what the ministers said, SOMETHINGS WERE PAST MAN’S UNDERSTANDING. That didn’t mean I didn’t have questions about things. I always wanted to know why things were done one way instead of another. I wanted God to talk to me face to face, not in my head. Heck, there was a lot of craziness that resided there, including all the characters I write about. I needed to know I wasn’t making up what I heard. I needed God.
- What motivates you for a perfect writing day?
Answer: There is no such thing for me. My husband has been retired for 18 years, so it's just sit down and write a line at a time.
- How/where do you get your plot ideas?
Answer: Everyday circumstances that make me think about something more than once. For instance, at the moment I'm trying to decide if I want to write a serious book about the state of the world, the pandemic, the racism, the going batty from social distancing. Thank God I not only love my husband of almost 50 years, but like him and enjoy being with him. Still the thought to write about something other than romance remains.
- Did you need to do research for the story? And what kind of research did you need to do?
Answer: Several of my books where the characters were living in foreign countries took a ton of research. I watched films, did internet searches, and talked to people who lived in the countries I was writing about. Forever And A Day, the romance about Hurricane Katrina also took a lot of research. I talked to residents, had a friend that was running from the hurricane and running into even more problems. I got a newspaper subscription to keep the info current.
- What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Answer: Wow, that one is hard. Hmm. Okay, since reading has been my favorite thing to do since I was four, and going to the libraries my favorite place to visit. I would have to say having my books in the libraries is the coolest thing ever.
- Is there a genre that you've been wanting to try writing?
Answer: I've flitted around in my writing, romance, paranormal, women's fiction. A vampire's journal, and finally a fake memoir. LOL. I think I'm good with the genre hopping
- How many books do you currently have out on the market and what genres do they fall into?
Answer: To date I have 27 books on the market and several novellas.
- Will you be attending any book signings or conventions?
Answer: It will be a long time before I feel comfortable enough to attend large gatherings. Our new social distancing has become the norm.
- Pass on some words of wisdom, please, to aspiring authors.
Answer: To all aspiring authors out there, please write, your stories are needed more than ever now. Reading is the one thing that we can do safely. But seriously, write what you love to read, don't worry about bad reviews, all authors get them, and that include the Bible.
Please give us the following contact information:
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
My website: www.dyannedavis.com