Q: How did you get your start as a writer?
A: Personally, I've been writing forever. I have stories from when I was five that my mother has saved that make me smile. They're full of conflict (I don't like my brother) and angst (I don't like my shirt with stripes).
Professionally, I wrote my first book in October 2007. I wrote it to prepare myself for NaNoWriMo. Imagine my surprise when on a whim I submitted it to a publisher in November and they offered me a contract.
Q: What can you tell us about making that first sale?
A: Totally unexpected. I submitted it to a publisher whose covers I adored. I work as a nurse by day and logged in to my email on a Christmas day to pass the time. A good thirty days early and on a holiday, no less, was an email from the publisher extending a contract. I grinned like an idiot from that point on. I think I might have forwarded the announcement to everyone I ever knew. Lol.
Q: What would you most like to accomplish in your writing career in 2009?
A: It's not secret that I prefer writing short books. Recently however, I started plotting an urban fantasy that will be my longest yet three times my usual length. I am very excited about it and hope to be done by the end of January. After that, I just plan on just writing and growing as a writer. I do know I want to write more urban fantasy in 2009 since 2008 seemed to be dedicated more to paranormal. It's going to be a great year.
Q: What was the most adventurous thing you've ever done?
A: There's not enough money in the world to convince me to tell you about the most adventurous thing I've ever done. And believe me, everything after that is just downright plain.
Q: Where do you see Dee Carney in five years?
A: Still sitting hunched over a keyboard surrounded by two dogs and a cat while her hubby sits in the background muttering the mantra: "I do not want to know what she's writing about. I do not want to know"
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