Q: What genre(s) do you write?
A: I've pretty much stayed in various sub-genres of contemporary—erotic romance, erotic chick-lit, suspense, action thrillers, BWWM, interracial, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try something new. I did write one erofantasy short story, and I have a paranormal vampire story in my WIP.
Q: What do you do on a typical writing day?
A: Write, write, and write. Except for news and news shows, I've given up TV and movies and have substantially cut back on my reading. I've evolved into some rather weird hours. I retire between eight and nine and awake between two and three. This early morning quiet time is perfect for writing.
Q: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
A: I guess I wing it. I've never started a book knowing how it was going end, let alone where it was going to end. I start with a simple idea and start typing as if I was following an unknown path. Hopefully, I end up in a beautiful place with a lagoon and tropical foliage. Unfortunately, I sometimes end up in a garbage dump. Don’t worry, they stayed in my WIP!
Q: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: I had an idea for the beginning of a story, so I sat down and typed it out, and then I typed some more. I never knew where it was going, but I didn't stop until I had a ninety-five thousand word action/thriller.
I never realized I wanted to be a writer until I started. Then I was hooked. I found the idea of creating alternate lives, including people, and events fascinating.
If you think about it, it's almost Godlike. Hey maybe I ought to look into that as a story. People in one of my books worshipping their creator—Dee Dawning. Wouldn't that be bizarre?
Q: Do you think of yourself as a storyteller or a story builder?
A: At first I thought of myself as a storyteller. But the more I think about it, I’m a story builder. Like most writers, I have a vivid imagination. I start with an idea and build upon it, chapter by chapter. I have never started a book knowing or having even a vague idea how it would end. In the business it’s what’s known as a Pantser, as in Seat of the Pants Writer.
Q: Do you feel like you have an interesting perspective in the writing of a love scene?
A: Oh, those love scenes! I hate them when I’m writing ‘em, but I love them when I read ‘em. They are soooo hard to write well, but when I do, zowie, I’m climbing the walls (And I hope y’all are too!).
Q: Do you see yourself as being unique in the literary industry?
A: Aren’t we all unique? I think maybe I approach things a little differently, but I’m sure I’m not unique. The primary goal of my books is to entertain the reader, and in that respect I think I succeed. Hopefully the readers think so too, and when they want to be entertained, they look for another Dee Dawning book.
Q: Dee, do you feel that part of yourself comes out onto the pages when you write?
A: Yeah, I would say so. I have developed my own style—a little zany, a little irreverent, and, hopefully, a lot sexy.
Q: Is there a favorite sexual fantasy that you haven't put in your books yet?
A: The only thing I haven’t dabbled in yet (that I would consider) is F/M/M…M. I started to write a scene once where a sexually adventurous former beauty queen wanted to offer herself for a six man gang bang at ten thousand a pop. I never finished the scene or the book for that matter. I decided it was way too raunchy.
Q: Does your family support your writing and are they your biggest fans?
A: The writing, yes. The genre I write in, I’m afraid not. That’s why I’ll be writing more mainstream in the future.
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world that you haven't been, where would you go?
A: Tee hee. I’d take a year off, still writing, mind you, and travel around the world. Must see places would be: New York, Paris, Rome, Greece, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Micronesia, Venice, Prague, St Petersburg, and…oh, that’s enough for now.
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