If you like heat, live in Arizona like Dee Dawning does. If you love to read hot, sexy stories born and raised in the heat of Arizona, check out his scribblings—you won't be disappointed.

He started writing fiction about six years ago. He thinks of his writing as the third phase of his adult life. He writes a little of this and a little of that. Long, short, in between, thrillers, chick-lit, romance, and lascivious erotica. Frankly, his writing has been all over the place. Eclectic would be a good way to describe it.

Dee was born in Chicago and grew-up in Las Vegas, where he met and married his beautiful wife of twenty-nine years. They’ve lived in sunny Arizona the last twenty years and haven't melted yet. Right now, they reside in the somewhat sleepy but growing town of Cave Creek, located thirty miles north of downtown Phoenix.

Having lived in Las Vegas for over thirty years, many of Dee’s writings have a Las Vegas connection.

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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