Monday, April 21, 2014

Anonymous by Dani-Lyn Alexander

Today we have author Dani-Lyn Alexander on the blog. She has a new book out from Harper Impulse.

Dani-Lyn thank you so much for stopping by.

Do you plot or let the story unfold as you write?
First I very carefully plot my story. Then I begin to write, and the characters take on a life of their own. Unfortunately, they usually take the story a completely different direction than I had planned.

Do you have trouble saying goodbye to characters?
I have a very hard time saying goodbye to my characters. Whenever possible, I prefer to write a series.

Do you research your action/fight scenes?
I do research my action/fight scenes, especially if weapons are involved. I like to make sure everything makes sense while it’s happening. I’d never want a reader to be pulled out of a suspenseful action scene by a fight that didn’t work.

Do you have set times during the day that you write?
I like to write at night. I curl up in bed with my three year old. He plays on his ipad, and I write on my laptop. It’s one of my favorite times of the day.

What tips would you give a new writer?
The best advice anyone ever gave me about writing was, sit down and write your book. Don’t think about anything else, don’t worry about anything else, just write. I would definitely pass that advice on. I would also say, keep an open mind. Every editor who reads your story is going to want some kind of changes. Be open to their suggestions, nine times out of ten they will only improve your story.

Now for a little fun about you.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Growing up, I always wanted to be a dance teacher, a choreographer and an author. I have been fortunate enough to have accomplished all three.

Do you have a favorite quote?
My high school yearbook quote is still my favorite quote:
If you can imagine it,
You can achieve it.
If you can dream it,
You can become it.
                 --William Arthur Ward

What is your favorite comfort food?
I have two favorite comfort foods. The first is beef stew, which was my favorite meal when I was a kid and still reminds me of home. And the second is chocolate, because…well, because it’s chocolate. :)

What is your favorite time of year and why?
My favorite time of year is fall. Everything feels so crisp and clean. I love the colors of the leaves. Every year my family drives out east on the north shore of Long Island. We pick pumpkins and gourds, have apple cider and roasted corn and the kids play.

I love fall too.

Have you ever found true love?
I have found true love. I met my husband in high school and fell head over heels. It doesn’t mean we’ve had an easy life, but we’ve always worked out our problems together. We’ll be married twenty-seven years this month, and I wouldn’t change a minute of it.

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1 comment:

Dani-Lyn Alexander said...

Thank you so much for having me, KyAnn!!