Hi D.D! Thanks again for agreeing to this interview.
Before I put you in the spotlight, would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Dee Dee, I’m twenty six and I live in a beautiful part of Devon, England, with my family. I have a younger sister, Amy who is a brilliant guitar player, some chickens, duck, geese, pheasants, dogs, a cat (that adopted us when we moved in!!!) and some Koi.
Broken City is actually my second novel. My first, as my Aunt so delicately put it, was crazy but in my defence I was only sixteen when I wrote it. On the plus side I learnt a lot (or so I hope) and two years later ‘Broken City’ was finished. Due to the support I have received from readers, I have just released the next book in the Broken City series!
I have two other series available:
The Lady Quill Chronicles: ‘The Promise’, is set in Saxon England and tells the story of five foster brothers whose lives are changed by a single battle. The second book in the series is set for release July 2014.
The Chronicles of Discord: ‘Fracture’ is set in the distant future and is also the start of a series.
I really hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.
I love reading and have a kindle: I read almost anything with adventure and romance in it! I also like to cook and wear impractical high heels!!! And, as you might have noticed, I have a horrible addiction to exclamation marks!!!
Brilliant, D.D. Thanks!
Right, should we get started?
Firstly, what inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always loved writing, but it was my Aunt that suggested I try to write a book. My first attempt, The Babel Code, wasn’t good enough to make it in to print, but I learn a lot about how to put a book together. My next attempt was Broken City.
Maybe it’s time to bring that first attempt out of the woodwork and edit it with everything you have learned so far? It would be interesting to see!
Okay, second question. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
For me the most important thing is making sure the characters stay true to themselves. When something happens in the story, I put myself in each characters position and think, what would THIS person do in this situation? I can’t stand it when I’m reading a book and a character does something they would NEVER do, just to push the plot forward.
I know exactly what you mean! It’s definitely very annoying when you have unbelievable characters.
When you’re writing a new story, where do you start? Main text? Title? Start? Ending?
I always start at the beginning. I have a basic plot, but I don’t like to plan anything with too much detail, or I find that the characters actions come across as forced. I like to have room to move, to add ideas and themes.
The title usually comes to me about half way through a book, after I’ve got a better sense of all that’s happening.
The ending I normally have in mind at the beginning, as something to aim for. Often I find the story evolves as I write it, becoming much more than I originally planned.
That certainly makes sense as a plan.
Do you have any regrets, or things you wish you’d done differently?
Well, I could have done without employing the first two proofreaders I used!!! ;-P
I’m sure that’s a regret that most authors have!
What advice would you give to other authors?
Write what you love, your enthusiasm will come through your story and interest your readers.
Always be polite. You want to be a professional author? Then you have to ACT like a professional author.
Reviews are the OPINION of the person who bought your book. They are not RIGHT or WRONG, just different. Never respond to a bad review angrily, remember that the reviewer has spent time on your book, they are entitled to dislike it. By publishing your book, YOU have opened yourself up to criticism. Yes, it hurts, but publishing a book does not entitle you to only good reviews!!! ;-P
Take time to connect with readers about something OTHER than your book.
Listen to criticism, you’re too close to your book to be objective. Have one person who you trust to tell you the truth about what is working and what isn’t working for them as a reader. Then take on board what they say.
Are there any books or authors that you feel have particularly influenced you?
Hmm, this is a tough one! Growing up I loved reading ‘wordy’ books: Charles Dickens, Georgette Heyer, that sort of thing. I would NEVER have the cheek to compare my writing to theirs, but they are responsible for giving me my love of the written word.
I was also fond of Lucy Walker, Catherine Cookson, Mary Jane Staples and Mary Stewart. I like that the romance in their stories never feels *too* overblown!
Have you ever experienced writers block, and how did you get passed it?
Not really. I may have reached a part of a story where I had to mull over the plot for a few days before putting the scene down on paper, but that’s it.
That’s lucky! I think I suffer from permanent writers block!! I can’t seem to write anything!
Do you feel that you are like a particular character in your stories? If so, why?
Lot’s of people who know me have picked out different characters and said they’re like me!!! I guess I must have a split personality!!! ;-P
I always think that it must be impossible to create something and not have it reflect you in some way, so I’m sure that it isn’t a bad thing that so many people see you in your characters!
Can I ask, if you don’t mind, what are you currently working on?
I’ve just finished editing the 2nd book in my Lady Quill Chronicles series, it will be out next month. Now I’m starting to edit the 2nd book in my Chronicles of Discord series.
and finally, is there anything you would like to say to your readers, or just in general?
Thank you so much for reading my books! I really hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them!
Thank you very much, D.D Chant!
To buy the work of the lovely D.D Chant, please visit:
Broken City (Amazon UK – Kindle Edition)
Broken Truce (Amazon UK – Kindle Edition)
The Promise (Amazon UK – Kindle Edition)
Fracture (Amazon UK – Kindle Edition)