Today I have an interview with Dale Mayer, author of several books both fiction and non-fiction, followed by a giveaway for a few of her books.
I love writing series, but they can be difficult at times. I have no trouble keeping them separate as I liken the characters of each as separate friend groups. Choosing which book to work on next often depends on the characters screaming for dominance in my head. Other times, it’s a matter of balance. I try to switch from adult to YA then back again. I slip nonfiction in where I can. Where I run into trouble is when another new series tries to jump into the mix!
In my nonfiction, I’m known for writing in an accessible style so that everyone can get the information they need quickly. I break things down into easily absorbed chunks of information. This can take time. But this is important in nonfiction writing. In some of my nonfiction work, there’s a wealth of information in a chapter. People read, go away and apply the information, then come back and read some more. When writing fiction, I need to give the readers the barest of information so that they can relate to my characters, almost on a one-to-one basis. I write fast pace and fun stories for all ages, but I need them to move! I have to lead the reader where I want them to go, quickly and with the least amount of words, because I don’t want them to put the book down – they may not come back! For me, I’m equally comfortable doing both. What I don’t like to do is have a nonfiction and a fiction project on the go at the same time. Generally, I finish the nonfiction then jump into the fiction.
For me the last couple rounds of the revision process is the hardest. I’ve written the book, I’ve fine-tuned it, but I’m lousy at proofreading! That’s because I no longer see the words on the page and know how the story should be – even if that’s not quite what I have down.
The creation of the first draft is definitely my favourite part of writing. I write fast and the characters live with me as I walk through their lives. By the end of this writing process, they are my friends and I’m rooting for their success on every page. It’s why I love series – I get to visit with the same friends often.
I’m not sure that there was anything simple that started me on this journey. I’d often thought growing up that I’d like to write a book – I was a fanatical reader by my early teens. But life got in the way for many decades, during which time I went to school, got married, had a family, became divorced and found myself as a single parent of four kids. It seemed natural to want an imagery world to escape into at that point. Even then I couldn’t. I had a family to support. Still the idea niggled away until I decided, what the heck, and put pen to paper. I’ve never looked back.
I read all the reviews. Good ones help me to get through the crappy days, and the bad ones hopefully tell me what the reader didn’t like. That helps me to evaluate my writing. I try not to let them affect me, one way or the other, but I’m human. Some people will not like my books. That’s a fact. Another fact is that I can never write a book everyone will like. And some people won’t like my style of writing, or just don’t ‘get’ me. That’s fine. It’s a huge world out there – big enough for all readers and writers!
I no longer keep track of which books I read. I’m in a stage of rereading my old favourites, right now. However, if I am reading a new work and I love it, then I will write a review to tell them. I will only post a good review. I know how hard it is to be a writer, the effort and work involved. I can read and not enjoy it and not have to tell the author. But if I really enjoy a book, I tell them, because I know what that feels like, too.
Writing full time is both a business and a passion. I wake up in the morning raring to go. There are so many ideas and books in my head, I can’t see running dry for decades to come. As I gain so much pleasure in creating my books, it’s a double joy to know that other people enjoy them too! Thanks for stopping by!
About Dale Mayer:
Freelance writer Dale Mayer lives in the beautiful Okanagan valley in British Columbia, Canada. She’s multi-pubbed in nonfiction and is currently writing The Essential Series. As a researcher and technical writer, Dale has a wealth of knowledge she can’t wait to share!
However, fiction is her passion. Here, she writes taut psychological suspense with romance and paranormal elements. She has recently branched out into writing both mystery and urban fantasy books for young adult with the occasional vampire book thrown in just for fun.
I have one ebook copy each of Tuesday’s Child and Vampire in Denial to give to lucky readers. To enter, simpy leave a comment for Dale. Giveaway is open internationally until midnight October 18, 2011.