Oct 122011

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.

You have a number of series in progress. How do you keep them separate? How do you choose which to write next? 

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!

How does writing fiction differ from writing non-fiction? 

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.

What’s the hardest part of writing a book?

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.

What’s your favourite part of writing a book? 

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.

What inspired you to become a writer? 

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.

Do you read reviews written about your book? 

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!

Do you keep track or write reviews for books you read? 

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.

Anything else you would like to add? 

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.

Connect online: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

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.

If you can’t wait to win, buy the books online: Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble

  25 Responses to “Interview: Dale Mayer + Giveaway”

  1. Amazing Interview 🙂 Think I might buy her books they sound so good. 🙂

    Kerry-Ann 🙂 x x

  2. Not entering as I have no e-reader but I had to comment on this great interview. I loved the questions but especially loved the answer to whether she read reviews.

  3. Congratulations on all the great reviews, Dale.

  4. Hi Dale! Your book sounds awesome, and I totally agree with you regarding only writing good reviews. If I don't really enjoy a book, there's no way I will purposely bad-mouth it. I figure even if it's not for me, it's probably just the thing for someone else! Thanks for an amazing giveaway:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  5. Hi
    I looked for more information of “Vampire in Denial” and it sounds really interesting. Please enter me in the contest.

    dany7578 at hotmail dot com

  6. Hi Kerry-Ann – sorry, I'm so late in showing up. It's been a crazy day. Glad you like the sound of my books. I have to tell you that I loved writing them!

  7. Hi Dana,

    I thought I'd never use my Kindle and bought it more from a business point to check my books out in the various formats, but honestly, I don't know what I'd do with it now!

  8. Hi Marley,

    Thanks for stopping by – I know how busy you are!

  9. hi Julie,

    I know it's a big wide world out there and there are books out there for everyone! Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the draws!

  10. Hi Daniela,

    Love the spelling of your name! Vampire in Denial has to be one of my favorite stories. There are currently 7 planned in that series. Good luck with the draw!

  11. These books look really good. I'm sorry to admit that I have never hear of Dale Meyer. But now I have added her to my purchase list and can't wait to start reading.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    jbronderblogs at aol dot com

  12. enjoyed the interview, books sound great!!

    ctymice at gmail dot com

  13. I read a preview of both Tuesday's Child and Vampire in Denial and would love a copy! Thanks for entering me.

  14. thanks for the interview. i would love to win a copy of the books.

    witchvela at web dot de

  15. Hi Jessica,

    That's the great thing about visiting other blogs – now you've heard of me! Good luck with the draws!

  16. Crftyduchess – glad you enjoyed the interview – there were some great questions here!

    I love getting asked the unusual – makes me think!

  17. Hi Elizabeth,

    Glad you found and read the previews. I have a lot of books, but I have to admit these two are some of my favs!

    The second book in each series is written and one is coming out at the end of the month!

  18. Yto,

    You're in for the draw – good luck! Thanks for stopping by.

  19. Very beautiful interview and thank you for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  20. Dale, I'm so glad you were able to stop by. Thanks for all the comments to the commenters!

  21. wow i love to read them and blog check out my review on good read and amazon and other i have over 200 under my belt

  22. Hi Diana,

    Glad you enjoyed the interview! Sarah asked some great questions. Good luck with the draws!

  23. Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for the invite to be here! I try to show up when I can – often ends up being at odd times though. 😛

  24. Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Tuesday's Child and Vampire in Denial are both new titles for me. I look forward to looking them up and of course I would love to read them and appreciate the giveaway opportunity even though I am adding them to my wishlist 🙂 I also look forward to following you and taking advantage of all you have to share with us:)


  25. Have added both titles to my wishlist. Just love
    discovering a “new” author!.

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