Today at Author Stalker, we have DD Prince, author of dark, contemporary, paranormal and mindf*ck romance stories. If you haven’t already, please check out her books.
Me: How do you select the location/setting of your books?
DD: When I wrote The Dominator, I didn’t choose a main setting and beyond their home city. The characters were taken to Mexico and to Vegas for parts of their story. I made their home town ambiguous in book one because I didn’t want to be stereotypical and choose New York for a crime family. Later in the series, I needed to pick a city, so I looked for something that would fit logically. I looked into US cities that might have a lot of potential for organized crime and chose Oregon because of the port.
In my Nectar Trilogy, I chose my own city for book one because I could write in that setting from experience. The characters travel to other cities as part of their story, but that happens organically because that’s just where they take me.
In Detour, my MC romance, I tried to think of a city that would have a lot of bikers around that my heroine would be accustomed to seeing so I chose a medium-sized city in South Dakota because of Sturgis, the popular annual bike rally.
So, in summary, I usually try to think of a place that will suit the story.
Me: Is there one subject that you would never write as an author? What is it?
DD: I’m not sure, but I don’t think so. I like to let the characters take me on a journey, even if it’s to a difficult place, and I love to challenge myself as an author.
Me: What authors inspired you to write?
DD: As a kid, every single book I read inspired me. I had a very active and vivid imagination. When I finally published, it was indie authors who inspired me. I’d always wanted to write and here they were doing it without a publishing contract. I thought I’d have to have a fistful of rejection letters before I published my book and I was lucky enough to be born in a time when that just wasn’t necessary.
Me: If you didn’t like writing books, what would like to do for a living?
DD: I’d still write something. I’ve been freelance writing as my living for 12 years, so I’d probably still be doing that if I hadn’t finally published.
Me: Is there a type of scene that is harder for you to write than others?
DD: I have trouble writing the end of a book. I hate coming to the end of the story. Maybe that’s why all my books turn into series.
Me: Did publishing your first book change your writing process? If yes, how?
DD: Not fundamentally, but my process prior to publishing has changed since then. When I finally hit publish and read my book on my Kindle I saw a bunch of glaring problems so now I try to read it on my kindle, away from my desk, before I publish, so I’m seeing the story as the reader rather than the author.
Me: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
DD: I’ve been releasing, on average, every three to four months since I wrote my first book. Some stories come faster though (my shortest came in 5 weeks).
Me: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before starting a book?
DD: I research as I go. I’m accustomed to using the web for research but sometimes I’ll also read a bunch of books in a specific genre or watch movies and shows in a certain genre to help me with settings, language, and general inspiration.
Me: What is your favorite unappreciated book?
DD: Fifty Shades. People talk smack about it all the time, but I freaking loved it. The minute I finished I re-read it and that was the first time I’d ever re-read a book as an adult. And reading that series was another thing that kick-started my career because it made me become obsessed with all things romance novels. I read non-stop in my teens, but hadn’t had more than a few spurts of reading in over ten years when I started reading again. I had been reading for a few months steadily after years of barely reading any books, and then after FSOG I was devouring several books a week. I stopped watching television and every free moment was given to reading instead. A lot of today’s successful indie authors have EL James to thank, at least partially, for helping to pave the way to so many women who love romance novels to fall back in love with reading.
Me: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
DD: Getting to the zone. Or The Zone. Because it’s a place I strive to get to and it’s my favorite part of the writing process.
I often start a book strong, and then hit this unusual part where every sentence is a struggle. Sometimes I struggle for weeks. Then there’s some invisible hump that I seem to have to get across before I hit that ‘zone’ and then after that, there’s no stopping me. I eat, breathe, and dream the book until it’s done. I LOVE The Zone but it’s often a painful process to get there.
Me: Have you ever had writer’s block? If yes, how did you overcome it?
DD: If writer’s block hits me hard (which yes, it does sometimes) I have to write something else. Hot Alpha Alien Husbands, Daxx & Jetta was written to combat writer’s block on Dominator 3 Unbound. It worked wonderfully, helping me change gears and unlock some creativity. I’m writing a book right now that’s combating the dreaded ‘block’ for me.
Me: What literary character is most like you?
DD: Anne of Green Gables. I related to her SO much as a child. Wanting to be interesting. Living in my head a lot of the times. Being such a chatterbox.
Me: Of all your books, which one is your favorite?
DD: The Dominator. That story has been with me since I was a teenager. The title is the original title, so I’ve always, always had leanings toward the antihero. And to date it’s still my best seller.
Me: Of all your books, which one was the hardest to write? Why?
DD: The Dominator. I struggled to finish it for 27 years. Not constantly, obviously, but I picked it up and put it down and started it over at least a dozen times. It felt like I’d never finish any story if I didn’t finish it. When I finally finished it and wrote, ‘The End’ without premeditation, I immediately wrote “Or is It?” and the idea for book 2 came from that. But, finishing it did help me go on and in three years I’ve already written nine other books.
Me: Any last thoughts for readers?
DD: Thank you. Anyone who reads one of my books, who likes one of my social media pages, who tells one of their friends about a book of mine, who takes the time to leave a review… is helping me live my dream. I do not take that for granted.
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