Q: What books have most influenced your life most?
I would have to say Anne Rice and Stephen King have influenced me with most of their books. Their influence shows in my stories. I write dark fairytales and yes, I like a little horror with my romance.
Q: What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both? Do you use mood music, candles, no noise, when you write?
I outline not because I want to but because if I don’t it will take me longer to get through the story. It’s a terrible feeling to forget a major theme that should be running through the story when you’re almost done with it. When I start watching old horror or suspense movies for a few weeks I know I’m getting ideas for a new hero and heroine, which are percolating in my mind.
Q: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Absolute Write is a serious online writing community I quietly observed for a year before venturing to put my work to their test. I finally graduated from lurker to visible member and that’s when my writing took off. Over the years I got the help I needed in crit groups, with betas, etc. I mentioned before they are serious writers; they aren’t warm and fuzzy. They tell it like it is and that is exactly what I needed.
Q: What do you feel is the most important aspect for all new authors to remember when writing or creating their own stories?
You have to be able to kill your darlings! Of course, you are in love with your story – you wrote it. Be willing to listen to constructive criticism. I’m not saying change your ideals for your story. Only you know how you want it to play out but do take good advice. If you are a good writer there is always a way to show what you want to say or what you want your readers to know. Leave out the backstory, sagging middles and long diatribes.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for your Cardiff series?
A dream. I daydreamed about Roman Cardiff fighting the il Dragone demons and other ‘scenes’ of the story for weeks. I thought I was going crazy until I realized I had a book in me.
Q: What was the most exciting thing that happened to you after you signed your contract – besides receiving your first check as a published author?
That’s when the fun began! I really enjoyed the editing process – a chance to refine the characters and scenes. I love cover art – really enjoyed that whole process.
Q: If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
I always thought I was going to be a famous singer. Growing up, I sang with local bands in New York City so hopefully I would be doing that and earning a living.
Q: What is on tap for the rest of the year?
I am anxious to finish the third book in the Cardiff novels. This one deals with the vampires and shifters hounding the Cardiff family. I can’t wait to finish because I’m getting distracted by my fourth WIP. I’m starting to daydream about it. I think it will turn out to be a sci-fi romance. That’s going to be a challenge for me as I’ve never written sci-fi before, but I think my heroine wants it that way.
Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Danita Minnis Links
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Danita-Minnis-Romance-Author/433534206657385?ref=hlFacebook Cardiff Novels Page: https://www.facebook.com/DanitaMinnis?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Danita_MinnisGoogle+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/111389861535772698079/posts/p/pub
Networked Blogs: http://www.networkedblogs.com/user/1345144572
The Cardiff Novels
Love Entwined at Liquid Silver Books: http://www.lsbooks.com/love-entwined-p828.php
Love Entwined on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/pcelupp
Love Entwined on Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/nq44wn8
Falcon’s Angel at Liquid Silver Books: http://www.lsbooks.com/falcons-angel-p225.php