About D. V. Stone:
D. V. Stone is an award-winning, multi-genre, traditionally and independently published author. She writes books people want to read. Whether romance or fantasy, her stories are about the importance of friends and family. About overcoming obstacles while doing it with humor.
Around the Fire is a popular weekly blog where she introduces both established and new authors giving an insider’s look into their lives and books as well as tidbits about her own life.
After retiring, she is now a full-time author and incorporates her life experiences into her books.
A former Emergency Medical Technician, she volunteered in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At the same time, she worked as a professional EMT in a women’s state prison. She was the proprietor of a coffee shop, and a small restaurant/ice cream stand in the years that followed. The years following were as a manager in an animal emergency hospital, while her last position was in a human medical office.
When not behind the wheel of 2Hoots—a 41 foot long 13.2 feet high 5th Wheel camper, she rambles around town in Northern New Jersey in a white Camaro. She also loves travel and history.
D.V. is wife to an amazing husband, mother to one son, and not your average grandma to three beautiful grands. A woman of faith, she believes and trusts in God.
“My greatest pleasures are spending time outside with friends and family, cooking over the open fire, sipping a glass of wine, and reading.”
Hali, her rescue dog, always reminds her to let readers know, “Woof, woof.” Which is loosely translated as support your local animal rescue.
What inspires you to write?
Fantasy, romance, mystery I read it all and write the same. I love all different types of books and my writing reflect this. Books have always been a significant part of my life. From Little Golden Books, through the children’s classics like Heidi, Black Beauty, and Misty of Chincoteague, I’ve always enjoyed slipping away to another world. The authors and genres over the years have by turn made me laugh and cry. Sometimes they scared me to death or pushed me to the edge of my seat. So, in that spirit, I hope to one-day gift others with those emotions. Sit and laugh, cry, scream, or quietly contemplate. To take an adventure and visit new places. Make new friends and conquer some enemies.
During the downturn in the economy I was laid off from a job of nine years. Devastated, I turned to books. Reading so many helped me deal with the pain and worry. Heroines and heroes in the novels I immersed in, all struggled, but fought not only to make their way back, but to make their way better. Even more inspiring, were the authors who put themselves out there. Critics can be tough. Finding time to put words down in a world that pulls you in so many directions.
Fear of sitting down and putting words to “paper” is daunting. One day, I sat in front of my laptop
What have I learned over the years?
Perseverance and patience are needed. Writing is a long process. People ask all the time. When is your book coming out? I’ve been working on Rock House for three years. A high fantasy which is the first time I wrote a novel is still a work in progress after six years
Disappointment and rejection happen. Learn what you can from criticism and let the rest go. I belong to a critique group through Romance Writers of America. The same section submitted often has multiple conflicting comments. Each comment though teaches me something about writing and myself.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
JRR Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, C.L. Wilson, Jeanine Frost, and Kathryn Shay to name a few.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a former Pantser. That means I wrote by the seat of my pants. I found that now I'm writing series books, that doesn't work for me anylonger. My writing lair looks like CSI with whiteboards and charts everywhere. I'm also a fan of composition note books. You know, the black and white splattered ones. Except now they come in colors. I'm using an orange on now.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I often ask them, "What do you want." Sometime I'll also get up and act out the scene.
What advice would you give other writers?
Remember to take care of yourself. Get up often and move around. Write in a different location. I go from my lair, to my kitchen table to my deck often. Make sure you have a good editor. Do your research.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I'm a hybrid author as many are these days. The Wild Rose Press took me on and I love the community they've given me. My contemporary books are with them. But I also like the freedom of being an indie author. I write fantasy and mid-grade as an independent.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People will always want books. I think many authors will end up hybrid like I am.
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Fantasy, Mid-Grade Paranormal
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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