Dana Marton writes fast-paced action-adventure romances that take her readers all over the globe. She is a Rita Award finalist and the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. She loves writing stories of intrigue, filled with dangerous plots that try her tough-as-nails heroes and the special women they fall in love with. Her books have been published in seven languages in eleven countries around the world.
She would love to hear from her readers.
Okay, the above version is the glamour version for press releases. The truth is that my path to publication was nothing but unglamorous. I wrote for 13 years and completed 4 books (as well as having others in various stages of completion) before I finally received a call from a Harlequin editor. I was beginning to wonder if I was being tenacious or just too dense to know when to quit. But it all worked out at the end! J I love, love, love writing and would spend all day in front of the computer if I could just break my family of the habit of wanting to eat and wear clean clothes. What’s up with that? But I must get up from the desk now and then, if only because my Internet connection goes down or my ancient PC overheats. Then I do enjoy cooking, knitting, hunting for treasures at the flea market, our Beagle, Peanut the Destroyer, and gardening.
I’d love it if you picked up one of my books and emailed me to tell me what you thought of it. I’ve been known to name characters after readers. Just ask Princess Judi.
What inspires you to write?
Oh, the impossible question! I have no idea. I always had ideas, as far back as I can remember. I dream books sometimes. Or, I start watching a movie, love the first five minutes, then I’m like “No, that’s not what happened!” And then I go ahead and write the story the “right” way:-)
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m definitely not an outliner! More like flying by the seat of my Daisy Duke shorts! I have no idea what’s going to happen next. Which is a very fun way to write, but also difficult at times. My current novel, Deathwatch, was planned as a 100 page novella. But when I got to page 100, my characters laughed at me and kept going. So I ended up with a book. I wish my characters would tell me these things ahead of time, but they’re utterly unconcerned about giving me gray hairs.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Mostly, I listen. I’ve given up talking. They never pay any attention to me. They never do what I want them to do. They wreak havoc with any predetermined plot every chance they get, and they laugh about it behind my back.
What advice would you give other writers?
Try to enjoy the process at every stage. You know the ‘It gets easier’ campaign? Writing is not like that. You’ll never have as much time to perfect a book as when you’re unpublished. Once you publish, everything is on a strict deadline. And the more successful you are, the more titles your editor would like to see from you per year. I have a super successful author friend whose publisher sends her on book signing tours and TV appearances etc. But she still has to write the same number of books, more if possible. The reward of a job well done is the opportunity to do more. That whole dream of sitting at a spa and eating bonbons while giving autographs? I’m not sure when that part stars, but after 10 years and 40 books, I’m now busier than when I’d started. So enjoy your journey. Each section of the road has its own beauty and its own difficulties.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I love working with my publisher. My first self-published titles were ideas that were rejected by traditional publishing. I still believed in the stories, however, and since self-publishing was becoming easier and easier, I thought I’d test the waters. I’m grateful beyond words that my readers gave my new books a try. They even asked for more! And since my number one priority is to keep my readers happy, The Agents Under Fire novella trilogy was born (readers can try the first novella, GUARDIAN AGENT, for free, or get the whole trilogy for just 99c.) My Broslin Creek series followed (full-size romantic suspense novels, DEATHWATCH, DEATHSCAPE, DEATHRAP out so far, and DEATHBLOW coming in December). Thanks to my readers, every single one of my indie titles have made Amazon’s Top 100 Romantic Suspense list, some climbing as far as the #1 spot.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see the future of publishing as bright as ever. People will always want to be entertained. We connect through stories. People told stories from the beginnings of mankind, sitting by the fire. Then the Greeks invented the theater and told stories on the stage. Then stories were written on scrolls and clay tablets. Then on paper by hand, then by the printing press. And now we have audiobooks and ereaders. All through tens of thousands of years, the people who could tell a good story always found an audience. The delivery system might change, but my part, the making up of heroes and their heroic deeds–dramatizing love, hate, and redemption–remains the same. And thank God for that!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Romantic Suspense, Fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print