Dana Page was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Born just down the road from Memphis in Helena, Arkansas, she considers the Mississippi River Delta her own personal inspiration. Having earned a degree in journalism from Texas A&M University, she has utilized her writing skills in varied areas – small-town politics, human interest stories and writing an entertainment column, to name a few. To support her writing habit, she has worked an odd job or two. Don’t ask her about delivering singing telegrams; some things are best forgotten. This is Dana Page’s first novel.
What inspires you to write?
The colorful people I grew up with inspire me most. I grew up in Arkansas & Memphis; and my grandparents lived in New Orleans, so I spent a lot of time there, too. The sayings, the culture, the music…
Speaking of music, that inspires me quite a bit also. If I go to a blues bar on Beale St. or Bourbon St., the music kicks up my imagination. I can get a story going in my head while listening to one song…like, maybe…”Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On.”
Tell us about your writing process
I’m very character driven. My characters come to life first, and then the plot unfolds for me. I don’t outline a plot. I have an idea of it when I sit down to write, but I like for it to happen naturally. I do use a whiteboard once I’m into the story for both plot purposes and character traits. I’m surprised at how getting to know my characters better can take the plot in a new direction. I get very specific with them in the tiniest of persality traits, likes or dislikes. Even if it’s not something that comes up in the story, it helps me define them. I took acting classes for a humanities credit in college, and it actually helped me in learing how to break down a character.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to and talk to my characters. Is that a sign of a crazy person? Probably. But it helps me get into their minds and cadence.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I just wrote about giving up writing for a couple of years on my blog. I was overwhelmed with not being able to get anyone to read my manuscripts. My mother gave me a “Woman’s Day” article that talked about CreateSpace and Amazon publishing, and I thought…if you want something done right, do it yourself. So, I did. I highly recommend it. It’s a roller coaster of emotions; you will be learning new terms and processes that you thought you would never be involved in. The final product is worth it, and I have to say CreateSpace made it easy even for a technically deficient person like me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Publishing is in a state of flux right now. Great, unknown writers are being cast aside for books written by reality stars. That’s why the opportunities to self-publish have become so important. I think the mainstream publishing industry is getting left behind since there are so many opportunites available for independent writers. I do think it’s possible for them to catch up, but as of now writers can successfully do it themselves.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance
What formats are your books in?
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