About Dee Dawning:
Dee was born in Chicago, and grew-up in Las Vegas. Dee loves the Southwest and for the last twenty-five years has lived in sunny Arizona, and so far he hasn’t melted. He’s a young sixty-thirteen, stands about six foot, has sandy brown hair, blue eyes and a ruddy complexion. He presently resides in Carefree AZ with his beautiful wife of thirty-three years and a white Lab named Summer. (Children are grown.)
Dee Dawning started writing in 2004. To date he’s published over fifty titles of various lengths and genres from erotica to sweet romance and from drama to action suspense. Some say his writing is a little quirky and that’s just fine with Dee. If you’re looking for something a little different check out his scribblings. I doubt you’d be disappointed.
What inspires you to write?
I can’t say anything inspires me to write. I just really enjoy it. I enjoy creating scenes, characters, plots, settings etc. FUN, FUN. FUN! It’s the promotion that’s boring.
Tell us about your writing process.
I suppose I’m what they call a pantzer, short for seat of the pants writer. I get an idea for a story and start writing, not knowing where the story will tale me. Another term for this style of writing would be story building as opposed to story telling. Like most authors, I started writing in third person past tense, but curiously after completing my third book, I wrote a short story in first person past tense and once I did I found out I couldn’t break away from it. Oh I tried to write in third person, in fact one of my publishers insisted on it, but 1st person is so ingrained in my muse that I often switch from third to first person in the same book and need to go back and make corrections. So now I just write first person and there isn’t any problems.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No I don’t listen or talk with them, but since I’m a pantzer, I do feel that some of my stronger minded character take the lead in developing the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
When it comes to advice, I’m afraid I’m not very good, because in hindsight some of the moves I made were not helpful. For instance, a good way to get known and possibly popular is to pick out a genre and stick with it. I’m not like that. My books while mostly romance are all over the place. That’s not good for name recognition.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Well, I’ve been writing long enough that I actually was with five publishers. Back then you couldn’t go on Amazon or Google or any of the other vendors and self publish. Back then the only game in town was the traditional publishers or the ePublishers and you didn’t pick them, they picked you. Now of course it’s a new ball game.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Publishing books has developed into a very tough business. In my opinion it shouldn’t be that way but it is. I think think the major vendors made some mistakes and now they seem to be trying to correct those mistakes.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance, Adult Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Erotica
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print