About Dena Garson:
Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. Her sixth book, Mystic’s Touch, won the 2015 Passionate Plume for Futuristic/Fantasy/Sci-Fi as well as the 2015 Reader’s Choice Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy/Time Travel. Ghostly Persuasion finaled in the 2014 Passionate Plume and the 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Your Wild Heart finaled in the 2016 Passionate Plume for Paranormal Romance.
When she isn’t writing you can find her at her jewelry workbench playing with beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.
What inspires you to write?
A variety of things have inspired my books. One of my more recent came from a song. Others have been ideas from friends or writing partners and even news articles.
Tell us about your writing process.
Mostly an outliner, but I do tend to write a chapter or two before starting the outline. The outline may or may not be complete until I’m about half way through the book. I don’t use fancy software for my outlines – just a simple table in a Word document. And no, I don’t do character sketches. I keep notes of what my characters look like as it is revealed to me during the writing process in the same file as my outline.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes. Most of the time I feel like a voyeur – watching what they’re doing. I might mumble to myself as I’m writing asking them what they are doing or going to do. It’s kind of like watching a movie in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, write. Take writing classes. Learn to accept critiques and feedback on your writing. Find good critique partners you can trust and that you feel comfortable with. Write some more. Also – if you’re going to submit to publishers study their requirements and what they’re looking for in submissions and follow it to the letter.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had joined a local writer group and attended meetings for a couple of years before I ever submitted. The first things I submitted were short stories and magazine articles. Those acceptances helped build my confidence so when I had a book manuscript ready for submission it wasn’t quite as scary. But even today – with 10 books out – I still want to throw up when I send a new manuscript to a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self publishing is making a huge impact on the publishing industry. It is also becoming more accepted by both readers and publishers. I don’t think anyone can ignore that segment and would encourage new authors to investigate that option while still seeking the experience of publishing with a traditional house.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance – contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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