About Dina Rae:
Dina Rae brings an academic element to her novels by weaving research and history throughout the stories. Big Pharma, Big Agri, Big Conspiracy is Dina's first nonfiction work.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and dog outside of Dallas. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Stephen King, Brad Thor, and George R.R. Martin. She also enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures. The Best Seller, her newest sci-fi novel, is released by Solstice Publishing.
What inspires you to write?
I love the escape of reading. Writing also gives me that same escape, except this time I am controlling the story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start off with an idea-no story boards or planning, etc. About 30K words into the story, I start to have a sense of where the plot is going. At this point, I make a loose outline which I don't always stick to. I am both-seat-of-pants and outliner. I like to write in a notebook and then type out my chapters in MS Word. I have never made a character sketch, but put a great deal of research into my stories.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My novels are based on history and some conspiracy theories. I like to add the facts and theories into the plot. My goal is for the reader to Google something that I have written. I want the reader to learn something new.
What advice would you give other writers?
I don't talk to them-not that crazy! My characters tend to get real faces, bodies, dialects and hairstyles, etc. as I write. I can almost hear them talk or flip their hair or breathe heavily. But their creation is as far as the interaction goes.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have learned a ton and am still learning. Writing a book is only part of the journey. Promoting it is another story. The whole process is hard work, but so rewarding.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don't think new authors bother with promotion. They need to take it just as seriously as writing the novel. Publishers can only do so much and if your self-published, well, that means it's all on you. New authors need to have an online presence as well as writing a blog that has something to do with writing or their genre. They need to trade manuscripts with other authors and review work in exchange for their own reviews. Again, writing the book is on some level easier than promotion.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Horror, one YA, and one non-fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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