About Dusty Grein:
An author, graphics designer and full-time father and grandpa. Originally from Federal Way, Washington he now resides in Oregon, where his youngest daughter (Jazzmyn Grein, an author in her own right) keeps him busy.
After the loss of his first-born grandson to SIDS, Dusty started donating a lot of his time, talent and love to providing memorial keepsake images to families who miss their angels. This is a labor of love, and he gets more from the giving than anyone can know.
Dusty’s blog FROM GRANDPA’S HEART… is an international favorite. It was started after he survived a heart attack as a way to pass on messages of love, hope and happiness to his kids and grandkids – but he has chosen to share these heartfelt posts with the world.
His first novel, THE SLEEPING GIANT, is a thrilling story of love, fear and survival centered around the impending eruption of Mount Rainier in Washington state.
What inspires you to write?
My mother taught me to read at four, and my love of stories has lead me to share the movies in my mind with others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I spend a great deal of time meeting my characters and getting to know them, then I place them in my world, and let them go. I know where they are headed, but I let them chose the roads we take on the way there.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am always talking to, and more importantly listening to and watching my characters. They quite often surprise me, but they are always true to themselves. My job is to share their stories.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten is the one I share with others: If you want to become a better writer, then read more. Period.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish my books, because I wanted to share my stories with the world, and found an avenue to do so without the difficulty and struggle of waiting for an external publisher to notice and produce them.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have watched the digital marketplace and the explosion of the ebook as a valid medium for years now, and it truly will become a larger part of how we share our information as time goes by. Print books will always be around, and they will always have their adherents, but the digital revolution is here to stay.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: I write across the fiction spectrum, but my favorite genres are fantasy, scifi and thrillers.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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