About Dylann Rhea:
Dylann Rhea is an author from a small suburban town in New Jersey. Growing up, Rhea struggled in school due to her dyslexia. Although it was difficult, she was able to push through it and use her passion for story telling to write her own story. She self-published her debut novel Tormented Soul in January, the first installment of the Storm Trilogy and is currently working on the sequel.
What inspires you to write?
Art is the biggest catalyst for my writing. I would have never been able to be creative without it. Whether it’s music, a painting, or even something as simple as someones laugh. Anything that gets an emotional reaction out of me will help me with my writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m 100% an outliner. I need to see the whole picture before I can jump in and it makes the writing process easier for me. When I first have an idea, I spend hours or even days researching and taking notes in a notebook. The fun thing about writing fantasy is that there’s so much you can do with it. There are so many myths and creatures which is why I love it so much! As soon as I know my story idea will work, I jump in and make a really long outline of bullet points. Honestly, if anyone got a hold of my notebook they would think I was insane. I have so many random notes and pictures and research articles clipped to it.
When it comes to characters, I usually start out with a rough idea of how I want them to be personality wise. Sometimes while I’m writing and I really get into the characters mind I surprise myself with what they say. There’s a particular character named Finley in Tormented Soul that gets me really giddy and, almost sassy. I will be writing some dialogue for him and texting my friends at the same time, they really get a kick out of it.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t know if I’ve ever talked to one of my characters, but I certainly listen to them. I’m someone who is very interested in understanding people’s motives and how they turned out the way they did. Even with villains in my book, I understand them, it makes it easier to write their story lines.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep going. Don’t every give up on something you believe in. It may take sometime, but it will work out. As long as you have the passion to write, do it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published for a few reasons. I think the most important one was that I didn’t want to have to wait to get published. I know it takes months or even years for that to happen and I didn’t want to wait that long and possibly get rejected. I’m also the type of person who wants a say in everything. This stories my baby and I want to make sure it’s published properly. I liked being able to pick the cover and who my editor was.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Going to different author events, I think a lot more people are choosing to self publish. Especially since a majority of people read eBooks now. I enjoy reading traditional hard copy books myself, but I think eBooks give self published writers an incredible chance to get their work out there. I hope self published author get more recognition for their work because many book stores and libraries almost seem to be allergic to self publishers.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Young adult fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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