About JANICE L. DENNIE:
Janice L. Dennie is an Amazon.com bestselling author of Romantic Fiction and World Literature. Her books include, The Underwoods of Napa Valley Series, The Lion of Judah Series, and another contemporary series, coming May 1, 2017.
Her love for writing romance novels have readers reaching for her books time and again as she delivers love stories featuring tall, dark, handsome heroes and feisty heroines as they tumble breathlessly in love among the pages of exciting stories.
Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Northern California, Ms. Dennie graduated from California State University, before starting a career with a Federal Agency. She enjoys watching football with her husband, Gregory, traveling, and visiting her family.
Ms. Dennie is introducing a line of historical romance novels. Please visit her historical website.
Ms. Dennie regularly posts the release of new books on Facebook and Twitter. She’d love to hear from you, and will reply to any email sent to her.
What inspires you to write?
Finding out something I’ve never seen or heard of before inspires me to write. I lived in a city adjacent to the Napa Valley Wine Country in Northern California. I’d visited the wine country many times, but never saw a winery owned by people of color. When I stumbled across Black Coyote Winery, founded by Dr. Bates, I decided to write Kenton’s Vintage Affair, book 1 in my Underwoods of Napa Valley series. After researching the topic further, I was shocked to learn there were other African American wineries in Napa Valley, I invited three vintners, including Dr. Bates, to participate in a panel discussion and private wine tasting at an event I hosted in Oakland, California. All three winery owners graciously accepted. Shortly after that panel discussion, I began writing “Kenton’s Vintage Affair,” book 1 in “The Underwoods of Napa Valley.”
Tell us about your writing process.
First I write a detailed synopsis and plot. I create my character sketches and break up the plot into chapters. I make sure my plot is logical before I begin writing one word. I also like to make a Pinterest board to give me a visual idea of the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Since I write character sketches for each main character, I know who they are before I begin to write. I don’t talk to them, because I have an idea of how they would react in certain situations.
What advice would you give other writers?
Study your craft. Join Writer’s Digest. They have many books on writing that you can order from online bookstores or purchase at your local bookstore.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I worked for a small University Press at the University of California, Berkeley. I worked with editors, artists, typesetters and sales people. I learned my publishing skills while working there. The publishing industry has evolved since then. There are so many opportunities in the publishing industry. I can’t advise you to become an Indie writer, or a Traditional writer. I can tell you that I enjoy being an Indie writer, because I know how to put a book together. I enjoy controlling my book covers, deciding on a release date, formatting my books, and marketing and selling my books online. I also worked as a Systems Analyst/Coder, and built my website. http://www.janicedennie.com
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I personally think the future of publishing will be digital. Some people enjoy reading paperback books, but I have the feeling that paper books are going to fade out, sort of like bank tellers faded out to ATM’s.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: I write in Multi-Cultural Romance, Women’s Fiction, and Historical Fiction.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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