About Kirsty Dallas:
Kirsty Dallas is the Best Selling and Award Winning Author of the comedy romance novel, Decker's Wood and the highly acclaimed Mercy's Angels Series. She has also written stand alone novels, Breeze Of Life, Violet Addiction and the award winning dystopian fiction, When Nothing Is All You've Got.
She is also a screenwriter who most recently embarked on a joint project with Director and screenwriter, Chris Sun. As co-writer and script editor on the film Boar, this highly anticipated horror has been signed to Universal Pictures Australia.
What inspires you to write?
I don't know that any one thing inspired me to write, it's just always been in my heart. I've been writing since I was 14, and for me it's natural to have all these worlds and characters constantly swirling in my mind.
Tell us about your writing process.
I always start with a really, really rough plot. It's more like the moment I purge all my thoughts down on paper as a rough draft, then I start writing and usually deviate from the original path I paved for myself in my rough plot.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Always, my characters often say and do things I would never do, and many times I don't want them to say or do the things they do. But my stories aren't about me, and I have to follow the direction I'm often being dragged kicking and screaming.
What advice would you give other writers?
Be brave, step outside the box, and wear a hard shell, because our world can be cruel and you need to be prepared to let any cruel words/reviews bounce off your shell. And get a darn good editor.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was lucky enough to have an already published author guide me through the process. I did get an opportunity to pitch to Penguin back in the early days, but the book I presented was a YA fantasy, a genre they weren't interested in taking on at that time. Now I'm too impatient to try traditional publication. When I write a book, I want to share it right then, rather than wait potentially months, if not years, for a traditional publication journey.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's a weird, scary literary world right now, and so many changes have come to pass since I began. I honestly can't predict where everything will lead, but I think and hope traditional publication might loosen it's submissions. We might see more authors pursuing those kind of publishing deals.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance – Contemporary, comedy, dystopia and horror
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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