About Madilynn Dale:
Madilynn Dale is an author based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. She writes fantasy, romance, and paranormal pieces primarily. She spends most of her day with her son, tending to her pets, and writing.
Madilynn holds degrees in several areas. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Southern Nazarene University, located in Oklahoma. She also has an Associates of Science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant Sciences from Oklahoma City Community College. She is licensed as a Physical Therapy Assistant in Oklahoma and works as a PRN therapist.
Madilynn has enjoyed reading various forms of fiction and the occasional non-fiction story since she began reading as a young girl. Writing seemed to be another piece of this addiction to books, and she embraced it after becoming a mother. Writing is now a piece of her soul to be bared to the world.
Madilynn's hobbies, when not writing, include reading, baking, crafting, hiking, and horseback riding. She loves to travel and explore. One day she hopes to expand her travels and see the world, but in the meantime, you will find her working on her next novel. She will most likely have coffee and some form of chocolate with her as she writes.
She has published work on various sites, including Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Lulu. She can be found on Bookbub and Goodreads. She may also be found on various social media forms, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write by dreams, love from my family, and being outdoors. The creativity seems to flow easier when I walk through the woods or go on a hike.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Some of my favorite authors include Sarah J Maas, Ivy Asher, Deborah Harkness, J.K. Rowling, and C. L. Schneider. I am always finding new authors I like though.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is a bit crazy. I am a fly by the seat of your pants person but I start out with a bit of structure. I make an excel file of all the characters I plan to use and then some with their personality, magic, features, etc listed. I then do another page of various types of scenery to put in the book. Once that is done I make a rough outline and start writing. My outline is just a way to get the process started and I rarely stick with it. After I complete the first draft I go back and begin edits before sending it to an editor and/or beta readers. I also use Pinterest to get character inspiration as well as people watch when out and about.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I absolutely talk to my characters. It's hard not to when they spend so much time in your head demanding that you put their story on paper. My most recent idea has been very persistent but I can only write so fast. My characters typically guide the story which is why following an outline is difficult for me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do not give up on your ideas and keep writing. Your manuscript doesn't have to be perfect, people will love it. Don't kill yourself with perfectionism and put it out there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I originally tried traditional publishing but after a few rejection letters, I decided to try independent publishing. Being an indie author is exciting and I am glad I chose to try it out. I did talk to a few friends who had published in both ways before trying out indie publishing. I had an author that publishes traditionally encourage me to self-publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there is a huge shift right now and more people are publishing independently. Traditional publishers make it difficult to publish with them and there are some astounding authors that have blossomed because they went with self-publishing.
What genres do you write?: I write in a mix of fantasy, paranormal, adventure, and romance.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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