Note: This interview was originally released in my March 2015 newsletter.
One of my absolute favorite romantic suspense authors of all time has agreed to a little interview with me. Please welcome New York Times bestselling author Dana Marton.
NS: Welcome, Dana! So excited to have you here. Let’s get to our first question. What inspired Forced Disappearance?
DM: Hot geeky men! (I’m married to a software engineer.) I’ve written a lot of books about special ops and commando soldiers. I wanted to create a story where the heroine was in the protector/military role, and the hero was in trouble.
“When wealthy American businessman Glenn Danning goes missing in Venezuela, investigator Miranda Soto volunteers to track him down. It’s her first assignment for the Civilian Personnel Recovery Unit, but this mission is about more than salvaging the remnants of her shattered military career. Glenn was Miranda’s best friend and first lover, and she’ll do anything to save him from danger…”NS: Why self-publish the Broslin Creek series?
DM: Deathscape was turned down for publication. Then indie publishing took off, and suddenly, I had options. I thought Deathscape was a great story, and I didn’t want to give up on it. Luckily, a hundred thousand or so readers agreed! The book hit #1 on the Romantic Suspense bestseller list. I’m really glad I stuck with it.
NS: What does your writing process look like? For example, Tess Gerritsen recently interviewed with one of her local papers that she hand writes every manuscript before typing it up.
DM: My writing process is 50% chaos and 50% gnashing of teeth (and piles of emergency chocolate). I so want to be one of those people who carefully plot, but I’m not. If I find the process is too smooth, I’ll toss in a twist just to surprise myself. Writing is more fun that way, but definitely more nerve-racking. I have a small desk wedged between the kitchen and the living room. I’d hate to be behind a closed door all day, isolated. If I could change one thing, it would be to move the fridge somewhere far, far away. Having it within reach is way too great a temptation.
NS: Which of your heroes is your favorite and why?
DM: Batumar (from Accidental Sorceress)! I love the warlord. He is tough. He has to be, a lot of lives depend on him. He has seen tremendous personal loss, but he is brave and fair, and he is so gentle with Tera, so incredibly patient. It was his gentleness that completely won me over.
NS: Tell us a little bit about Reluctant Concubine and why you decided to write a fantasy romance rather than your normal romantic suspense.
DM: Tera’s character popped into my head before I had much of a plot or even a conscious decision to write fantasy. But I could hear that first chapter very clearly, Tera recounting how she’s been sold by her own father into a brutal culture of bloodthirsty warlords and evil concubines. I couldn’t stand not knowing what happened to her, so I had to write the book.
She is such a pure soul, and has a unique way of looking at the world. I was extremely lucky that readers responded to her. The original version of this story was published in 2012 as The Third Scroll. I’ve been receiving email ever since from readers who wanted more. So I’m really excited to issue an updated edition with the new title Reluctant Concubine, and the sequel Accidental Sorceress.
NS: What can your readers expect from you next?
DM: I’m hoping to write the last two books of my Broslin Creek series and finish my Hardstorm Saga trilogy this year. And I’m already brainstorming a new series or two. I will probably let my readers pick which one will get written. I have a wonderful book club on Facebook (Dana Marton Book Club) where I get advice from readers on everything from covers to book blurbs. My readers are brilliant. I ask for their advice every chance I get.
NS: Thank you for stopping by, Dana, and for letting us get to know you better.
DM: Thank you so much for having me here!
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