I recently had the chance to chat with a very
talented and very funny author. So, without further delay
let’s hear from the talented
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or were there
other aspirations… like the beauty queen trifecta?
LOL. Nope, I didn’t always want to be a writer. I wanted to
move to Hollywood and sing duets with Barry Manilow.
Seriously. And then I got married and Barry and I didn’t
cross paths until much later in my life
Just call me genius.
You write in several genres. Do you have a favorite? Is there a
genre you would like to try?
I love paranormal, urban fantasy. Love the idea of taking an already
existing world and putting some crazy spin on it. But there’s a
crazy contemporary in my future because I love that genre, too.
Tell us what makes Dakota tick?
Starbucks, Pepsi and very little sleep. LOL.
You incorporate humor into your stories, do you feel that humor is
an important part of life?
OMG, absolutely! If I couldn’t laugh at some of the stuff that’s
happened in my life, I’d just have to lay down and die. Even when
you’re at our worst, when everything’s crumbling, you have to have
an outlet—mine is to laugh. As for incorporating it into my writing,
that’s not intentional. I never sit down and think, “OMG, I MUST be
funny.” That’s uberpressure. I just write, and ask my crit partners
if they laughed
Writing in the romance genre, do you believe in happily ever after
and have you found yours?
I believe in making your own happily ever after. And it’s a daily
effort that surpasses laundry, and bills and carpooling. I’ve
definitely found the person I want to spend the rest of my life
with, and I believe wholeheartedly in soul mates, but I also believe
you can have a happily ever after without ever including a long term
partner. Yet, the romantic in me will always root for two people to
fall in love and do whatever it is that makes them happily ever
Tell us some of your favorites… foods, movies, music, books,
authors, colors, and any others you would like.
Food—hmmm, lobster and French fries. Soooooo bad for me. And Pepsi
Music—now that’s tough because I love so many diff genres from rap
to oldies to country, classical etc. I think I’m most drawn to sappy
love songs, though. Go fig.
Books and authors—anything Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Michele
Bardsley, Nina Bangs, Sandra Hill, and most recently, Mark Henry,
and Toni McGee causey.
Colors—pink. Yeah, I know—I’m such a girl, but I like black, too
What is your guilty pleasure?
Ugh—smoking. I know, I know, but for the love of a good smoke
while I’m writing, ya know? LOL
What was the best piece of advice you received when first starting
out? Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Shut. Up. And write. Really. Just focus on your goal and do it
until your fingers bleed. Choose crit partners who like your work,
but who won’t hornswaggle you if something sucks. No one should
pacify you—they should be honest with you.
Then listen, and learn. Don’t think you can’t be wrong, because
you can. Take advice that’s given to you with humble thanks and
discard whatever you can’t apply to your work, and then write some
And something else that’s very, very important. You’ll never
please everyone—face it, and suck it up, princess. LOL. Not
everyone’s gonna love you and your precious, and that’s okay. Much
like beauty, the written word is in the eye of the beholder. Deal.
And then, go write some more
And that’s exactly what I’d pass on to aspiring writers, too
If you could bring one of your characters to life… who would it be
Oh, without a doubt, Nina from Accidentally Dead. I know it
sounds like I’m pimping, but seriously—she has no filter from brain
to mouth and I’d love to watch her go at it in real life.
Do you have a writing schedule that you follow daily… a certain
number of hours or word count? What is our perfect writing
I write from about ten at night until like four or five in the
morning, and I try like hell to do at least 3k a day. Sometimes it’s
more like five, and other days only two, but I always go in with the
goal of 3k. In the morning, around ten or so, I get up, answer
emails, and go over what I did the night before. I tweak during the
morning and afternoon hours—break for dinner and household crap
(those freakin’ kids and their need for food. LOL)—then I’m back at
And a perfect writing environment would be a sound proof room
with nothing but me and the computer and some Bach
But I think that’s not gonna happen, huh? LOL
Do you enjoy hearing from your readers, and what is the best way to
Oh, absolutely—good, bad, or indifferent, I love to hear from
them. And they can call my mother at… LOL. I’m kidding. They can
email me at
What is your greatest strength? Any weaknesses?
My greatest strength has to be my organizational skills. I rule
at list writing and planning. I could make your eyeballs bleed with
all my lists. And I have more weaknesses than I can count—I’m like
How would you spend a perfect day if you could do anything at all?
I’d read Dean Koontz and Stephen King simultaneously while dining
on buttery lobster and listening to Barry Manilow sing to me
Do you have any pet peeves?
Sloppy eaters and gum chewers. I hate the sound of popping gum,
slurping food, chewing with your mouth open. It makes my skin crawl.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us? Current or
Let’s see… There’s Accidentally Dead from Berkley Sensation July
1, 08, then The Accidental Human in the winter of 09, and Kiss and
Hell in the summer of 09.
And for the love of God, isn’t that enough? LOLLOL
Oh, and mucho thanks for having me!