I was given the chance to chat with a very talented author
this month, who took time out of her busy schedule to spend
some time with us here at Joyfully Reviewed. So, without
further delayÖletís hear from
It seems like you have always wanted to be a writer. How
does it feel to have achieved your goal?
Ecstatically wonderful, a great
sense of achievement.
Are you able to write full time or do you have a day job?
No, I have a day job, contracting for a
Tell us what makes DeloresÖDelores.
Wow, that's an interesting question.
Freedom to be is primordial to me. Iím always making sure that Iíve
got something Ďniceí to look forward to, from vacations to going out
for a quick coffee with friends. I am evidently fortunate and
grateful for my good health and my life, and to be able to get up
every morning to look forward to living lovingly, expressively and
positively. Meeting challenges with clear objectives in mind,
steering away from negativity. These, as well as many other aspects,
too many to mention, makes me, me.
It sounds like you have traveled quite a bit and had a lot of
exciting adventures. Do you have a favorite so far and is there
something else you want to try?
Hopping around the Hawaiian Islands is
one of my most memorable times. The islands are very fascinating and
gloriously beautiful places and the indigenous people are so loving
and creative. Their dancingís unforgettable. What stands out for me
is I can still see myself standing on the edge of a crater that's
stated to be 11 miles wide. Hot vapours were puffing out of cracks
beneath my feet and, although I was standing there, at my own risk,
I wasnít afraid. Although I should have been. In Brazil, walking
along the IguaÁu falls and speed-boating along the river on the
Amazonís Orinoco Delta. Stopping off to meet Warao Indians was mad,
I know youíve asked for a favorite, but my adventures have all been
so amazing that Iím finding it quite hard to really put my finger on
one definitive favorite. The next adventure I am looking forward to
is hiking on the Hajjar Mountains in Hatta in the United Arab
Emirates, this December which Iím certain will be quite mind
boggling and I am really hoping that I will bump into some real
Bedouins. My hotel is based in the mountains and built on the Khatt
natural springs. I plan to post events of that adventure on my
www.deloresairey.com and on MySpace upon
my return in January 2008.
How does the writing process work for you?
I think you mean how do I conjure up
stories? I daydream prior to and while sitting at my keyboard. What
I love is at any time of the day or night, when Iím going about my
everyday business, no matter what Iím doing, I can conjure plots and
scenes as though they are really happening or about to happen and I
then treat those plots and scenes as events that need documenting.
There was a time when Iíd forget certain plots. It was only when Iíd
made the decision to see them all as genuine events, in my mindís
eye, that I seldom forget events of a story now. When the day comes
when I am unable to differentiate fact from fiction, Iíll recognize
that Iím in deep trouble and would have to do a rethink! (laughs).
Do you have a writing schedule that you follow?
No, none that I adhere to. During the
weekends I normally write for a few hours starting from about 5 or 6
in the mornings and after Iíve done the shopping or worked out at
the gym or done the domestic chores, I return to the keyboard either
during the early evening or late at night, sometimes writing into
the early hours of the following morning. Weekdays, dependent upon
what time I get home from work, I tend to write some evenings and
early in the morning before going to the day job.
How do you promote your work?
The old fashioned word-of-mouth strategy
where I tend to talk, diplomatically, about what I do to people I
meet. I enjoy talking to people who like to talk about themselves
and what they do, itís great. People also tend to talk about people
theyíve met and what they do, so thatís free, verbal promotion in a
sense. Mention of my websites
encourages people to view them. Business card hand-outs. You never
know who is passing on your details to whom or who knows a person
that can do this or that. Reviews and advertisements in magazines
and newspapers. I am now toying with the idea of merchandising. Let
me give you an example. As a promotional and advertising ploy, no, I
donít like that word, ploy, very much, it sounds like Iím out to
trick or con people, exercise, thatís better, Iíll be wearing
t-shirts or caps with my book cover printed on them to test public
reaction and generate conversation. There is a very ambitious move
Iím making right now, giving away fabulous prizes in a competition
scheduled to go live on my website in December, I am hoping that
winners will never forget that competition, even if they never read
the book but, having said that, the seed would have been planted and
with enough watering and nutrients, there should come a healthy
growth, metaphorically speaking Ė itís the Wow factor Iím working on
here. I have more exciting competitions planned for next year.
Thereís also the signed book giveaway to selective people who enjoy
reading romantic novels. I also hope to get an interview on the
radio Ė I am certainly working on that one.
Do you plan your books out before you start writing or does it
develop as you write?
I plan an entire book from the daydreams
and images I conjure up. And yes, admittedly, certain events develop
while writing. I see dramas taking place in my imagination and I
allow my characters to develop the story.
Tell us some of your favoritesÖhobbies, foods, movies, music,
books, authors, holidays, color, or any other favorites.
I love to relax in a spa, steam room,
sauna and spa bath or Jacuzzi ô at least once a month. Because I am
so busy, I don't visit the spa as often as I'd like that going to
the spa has become a hobby or a monthly treat now. A few movies I
can watch again and again are, Mystic River, Casualties of War and
Scar Face. They all make me cry and, Two Can Play That Game makes me
happy. My favorite romance authors are, Louise Bagshawe, Penny
Vincenzi and Daniele Steele. My favorite reads in the biography
genre are Sydney Poitier, Sidney Sheldon, Arnold Schwanegger, Dr.
Benjamin S. Carson, Chris Gardner and Oprah Winfrey. In the
Inspirational genre, Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill is the
tops. I love vibrant colors, yellow, white, cerise and red. Gospel
music by Alvin Slaughter feeds my spirit. His voice is absolutely
amazing. A selection of Jazz, Blues, Soul and Ballads, too many to
mention. Rock music, as in Phil Collins, I find him quite easy to
listen to and enjoy. And, as for vacations, the United Arab Emirates
is becoming my favorite jaunt. Having visited Dubai three times this
year, April, May and August, Iím returning in late December and
again in April 2008. Moving on to food, I am a sucker for Cashew
nuts and will never grow tired of eating them.
Do you enjoy hearing from your readers and what is the best
way to contact you?
Very much so. Readersí feedback is
invaluable to me. I regularly receive feedback from readers who
communicate with me by email
email@example.com, using my contact
page via my website and via MySpace. I make it my business to
respond to them all.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
First and foremost, read regularly, if
not constantly. Before setting off to write, be certain it is a true
desire and not just a wish. Writing can be a lonely profession and
crafting a book of say, 100,000 words plus by deadline for a
publisher is not as simple as it may appear. Be prepared to dedicate
hours and hours of time and discipline to your writing. Write what
you know. Sounds almost like a clichť, but it is so vital a point.
Research your chosen genre. Learn as much as you can about writing,
the publishing industry, how to get a literary agent, how to write a
manuscript, synopses, prologue, epilogue, and, of course, a
bestselling novel. For support, seek out and join reputable writing
and critiquing groups and author organizations. There is a wealth of
resources available. Study or read through The Writerís Almanac and
the Writersí and Artistsí Year Book. Getting a book published can be
easy for some authors and difficult for others. If you are fortunate
to have the right contacts who are willing to assist you on the road
to publishing your novel, you are at a brilliant advantage, but for
some authors, it can take years before they become published. Be
prepared, as becoming a published author is not always plain
sailing. Never give up.
What do you find to be the most difficult part of writing?
Particular scenes I find most difficult
to write are the love-making scenes. There is nothing worse than a
cranky and awkwardly written love scene, a love scene that fails to
achieve the desired effect for the reader. In time, I hope to get
better at crafting love scenes.
What would a perfect day for you involve?
Idealistically, my perfect day would be
to rise early, meditate, jog, shower, eat a light breakfast, then
read, research for my novel, write to my heartís content, providing
time and attention to loved ones and taking care of 'other'
Tell us about your freelance writing and your interest in
What is Journalism? I asked myself the
question one day, deciding to research the reasons behind
journalists who cause controversy, accused of not delivering news
accurately. I just wanted to learn why they were doing such things,
the causes and reasons. I realize there are a variety of ways to
report a story or write an article, dependent upon what the
journalist is setting out to achieve or the way an editor expects a
journalist to write a story or feature, under the auspices of the
house-style, if you like. I am still learning, researching and
producing assignments and establishing myself as a freelancer,
writing short bio pieces, book reviews and blurbs for companies'
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Lastly, Iíd like to share that I am
writing the sequel entitled In Too Deep and I am looking forward to
publishing it during October 2008, hopefully by a mainstream
publisher. Thank you for the interview, it has been a pleasure.