Storm Goddess Book Reviews is proud have D'Ann Lindun on the blog today! D'Ann is the author of contemporary western suspense, and had recently had a string of releases out this past summer.
Hi D'Ann! Welcome. I hope you are doing well, and enjoying the recent successes you've had.
Thanks for having me here. I so appreciate it.
Tell readers a little bit about yourself: Where you're from, etc.
I live in SW Colorado with my husband and daughter. We live on a small farm, currently growing corn. We have 12 horses, 6 dogs, 7 cats and 8 ducks! I work retail part time.
What are some of your hobbies outside of writing?
My daughter and I like to take the dogs and go trail riding (on the horses) in the mountains. I’d like to say I have a lot of hobbies, but I just don’t.
How do you come up with your ideas?
That’s hard to explain without sounding like a flake! But, here goes. I see a scene in my head. I then start naming these strangers and figuring out their story.
What's the hardest thing about the writing process?
Anymore, finding time. I wouldn’t trade being published for anything (it took me 20 years!), but the time suck of social media, etc, is draining.
The above mentioned scene. The opening. It’s fun creating these people who pop up out of nowhere.
Reading- who are some of your favorite authors? Laura Kinsale, Kat Martin, Linda Howard, Anne Stuart.
Favorite books that you could read over and over?
Laura Kinsale’s For my Lady’s Heart. Anything by Anne Stuart. Old stuff by Sandra Brown. I recently discovered Joanne Kennedy.
What's a typical writing day for you?
There is no typical. I’m off on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. That sounds like a lot of free time, but the above mentioned animals keep me busy. I prefer to write late at night, sometimes all night, and it’s difficult to get up and go to work. Ha!
Have you ever thought of writing outside your current genre(s)?
Only historical. I grew up on guest ranches in Arizona and in a 100 year old livery stable in Colorado (half each), and both places were packed with history. I hate research, though, and even small details need to be right, in my opinion.
Describe your writing style in five words.
Contemporary. Western. Suspense. Sexy. Sparse. That was kind of cheating because my brand is contemporary western suspense, but it fit.
What's a talent you wish you had, but don't?
OM gosh! Singing! Both my mom and dad have beautiful singing voices, but I can’t sing a note. If I try, the cats hide, the dogs howl! I’m addicted to singing shows on TV like American Idol, X Factor and Duets.
If you were a song, what kind would you be? (music genre, upbeat, ballad, etc)
Easy! Vince Gill’s Nothing Like a Woman. It’s a beautiful country ballad.
Besides loved ones and the obvious things needed to live (food, water etc,) what is something you can't live without?
Horses! I can’t imagine my life without them. I hope I still have one around when I’m 101. I want a horse engraved on my tombstone.
With multiple releases since June, how has the past few months changed for you?
Thanks! Mainly, marketing. The learning curve has been steep. I’m slowly adjusting to all the work!
What's something in your writing career you'd like to accomplish?
I wrote a book called Mississippi Blues that was rejected so many times I’d almost given up hope on it. My awesome editor, Jennifer Lawler, at Crimson contracted it. That was something that really moved me.
What are you currently working on? A small town sheriff and an undercover FBI agent, both tracking a serial killer. No title yet.
Favorite color? Forest green.
Weather: Hot or cold? Hot!
Favorite food? Pizza, super supreme!
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, D'Ann! Congratulations on all or your success, and I can't wait for more in the coming years from you.
Thanks for having me today!
Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there's just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, eight ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
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