Interview with Dayo Benson

Who are your favorite authors?
This is really hard to answer because I have favourite books rather than favourite authors. But recently I've been reading a lot of Kristin Billerbeck and Denise Hunter. And I really admire Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and Melody Carlson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that it's a brand new day with new opportunities and new possibilities.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Chilling with my husband, playing with our daughters, eating (love a good meal), reading, listening to music...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually just by browsing on Amazon. I've come across some great books that way e.g. Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was only about a page long because I ran out of steam. And it wasn't very good. I wrote my first full story as an assignment at school. I enjoyed the process but I didn't think it was that good until some of my friends started passing it around to read. That's when I thought 'wow, someone likes what I wrote.'
What is your writing process?
Create a pretty detailed plot then sit down whenever I get the chance and just write. When I get to the last bullet point in my plot outline, the book is finished and I can celebrate. Then I start all over again with a new book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but as a child I read whatever I could get my hands on. I read lots of Enid Blyton, C.S. Lewis and Francine Pascal, and I loved them all.
Books that have had a huge impact on me include:
- the Bible (my guide to life)
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (it inspired me to write whatever is on my heart)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (I read it out of compulsion as a teenager at school but it taught me a lot about prejudices)
- Famous Five Series by Enid Blyton (it instilled in me a love for adventure and fast paced plots)
How do you approach cover design?
My husband designs them for me. He's incredible!!!
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything with a fast paced plot and a good helping of romance. If it has an inspirational message too that's the icing on the cake.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, and I read on my phone too, using the kindle app.
Describe your desk
It's a mess so I rarely write there. I write with my laptop on my knees, ha ha.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Because I want to tell stories and I'm too impatient to wait on a publishing contract that might take years to come or might never come at all. If you can live your dream your own way, go for it!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating characters and scenarios. Plotting out the whole novel. Sitting down to write that first word, which grows into a sentence, which grows into a paragraph, then a chapter, then a whole book! Writing the last word of the book and knowing you've completed a project is an incredible feeling. There are lots of joys. I can't give just one.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I appreciate anyone who takes a chance on my books. Writing is fun in itself, but readers and fans make writing worthwhile.
Published 2013-09-20.
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Books by This Author

Insurrection (Crystal 3)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,300. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015. Category: Fiction » Christian » General
Crystal has survived eighteen months of trauma at the hands of the SOT. She now has two options: she can either fade into obscurity, or fight. She chooses to fight—along with her team of unlikely alliances. But as their plans come together, doubts are never far away. Can she really trust her team, or will they give up at the first hurdle?
The Beauty for Ashes Trilogy Box Set
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 345,710. Language: American English. Published: December 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » General
This is a collection of the three books in the popular Beauty for Ashes Series. Books Included: 1. Raw Deal 2. Red Carpet 3. Refiner's Fire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,490. Language: American English. Published: December 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Everyone has a limit… …and Crystal is steadily getting closer to hers. She thought she could escape the SOT, but now they have her and there seems to be no way out. Some people think she has everything, but she knows she has nothing. Is she ever going to break free? And is the mysterious Juda a friend or foe?
Searchlight (Crystal 1)
Price: Free! Words: 95,670. Language: American English. Published: November 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » General
For as long as Crystal remembers, she has wanted to be a singer. For as long as she remembers, her parents have feared the SOT, a celebrity cult that will make you famous, but destroy you in the process. When Luke, leader of the SOT, sets his sights on Crystal will she have the courage to stand her ground, or will she give in?
Purity (Pure Passion Series)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,890. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Harper has always believed that love is worth waiting for. Can Caleb show her that it is also worth fighting for? Harper’s reputation is cleaner than a whistle, and she always wondered why people couldn’t just say no to temptation until she met big, brooding Caleb.
Bondage (Pure Passion Series)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,210. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Savannah McPherson is just the kind of person that Delta Music Group is looking for: talented and vulnerable. Savannah, a thirteen year old with stars in her eyes signs her contract and the nightmare begins. Her only ray of light is the Christian guy at school, Rhys, who for some reason seems to care about this forgotten child.
Season of Hope (A Christian Novella)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,870. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Last Christmas, Robyn Kellett was distraught because her fiancé broke up with her. This Christmas promises to be even worse as Chad Ryder, the man she loved as a naïve eighteen-year old, resurfaces with an invitation to come to a university reunion in Blackpool. Robyn’s only hope of having a merry Christmas is the mysterious man she talks to every night online.
Lust (Pure Passion Series) A Christian Novel
Price: Free! Words: 106,330. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Noémi Casson has booked herself on a sexual healing retreat after struggling in silence for seven years. As Noémi allows God to work on her, she begins to see herself and her problems in a new light. Will she learn to trust God’s purpose, or will she give in to the temptation to do things her own way?
Refiner's Fire (Beauty for Ashes: Book Three)
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 97,750. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Christian » General
Lexi Dixon has pretty much reached the dizzy heights of superstardom, but certain things come with the territory; things that she never anticipated. Like the fact that one of her friends has stabbed her in the back and sold the gory details of her life story to a tabloid.
Blurred Vision (Drew Ashley 2)
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 95,020. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
A stalker is on the loose and Drew is beginning to fear for her life. When the stalker targets someone close to her, Drew realises that nobody she loves is safe.
Breaking Point (Drew Ashley 1)
Price: Free! Words: 92,600. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
It’s every girl’s dream to find Mr Right, but what happens when there are two candidates who fit that description? Drew Ashley finds herself torn between the logical safe choice and what her heart really wants.
Red Carpet (Beauty for Ashes: Book Two)
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 111,070. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Lexi Dixon has gone from wallowing over the raw deal that she believed was her lot in life to living her red carpet dreams. She’s opening fashion shows for top designers at fashion week, doing photo shoots at exotic locations, and enduring three hours of makeup for ten-minute public appearances. She’s the talk of Tinsel town—for both good and bad reasons. But her life is not all glitz and glamor.
Raw Deal (Beauty for Ashes: Book One) A Christian Novel
Price: Free! Words: 136,340. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Lexi Dixon is in L.A. The guys are hot, the girls are chic, and her modelling career is taking off. The road to stardom is just a matter of less pizza and better posing—she’ll be there in no time! But behind the designer clothes and the runway shows lies a very real pain that Lexi is powerless to overcome by herself. She can’t help wondering, isn’t there more to life than this?