Interview with DD Wright

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, reading and making handmade candles.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This is actually the first story I have written. I have published books of poetry but found this to be a lot different. I enjoyed it despite it being a new challenge.
What is your writing process?
I must be inspired to write. I try to think about certain aspects of what I want to include - the message I want to convey. I have noticed that other ideas arrive as I write. I take those ideas and include them while remaining focused on the goal.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I absolutely love reading poetry. In addition to that I enjoy both non fiction and realistic fiction.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Bronx, in New York City. This has definitely influenced my writing. The cultures I have come to know as well as the observations I have made as a result of growing up in this urban area has added to my imagination, language and keen sense of details.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing very young. At around 11, I began keeping journals. I enjoyed writing a lot more than speaking at times. Writing poetry allowed me to express emotions I could not articulate well. It also allowed me to step out of my shoes to see perspectives from the views of others.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This short story is fictional with certain themes and circumstances being very real. For example, my daughter was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago as the main characters son was. In addition, the main character is a teacher who lives in NYC, which is what I am. I figured many women, mothers, those who have a routine life could relate to this story. The other characters are fictional with characteristics of many people I have encountered within each one.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After writing for many years and having been published in anthologies on a few occasions, I figured it was time to do something with all that I had written. In 2012 when I published my first book Poetry 2Life, I was already a veteran teacher, mother and two time college grad. I had time to do research in advance yet not enough to go the traditional route. I really wanted to publish though. Independent publishing seemed to be the best route. I am so happy I did. Three books later and a short story to add to that allows me to feel I made a great choice.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has afforded me an opportunity to share my writing without spending a grip, as I did with my first publication with Authors House (who is the worst). The tools offered have given me a way to connect with my readers as well as learn more about marketing. I look forward to returning to publish with Smashwords again.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is being able to create what I want to have or be in life. It is written. Writing allows me to remove the thoughts in my head and share them without much judgment. It is therapeutic, reflective and magical.
What do your fans mean to you?
I dont know if I would call those who support me fans but those who have invested in my writing mean the world to me. They are the ears to my very soul. It isnt easy to sell anything these days. The fact that they have taken the chance with their money and felt I was at least worth it is priceless.
Published 2016-06-01.
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Books by This Author

Voices Unheard
Price: Free! Words: 12,580. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
An anthology of poems written by a diverse groups of poets who reside in cities across the USA.
Samson's Story
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,640. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sequel to "Coincidental Fate", D.D. Wright releases "Samson's Story", a realistic fictional short story that is relatable, flirty and full of suspense as Najee and Samson embark on anew affair that could be fate. Samson narrates his visit to NYC from California to meet Najee who is seemingly equally as intrigued by her as she is by him. Where will this trip leave Najee and Samson?
Coincidental Fate
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,630. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
Najee was not looking for anything in particular. Consumed with her stable life and career, after facing many storms, she could not afford to create another one. Then Samson arrives. As much as they had in common, Najee was obligated to Keith and her son Joshua. Was this a coincidence or a serious intervention created by fate?