Interview with Dahlia Rose

Published 2018-11-14.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, the first story I ever wrote was The Lover's Diary. It is part of a long ago anthology called Sensual Bites. I wrote that story for my husband who was deployed at the time in Iraq and he then encouraged me to pursue a writing career.
What is your writing process?
I am more of a panster, I can honestly say while people sing in the shower my characters talk to me. I have so many worlds built in my head that I wake up with my story outlines to guide me. I spend most of the day writing and in the evenings since I am a certified chef I work my second job creating meals for clients or my family.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was What Katy Did my Susan Coolige. That and To Kill A Mockingbird were two of my favorite books. The first romance I read was one called Jasmine Sorcery, I was around fourteen and I love with the fact that heroes existed in the pages of books. I may be out of print now but I can remember that book and still love the hero/ heroine dynamic.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover artists.. I have two are some of the most amazing designers I know. I fill out a simple form request and give them an ides of what I am looking for. They send a draft and they usually hit it spot on the first try. I tell them both they live in my head and can see my covers through my eyes.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are
Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz
It by Stephen King
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Lord of the Ring by J. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit by J.R Tolkien

I have a love of science fiction and mystery books which totally belies my writing romance. But I don't read romance so others work doesn't effect my own voice in my writing.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mysteries, science fiction, the classic like Sherlock Holmes for my own pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my kindle, because it has the most books on it but I do have various e-readers
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Using Social Media, conventions and book signings are my greatest marketing tools. I love interacting with my readers and that in turn boost sales for me.
Describe your desk
My desk... oh my.. It is filled with Gargoyles, funko pop characters and dragons. I have tons of pens and note books and at least three Doctor Who mouse pads.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the island of Barbados, I think it influenced my writing because walking on the beach with the sun in my face and the sand at my feet I dared to dream and I loved those places in my mind. I translated that into my books and while I like in NC with my family now, we still go to home base and I walk on that beach and dream.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was twelve and seriously got into it in 2005 when my now husband was deployed, I got my first contract a year later and its been a hell of a ride ever since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Fall From Grace is a military romance where redemption in love basically follows the course of my hero and heroines lives. he made a big mistake and she had to learn to forgive him which in all cases can happen when two people are trying to start a relationship. Its especially hard when deployment and military life gets into the mix. I write what I have lived though and seen many military families over come.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The market is rough out there and when I first started kindle wasn't even a thing. but e readers was and many of my publishers were indie publishers. When that market dried-up it was just easier to continue being an Indie author because we all learned the trade and evolved together on this journey.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I can honestly say it has, I prefer Smashwords because I can distribute to a wider marker with more formats than with Amazon or B&N.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my work come to life and hearing how it positively effected my readers. I get a lot of emails from military personnel and their families. They tell me my work helps show the other side of their lives, the love and the losses as well as the happiness. I think if people can find a correlation to their lives in my work, thats my greatest joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
The are. the life blood of my work, without them this machine would not work. This is why I love meeting then at conventions or luncheons and book signings. I like to hear what they have to say and they are some of my best critics.
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