Interview with Dee Riley

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing ever since I can remember, obviously a lot of the pieces could have been written in better and different ways as I'm still only quite young.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first time I wrote my first real story was when I was about eight in school and we got asked to write a fantasy story; mine was about two dwarfs in a magical kingdom who had to go and retrieve something - I'm can't fully remember what it was they had to get but now that I think back it kind of reminds me of Lord of the Rings.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Nottingham, England and with the book I'm writing now I really empathise with the characters as the main message of the book is that parents may not always know what their children are going through; I don't mean small things like whether they've taken a little food out of the fridge either - I mean a lot more serious issues that young people may be going through but they don't communicate with their parents about. I think that seeing some of the things that my parents weren't aware of when I was a child, it's making it easier to write this novel and was definitely a big influence for this idea.
What is your writing process?
I've actually just started a new writing process of writing the simplest of sentences, for example 'The man walked his dog in the park' and the I'd expand on that by writing 'The lonely old man walked along the park with his dog, he shivered as a cold wind brushed the back of his neck.' Then I start to begin to think of why this man is lonely and work from there.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really enjoy reading books about vampires and angels who's target audience are young adults.
Who are your favorite authors?
As a child my favourite author was Roald Dahl, from whom I've taken some writing tips from; may he rest in peace. As I've gotten older, I have been a big fan of Becca Fitzpatrick; I've enjoyed a lot of her works and especially enjoyed her novel called 'Black Ice'.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have kindle apps and the wattpad app on my mobile phone and tablet and have a paper white kindle.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing allows me to either write about a world that I wish I wasn't a part of or escape to one that I wish existed, and it be my creation. I either focus on the negatives on this world or improve those negatives and create a new one.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend most of my time either reading or talking to friends. Reading books helps me escape to alternate universes and talking to friends can sometimes strike a muse for a good comedy piece for the YouTube videos I make on occasion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I don't have anything published or fully written yet but I'm currently writing a book about a man who has two children and thinks that their lives are amazing compared to his own, but it turns out that they've had quite a lot of trauma within their child hood and teen years. The premise of this book is that parents don't always know what is going on in their children's lives.
Published 2016-03-09.
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