Interview with Dee Ann Palmer

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writers spend too much time alone with a computer or a book, and a physician once advised me to get out among people more. So, in addition to managing our home, reading and researching, I visit our grandchildren, work out at the local YMCA, attend meetings of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles, the Orange County California chapter of Romance Writers of America, and my local branch of the American Association of University Women.

I've learned that you can't get ideas for books if you shut yourself away from life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
If you mean what was the story, the answer is no. I was only eight, and what I remember is the burst of excitement I felt as I gripped the pencil and began to write. My third grade teacher had given us lined paper and allowed us to write stories. I'm sure part of the exercise was to improve our new cursive writing skill, and the other was to practice a process that would be important the rest of our lives. For me it opened a door to a way of expression that has been important to me ever since. I fell in love with her that day. I no longer recall her name, but I remember the precious the gift she gave me.
What is your writing process?
"The joy of writing a novel is the slow unfolding of the person you're writing about. I'm never aware of the full depth of the character until I begin to write." Laurie R. King, author of The Beekeeper's Apprentice.

This is the way it is for me. I can't think all this out ahead of time, so I begin with my characters, the setting and their goals. They don't come alive for me until I've put them on paper and they've begun to interact. I once became horribly blocked on an historical romance I was writing, and it was only when I realized I didn't know my hero well enough that I was able to move on. Spending time thinking about his personality and talents made him real.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything and everything! As a younger woman I cut my teeth on books by Victoria Holt, Barbara Cartland and Mary Stewart. It was a natural step to become a romance writer, and I still read in that genre. I like erotic romance and sweet. In addition to contemporary stories, I enjoy paranormals like steampunk, fantasy, dark fantasy. I like sci fi, and historical. I read a lot of ebooks, especially of authors I know. I've also discovered crime fiction, and read in that genre.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite is my iPad, but I only have wireless where it's available. I also have a Kindle HD Paperwhite, which I don't care for, but it's wireless everywhere. My original Kindle died after five years, and I bought this as a replacement. I should've returned it immediately, but I didn't and now I'm stuck with it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Blog hops really get your name out there, and that's enormously important.
What are you working on now?
My current work is revising another historical--a Medieval knights and fair lady story. Reminiscent of "Invanhoe." Expect its release in the spring of 2014.
Published 2013-10-11.
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Books by This Author

Night Rider
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,500. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Action
He’s an irresistible, powerful ranchero, destined to marry a woman of Californian or Mexican nobility. She’s just a foreigner he hired to care for a frail aunt. A thunderstorm forces them to spend the night together, and now her reputation is ruined. Shamed, and feeling guilty, she secretly leaves the rancho one night…and encounters a stranger riding in the night.
How to Seduce a Knight
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,530. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Princess Gloriana has broken a dragon law, and the punishment is death for her and her knight. She abandons him and flees. She may die, but he will live. Driven by love, Rodick hunts for her. If he finds her, and learns what she is, will their love stand the test? Will they survive the king of the golden dragons' wrath?
Christiana's Choice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,550. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Christiana, only child and heir of the earl of Gladsbury is a strong-willed young woman who dresses as a boy because she wants to be a knight. Her wise father assigns his most eligible knights to instruct her in castle defense. He also hopes to awaken her sensuality, not realizing both knights hold secrets. Will Christiana choose womanhood, will she choose the correct man as her mate?
Where Eagles Cry
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,810. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
Until the ship sails for Boston months away, Cara is trapped in the midst of danger and an impossible love in the wilds of Mexico's California. When the bells ring again and an eagle cries, will she be the next to die?
Dangerous Minds
Price: Free! Words: 15,230. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Romance » Western
Two murder mysteries--one in an intensive care unit and another on the streets of the Los Angeles Marathon--with the addition of a brief essay on killer minds and a bonus excerpt from a Western historical romantic suspense set in 1834 in Mexico's California.