Interview with Denyse Bridger

Published 2014-03-08.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
In recent years, I've discovered that the combination of blog and Twitter, linked to various social network sites has produced the best presence I could have. My website is a showcase, but to get people interested in the books, blogging seems to have been most effective. Interacting via social tools is essential because it allows readers to know you, and when they become your friends, they also become loyal readers.
Describe your desk
It's very compact, but usually a mess of pens, paper, notebooks, and of course my computer is front and center. I still prefer the desktop to a laptop, so I'm forced to keep the clutter to a limited space.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Eastern Canada, and while the area has influenced how I conduct my personal interactions with people, I don't think it's played a large role in my writing style.
When did you first start writing?
I think I've been writing my entire life. As a professional author, my first book was released in May of 2004, after I won the contract in a contest. I haven't looked back, and have published with over two dozen publishers over the course of ten years. Some wonderful, and some I'd never want to work with again. All in all, it's been an amazing journey, and I'm sure there will be plenty of interesting times ahead.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book to be professionally published is a return to the Old West, an era that has fascinated and lured me since my childhood. I grew up in love with Richard Boone's Paladin, and I don't think it's ever left me. So, when I want to write what I love best, I inevitably end up back in the American West, with handsome cowboys and outlaws, and strong, determined women.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm still learning this indie author thing, it's a challenge, and mostly I believe it was motivated by the desire to see if I can produce work that people will want to read and support. There is great creative freedom in Indie work, though I love traditional publishing and always will.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been used by several of my publishers, and I believe it's helped establish a catalogue in places that draw readers, like Barnes & Noble, and Kobo here in Canada. Without the distribution platform offered by Smashwords, it's unlikely many of my books would be in these stores.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I want to tell stories that touch people, and make them think. If you can take a reader on an adventure, be in falling in love, or escaping into a fantasy world, you've made them smile and feel happy. I can't think of a better reason than that to write stories. When I hear from readers and they tell me they fell in love with my heroes or heroines, that's the best compliment in the world!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without the interest and caring of readers, there is no point to writing books. So, I love them all, and am grateful for each and every one of the people who takes the time to read one of my books.
What are you working on next?
My next major project is a fantasy world novel, epic adventure type of fantasy. I'm also working on a new paranormal novel that has the potential to become a series of dark, fantasy styled stories with a different breed of vampire.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Brooks, Lucy Monroe, Lori Foster, Lara Adrian, Opal Carew, Margaret Mitchell, Arthur Conan Doyle... so many wonderful storytellers, it's hard to choose just a few.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to walk and read, I'm a full-time caregiver, so time is usually at a premium.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Newsletters, mailings, interactions with readers on social sites. Sometimes just browsing the categories I like.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a fan fiction for the television series AIRWOLF. That was my first "grown-up" story. The first award winning story I wrote was in a school essay contest, I think I was about 8 at the time.
What is your writing process?
Idea, outline, research, outline, then begin the first draft. I like to know where I'm going with any story, so I don't often write "blind" or I'll never get the piece finished.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a friend who is the most talented and gifted artist I've ever seen, Kayden McLeod.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Gone With The Wind, because it's epic, romantic, and so well written.
The Sword of Shannara, because it introduced me to the world of fantasy novels.
CJ Cherryh's Morgaine books because they showed me how to create remarkable and strong women warriors.
Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series, because they're brilliant, and combine romance and sensual dark fantasy to perfection.
Sherlock Holmes, the stories that taught me how to pay attention to the details in everything!
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance or fantasy mostly, and a lot of philosophy.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kobo Reader
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. Every day promises a new beginning, and no matter what, it's today that we live in. The past is gone, tomorrow might never arrive - so today is it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first books I remember reading was a Harlequin Romance novel called The Shining Star by Hilary Wilde. I was 11 at the time, and it opened my eyes to the magic of romance novels and how happy those happy endings can make a heart feel. I knew then that I wanted to create stories like that, to make people smile and feel good.
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Books by This Author

Silver Bells: A Holiday Duet
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Connected by several generations of family tradition, a gift originally given back in 1878 finds its way into the hands and heart of the newest addition to the Hamilton family. The silver bell earrings are an heirloom blessed by love, and once again the magic of the holiday combines with the magic of the heart to unite lovers touched by Destiny.
Shades of Death
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Within The Mist
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A Whisper of Humanity
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Pas de Deux
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Whom Gods Have Favoured
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