Interview with Dillon Blaine

What are you working on next?
"Winds of Change" Book IV in The Sword and Spirit Adventures is now available! Books V and VI are coming, but further behind.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ellis Peters. Martha Gregory. Rex Stout. Somerset Maugham. Barbara Tuckman. St. Augustine of Hippo. Frank Peretti. Stephen Leacock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What is your writing process?
Develop an overall outline with characters and plot twists (maybe 2 pages). Then, begin at the beginning and let the story flow. After draft is complete, edit for consistency and continuity, make sure there is action and humour involving particular characters, and delete excess meta-language. Once I have a 'good' draft, I show it to a couple of trusted others for comment. Then revise again (and again).
What do you read for pleasure?
Nero Wolfe Mysteries (by Rex Stout); Brother Cadfael Mysteries (by Ellis Peters); Romantic era poetry
Philosophy. Psychology. History. Theology.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In my previous life, I worked in Institutional settings with plenty of petty politics and interpersonal drama. I left that life intentionally. I like the freedom and creative opportunities available as an indie author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Exploring the human mind and the interactions between people. If my story isn't personally intriguing to me, I change it.
Published 2014-11-14.
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Books by This Author

Winds of Change
Series: The Sword and the Spirit Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,920. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Missing! Three girls! Doesn’t anyone care? A rising force of danger is accompanied by wind and storm, threatening the lively burgh of Greenfield. Past evil and haughty judgmentalism blossom and threaten to revisit the seemingly peaceful town. A tale of mystery and suspense that has the innocent on edge. Bertram, Gautier and Robert Clairville seek answers, but will they uncover the truth in time?
Now You See It
Series: The Sword and the Spirit Adventures, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,060. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
A young boy's birthday celebration is joyously enhanced by the thrilling sleight-of-hand of a travelling magician. But, only hours later, the playful boy is missing, his mother is frantic, and Bertram, Gautier and Robert lend their aid. Meanwhile, a darkly cryptic stranger casts a malevolent shadow over the town. Danger and destruction hover over innocent and evil alike – but on whom will it fall?
Passing Storm
Series: The Sword and the Spirit Adventures, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,750. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The threatening sky signals coming danger as a young boy is found dead at the pond’s edge. A terrible accident? What bizarre twist of a human mind is behind events? Will the grieving parents discover the truth they deserve? Bertram, Gautier, and Robert realize that all is not as it seems, including the fury of the passing storm. Passing Storm is Book II of The Sword and the Spirit Adventures.
Daemons Within
Series: The Sword and the Spirit Adventures, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 20,160. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
An up-and-coming scholar is abruptly accused of a heinous crime. A malevolent force manipulates the thoughts and actions of the fragile and frail. A young lady is lost in the dark haze of her own disturbed perceptions. Bertram, Gautier, and Robert face the vilest opponent imaginable: The deepest recesses of a tortured mind. Daemons Within is Book I of The Sword and the Spirit Adventures.