Interview with Dana Ellington Myles

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the very first, but I do remember the first one that had the most impact. It was called Broken Promise - I don't remember the author's name. The story was about a group of five siblings whose parents abandon them at a diner. The oldest does her best to keep her family together despite them being separated into different foster homes and such. It was the first book I ever read that brought me to tears. I have since wanted to write stories that moved readers on an emotional level.
What do you read for pleasure?
Pleasure reading for me involves exploration of several genres. I used to read strictly horror - Stephen King being my favorite author, but since I decided to take my writing career seriously, I read a wider variety. Mysteries, non-traditional Chick Lit, and humor all find their way onto my e-reader.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
What works best for me is face-to-face interaction with potential readers. There's something in the passion with which I talk about my writing and its purpose that seems to move people to purchase a book or two. I make sure to have books on me at all times, so as I find myself engaged with someone, as soon as they show interest, I'm able to sell them a book on the spot. A new trick I'm rolling out this year is to have business cards with a discount code on them so I can sell digital copies face-to-face as well. They pay me right then, and get the code for purchase so they can download their copy at their leisure. This way, I don't lose a sale to forgetfulness or distraction.
When did you first start writing?
I first start writing what I'd consider "real" stories when I was nine or ten. My first memorable piece was a science fiction story called Zeroid - all about a girl who gets recruited to help save the inhabitants of a living planet that was under attack by invaders. While attending a performing arts summer camp, I turned it into a play that me and my fellow camp-goers performed for our parents. We received a standing ovation and I've been writing ever since.
Published 2014-01-31.
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Books by This Author

Breaking Point
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 67,950. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A gripping tale of one woman's struggle to pick up the pieces after one life-threatening attack too many.
Hello Diva
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 73,800. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Charise never thought she was “beautiful”. So of course, when her hair starts to fall out, she resigns herself to a life spent as a permanent “ugly duckling”. That is, until her hair stylist / best friend comes to the rescue with The Weave. Read along as Charise finds out what happens when self-confidence and the idea of beauty is built around something so easily lost.
Let There Be Life
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,530. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Introducing Lex Burns, a woman whose recent divorce forces her to finally grow-up. Join her on this funny, heartfelt and entertaining journey as she discovers a life of self-fulfillment and
Satin Sheet Memoirs, Volume 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,720. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
From the creative alter egos at Nowata Press comes an erotic, engaging, sensually charged, collection of short stories and poems. Satin Sheet Memoirs, Volume 1 is for the mature adult, this collection is sure to bring new meaning to the term, "literary pleasure."