Interview with Dana Gaulin

Describe your desk
Ha, Ha, Ha. I write on a laptop. My desk as been my very cluttered kitchen table, my pick-up truck, my bed, the couch, a beautiful flower filled meadow, next to an amazing lake in Northern Arizona while I was trout fishing, my sewing room, coffee shop, and wherever the creative juices start to flow. The one thing all these places have in common is my mascot BEAR is right there with me. She is a black bear, and she was a gift from the place that my heart calls home, the Appalachian mountains.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern Arizona and also Western Maryland. I remember from a very young age I would make up wild stories about the people on the airplanes, and in the area I was. I have always had a very vivid imagination, and spent a lot of my time alone. I was the child of a young mother. I spent most of my day with my Great Grandparents, my Maternal Grandma (While my mom finished school), my Paternal Grandma, and numerous Aunts and Uncles. When I was five years old, I met my terminally ill father, and he promised to live until I no longer needed him. He is still alive. Spending so time on both sides of the country, and having so many influential people, and cultural experiences have played a huge part of the stories that come to my mind. I grew up in a time where we didn't have electronic everything. I remember taking the mattress off my bed to make a fort in my room where I would spend so much time on my own I was able to strengthen my talent for wielding a good tale. There is nothing better than a good story made up by you and your imaginary friend.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been telling my stories to my family for many years. My twin soul is very supportive of me being an author and challenged me to sit down and write them down. Thanks to the help of my twin soul, my cousin, and a couple of my siblings I am very excited to finally put my stories out there for the world to read
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is finally getting the characters that I have created and love out for the world to fall in love with too. Writing also gives me the ability to escape the stresses of the "real world," and live in my happy place for a while. I also find great joy in getting my dirty mind cleaned up.
What are you working on next?
I should write the story of my life because the people around me think I have lived an exciting life full of interesting events. I have a lot to think about before I write that book. I am still working on making my first book the best that it can be, and I have started an outline for the second book in the series. The second book will focus more on Helena's story.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
So many things get me out of bed each day. First and foremost my Creator, and my family. My family is the most important part of my life. They have been with me every step of the way on my adventure. The promise of a new adventure and new ideas for my next story. Every day is a day to create.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, you can find me spending time with my family. I am the mother of four unique children, I am married to my biggest fan, and we are always busy doing something. Sewing, fishing, hunting. Yes, I go out and harvest my meat from nature, and I am so blessed that She is such a giving mother that I rarely buy red meat from the store. We love being in nature and exploring the world around us. Being indoors feel so weird that we are usually out and about. We have five Alaskan Malamutes, and spending time with them is always interesting. Tala is my oldest Mal, and you can find her in human form in my book. She is so loving, her instinct to mother and leads her pack is so strong. I have never seen anything like it before. Every now and again you might find us just sitting around reading, or watching a movie, but that doesn't happen very often. We are a group who can't stay still for very long and are always up for a good adventure.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am considered to be old fashioned because I still prefer paperback books to Ebooks. But when I do purchase ebooks it's because it has been recommended to me by a friend, a fan, or it I can't find it in a bookstore I go straight to ebook.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Hmmm. The very first story I wrote was about a little girl who was held captive by monsters. They looked like regular ordinary people in the daytime, but at night they would turn into hideous monsters that would scream, and howl, and bang on the walls all night. Then one day after years of being held captive and forced to be the maid, prince charming showed up and rescued her. If I am honest with myself and the world, I wrote this when I was 10, and my mom sent me to my room after having a fit about doing the dishes. I have to laugh about it now because I am now my mom, and I can only imagine what kind of stories my daughter is writing about me.
What is your writing process?
I consider my writing process an interesting one. Typically I will pack up my malamutes, and my children, or husband. I take a bag with food, water and two notebooks, a pen with pink ink, a pen with teal, or green ink, and a black ink pen. I use my pink ink pens for my female characters, and the teal ink is for my male characters. Green ink is used to describe the surroundings, and the black ink is only used when all the other colors are gone. I take two notebooks because it's easy to fill up a notebook when you are writing something you love. Then we go up into the mountains, or out into the desert and I walk with my family until an idea hits me, and then I stop and start writing. Usually, my family will continue on their adventure while I write. I can't explain why but I write better when I am in the great outdoors.
How do you approach cover design?
I have great fans, and some of them are incredible artists. I am constantly looking through pictures and once I find one that grabs, inspires me. I go with it. Then when it's time I send the picture I love to the graphic designer, and we start from there. No one knows the future, but maybe someday one of my fans will design the cover art for one of my books.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books are 1. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. This was the first book I read after High School and College. I read it because I wanted to and not because I had to, and I fell in love with the characters and the love story. 2. Anne Rice Sleeping Beauty series I was raised in a very conservative family. When my best friend gave me this set as a birthday gift, it felt so good being naughty. 3. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory I have always loved the romance of the medieval era. The White Queen is another good book. It has magic in it too. 4. Real Ghost Stories by Brad Steiger along with romance I LOVE a good scare! 5. Weird Arizona by Wesley Treat I grew up in Southern Arizona. This book had a few weird things I haven't seen, and I have adventured back out to see them.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't have just one genre that I like. I am always in the mood for something new. I have several different books laying around the house all different, and all with bookmarks waiting for me to finish them. Recently while at the fair with my children I had the pleasure of meeting Wynne Brown, the author of more than petticoats and remarkable Arizona woman.
When did you first start writing?
I have been creating characters and stories since I can remember. I was told while growing up that I would never make anything of myself being a writer, and that I needed to stop daydreaming, and making up stories, and focus more on a career that would provide me a good life. I have tried since I was 15 years old to "write" a book, but have always been haunted by the voices telling me it was a waste of time. 2016 is the first year I will be publishing an actual book. I am very excited and very nervous at the same time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is about a young woman trying to figure out who she is. Her parents died when she was young, and she doesn't remember them. She grew up with her Aunt and Uncle, and two cousins. Even though she grew up in a very privileged home, she is very passionate about the less fortunate that live in the town outside her Uncles property. She also gets hit head on with a handsome man who throws, even more, confusion into her life. She is sent away to a land she has never heard of by her uncle to bring peace of mind to his workers there. While she is there, her cousin is planning a summer party for them both. The principal character is still very innocent to the world and is learning that dreams can be so real, that they can cause climactic reactions from her untouched body.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I would have never even considered publishing without Smashwords. I wouldn't even begin to know where to start approaching a publisher to print with, and the idea of rejection is terrifying, and Smashwords takes the fear of rejection away. There is so much knowledge about self-publishing on Smashwords. It's an incredible site.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love them all so much. Without my fans, I would have no reason to continue creating the erotic, romantic world that my stories take place in. I am so hard on myself because I want to make sure that what I create for them, brings as much joy to them as it has for me. I am my worst critic, and even when my biggest fans tell me it's great I know, I can make it better. I love hearing feedback from my fans. I love hearing from them and encourage them to contact me. On my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SummerMeadow301/
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern Arizona and also Western Maryland. I remember from a very young age I would make up wild stories about the people on the airplanes, and in the area I was. I have always had a very vivid imagination, and spent a lot of my time alone. I was the child of a young mother. I spent most of my day with my Great Grandparents, my Maternal Grandma (While my mom finished school), my Paternal Grandma, and numerous Aunts and Uncles. When I was five years old, I met my terminally ill father, and he promised to live until I no longer needed him. He is still alive. Spending so time on both sides of the country, and having so many influential people, and cultural experiences have played a huge part of the stories that come to my mind. I grew up in a time where we didn't have electronic everything. I remember taking the mattress off my bed to make a fort in my room where I would spend so much time on my own I was able to strengthen my talent for wielding a good tale. There is nothing better than a good story made up by you and your imaginary friend.
Published 2017-05-24.
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