Interview with D. A. Bale

What do your fans mean to you?
Do you know how amazingly humbling it is when a perfect stranger emails and tells you how much they liked your book and are looking for the next one? It's truly indescribable! When a fan email pops up on my computer, I feel like I just jumped out of and then right back into my skin - okay, that sounds weird. But it really becomes an almost surreal out-of-body experience for a split second. Then I have to email back and say I'm working on the follow-up. I know how disappointed I get when I'm reading a series, only to discover that the next book hasn't been released - and I'm so ready for it to be!!! That's hard when I have to share such news with one of my readers too, but I do understand.
What are you working on next?
The third and final book in the "Deepest Darkness" series. The first was "Running into the Darkness" followed by "Piercing the Darkness" - so now I'm writing "Rising from the Darkness." Do you see a pattern developing here? :-) Throughout the series, we've followed Dr. Samantha Bartlett as she tumbles down, deeper and deeper to the bottom of herself and who she HAS been in order to become who others WANT her to be - a deadly killer. After reaching the bottom, we see in the second book as she faces the consequences of what she's done, the fear of being discovered, and the surprise to realize that there are those who care about and still believe in her. The final book is where Samantha begins to piece the puzzle back together as truth dawns about who these people REALLY are who used her so brutally. But in the quest for justice, she'll lose much once again - our actions have consequences ultimately, and it is the strong person who willingly faces the truth of said consequences - regardless of the cost to self.
Who are your favorite authors?
So wide, broad and varied! Clive Cussler is one of my favorite action/adventure authors. I love the suspense of Dean Koontz (though I don't read his horror) - "Intensity" is on my all-time high list. Love Tolkien! I enjoyed the earlier works of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is such a hoot! I have a very well-worn copy of "Jane Eyre" I try to read every year or two. I love a strong, but still real heroine. One author I just happened upon a few years ago is Kathleen Baccus and her "Calamity Jayne" series. If you like good, clean, laugh-out-loud humor, this one's for you too.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When does a writer NOT write? :-)

Well during those rare times, I'll hang out with friends over a meal or movie. Believe it or not, I'll also grab a microphone and belt out a tune or two.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Believe it or not, I've found some real gems just downloading occasional freebies. Most of the time the old adage applies - you know, you get what you pay for - but I recently read a freebie that surprised me. In a good way!

I also have a blog where I accept novels from indie authors and small publishers for review http://dabalepublishing.blogspot.com. Because of the constant inundation, I've learned to be really picky concerning what I'll accept for review. If a blurb interests and intrigues me, I'll consider giving it a whirl.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first novel I attempted to write was in sixth grade. Our teacher, Mr. Bowersock, always read to us on Fridays and in the event of inclement weather during recess. After finishing Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" (also known as "And Then There Were None") I was so enamored by it that I sat down with my parents ANCIENT typewriter and pecked out the start of my own mystery. It quickly grew too complicated in scope, and I sadly never finished.
What is your writing process?
Process? What process?

Seriously, I don't have a process per se. I don't outline or squeeze my characters into a box. I try to give them free reign as much as possible. It's very organic.

However, when I sit down to write I will start with pulling up my last few chapters to get back into the story (I rarely write out of sequence) and then choose a soundtrack album to play that fits with upcoming scenes. Right now I'm listening to Hans Zimmer's soundtrack from "Crimson Tide" - one of my favorites for intensity - as I'm preparing to get back into the third installment of the Deepest Darkness series "Rising from the Darkness".
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
That was faaaaar too long ago! Reading has been such a deep part of my life since I was very young though. My dad was a high school mathematics teacher in the small town where I grew up. Every year when we'd have Scholastic book week (I think it was only a week), I'd ride the bus from the grade school over to the high school to peruse the offerings there while waiting for my dad to finish with his last class of the day. I'd pick out and tally the books I wanted to order, then run down to his classroom at the final bell, beg some money then run back to the library to place the order. Once in junior high and high school, the bus ride was obsolete - but I still ordered lots of books for summer reading.
How do you approach cover design?
Hire someone else to do it. :-)
What do you read for pleasure?
I love a good mystery or thriller - something that engages my brain matter with intrigue and who-done-it scenarios that isn't easy to figure out within the first five chapters. I recently finished reading the Drusilla Thorne Mysteries by Diane Patterson and enjoyed the heroine very much. She and her sister are traumatized, but they're also surviving the best way they know how. I like all of the layers that reveal themselves carefully within each book. It's something I look forward to continuing with subsequent releases.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've got a Kindle - oh, how I wish I had one back when I used to travel all of the time!
Published 2014-08-26.
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Books by This Author

Die Before You Wake
Series: The Bartender Babe Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,480. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
What do you get when you combine a coma-inducing career, an ardent academic, and a nefarious nemesis? A Vicki Bohanan hangover cocktail.
Knock Before You Enter
Series: The Bartender Babe Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,000. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Your favorite bartender is headed on vacation - and this time it isn't all high heels and handsome hunks. Try gators, a grandmother, and GOLD!
Look Before You Jump
Series: The Bartender Babe Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 58,680. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When scandal comes calling and Vicki leaps into the fray, you know it’s gonna be big. This here’s Texas after all.
Think Before You Speak
Series: The Bartender Babe Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,520. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Vicki Bohanan is at it again, and this time she’s sporting a whole new reputation. On the eve of preseason football, blackmail lands at her feet – and for a woman with an attitude the size of Texas, it’s gonna take more than a pigskin to plug her pie hole.
Rising from the Darkness
Series: Deepest Darkness, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,160. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
It's finally here - the explosive finale of the Deepest Darkness series by D. A. Bale
Piercing the Darkness
Series: Deepest Darkness, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,610. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Get set for the continuation of the Deepest Darkness series with Book Two, the sequel to Running into the Darkness by D. A. Bale.
The Study
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,720. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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The medical community is seeking volunteers for a sleep study - but something goes very wrong.
Running into the Darkness
Series: Deepest Darkness, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 71,750. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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Samantha never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, she swore an oath to protect life – not take it. But that was before he ordered the murder of her family.