Interview with Dakota Madison

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I love to spend time with my husband and our bloodhounds. I love reading, especially romance novels. I also love watching movies. And I enjoy traveling.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth. I generally go by recommendations from friends and other romance novelists.
What is your writing process?
I write every morning without exception. I also try to write during my lunch hour at work. I write as quickly as possible and don't begin the rewriting/editing process until the first draft is completed. I don't share my work with anyone until a first draft is completed.
How do you approach cover design?
My husband designs all of my covers. We work together on the concept and he does all of the design work.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about four or five years old. As soon as I learned to read, I told my mom I wanted to be a writer.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm writing a four book series that takes place in a fictional town very similar to the one in which I grew up in rural northern New Jersey. Each of the books focuses on one of four brothers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It could be the greatest time in history to be a writer! We now have the ability to market our work directly to readers while maintaining complete creative control of our work.
What authors have influenced your writing?
I'm an award-winning/optioned screenwriter and I'd been writing scripts, as well as kids books and non-fiction under my legal name. I'd never given much thought to writing romance until I just happened to pick up SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover. The book changed my life! I realized I actually loved reading contemporary romance and as soon as I tried writing my first romance novel, I was hooked!
What do your fans mean to you?
I am SO grateful to have readers who enjoy my work. It's truly a blessing. I love entertaining others with my stories.
Is there a writer you would like to meet?
I wish I could have met Stieg Larsson before he died. Lisbeth Salander (The Millennium series) is one of my all-time favorite literary characters. She's tough, smart and fierce and absolutely compelling.
Published 2014-01-01.
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Books by This Author

Fire on Ice Books One and Two: The Complete Series
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,140. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2015 by Short on Time Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
"Kian is 1 part gladiator, 1 part Arthurian Knight, 1 part street punk, and all male. And luckily for Taylor, he is bent on becoming the man he thinks she deserves..." (4.5 out of 5 clouds) - Books, Books and More Books For the first time ever Kian & Taylor’s complete story is together in one book!
The Playmaker (Fire on Ice Series Book Two)
Series: Fire on Ice. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,060. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013 by Short on Time Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Kian Kavanagh, Mr. Fire on Ice, has just been called up to play hockey for the NHL’s new expansion team in Seattle. Finally playing in the NHL is a dream come true…except for one thing. Kian has to leave Northern Arizona and the love of his life, Taylor Thompson, to pursue his dream. THE PLAYMAKER is Part Two of the FIRE ON ICE series.
Fire on Ice (Book One: Fire on Ice Series)
Series: Fire on Ice. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,240. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2013 by Short on Time Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
After Taylor Thompson’s heart was completely shattered by her high school’s most popular jock, she vowed never to date another athlete. She keeps that promise through her first three years of college. But after a chance meeting with a star hockey player, the charming and irresistible Kian Kavanagh, Taylor’s carefully constructed walls are in serious danger of being burned down by Mr. Fire on Ice.
After Alex Died
Price: Free! Words: 46,180. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2013 by Short on Time Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Dee Dee DeMarco's brother, Alex, was funny, free-spirited and creative. He was also gay. Alex killed himself on his 15th birthday. Two years later, Dee Dee believes getting a summer job working with a college-prep program for disadvantaged high school students is a stroke of luck, until she discovers that the guy assigned to co-lead her group is one of the bullies who tormented her brother.
Still Fine at Forty
Price: $3.33 USD. Words: 52,080. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013 by Short on Time Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
It's been a year since Jennifer Ellis's ex-husband left her for a much younger woman and Jennifer still hasn't dated. Now turning 40, Jennifer wonders if she'll ever find love again. So Jennifer's best-friend, Melanie Malone, books them on a Girl's Getaway in picturesque Sedona, Arizona in hopes of inspiring Jennifer to have a vacation fling.