Interview with Dana Wayne

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am an avid tent camper! I love to be outdoors and have been camping and fishing since I was a child. I also love dutch oven cooking and even teach classes on how to cook in them. I also enjoy photography and have shot everything from weddings and portraits to still nature and still life. And if all that weren't enough, I'm a pretty good cook!
What is your writing process?
I write every day. It may be a little or may be a lot but I write every day. I typically devote my mornings to things around the house since my husband likes clean clothes and food on the table :-) and then the afternoons to writing. I typically will have more than one story going at a time so if I get stuck on one, I move to another.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My very first book was Riders of The Purple Sage by Zane Grey. My dad loved that book and I can remember sitting in his lap as he read passages to me. I was completely enthralled by the way the writer could paint a picture with words so vivid I could see it in my mind's eye. I knew then that one day, I would be a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I am not a designer. I have a number of creative talents but cover design is not one of them! I have a couple of go-to people for that. I know if I like something or not but when my designer asks me what I want, I have to say, this is my story, what do you think goes with it and then we go from there. The same designer did my first two covers and is working on my third.
What do you read for pleasure?
I will read anything that catches my eye. While romance is my preferred genre, I read suspense, mystery, western, fantasy, pretty much anything.
Describe your desk
Organized chaos! I have reference books I use in one spot, notes from my current work in progress in another, plus things like receipts and such that I need to log into my expense file. But, I know where everything is. Hence, organized chaos :-)
When did you first start writing?
I have always loved writing. Wrote my first poem when I was in grade school and my first short story when I was a freshman in high school. When I was a freshman, a friend and I wrote an espionage story for a class project. That was so much fun! I have been writing ever since. I have tons of poems, some short stories and have written a lot of newspaper things, too.
What's the story behind your latest book?
During a conversation with a fellow writer, I said I was working on a story about a mail order bride. He looked at me and said, "Why is it always a mail order bride? Why not a mail order groom?" Immediately, my writers brain kicked in and by the time I got home that evening, I had the basics of Mail Order Groom down.
Do you use an outline?
I am a pantser all the way - meaning I write by the seat of my pants. I get an idea, start writing and see where it takes me. I have tried different ways of outlining and plotting my stories but that just doesn't work for me. I feel like it boxes me in. I do make notes on tablets as I go when thoughts come up that I want to include. And sometimes, I get an idea for a scene I want to use but aren't ready for it yet. Rather than chance forgetting that, I will drop down to a new page, write that scene then go back to where I left off.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I absolutely love the whole creative process of beginning with an idea, then watching that idea grow into a story. There is such a sense of accomplishment in that.
And I love it when someone comes up to me and says they laughed or cried when they read certain passages. That tells me the emotion I try to put in my writing is working.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the life blood of an author. Without them there would be no use for us. I love going to book signings where I can meet them in person, hear their thoughts and interact with them. Their feedback, good, bad and otherwise, is extremely important to me and helps me become a better writer.
Published 2017-04-19.
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Books by This Author

Secrets of the Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,820. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
Nurse Tori Morgan needs to regroup following a personal tragedy. Wade needed a nurse for his mother but got more than he bargained for in Tori. Pretending to be in love with her seemed like a good idea at the time. The plan starts out easy enough even as they try to ignore the electricity radiating between them, unaware of danger watching from the shadows.
Whispers On The Wind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,170. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » General
You didn’t stop him. He killed her. Dire warnings from a voice only he can hear makes Sheriff Cooper Delaney doubt his sanity. When a body is found matching one from a recent nightmare, he believes he’s gone off the deep end. The dead do not talk to the living. Or do they?
Mail Order Groom
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,160. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Emma Marshall is tough, capable and about to have her world turned upside down. Her father wants her married. She wants none of it. A jean-wearing, cattle herding, headstrong woman, she fights for her independence. Tyler Roundtree is about to change all that. Sparks fly on their first meeting and she soon discovers she knows all about running a ranch and nothing about being a woman.