Interview with Dee Krull

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am an "Army brat" so I grew up in two foreign countries and five states. My youngest years were spent in California, Texas and Germany, the latter in which I learned to speak fluent German by the age of seven. I believe my writing was greatly influenced by this by making my characters more adaptable to the changes they go through during the series; which are many. My teenage years started in Japan where I also learned to speak some Japanese, which is why I chose to have my characters on the parallel world speak a different language as well as English. I chose Gaelic Irish because, not only is it my ancestry, but that is where many of my mythic characters stem from.
When did you first start writing?
In high school, however I became a serious writer when I started my Hypnotherapy Practice many years ago. I wrote about my profession in "How to Set Up a Successful Private Practice," and "Scripts for Success." I sold to a few Hypnotherapy Schools and I gave Seminars, writing study books and a quarterly newsletter on the many ways to use self-hipnosis. It wasn't until my husband passed away from Alzheimer's that I found myself in a position to write for the pure pleasure of writing. That is when I started this series.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After I started writing my first book I decided to investigate the publishing world. There was so much information out there that I decided to find someone to talk to that knew more about indie publishing. He told me to get a twitter account first and explore the information there. So I did and now I am on my third book in a series of four. I am not sure which direction I am going at this point but I believe traditional publishing has merit and every writer needs to do their own research and decide what is best for them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Distribution, I believe my e-book is being read in more places that it would have if I hadn't joined Smashwords. And by learning how to format for Smashwords I have learned a great deal more about how the world of publishing works.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love my characters. My book is character driven and they have taken me through a wonderful world of myth and mystery. I never know where they will lead me when I sit down to write each day but it is always an adventure. With the finished product in my hands I am sometimes puzzled by how I could have accomplished something that I have always envied when reading a good book by another author. Yes, I have been writing for a long time but there is a big difference between writing non-fiction and fiction. I am hooked.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. It is wonderful to read a review and see five stars next to it, but it is amazing that so many people want to read my book. If it weren't for readers there would be no books. I have had the privilege of being both a reader and a writer and I would not be a good writer if I accepted only the good things my readers say about my books. Both the good and the bad help a writer to be better at their craft.
What are you working on next?
Even though it hasn't published yet, the third in the series, "Rise of the Hybrids" is finished, so I will be working on the last book in the series. After that I am working on a new non-fiction book called "Bewildered, a Caregivers Story" about caring for three family members with Alzheimer's Disease and how my family and I coped. It will be "our story" rather than a handbook for caregivers.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I lost my husband four years ago, in Arizona, which is where I started writing this series. But the bills from my house was more than I could handle so I moved to the Northwest of California two years ago. Over the past two years my life has taken some good and bad turns, so I am still trying to find a place for everything I do. Writing is my passion and I have spent most of my time in front of my computer. Six months ago, everything changed for me. I met someone who makes me smile a lot and we are still getting to know each other. Three weeks into our relationship I had a mild heart attack, which had a great deal of impact on both of us. He had lost his wife a year and a half before from a heart attack, but instead of running away he took care of me and brought me home to live with him. It was sudden but we just fell in love quickly and decided life was too short to not take chances. We have not regretted a single moment. Our families have been supportive as well, so what more can you ask for? I am just living every moment of every day and that entails a lot.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was in my Junior year of high school. It was a true story about a dream, called "From a Dream to a Nightmare." It was published in our school short story book called the "Pen and Ink."
What is your writing process?
First I write what my story is about, the premise, plot and the main theme. Second; I create my characters: their names, descriptions, personalities, and how they interact with the main characters. Then I do my research and make notes regarding the characters. My research can be from books, movies, TV programs and the internet. Then I started with chapter one through chapter ten. That is where I stopped and went back through each chapter making changes, deleting, and adding or revising. I didn't have a title until I was well into the book but each one came easier than the last. I edit in the same way at least three times. The fourth edit I read out loud, the fifth edit I make sure all of the names are the same through the whole book, even though I make a list of new and old characters and check them frequently. The sixth edit is for content and word usage. I have Word 2010 which has spell check, punctuation and word usage. The last edit is for pure enjoyment, I read the book and imagine the way I would if I was reading someone else s book. Then I send it to editing and publication.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have been an avid reader all my life and every book has an impact on me for different reasons. Both of my parents were avid readers so I was reading well above my grade level in grade school. Reading is knowledge and knowledge will open any door you happen to come upon. One unusual thing about my series is that it is Science Fiction Fantasy and even though my dad and both husbands read Science Fiction I never got into it. My story is about a parallel world for which I did a lot of research and I loved every minute of it.
How do you approach cover design?
When I look for a book, the name needs to stand out for me and then the authors name before I read the synopsis. I decided to do the same when creating my covers. I kept the fonts the same with each book but added a simple graphic and background to reflect the content.
Published 2013-12-20.
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Books by This Author

Return of the Prehistoric Vampire - The Saga of a World Called Htrae
Series: The Saga of a World Called Htrae. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 157,900. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: April 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Htrae is invaded by alien Vampire from the past and Laurel is pregnant with Learden's child. Learden has been captured and turned by the alien Vampire while Laurel brings her scattered army back together. She fears for her life and the life of her child at the hands of the one she loves most as the final battle begins. The outcome will leave you breathless as she struggles to keep everyone alive.
Attack of the Warrior Queen Series: The Saga of a World Called Htrae
Series: The Saga of a World Called Htrae. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 137,810. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Book four finds Laurel and Learden fighting a deadly war with a race of aliens who want to destroy Htrae and its people. To make matters worse a 'dark witch' wants her life and her Guard. In order to stop her she and Learden must separate, leaving them bereft and fighting separately to save their planet. But now a new threat comes on the scene, one that could mean destruction for them all.
Rise of the Hybrids The Saga of a World Called Htrae
Series: The Saga of a World Called Htrae, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 158,230. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Book three finds Laurel preparing her army of Hybrids for war. When she realizes their real adversary is not only the king and his guard, but the aliens he calls 'priests,' she begins a campaign to stop them from destroying Htrae. In the process she learns that there are more species on this planet than anyone realized and she plans to save them all even if it means she might die in the process.
Power of the Vampire
Series: The Saga of a World Called Htrae, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 166,680. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
A story of all consuming love, betrayal, self-doubt and oppression of a tyrannical ruler on a parallel world, not so unlike ours. With one frighting difference; the sentient beings who inhabit it are vampires, werewolves, witches and humans, all with extraordinary long life. And they have been visiting Earth for thousands of years.
Dreams and Vampires
Series: The Saga of a World Called Htrae, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 81,830. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A love story with a twist. Two people from different universes fall in love but not before the main character is enmeshed in a mystery of frustration and self blame. She is human from earth and he is a vampire from a parallel world called Htrae. Once on his world she finds herself in danger not only from the world itself but from those who inhabit it. The choices she makes will determine her fate.