Interview with D. L. Torrent

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ever? Well, actually, that would be when I was very young, third grade. perhaps. It was about a Dandylion...literally, a lion, but it was a flower. I even drew a picture of a dandylion where the center of the dandylion was a lion's face.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I don't think I realized at the time, but I think it gave me a drive to accomplish, not necessarily because I was asked to do well (in school for example), but I wanted to do well for me.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy - dragons, wizards, ...you name it and I'll give it a try.
What is your writing process?
Hmmm...I have a basic idea, and I'll jot down thoughts that come to me, until a story begins to form in my mind. Then I'll try to roughly outline the flow, but it always changes as I write. I think writing creates new and most often better ideas. Sometimes I'll have an "Ah-Ha!" moment, and I'll go back an rewrite parts completely.
When did you first start writing?
I dabbled in stories as a young adult mostly, but I never really put much down. I had alot in my mind, but it wasn't until later that I decided I wanted to put some on paper - and now I have one. But I do have a 5 book series I'm working on, with the first and most of the second complete. Now for editing, which takes quite a bit of time.
What are your three favorite books, and why?
The Bartimaeus Trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud and, of course, the Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling. Fantasy is my favorite, and this is always my go-to reads. I figure since I live in reality, why read it?
Last, I do like Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen. Who doesn't love an unlikely love story with a happy ending.
How do you approach cover design?
I want a cover that will attract a reader and give an overall glimpse of what the story entails - or maybe not... I believe it varies, and as I'm not a trained artist, I'm open to suggestions. But I do know what I like and have a vague idea of what I want. For Darius and the Dragon's Stone, I went online and "interviewed" several artists. I explained what I was looking for, and they would respond with what they felt they could do for me. When I selected one, I still wasn't satisfied. Fortunately, I have a very talented sister, and she helped me to bring in those final details that made it POP.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
None. I prefer a paperback or hardback book in my hands.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My series? I have twin brother and sister, 15, who are warriors, but as their home is invaded, a mystical map transports them to another realm. They leave behind their father and friends as they must come to terms with the guilt they feel, that they are not there to help. But their path leads somewhere else, and in each book, they discover more about the evil that attacked their home as they try to find their way back.
Describe your desk
My desk is wherever my laptop is at the moment. Right now, it's my lap.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Rejections. I queried quite a few, but I think there are so many authors out there, a manuscript can get lost in the ocean of submissions. I want to write, and I want people to have the opportunity to read what I write. I encourage others who write to do the same. And I welcome feedback. You can always email me, dltorrent@fantasyquill.com.
Published 2017-12-01.
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Books by This Author

Darius and the Dragon's Stone
You set the price! Words: 76,260. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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When Brandor is attacked and the great book stolen, the people of this quiet village begin to vanish from existence. Only Darius can save them. But to do so, he must face his past and soon discovers that old wounds and a recent curse throw obstacles in his way. With the help of an extraordinary dragon, he finds his way, only to face the sorcerer who stole the book...and killed his father.