Interview with DM Yates

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a lovely small town situated on the Northeast corner of Ohio, Ashtabula. Ashtabula sits next to the Great Lake Erie. Coming from a small town meant smaller classrooms and more attention from teachers. Early on, teachers pointed out my writing ability. My twin brother told me I started to write stories and poetry from the time I learned the alphabet and I first used a pencil.
The biggest influence on my writing was Robert Louis Stevenson's 'A Child's Garden of Verses.'
When did you first start writing?
I've written my entire life. I remember one time when I was in 6th grade that my teacher was so impressed with my little book, that she had me read it to the entire class.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a book of poetry. I often say that my heart belongs to writing, but my soul belongs to poetry. 'Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect' is a book of 60 poems, mostly prose, comprising a variety of topics. These poems are a collection I started writing about 5 years ago. They are poems to warm your heart and soul.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the feeling of independence in choosing every aspect of publishing my book; from the cover and title to the contents. Today, whether one publishes from a publisher or chooses the Indie route, it's a difficult climb but the difference is the freedom to do it your way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes publishing easy. The Smashwords guidelines help to get your book in proper format. Once accepted Smashwords takes care of everything else. It's much simpler than other templates and certainly quicker, plus it's a friendly community and easy for me to check the current status of my books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Once I start a story, the story takes over. I love living in the world I've created and watching the characters and the story develop. The best part? Writing something will make a reader get lost in my creation and finish a book feeling it was his/her's newest best friend.
What do your fans mean to you?
Readers of my work are precious to me because they've taken the time to read what I've written. I enjoy introducing readers to my new world and waiting for their reactions.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently finishing the second in the 'Always' saga. 'The Lone Hero' where Einarr accepts his first mortal mission. He has been chosen to go to the Dragons' homeworld to help end their war. I have taken a new twist on dragons that I hope readers will enjoy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I live to create, so when I'm not writing stories or poetry I'm involved in some other creative endeavor such as crocheting, knitting, cross-stitch, etc or I spend my time relaxing with a good book.
What is your writing process?
I'll be working on a project when an idea for a story or poem will come to me. I'll type out what I have. My next step is to build a circle outline and add offshoots around it as the plot develops. Often, I'll see a section of the book or the ending long before I figure out how to start the story. I'll build the story more in depth as I come up with the how or why's.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I've always loved books. I most remember Robert Louis Stevenson's 'A Child's Garden of Verses' that my mother bought for me. I don't remember exactly how old I was - 7 or 8-years-old, but I fell in love with that book and read it often. I decided then that I wanted to be a writer and a poet. My favorite poem from that book was 'The Swing.'
Published 2013-08-27.
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Laurence of Dragon Fame
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 152,170. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
The Middle Ages is a time of upheaval, radical changes, knighthood, and the annihilation of dragons on Earth, but the knight Laurence Di Draco and his old dragon friend Zavat from Aberforth team up to save the dragons from extinction.
The Dimidiums Book One Bound by Love
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 96,740. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Dimidiums are a secret race that's half human and half vampires. Trevor Dittmar is well-known in his community as a Tracker of criminals and vampires. On an assignment, Trevor falls in love with Janna, but hides his scret from her until his father finds out that he's in love with a human. Now Janna must choose between spending her life with Trevor or living alone in Worthless, Nevada.
When the Lights Go Out - Ink Slingers' Halloween Anthology
Series: Ink Slingers Anthologies. Price: Free! Words: 110,020. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A collection of twenty-five short stories just in time for Halloween. Enjoy thrills, chills, and mysteries. Meet ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters everywhere from dark city streets to the English countryside. Scares lurk in the most unexpected places and, when the lights go out, no where is safe and no one will be spared.
Strange Portals - Ink Slingers' Fantasy/Horror Anthology
Series: Ink Slingers Anthologies. Price: Free! Words: 92,930. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Just in time for a much needed holiday break, twenty-two stories about fairies, vampires, zombies, werewolves, and everything in between. Stories by AK Stein, Adan Ramie, B.G. Hope, Barbara G. Tarn, Bonnie Mutchler, CG Coppola, DM Yates, JK Rosaline, Joleene Naylor, Kay Kauffman, Maegan Provan, Mark R. Hunter, Rami Ungar, Roger Lawrence, Roxanna Mathews, Terry Compton and Tricia Drammeh.
Gingerbread Castle
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Gingerbread Castle is an illustrated chilren's holiday rhyme book about a fun place to visit in Dreamland.
The Lone Hero
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 87,350. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Aberforth is home to dragons and people. Dragons are warring with each other and the human race is in danger of extinction. Einarr is born in a dragon’s companion line and is chosen by Zavat, a powerful dragon to help bring about the end of the war and issue peace to Aberforth. This will be no easy task for Einarr since the war will last throughout Einarr's lifetime.
Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,140. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Stepping Stones to Love Honor and Respect is a book of poetry sure to warm the hearts and souls of the readers. The book is divided into categories: Love, Honor, Respect, New Age, Eclectic, Pain, Tales, Religious,Fun,Collections, and Earth. Each category is comprised of 5 different easy to read poems, most done in rhyme.
Always
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 104,400. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Always is the first in a series of New Age Fantasy Spiritual Romance Novels. Two Immortals travel to Earth to experience mortal life as Simon and April. Simon is 36-years-old. His friend's niece, April is 16-years-old and has a crush on Simon, sure they're meant to be together forever. He does his best to avoid her. The book follows their lives, ending when April is 80 yrs old