Author Interview Questions with Theresa DaLayne
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Author Name: Theresa DaLayne
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
No, not even close. In fact, in grade school I was a terrible reader and had very bad grades. I had to go through additional tutoring in order to read simple stories and struggled for years with literacy. Only when I was in high school did I fall in love with writing. It started in journalism and branched out from there.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
When I read an article—can’t remember which one—that said, “If you love to write, you’re a writer. You have something important to say. Something others want to hear. Don’t ever forget that.” I had to believe that or I wouldn’t have made it through some of the struggles I faced as a self-taught writer. And you know what they say: If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
I wrote my first book in 2011 and it was published in 2012. It was a very accomplished moment because I’m a self-taught author with no professional training, and I was still very new to the literary industry.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
Yes. In addition to writing, I also manage an online Amazon store, and I also write the official book blurbs for Limitless Publishing. It’s a fun mix and I love it.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My most recently published book is Mayan Blood, book 1 of The Stone Legacy series. Twenty words? That’s tough. How about…Disturbed teen discovers Mayan bloodlines and faces the grueling decision of embracing her destiny or running for her life.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I have two fantastic publishers. Bloomsbury Spark who published my new adult contemporary romance, THE EDGE OF YOU.
Limitless Publishing has both of my series—The Stone Legacy series and a new young adult inspirational series, The Five Pillar series.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
I’d say about nine months. That is from an idea to a clean draft. But that’s just me. Everyone is different. It also depends on my kids’ schedule and how much extra time I have.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I have a ton of releases coming up, which is SO exciting!
- Book 1, Mayan Blood releases 12/29
- Book 2, Interlude, releases 1/12
- Book 3, Lights of Aurora, releases 1/26
- Book 4, Anarchy, releases 2/23
- Book 5, Birthright, releases 5/19
Also, in February, I have another release of a young adult inspirational under my pen name, Theresa Mae—If All Else Fails. There will be two more books to follow.
What genre would you place your books into?
Mature young adult paranormal romance.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I fell in love with that genre from being an avid reader. I love diverse books and interesting, unique characters. I couldn’t imagine having started in any other genre, and I don’t see myself branching outside of the young adult or new adult genre any time soon.
How long have you been writing, and who or what inspired you to write?
I started writing in 2011, after reading a chain of heartthrob young adult books that left me feeling hollow when they were over. I started to write in journalism back in high school, but after I realized how much I hated being confined I branched out into fiction writing.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
To write I generally go upstairs after my kids are in bed and write while I’m tucked in. I like to turn on the lamp mounted to my wall, which gives a soft glow to my bedroom, and sometimes turn on the noisemaker beside my bed that mimics a thunderstorm. Other times I’ll turn on a show I’ve seen a thousand times just to have the background noise with no temptation to actually watch the show.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes. Some authors don’t think it’s important, and some even say they would never read their reviews with a ten-foot poll. It’s all an individual preference, but I like to hear what my readers have to say. I take their feedback under consideration and look into ways I can improve my writing.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I generally write the book first and then give it a title. I feel like you can’t really title a book until you know what it’s about. But again, that’s just me. Every author is different. Some authors I know actually start with a title and then write the book.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
I try to pick unique names that are diverse and fun. Ethnic characters are especially fun to name. Just for fun, here are some name samples from The Stone Legacy series:
- Marzena—seemingly young dreamwalker
- Zanya—heroine of The Stone Legacy Series and destined Stone Guardian.
- Arwan—hero, timebender, and something else entirely.
- Grima—Viking and petrifier (not introduced until Lights of Aurora)
Fun, huh? J
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
Usually I have a good idea with my main characters, but my secondary characters always take my by surprise.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of “The moral of this story is..”)
I think the overall moral of the series is to believe in yourself, be a loyal friend, understand that everyone has different needs, wants, and desires, and not to be afraid to follow your heart. Every book does highlight its own moral or theme.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I always love a paperback over e-book. Kindles run out of batteries. Paperbacks don’t. J
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Oh gosh. It’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? Book or movie. Movie or book?
The answer: Book. Always book.
Worst movie ever made based off a book? The Mortal Instruments movie. I saw it with my mom and was cursing under my breath when we left. So mad.
Your favorite food is?
Chocolate cake and coffee.
Your favorite singer/group is?
I love The Ataris and Taylor Swift.
Your favorite color is?
Blue. Blue. It’s the color of the ocean—I know not technically, for all you science buffs out there, but still—and it’s a lot of color with variations for my wardrobe. 😉
Character interview with Thresa DaLayne
Character Name: Arwan
Orphan and gifted Riyata, Arwan grew up at Renato’s estate in Belize after his mother was murdered by an underworld enemy. For years he has denied his Mayan ancestry and shunned his bloodline. Now that Zanya—the Stone Guardian—is back and bonded with her stone, he must face the darkest part of his soul in order to find the revenge he continues to seek.
I don’t have a photo of Arwan, nor do I want to assign one. He is a unique looking twenty-something year old with tan skin, dark eyes, sharp cheekbones, long-ish dark hair, and a keen talent for martial arts. He also has a very rare ability called timebending, which he does not often use in fear of changing the course of history and affecting the future in negative ways that he cannot undo.
If you can add a dreamcast pic of the character that would be awesomeJ
Me: Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
Focus. Normally that would be a good quality, but I tend to be overly focused on a goal and do not stop perusing it until I’ve accomplished it. Maybe that’s how I earned Zanya’s affections. Once I knew I wanted her, I couldn’t stop until I made my best effort to earn her trust.
Me: Have you?
Arwan: It’s a work in process.
Me: Do you think you deserve her trust?
Arwan: No. Not in the least.
Arwan: Can we move to the next question please?
Arwan: Because I’m not entirely comfortable telling you something I haven’t told her first.
Me: Fair enough. What about your best quality?
Arwan: I would say patience. I need patience while training—especially with Peter due to is lack of practice. He spends far too much time with Tara and not enough time in the dojo.
Me: It sounds like you’re angry with him.
Arwan: Angry? No, I’m not angry. Just…concerned. I don’t want him to fall behind. But knowing Zanya now, I can’t blame him for being hesitant to leave Tara. It’s hard to be away from the person you care about.
Me: What are you most afraid of?
Arwan: Failure. I’ve worked my entire life to prepare for the moment I can finally avenge my mother’s death. Plus, now I have more than just myself to protect. There’s no one else to lead the rest of the group, and I have to be there. It’s my job, and I can’t fail.
Me: What do you want more than anything?
Me: What kind? There are a lot of kinds of peace.
Arwan: All kinds. For too many years I’ve struggled to achieve inner peace, but that’s not possible because of who…what, I am. Maybe someday I can find a balance. That’s about the best I can hope for.
Me: What is your relationship status?
Me: You’re not going to improvise, are you?
Arwan: No, I’m not.
Me: Okay then. How much of a rebel are you?
Arwan: I think that’s more of a question for Jayden. Me? I prefer structure. Though I suppose Renato wouldn’t completely agree with the current events.
Me: What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Arwan: Taking control of my darker side. Commanding it. That is by far my greatest achievement to date.
Me: What is your current state of mind?
Arwan: I’m nervous.
Arwan: Because I’m not used to people probing into my personal life. Into my head. Marzena, the young dreamwalker, gives me space. She doesn’t intrude into my thoughts. This interview feels a lot like when she reaches into my head.
Me: What is your most treasured possession?
Arwan: Does it have to be an object?
Arwan: My glaive.
Me: What’s that?
Arwan: It’s a weapon I use in both training and fighting—a spear with a long, curved blade at the end.
Me: You don’t have anything more personal you cherish?
Arwan: I don’t have many personal items. I’ve never needed them. I live with Renato, have the dojo at my disposal, and the jungle as my refuge.
Me: Which living person do you, most despise?
Arwan: I suppose it would be wrong to say Jayden. *grins *
Me: I don’t think Zanya would be thrilled to hear you say that.
Arwan: No, she wouldn’t. And in reality it’s not the truth.
Me: So who is it?
Arwan: Sarian—and my father. Both of them equally and as fiercely. The end.
Me: What is your greatest regret?
Arwan: I’d rather not elaborate. Are we almost finished?
Me: Yes, we are. Let’s change things up. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Arwan: Stubbornness and self-confidence.
Me: Most men dislike a stubborn woman.
Arwan: Not me. It tells me she knows what she wants. I like that.
Me: Which living person do you most admire?
Arwan: My mentor, Renato. He is like my father, and I have great respect for him.
Me: What is your motto?
Arwan: You always have a choice.
Me: We’re all finished up. Once again, Arwan, thank you for the interview.
Arwan: Great. Thank you.