Author name: Deanna King
Genre: Fictional Crime, Fantasy Romance, Children’s Stories
Books: Twist of Fate- A Jack West Novel and Gracie’s Stories (Ages 6-11). New fantasy to come out this August.
What’s your story and how did you become a writer? I have loved to read since I was eight years old. I began writing in my junior year of high school but not seriously. In 1996, I began writing again, romance with a hit of intrigue or history, yet never finished any manuscript, as my life (husband, kids, work, divorce, kids, work and single life) got in the way of ‘my life.’ I met a man and remarried after twenty-four years of being single. A few years later, downsized from my position at work, I found myself with plenty of time and support from my husband, and picked up the proverbial pen.
I grew up with an Air Force father, turned Baptist minister, moving from place to place. I found that being an introvert was not my best recourse for a lifetime of making new friends, so shyness is not a problem I deal with. My love of reading came from my aunt who got me interested in at a young age. I grew up loving the classics, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and Heidi by Johanna Spyri, then I moved on to Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys.
After a few years, I began reading romance for a while, and quickly got right back into mysteries and detective stories. Books, TV, movies, all about crime, true or fictional, to the fluff type shows all interest me. Twist of Fate – A Jack West Novel is my official debut novel, and this is only the beginning of my plans for multiple books for the “Jack West” series. The second novel is already a work in progress and the third novel is already a working idea. Jack is going to be very busy over the next few years! I live in Texas with my husband, Travis who is my biggest fan, and one completely spoiled little dog.
How do you balance your work with other demands? By setting myself a schedule for a daily routine, be it marketing, scheduling book event, to home and personal chores. Once these are out of the way on the days they need to be cared for, I try to write, rewrite or research. My biggest goal as of late is trying to find more time to write and stay in the groove.
Name one of the happiest moments in your life: The births of my children
What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner? Pantser, but I keep a white board with all important story lines and people so I do not leave any story holes.
Could you write in a café with people around? Absolutely not.
Have you ever written dialogue in a second language? If so, how did you do it? Yes, some dialogue which I researched on Google.
What’s your favorite book and what are you reading now? No favorites. There are too many books I truly love. As I kid though, I loved Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and the classics. I am currently reading The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell.
What’s your favorite way to read a book: hardcover, paperback, eReader? Hard cover or paperback. I love turning to the next page.
Do you think print books will always be around? YES!
Would you ever read a book on your phone? No
What’s your go-to device? iPhone, Android or something else? I use the iPad, but not for reading.
How long could you go without checking your phone? All day
Do you listen to audiobooks? If you do, what do you do while you’re listening? No
Do you like using social media to promote yourself and your book? If so, what’s your favorite platform? Yes, Facebook and LinkedIn are my favorite platforms.
Awards/special recognition: None (yet)
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