Who’s That Indie Author? Deanna King

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.

Website and social media links: (working on website)
Facebook: @deannakingwriting
LinkedIn: Deanna King
Twitter: @DKingnovelist

Awards/special recognition:  None (yet)


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17 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Deanna King

  1. You gotta love (and be curious about) an author who writes both crime novels and children’s books. Like Deanna, I go for print books because I too love turning to the next page. My pick: Gracie’s Stories as a gift book.

    Thanks Barbara!

      1. I’ve been told that no one wants to get into my head! LOL, and I must have some fascinating dreams. I have a new fantasy romance with time travel with a American Indian ( Sioux) flair to be released 8/13/20 I hope you will on the lookout for it .

    1. Well you’ll be happy to know that the font in Gracie’s Stories was just increased and it really gives it a whole new look, in my opinion. I worked out all 7 stories in my head one night- not sleeping and energized to get them on paper!

    2. Yes ma’am, the feel of paper and turning to what will be an exciting part of the book.. is like Heinz ketchup… mounting anticipation

    1. Oh my- I really do like to be ‘off the grid’ some days phones, emails and so forth can drain you!

    2. Hi Robbie. I’m slowly breaking up with my phone. I mostly use it to be in touch with my family, but I also love to check on my blog throughout the day. That said, I’ve started leaving it in another room when I set off to do something else, to keep the distraction away. I also like classic books, though I didn’t read a lot as a young girl. Catching up now!

  2. I think Deanna and I might be related, Barbara! I’m a Pantser, who would never read a book on my phone and can easily go all day without checking that device. Thanks for the introduction! I love Gracie’s Stories cover!

    1. Oh my! How true! I admit to wanting to have my phone near, but I do spend parts of the day with it out of sight. I tried reading a book on my phone, not fun! Thanks for reading and commenting, Jill. On to the next book 🙂

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