#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Dena Garson

Dena Garson

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Dena Garson – I’m a mom of two boys plus an extra as well as 2 snobby cats and a dog who doesn’t understand the meaning of the word NO. I do still have a day job as a Quality Improvement Analyst. I like to dabble in a lot of arts and crafts like crochet and jewelry making/beading. And I spend a lot more time watching football than I ever expected thanks to my boys.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The others after the first are definitely harder for me. Probably why I don’t have long series.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I don’t write long series – most of mine are only 3 books deep. But I do like all of my books to stand alone – just with shared characters.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Writing does take a thick skin and a love of long spans of alone time. The most valuable tip I ever received was to give yourself permission to write crap during your first draft. You can fix most anything in edits.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

Varies based on what is going on with the family – anywhere from 30 minutes to three or four hours.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Picking a favorite character is like picking a favorite child. Each book holds a special place for me for a variety of reasons. I loved Rege (Rege’s Rescue) because he’s such a sexy, brooding hunk. But I also loved Trixie (Her Clockwork Heart) because she seemed so real and relatable to me and had awesome “pets.”

What is your definition of success?

Being happy with what you choose to do and seeing the fruits of your labors through both monetary rewards as well as satisfied consumers (readers/customers).

Do you have anything you want to share that didn’t fit on one of these questions?

Earlier this year I moved all of my contemporary books under a new pen name: Liana Garson. You can find Liana and those books on my website and on Kindle Unlimited.

What are your social links?

FB Author page – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDenaGarson
Twitter – https://twitter.com/DenaGarson
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/denagarson/

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Dena-Garson/e/B007ER5E58/

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

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