Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Deanna L.Rowley. I have over 40 books published and I’ve only been publishing since 2020. However, I’ve been writing since 2014 and stock piled a back list before publishing that first book. Not only do I write my own books, but I also write in the worlds of Samantha A. Cole, Susan Stoker, and Elle James.
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
The ones after it. I’m a pantser, and if I don’t write down characters names, I don’t always remember them in the future books. Nor what some of the plot lines are.
When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?
Being a pantser I let my imagination go. I don’t hold back on how crazy, twisted, or shocking something can be.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?
I can speak for other writers, because we are all different. For myself, if something gets to be too much, I take a break. Get up and walk away from the computer, walk around the house, vent, clean, do whatever to get back into your own headspace. If you have someone who you talk about your books to, like plot lines and such, talk to them. Tell them why your emotional, whether it’s a particular scene, or the plot isn’t going the way you want.
On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?
Straight writing? 6-8 hours a day, especially if I’m in the zone. But there are other things that I do also, like editing, uploading books to the different sites. Making covers. On a typical day, I try to work in my office from 8am to 6pm doing authorly things which includes writing.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
Emma Watts the heroine from the Love Found Trilogy. Her life gave her lemons and she not only made lemonade, she made the entire lemonade stand. No matter what life threw at her, she always got up and started again.
If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?
Angie Harmon would play Aimee Harkin from my Spies, Lies, & Rides series. She’s tough, but not afraid to show a softer side. I’m not sure who I’d get to play her love interest.
What is your definition of success?
Be recognizable at a signing. Like readers and other authors see me and automatically know who I am. Also, when it comes to financial success, I want to be able to pay my bills every months from the sales of my books with having some left over.
Do you have anything you want to share that didn’t fit on one of these questions?
Don’t let others tell you that you “have” to do something, because they did. What works for others won’t always work for you. You do you the best way you can.
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