Interview: S.L. Danielson

Jen: Today we welcome S.L. Danielson to Romancing the Book. S.L., will you please share a short bio with us?

S.L.: Certainly! Like most writers I started the craft at a young age and have never stopped since. After trying my hand at various other mediums; I found writing was my calling. I began full novels at the age of 12 and hope to convert them into modern tales. On the personal side, I’m a happily married woman of over 12 years, and a doting mother to two adorable cats.

Jen: Tell us about Ranch Hands and where is can be purchased.

S.L.: Gladly! Ranch Hands can be found at Amazon, Smashwords, All Romance Ebooks, and Silver Publishing’s site. The paperback version can be found at Lulu.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

S.L.: As stated above, I was young when it began, I’d say five years old roughly. There’s an old photo of myself at a huge brown desk covered in papers. I knew it was my calling.

My first published work was in 2007, but I pulled it and renamed it in 2008 “For the Heart of Phillip”.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

S.L.: Not that I’m aware of; but we do have several artists. My medium is just different.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

S.L.: It depends, actually. Sometimes I plan out a character in my mind and start a paragraph on him before the story even happens. When I find a good setting for him, then I will “wargame” it out in my mind, and on paper. Big believer in paper notes still…have to see it.

Jen: Do you have a theme, object or person that appears in all of your stories?

S.L.: My best friend would say drama is a staple in all of mine, and I agree. As for objects…I try to use familiar items to my own life, or ones I would own. As for persons, I usually have the “unusual” man. Not the hero, not the perfect chiseled body, just a normal guy that you’d know on the street. John Average.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?

S.L.: I was fortunate enough to have networked and found a fellow author to school me in the ways of farming. He was very helpful! Also, some personal knowledge since I worked briefly in the agricultural industry.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?

S.L.: The most challenging aspect would be the ending. Always hard to finish for me.

The easiest is coming up with dramatic scenes/ideas/twists.

The most rewarding is putting it all together into a story that I hope people love…and having the sales/fans reflect it.

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?

S.L.: I asked my best friend which one of my guys I’m the most like, and she said Roger from this book. He’s down-to-earth, a straight-shooter, but has a good heart. He gets into trouble, but you can’t help but love him.

Jen: If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? If you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?

S.L.: That’s a new and different question! Wow…I’d probably choose the year 2000. So many things were happening in my life at the time that I regret the decisions I made on; I’d go back and change them. As for the three things: notepad/pen, coffee, photos of everyone I know.

Jen: What five authors or people, past or present, have been important to your writing? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?

S.L.: Definitely Armistead Maupin, Marta Randall, Annie Proulx, William Maltese and Julie Hayes.

To Armistead: love your style!
To Marta: nicely done! Thank you for the inspirations.
To Annie: you convinced me I can do this. Thank you!
To William: you rock! You are my mentor and friend, and I deeply value our friendship
To Julie: you are my bff, my sister, my co-author and collaborator. I’m blessed to have found you!

Jen: What’s next for you?

S.L.: Currently I’m finishing up the second book in a three-book series entitled “The Mark of Love” about gay Georgian teen boys in a relationship. This is penned with Julie, too, our third creation so far!

I am also finalizing paperwork to begin my own publishing business!

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

S.L.: www.ladyauthorsld.blogspot.com

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

S.L.: What is it that draws you to this genre and my books? What makes them stand out?

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