Jen: Today we welcome Dana Wright to Romancing the Book. Dana Wright has always had a fascination with things that go bump in the night. She is often found playing at local bookstores, trying not to maim herself with crochet hooks or knitting needles, watching monster movies with her husband and furry kids, or blogging about books. More commonly, she is chained to her computers, writing like a woman possessed. She is currently working on several children’s stories, young adult fiction, romantic suspense, short stories and is trying her hand at poetry. She is a contributing author to Ghost Sniffer’s CYOA, Siren’s Call E-zine in their “Women in Horror” issue in February 2013 and “Revenge” in October 2013, a contributing author to Potatoes!, Fossil Lake, Of Dragons and Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds, Undead in Pictures, Potnia, Shadows and Light, Wonderstruck, Shifters: A Charity Anthology, Dead Harvest, Monster Diaries (upcoming), Holiday Horrors and the Roms, Bombs and Zoms Anthology. She is the author of Asylum due out in October 2014.
Dana has also reviewed music for Muzikreviews.com specializing in New Age and alternative music and has been a contributing writer to Eternal Haunted Summer, Nightmare Illustrated, Massacre Magazine, Metaphor Magazine, The Were Traveler October 2013 edition: The Little Magazine of Magnificent Monsters, the December 2013 issue The Day the Zombies Ruled the Earth. She currently reviews music at New Age Music Reviews and Write a Music Review.
Jen: Tell us a little about your newest release.
Dana: My newest release is called Asylum. It came about from my fascination with old asylums and the horrors people encountered there. There is so much to see locked away in the history of all those decrepit and broken spaces. Then I wondered what it would be like to investigate and be able to connect with the souls trapped there-and Asylum was born.
Here’s a short excerpt from Asylum:
Rachel narrowed her eyes. What little hold she held on her frayed temper snapped. Self-doubt flared, but she stamped it out as quickly as it came.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” She stepped forward, hands clenched into fists, her foot brushing against the luggage. Her hoodie slid off the suitcase and flopped unceremoniously into the dirt.
“We haven’t even started on the project and you’re trying to displace me already?”
Rutledge stepped back, surprise clear on his lightly parted lips. Lips she apparently still wanted to kiss, damn his eyes. God, what was wrong with her?
“My friend almost died because of a mistake I made. But you’re already aware of that, aren’t you, Mr. High and Mighty? Listen to me and listen good. I’m here because my grandmother needs me. I’m a damn fine ghost hunter, which you would already know if you bothered to see beyond what happened to Jeannie.” She poked her finger into his chest and had the satisfaction of seeing him wince.
Matt stepped back and held up his hands, a ruddy flush creeping up his cheeks. “Okay. I was out of line. Truce?” He bent down and carefully picked up her hoodie, handing it to her gingerly.
“Thank you, Mr. Rutledge.” Rachel snatched the hoodie from his hands and tied it around her waist with a firm yank. She didn’t want to chance it falling in the dirt again and it was going to be a long weekend. At the rate they were going, it was going to be a full-on ice storm between them.
A flash of humor crossed his face. “Do you think maybe you could call me Matt?”
“On what?” Matt cocked his eyebrow with surprise.
“On whether you can stop dissecting me like one of your frauds.”
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Dana: A bit of both. I write down the essential part of the plot on sticky notes and place them on a foam core board and move them around until I get the flow. Then I use a legal pad and scratch out a few cohesive thoughts and I’m off.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Dana: I work full time as a manager in a bookstore, so my routine varies. Pretty much, if I’m not at work I’m in my chair working, chasing after my furry kids, feeding my husband or sleeping.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Dana: At work I wear a lanyard and it is full of sticky notes and scratch paper from things that have popped into my head. The trick is to get them down so they don’t vanish in a puff of smoke.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll probably stay away from? Why?
Dana: I love writing in multiple genres. So far under my real name I have done YA, horror and romance. In the future I would like to try middle grade, novel length YA and loads more romance. Mysteries have always intrigued me as well so I am looking into those for a future project.
As far as staying away, I can tell you I also write under a pen name. The two writing styles are very different and I needed the dividing line. If you write for a young adult audience you have to be careful where your books go.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Dana: Free time…oh the memories. As a writer, I find I have very little. When I can I like to crochet, knit, bake and watch monster movies.
Jen: What’s next?
Dana: Well, I am hard at work on several holiday stories, some horror pieces and a few sweet romances. In the back of my mind I am always plotting a tale or two and have my notes started for the next book in the Ghost Echoes series.