How do you pronounce your first name?
Dee-on. Sometimes I’m called D, or Witt. I also answer to Mommy, Mom, Mama, and Heeeeelllp!
Is Elementals: Discovery your first book?
It is my first published book, but it certainly isn’t my first finished book. Like many authors, I have several completed manuscripts that will never see the light of day. Every once in a while, I dig them out and read them to see how far I’ve come.
Where do you get your ideas?
Mostly in the shower. Honestly, a lot of my ideas come to me while I’m in the shower, but I also get ideas just from people watching. I’m very curious. For example, the last time I was visiting London, I was riding the Tube with a friend and I happened to look over and see a man and a woman sitting ahead of us. They were laughing and enjoying each others’ company, then he got off at a stop without her. As soon as he was gone, the woman took her hair down from its clip, reapplied her lipstick and removed her jacket. She got off two stops later, and I couldn’t help but wonder what her story was. Was the man her husband? Was she now going off to meet someone else?
How long does it take to write a book?
It really depends. I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo, so I can pound out a rough, (and I mean rough!) draft in 30 days. But to go back and do edits and re-writes until I would consider it done? That can take months or even years, depending on what else is going on. Sometimes life gets in the way, and that’s okay. Elementals: Discovery was started in March 2009, but wasn’t finished until October 2012.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
All. The. Time. It’s just something that happens. Sometimes I just need to walk away from the story for awhile. This could be a couple of hours, or even a couple of months. When that happens, I usually switch to another writing project until, eureka! A new idea or answer to a question hits me, and then I go back to the first story. This may not be ideal, (read: it means I end up with a lot of half-finished stories) but it’s how I’m able to still keep writing.
Who do you read?
I read a lot, usually 100+ books a year, and these are new books. I don’t count the ones I go back and read again. My personal library consists of James Patterson, Emily Giffin, Nicholas Sparks, Janet Evanovich, Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Crusie, Suzanne Collins, JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Dan Brown, Stephen J Cannell, Sidney Sheldon, Harlan Coben, Nicholas Evans, John Grisham, Jude Deveraux, Amy Tan, Kristin Hannah, Danielle Steel, and a bunch of others. I also read a lot on my Kindle.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Okay, don’t laugh. Boybands. I said don’t laugh! It’s not all I listen to, but I’m a huge fan of NKOTB, Backstreet Boys, NSync, and Westlife, and yes, I have seen them all in concert. I also listen to Lifehouse, Nickelback, Maroon 5, Pink, Adele, Bruno Mars, Alex Clare, The Calling, Duffy, Evanescense, Josh Kelley, James Blunt, Fall Out Boy, New Politics, and Michael Buble. I’m also a huge fan of soundtracks and I do listen to some country as well. Every once in a while, people are surprised to hear a Pitbull or Massive Attack song playing on my iPod too. I don’t know why.
What kinds of television shows and movies do you like to watch?
My current favorite tv shows are Person of Interest, Sleepy Hollow, The Following, NCIS, Downton Abbey and Sherlock. I have a large collection of DVDs as well, and some of those are Smallville, Supernatural, Weeds, Dexter, White Collar, Queer as Folk, Gilmore Girls, Heroes, Due South, Friday Night Lights, and The Walking Dead. We haven’t had cable or satellite in about 4 years, so I know I’m probably missing out on some great shows, but that’s what Netflix and Hulu are for, right? I just need some free time to veg out!
I don’t usually make it to the movie theater much anymore, but I’m a big fan of Sandra Bullock, so pretty much anything she’s in, superhero movies like The Dark Knight, Iron Man, the Avengers, and anything Disney. I have a love/hate relationship with scary movies.