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A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
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J. D. Robb
ABOUT DAHLIA ROSE
What made you become a writer? It was my dream since I was twelve years old growing up in Barbados. I’ve always been a writer at heart. Being a published author has been one of the truly most amazing things in my life. I am living my dreams.
In which genre(s) do you write? Which genre do you prefer and why? I am a multi-genre author which means I write from urban fantasy to contemporary right into historical. Nothing is off limits. I also write primarily IR and I have no real favorite or preference. Each book is exciting to me from the first word I put on the page. So, where my imagination goes, I follow and that’s my favorite at that moment.
Describe a typical day for Dhalia, the writer? I get my son up for school and I being my day with tea and emails. I check my distribution channels and my marketing analytics. But ten I’m knee deep into words until around six in the evening. I must mention that in there I make dinner or tackle homework since I am on path to gain my degree in Digital Marketing, focusing on Social Media.
What do you like to do when you want to relax? That’s a variety of things. I read, dance, scrapbook inspirational pictures that I use in my writing. I paint and I DIY things. I let my creative side fly when I’m in my down time.
Being a Bajan too, I could not resist asking this question. :-) How does living in the USA differ from living in Barbados and what do you miss most about Barbados? North Carolina, well the USA in general, is always busy, on the move. It’s like a low hum of energy because people don’t seem to stop. I miss the relaxed way we do things, in Bajan time. I miss the smell of the air, ripe with fruits and the sea. I miss Sundays where we relax, eat a big meal, go to the beach and enjoy living on an island.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Tell us a about WHERE SHE LAYS. WHERE SHE LAYS is a contemporary retelling of The Princess and The Pea. I set it in San Francisco and the story is around the Royale family and the seven wealthy brothers. The first book is Patrick and Jewel and they are quite the opposites, yet a spark ignites between them. The Royale family coin is my version of the pea and you will have to read the book to find out what happens next.
The cover art is stunning!!! Who is the artist? Erin Dameron Hall of EDH Graphics created that cover and many of my other covers. She is completely amazing, and I keep telling her she lives in my head.
How have you changed as a writer since that first book? I’ve lost a lot of that wide eyed wondered and I understand the hard work and marketing that goes into your work. Writing isn’t easy. It is a deadline driven career and it doesn’t end when you finish the book. The real work starts when you have to market and make it successful.
Which of your books (or series) would you recommend to readers not familiar with your work and why? I would recommend The Paladin Dragon Series. It’s a paranormal fantasy with Dragon shifters. This is a good place to start because there are eleven books in the series and the world is built where you always see the back story of the previous book and it is over arcing across the series.
What do you see as your greatest accomplishment as an author? That would be finding myself on the USA Today Bestseller, being signed my Hallmark and becoming a client of The Seymour Agency.
How do you feel about the state of the romance industry; in particular, the treatment of authors of color? I think that for far too long we were the ones in the corner, not being looked at or taken seriously. It’s so hard to think it took another fight for civil and social justice for people to see us. Diversity in publishing has been lacking for sometimes, but now it’s here. I think that we all should push ourselves to see what’s at the table that we were not offered before.
What’s next for Dahlia? I keep writing, I keep putting my all into my work and I have my eyes set on that New York Times Bestseller list.
ABOUT THE READERS
If there was one thing you could tell your readers what would it be? I love the community we have! It’s been created through social media where we can talk and interact. I love seeing you all strive and live life to the fullest. I may not comment as much as I would like, but I see your successes and happiness, then I cheer with you and in those times when you need a hug or healing energy. It goes your way from my heart to yours.
What advice would you give an aspiring author? It’s not easy, but keep striving forward. If you want it enough, you’ll keep pushing yourself up that ladder. The author community can be very supportive. Reach out if you are unsure and there will always be someone who will answer and help you on the path.
How can readers reach you? All my links are below! Thank you so much for the amazing questions!