Monthly Archives: October 2011
Posted by Author Dayna Leigh Cheser
What is your blog URL?
Where and when were you born?
Ft. McClellan Alabama, 1961
What schools did you attend? What was your course of study?
Arizona Technical Institute: Computer Programming
When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
When I was 12-years-old, I wrote my first short story and wanted to be the next Edgar Allan Poe minus the drugs and alcohol. Spooky ruled!
If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
‘Bad Luck Cadet’ is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords
Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
I published ‘Bad Luck Cadet’ to my blog as a serial story. When finished, I decided to increase the length, which proved a disaster. I went back to square one and published ‘Bad Luck Cadet’ directly from my blog posts. I had some additional editing done, changed my age to the real thing (45) and designed a cover, well, many covers before I was satisfied. The story is non-fiction but I changed enough background and personal information to make it comfortably fun fiction.
Please tell about the most memorable moment(s) in your writing career.
The ‘Bad Luck Cadet’ was published on No Quarter USA, a political magazine, as a serial. Getting feedback and having people read and enjoy my trials and tribulations at the police academy was a wonderful feeling. Their comments kept me writing in the early days of combining a career in law enforcement with a writing schedule.
Have you won any awards? If yes, which award(s) and when?
I know you’re asking about awards as an author and I have none (yet), but I have two memorable awards I feel I should mention.
RT Magazine (Romantic Times) awarded me Book Seller of the Year. I owned an independent bookstore in Phoenix, AZ for many years and this was the highlight of my early career.
I also won ‘Employee of the Year’ at my police department. It was a wonderful accomplishment and I am forever grateful.
What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
Combining my husband of 30 plus years, my animals, grown children and grandchildren are the drawbacks of my writing practices. When I start a new book, I go to work as a police officer and then come home and work as a writer. My family is adapting but they miss me and I forget anything exists but my computer screen. My poor dogs walk into my office, sniff once or twice and hope I remember to feed them. My husband takes over horse duty, bless him. I don’t know if it’s becoming any easier on us, but acceptance is a wonderful thing.
Did an established writer mentor you in your early days? If yes, how did the mentor help you?
While working in my bookstore, I met the wonderful and talented writer, Vijaya Schartz. She inspired me and teaches great workshops, which I attend when time allows.
My other mentor is Linda Anselmi. She raps my knuckles when scenes need improvement or something in my writing doesn’t make sense to her. She takes my police brain and turns it into fiction for everyone.
My Mom, and additional editor of my work, has inspired me throughout my life. I AM because of her.
What genre do you most often write? What other genres have you written?
Humor and Fun Inspirational. Vampire.
Who are the authors who most influenced your writing and your career?
I hold the writings of Og Mandino on a pedestal. I was influenced by Stephan King and Robert McCammon. However, there are really there are too many authors to mention. I read everything!
Who are the authors your read most often?
Currently I’m in love with Ilona Andrews (an incredible husband wife writing team), Lee Child, Patricia Briggs and Robert Crais. I’m also discovering the incredible world of indie authors. My to-be-read pile is enormous!
Please list the conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars you have attended during the past year?
The Write Path Seminar by Vijaya Schartz
Have you mentored an aspiring writer? Would you mentor, if the opportunity arose?
I would gladly mentor.
What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?
Don’t stop writing and finish what you start. It’s so easy to begin a project but I didn’t become a true writer until I began finishing them.
What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Don’t let anything stop you from achieving your dreams. This includes writing and anything else you set your mind to. You are never too old!
What is the name and genre of your current project, and what is the expected release date?
Bad Luck Officer – 01/13/2012 – Action/adventure & humor.
Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series?
Do you have any project(s) planned for the future?
Please provide some details of the project(s).
Just finished Book 1 of The Fang Chronicles. Vampires and Werewolves, oh my.
What conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars do you plan to attend in the next 12 months?
Any I can sink my teeth into.
Please provide and information you would like to share that is not covered above.
I post a weekly ‘Story from Small Town‘ on my blog http://badluckdetective.com This is what’s happening in between the Bad Luck books.
I hide out at home when not on duties as a police officer. I love gardening (my garden is on the list of best gardens in my community), I love my animals (two dogs, one horse) and my ninth grandbaby is due this year. I am blessed.
I spend too much time on Twitter and you can always find me there http://twitter.com/#!/SuzieIvy
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My thanks to Suzie Ivy for participating in DIY Interviews.
PS: Please take a few minutes to read the Wedding Chapter from my soon-to-be-published book (2012) ‘Janelle’s Time.’ You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the happy couple, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor (he crashes the wedding) from my upcoming book, ‘Logan’s Time.’