Name: Denyse but I only answer to domynoe these days
Where are you from: All over the US and Puerto Rico, but most recently settled in Georgia.
A little about yourself: Bachelor’s in English with a Creative Writing Concentration, Associates in Early Childhood Studies, self-trained baker. Been a teacher and an editor, about to go into baking to help the hubs get his name out therehe does the savory, I do the sweet, which pretty much defines our relationship…mostly. I get the spicy in there sometimes. I have four kids, three girls and one boy, and three kitty kids named after X-men. I also run Dreaming In Ink Writers Workshop, a free crit group/workshop that takes all levels of writing and all genres that just turned 11 this year. Also, I’m not as scary as some people seem to think, not a redhead, and am lots thinner than I was 3 years ago.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
The Hobbit. Prior to that, I read all the standard classics for my age: 101 Dalmatians, Black Beauty, etc. A fifth grade teacher read a little of The Hobbit to the class every Friday, and I’ve never been the same. I immersed myself in fantasy, and now my brain defaults to that genre, even when I dream. Some of my biggest fantasy influences are Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, the Raymond E. Feist/Janny Wurts pair up, Melanie Rawn, Katherine Kurtz, Marion Zimmer Bradley:, and most recently Patricia McKillip (I want to grow up and be like her). Because of these authors, my writing is more visual and has more details in everything from description to culture. I love the beauty in McKillip’s writing and hope one day that mine will be as eloquent, richly textured, and lyrical.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Out in the wilds are Assassin’s Choice, an epic fantasy on the small press circuit, and Blood Charms, an urban fantasy still being looked at by agents. I’m working on the second book for the Charms series, another epic fantasy in the same world but at a much later time than Assassin’s, and another urban fantasy in the same world as Charms but on the opposite coast and with a different main character. I can’t stop at just one….
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Dreaming In Ink. I’ve grown a lot, not just in my actual writing but also in how I perceive it, because of the input from other members. And it allows me to be social while still focusing on what I want to do, which is write. And having others believe in you, others who don’t say something is cool just because they know you, when you’re having trouble believing in yourself is amazing. And watching them grow and develop their careers makes me proud to have been a part of their lives in even a small way. Past and present members have all been an amazing group of people.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I’d like to. I just need writing as a career to see me.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’ve always dabbled in the creative, so probably an artist, an actor, possibly a musician. But never a singer. I’d couldn’t subject people to the torture. That’s reserved for characters.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Strangely, revising. I go through this phase when I absolutely hate what I’m working on. I only keep at it because I’m a glutton for punishment…and I refuse to let anything defeat me. The good news is that coming out of that phase and falling in love again is when I know a novel is about ready for that final polish.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Experiment and find what works for you as a writer, the process that will enable you to complete what you start, then don’t let anyone tell you that your process is wrong. When I started taking my writing seriously, I had people tell me how I was writing wasn’t the “right” way to do it, and it hung me up for years. Don’t get hung up on right or wrong when it comes to process. Do what works for you. On the flip side, if you’re not finishing projects, you probably need to try a different process, so feel free to experiment. And sometimes a book needs a different process than worked before, so again, experiment. Bottom line: it has to work for you and a pox on all those nay sayers.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I’m a mother to an autistic boy, run a writing workshop/crit group, edit intermittently, workout 2 hours a day, and bake. What’s a hobby? Who has time? I remember the days when I did cross-stitch and sewing and art and…STUFF. Now days I watch TV or listen to music and chair dance while writing and read for 30-45 minutes before I go to sleep.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?
I used to be a website glutton. Fortunately, I’ve managed to trim it down a little. The personal site is http://www.domynoes.com; the author site is http://www.Alden.nu; and the DII site is http://www.dreaminginink.com. I can be found on Twitter as domynoe and Facebook as domynoe and Denyse J. Loeb. Twitter, FB, and the DII forums and chat are more active than my websites at the moment, something I know will need to change if writing as a career ever finds me. They’re on my never ending to do list…always.