Name: Dani-Lyn Alexander
Where are you from: I live on the south shore of eastern Long Island in New York.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for twenty-seven years. We have a twenty-three-year-old daughter, who was married in April, a fifteen-year-old son, and a little guy who just turned four (yup, he was a wonderful surprise).
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just released the first in a series of young adult fantasy novels, Reluctant Prince.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always loved to read, but when my youngest son was born and didn’t sleep at night, I decided to try my hand at writing and loved it.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when I got my agent, Dawn Dowdle.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My brother shared my love of reading. When he passed away from cancer three years ago, at forty-three, I wanted to write a story as a tribute to his strength. I did write that story, but I still have work to do on it. It’s really important to me that his story be perfect.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
When I wrote my first book, I just sat down with a stack of looseleaf paper and a pen and wrote my book. Now, I outline the first few chapters and see where my characters take me. Usually, not where I’d planned on going.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I don’t know, actually. I had a hard time with this one, because Reluctant Prince was not the original title. I still think of it by its original name.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think the biggest message in this series is to have the strength to do what needs to be done no matter how hard it is.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Not too much. Lol
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Gone With the Wind. I love the strength and determination Scarlett shows.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Top Secret Twenty One by Janet Evanovich. I love the Stephanie Plum series.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am currently working on two books in a cozy mystery series that’s already contracted, a sweet, contemporary romance, and book three in the Kingdom of Cymmera series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My best friend, Renee, has encouraged and supported me from the first moment I said, “I think I want to write a book.”
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not yet, but I do hope to one day.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Probably not, because everything fits in to the remainder of the series, even the things people don’t yet understand.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I loved writing when I was a kid, but stopped for a long time.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Ryleigh’s eyes shot open. Her heart drummed wildly in her chest. The roar of blood rushing in her ears drowned out whatever furtive sound had woken her.
Wait. There it was again. The slightest whisper of something brushing against…something. She slid quietly from the bed, almost losing her footing when she got caught up in the blankets. She bit back a curse, untangled her foot, and grabbed the baseball bat from beneath the bed. Although she had her choice of weapons now—sword, bow and arrow, flail, axe—the bat still felt the most comfortable in her hand, the most familiar. She switched off the small bedside lamp. No sense back-lighting herself when she opened the door. She’d be an easy enough target if something waited out there.
Adrenaline flooded her system as she tip-toed across the bedroom. She pressed her ear to the door and held her breath. The rhythmic pounding of her heart slamming against her ribs masked any sound that might come from the hallway. She blew her breath out slowly, careful not to make any noise, and gripped the door knob.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I have a hard time with the middle of my books. I’m usually excited to get started, then I have a little trouble focusing in the middle until I figure out where the story is going to end.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Stephen King. I’ve been reading his books since fifth grade, and he’s just amazing.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My covers were all designed by artists with the publishers who contracted the books.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Concentrating and finding time!
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned so much about the writing process, but I think the most important thing is the need for meticulous editing.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
I would tell new writers to just sit down and write your book. Then go back and edit afterward.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I would love to thank all of my readers. I’m so excited every time someone enjoys reading one of my books.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
So Big. It was a Little Golden Book, and I was three.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Sarcasm usually makes me laugh. Anything touching or involving children can make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d love to chat with Margaret Mitchell about her inspiration for Gone With the Wind.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Wife and Mother, because they are the two most important roles I’ll ever play.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Reading and shopping.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I don’t watch TV or movies really.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Pizza and chocolate. Blue and Pink. I love soft rock.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a wife, a mother, a dance teacher, and a writer. I’ve already done all of those, so I’ll have to think of something new.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Thank you so much for having me! I’ve really enjoyed visiting!