Name : Mallory Dauphin (writes under M. Dauphin)
Where are you from: Southern Illinois
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc : Growing up I always wanted to be a veterinarian…what little girl doesn’t? In high school I got into photography and pursued it in college, attaining a degree in fine art….then going back to school to get a degree in early childhood education. Finally I found something I enjoyed that paid well and could help me support my family. I loved it! I got married in 08 and shortly after started working full time as a teacher. I taught gifted 4 year olds in St. Louis and enjoyed every minute of it. 2011 brought the birth of thing 1, as I like to call him, and man that changed our lives, but I wouldn’t change it for the world! In 2013 I gave birth to our second child, thing 2, and my husband and I agreed that I would stay home with our two boys and raise them just like our mothers did for us. It was tough putting my career on hold, and the lack of adult interaction was difficult…but I wouldn’t change it for anything. In the summer of 2014 I took up writing, and by November of that year my first book Alive was published. I never thought I’d be an author, I never cared for writing. I was an avid reader and reviewer…the thought that I could create the stories never really crossed my mind. Now that I’m in the scene, though, I love every minute of it and have made some GREAT friends along the way.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Dauphin: FIGHT is my latest book that releases 2-12-15. It follows a character that was a part of my first series, Eddie, and his love interest Red (Gwynn). I’m so insanely excited for their story!
Also, I have a short story releasing 2-13-15 in the Suits and Shades boxed set, you should check it out!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Dauphin: I started writing one day because I was bored with all of the books on my Nook and had nothing new to read from my ‘go-to’ authors. I was at my son’s gymnastics class when the thought struck me to start writing. I did it to pass the time while I saw through his classes each week, never giving thought to publishing or anything until it was done and I finally told my husband that I had wrote a book. To say it blew my family away was an understatement.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Dauphin: I still don’t consider myself a writer..hah! I do this for fun…I’m a self-published indie author who writes because she enjoys it. I feel like putting a real title to it makes it scary…haha!
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Dauphin: Honestly I had no inspiration. I used photography as Molly’s job because I was comfortable with it…but other than that the ideas were born as they went on the page.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Dauphin: I love writing alternating POV stories. As a reader it’s one of my favorite styles, I feel like I get more out of the story line from it, so that’s what I try and do with my writing.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Dauphin: Devastatingly Beautiful was born in the first book…Tatum says it to Molly towards the end. Each book title is tied into the story somehow, someway. I like the one word titles (Alive, Betrayed, Complete) and even Fight …they all wrap into the story nicely.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Dauphin: In the DB series I would say the message is to never give up. Both characters face struggles throughout the series but neither of them give up on what they hold dearest, and that’s really important in life.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Dauphin: It’s not a fantasy…most of it could happen. I recently had someone complain that it was not probable for two people to fall in love as fast as Molly and Tatum do…so that part may be a little far fetched, but it’s fiction! We can create our own worlds where the unthinkable is attainable!
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Dauphin: No. None of my books so far play off of any experiences (other than the photography) in my or my friends’ lives. I am, however, currently taking notes and keeping tabs for a work that I’ll be starting on soon…you all have been warned 😉
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Dauphin: I have always loved Nora Roberts books, but recently I have gained help from an author (JJ Knight/Annie Winters/ Deanna Roy) who aided me in getting my first book published, teaching me the ropes of self-publishing, encouraging me, and even helping out with a release party that I had. I love the big name authors from the big name publishing houses, but sometimes it’s the bigger named Indies that are so much more helpful because they remember what it’s like to be starting out. Even H.M. Ward had some great advice for me starting out..and that was pretty big for me.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Dauphin: I’m re-reading (because I love it that much) Destructive Gods by H.Q. Frost. I read it a while back, but the other day I started making teasers for it and got caught up in the story and decided I needed to go back and read it again. I have a TON of books to read, but with writing I don’t have much time.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Dauphin: HQ Frost definitely…I’m insanely excited to see where she takes the LUXE series. Alora Kate looks like she has a pretty good series out and I’m looking forward to reading it when I get the chance. GOSH there are so many to choose from!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Dauphin: FIGHT 2 is what I’m currently working on. I have a short coming out in an anthology the day after Fight 1 comes out called Just One Night. The anthology is Suits and Shades (it’s going to be awesome!). I also am going to be going through the DB series and doing some edits and rewrites.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Dauphin: My early reviewers that have stayed with me through this crazy ride (Karen, Laura, Jan) Love you girls!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Dauphin: NOPE! It’s a super fun hobby that takes up a lot of time. J
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Dauphin: I would definitely make the DB series longer. It was the very first thing I had ever written and I feel there are parts that are lacking in description and story line…hence why I may be going back and editing it more.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Dauphin: Boredom. Plain and simple, I was bored one day with the books on my Nook so I thought I’d give writing something a shot. It was way better on the wallet then constantly buying books!
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Dauphin: Here is a small excerpt from FIGHT (*there are cuss words in this exerpt…just a warning*)
Sometimes life knocks you down just to see if you will get back up again, but instead of fighting there are those that give up. I’ve seen it happen too many times to count, and it isn’t god-damned fair. Some of these people had everything going for them, some had families that rely on them, parents that cherish them. It is a sickness that I fear will one day take over my brain. Thoughts of when I was younger creep in daily, reminding me of why I’m no good for anyone.
Sure, I have plenty of friends, but women are a different story. I look at women and I see her, beaten and bloodied by her own husband. Will that be me? Do I have that same evil gene in me? Or am I going to end up following her footsteps to an early grave? Instead of risking it and falling into the darkness, I leave it completely alone and steer the other direction.
I don’t do relationships, I hardly do more than one night stands. It’s not like there’s a shortage of women throwing themselves at me, but I can’t do it. I’m so fucking scared I’ll end up like him, then they will end up like her. I love women, I love fucking women, I love being with them. I even have some really close friends that are chicks. When it comes to anything even closely resembling a relationship with one of them, though, I’m out. My parents really screwed me over.
I’m the only one left in my family. I mean, my sister is still alive somewhere out there, but I couldn’t tell you where she is. When she was eighteen she took off, leaving me with the man I hated most in this world. Leaving me to fend for myself when he turned nasty.
On my eighteenth birthday, I left Pennsylvania for good. I traveled across the country to attend college. Putting all of my efforts into my studies, I graduated top of my class in electronic engineering. There was no way I was going back to his house. Ever. I hadn’t spoken to him for four years, I wasn’t about to start.
Now, years later, I sit here in this tattoo parlor waiting for my most recent addition to get done. This is my peace place. The buzz of a tattoo gun calms every part of me. I could have the shittiest day, but coming in here makes my nerves relax.
“Alright man, finished for today. You know the drill, I’ll see you in a few days to finish this up.”
I nod and thank Dave, the man who had inked every tattoo on my body. Eight years ago, after my first check from working on campus came in, I walked into this parlor desperate to hide the scars. Now I have two full sleeves and a huge scene started on my back.
Throwing a shirt on, I wince as soon as it hits my skin. With all the tattoos, the back has been the worst so far since clothes have had to hit it right away. I’d walk around shirtless, but I don’t want all the looks.
People are always confused when they hear of my occupation. A self-proclaimed computer nerd, I have gotten more than my fair share of funny looks. Computer nerds typically don’t have tattoo’s covering most of their body. This one does. They typically don’t have ripped muscles due to hours at the gym just to chase away the demons. This one does. They especially typically don’t have women throwing themselves at them. This one does.
After setting the appointment for my next session, I head outside into the cool evening air. Walking down a few blocks to my apartment, I smile to myself at how easy my life would be if this could be it for the rest of my life. Living over a bar, by myself, with a fantastic fucking income. It’s not a lonely life. Not really.
I grab my keys to the entryway that heads up to the stairs. The bar is always packed on Thursday nights and tonight isn’t any different. I’m not old, but I just don’t see the point of getting drunk in a public place. I’ll do that on my own where tons of strangers can’t judge me. They do enough of that already.
As soon as I get the door open I hear the crowd outside the bar get louder and instinctively turn to see what was going on. I regret it immediately, as the crowd was cheering on two girls fighting. Shit. This wasn’t a high class bar, they didn’t have bouncers. None of the people, mostly college aged men, standing around looked like they were going to break it up. Fuck this being a grown up shit, I just want to go inside and lock myself in. Unfortunately, I still have a conscious. I can’t just walk away and let these girls beat the shit out of each other. I sigh, growling and grumbling to myself, and lock the door behind me as I walk down the sidewalk to the crowd. Stupid drunk, probably underage, college chicks.
The first thing I notice when I get to the front of the crowd is the bright, ketchup red hair, sticking up out of girl one’s head. Not a typical college girl haircut, but who am I to know current fashions? The girl is about a foot shorter than me, and feisty as hell. Her arms look like they are going to fly off she is swinging so fast. Getting a better look, I notice she actually fucking knows what she’s doing. Fists formed correctly, good stance. Shit. I look over at the other girl who backed away a bit and laugh. This girl doesn’t stand a chance. Blonde hair, stumbling around, yelling slurred comments towards Red. A part of me wants to see where this leads, but I already know I’m going to have to step in sooner than later.
Just as Red goes in for another hit, this time to the mid-section, I hop in and grab Blondie away. She is so drunk it doesn’t take much force for her to fall into my arms. I twist her around and practically throw her into some guy’s arms, then turn to face Red.
Shit now she’s coming at me!
“Hey hey hey! Wait!” I yell with my hands in the air. “I’m not fighting you, tiny!”
She froze, her hazel eyes hitting me, and my heart stops. Never before have I responded to a woman the way I responded to her glare.
Son of a bitch.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Dauphin: Just finding time to write! With the kids and the house work I can only write during naptime and after they go to bed, so it’s challenging when all I want to do sometimes is sit and get the stories out of my head.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Dauphin: Annie Winters- I loved her other works under JJ Knight, but the cliffhangers in the Vigilante series really bring me in!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Dauphin: None so far! I’m hoping to attend a signing in Chicago in 2016 as an author but nothing has bet set yet for that.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Dauphin: I do all the designing myself. I LOVE creating images for my books, I feel like it helps me bring them to life better.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Dauphin: Editing….and then telling my friends and family that I wrote a book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Dauphin: I have more in my mind than I thought I did! Also, writing is really hard. There are times I stare at the screen and have NO CLUE where I’m going with the story…then I end up deleting everything and starting all over. It’s frustrating, but it’s so rewarding too.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Dauphin: Don’t give up. Even if someone hates your work, don’t give up.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Dauphin: Thank you so much for giving the books a chance. It’s amazing to me that I have fans out there right now, since a year ago I never even considered writing. Thank you J
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Dauphin: Ever? Probably Digby and Kate…when I was about 6. Haha! First book I LOVED, though, was the DaVinci Code. Definitely got me back into reading after the forced reading years of grade school reading had passed.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Dauphin: Old people…for both answers. I LOVE old people…and I pray one day I’m an awesome one.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Dauphin: I feel like I should say a president..or someone influential…..but I really want to meet JJ Knight (Deanna Roy/ Annie Winters), just to tell her thank you for helping me out and giving me the courage I needed.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Dauphin: One Bad A$$ Mother to two awesome boys. Oh..and a pretty cool wife too.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Dauphin: Photography definitely, I LOVE any type of photography and miss working in the darkroom dearly. One day I’ll have a house that has one in it so my kids can know how pictures used to be made before the digital era.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Dauphin: The Walking Dead, Under the Dome, Dexter, Game of Thrones…and a ton more. We don’t get much time to watch TV since most of the shows we like aren’t suitable for 1 and 4 year olds to be watching.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Dauphin: Food..mmmm…..favorite? GUACAMOLE! Favorite color is pink, favorite music is country/ some alternative. I’m way cooler than I sound, I promise you that…hahaha!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Dauphin: A teacher or a photographer 😉
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Dauphin: www.facebook.com/authormdauphin ß This is where most of my information goes first. I’m trying to get used to Twitter ( @authormdauphin) so follow me on there to get new news and stuff as well!
Amazon author profile page: www.amazon.com/author/mdauphin