Name DL Gallie
Where are you from Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m a mum of 2 and my husband and I have been together since I was 16. We are currently renovating a house – I thought we’d have it done in 10 weeks, we are coming up on 3 years.
I went to college and studied Travel & Tourism. I worked for a travel agency for 5 years before my husband and I went travelling for 3 years. We lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Collingwood, Ontario, Canada before moving back to Australia and starting our family.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Book 2, Tequila Healing will release in 11 days and I’m about two thirds of the way through book 3, Wine Not
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My husband kept telling me that I should write a book and then one day and idea popped into my head. I grabbed my MacBook and started writing Malt Me, then the idea for the rest of the series flowed and I’ve been writing ever since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ll let you know LOL I’d say when I received my first royalty payment from Amazon, that was an exciting day
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My husband and our love of beer. We hope to one day open a brewery like my characters do, but without the psycho ex element
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
No, my characters talk the way I do but generally speaking they aren’t based on real life people
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I can’t remember but my husband came up with the series name
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No message, my books are just an escape from reality
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Characters are all made up and not based on anyone specifically. Some of my stories are taken from real life but then I embellish the story to make it more entertaining
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
The first novel I read was The Power of One by Bryce Courtney when I was 13. That is a favourite of mine. As for mentor, there is no one specific person but I do have a collection of authors who I refer to quite often for advice and help
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have 1 specific favourite author but I always buy Dean Koontz’s latest release – I think its funny I love his work yet I write romantic suspense, I must get the suspense side of the story from him…not sure where romance side comes from but I did love reading Danielle Steele as a teenager
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Authors that have become friends helps me a lot with my first book. AM Gillham, JL Perry, Lyssa Layne and Rebecca Rohman were the ones who helped me most writing wise. BJ Harvey was a major help when it came to releasing and publishing my book
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Its more of a hobby right now but never say never.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’d build the characters relationships up more, give more insight to them
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My hubby kept suggesting it to me
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I’m currently working on book 3, Wine Not at the moment. Here is an unedited snippet that’s subject to change
“Do I look okay?”
Morgan’s face breaks out in the biggest smile. This is the first time I’ve seen her show any emotion that’s not sadness since she entered my room. “Yes, you are fucking stunning Sarah. Wish I could get ready that quickly.”
We hear Simon yelling from below to hurry up. “Coming.” I yell, leaning down, I kiss Morgan on the forehead. “Back as soon as I can.”
Turning, I grab my bag and shoes and head out the door, as I’m closing it, I hear Morgan quietly say. “Have fun.” There is no emotion in her voice at all; she is broken at the moment.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Punctuation, pretty sure my editor cringes when she knows she has my book to edit but I think I getting there.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet I don’t but I will be attending my first signing in October this year (Riveting Reads Australia in Brisbane) and my first international one in March 2018 (Titanic, Belfast)
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Murphy Rae from Indie Solutions. She takes my ideas and designs a cover that fit my story perfectly.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding time to write. Having 2 kids can be challenging but now that they are both at school, its easier to find the time to wrote.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Not everyone will like your story and that’s OK. Learn from the criticism and don’t take it personally
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
Heath Ledger for Jordan
Rachel Taylor for Kenzie
Christian Bale for Clint
Jason Statham for Mike
Katie Cassidy for Sav
Bryan Greenberg for Uncle Kelvin
Nick Bateman for Logan
Sophia Bush for Sarah
Charlize Theron for Victoria
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write from your heart and write for yourself. Take on board criticism and learn from it. If in doubt, ask someone
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Don’t be shy, message me anytime and ask anything and I’ll answer (within reason of course)
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Blood & Roses series by Callie Hart
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Power of One by Bryce Courtney
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Lots of things for both BUT its hard to make me cry in a book BUT not in a movie
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d love to see my dad again, he passed away when I was 10. I remember him but not clearly so it would be nice to meet and have a beer with him
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Have never really thought about it, but I’m sure it would have wine mentioned
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Reading and trying different wines
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
TV shows – True Blood, The OC, Once Tree Hill, Alias, Sons of Anarchy and Charmed
Movies – Empire Records, Clueless, Shawshank Redemption
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food – original chips and lasagna
Colour – purple
Music – Metallica and Lady Gaga
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’d love to work as a travel agent again
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Malt Me Links
Tequila Healing Links
B & N http://bit.ly/2i2cyFh
Universal link https://www.books2read.com/u/mZwYel