Name Dani René
Where are you from Cape Town, South Africa
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m a qualified graphic designer and have been working in the field for twelve years. I’m married with two fur babies. I’m a self-proclaimed coffee addict and I have a love for cheesecake, sushi, and tattoos.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’ve just released a book in April titled Crave, it’s book one of my Forbidden Series, and will be releasing book two in June 2017. In the meantime I’m also working on multiple manuscripts which are part of my 2017 schedule, and slowly planning my 2018 schedule as well.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing from an early age, around 12 or 13 when I wrote short stories and poems. I didn’t think I’d ever publish a book, but I enjoyed creating worlds and characters to escape into. In 2015, I started writing fan fiction on Wattpad and from there my love for writing grew substantially when I got feedback from readers saying they were enjoying the stories. I then decided to take the plunge and self-published my first novel in December 2015. From there, I just haven’t stopped. I love what I do and because of the readers and bloggers who support me I’m thankful that I can continue doing what I love.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I hit publish in December 2015 on my debut I would say. When I saw my name up there along with other published authors it made it all the more real.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The readers who loved my fan fiction. They told me I should perhaps pursue my dream, and convinced me to consider publishing. If it wasn’t for their support and love for my characters, I’m not sure I would have taken the plunge. Who knows.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
If by style you mean present or past tense, I write in present tense and definitely first person. I feel more connected writing, and reading first person stories. I also enjoy writing dual pov, I love getting in the mind of both male and female characters. And I also tend to be a pantser, I don’t normally plot anything, I just sit down and allow the characters to tell me where to go.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Title for my books? They generally come to me either while I’m writing a story, or after. Depends on the characters and the storyline I have in my head.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
All my novels have messages. Some people do pick them up, some don’t and that’s okay. Normally, I try to convey specific messages, and this once again depends on the storyline, what the characters are struggling with, and how they overcome it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A lot of what I write, put my characters through, is based on personal experience, as well as personal stories I’ve heard from friends over the years. There are a few things I add to the story, like locations, time frames, etc, which make the story unique, but I write what I know.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
There are so many amazing books out there. I’ve always loved romance novels, it’s great to get lost in another world for a while, but I can’t pinpoint one particular novel that stands out from the rest. I say each book is special in its own way. I have many authors who I look up to, who have shaped the way I write and think, but once again, not one I can pinpoint.
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?
So many! I’ve found a love of indie authors in particular. At the moment, I would have to say K. Webster, and M. Never are my favorites. They’re incredible writers and have a way with words that grip you from the first page to the last. Both write dark romances and I do love the thrill of their storyline’s.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I have many friends in the book world that support me more than I can even thank them for. My family don’t read my books, but my husband supports me by cooking and making sure the house isn’t falling down. LOL!
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. I’d love to write full time, but until that day, I’ll keep working hard to get there.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I loved the last book I released. The characters consumed me like no others have and I loved everything about them. It’s probably my favorite book of mine to date.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have a vivid imagination, since I was a kid, it was only when I got to my early teens did I start jotting down what was in my head. I’ve always been a creative person, so writing came easily to me. However, I must say, school work like writing essays and such was the bane of my life. But creative writing I did on a personal level was always a passion.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I can share a short snippet from Crave as the other book I’m working on is top secret J
“You’re delicious,” he declares on a sinful smirk. The way he’s looking at me has me aching for more of that filthiness he delves out. When he steps back to regard me, the smirk on his perfect mouth falls and is replaced with something akin to hunger.
“Sir.” The word falls easily from my lips, and it has his beautiful cobalt orbs boring into me. “I need more.” Once again, the look he gives me is one of shock, but also desire. I know he wants me as much as I want him.
“Soon, my little Angel, I promise you. When I take you, it will be when I say, not when you do. Remember, as much as I enjoy you begging, I’m the one in control.”
I nod, but regard him with a smile. “I trust you.” It’s been a long year and we’ve been back and forth more times than I care to count, but those words I’ve just given him mean more than anything I’ve ever said in my life. Because I do trust him. I’m giving him the one thing every man in here wants. The one thing clients pay for but never receive.
He’s getting it on a silver platter.
I’m giving it freely.
The one thing I know he’d kill for.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
There’s always challenges, from research to making sure the character’s voice is the way you imagine it. I am terrible with timelines, so my BETAs always give me grief about that, LOL!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I’ve got my first author signing in July 2017 which will be the first time I’m traveling because of my writing. I will hopefully do more signings which will allow me to travel some more.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Since I’m a graphic designer, I do all my own covers, teasers, etc. Also, I’m too picky to work with another designer. I’m lucky enough to be able to save money and do all that myself.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Sometimes if I’m on a deadline and the characters decide to stop speaking to me, that’s the worst. Other than that, I love what I do.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Don’t give up. Pursue your passion and don’t compare yourself to others.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?
Uhm… Totally stumped me now. But, if my debut novel Ace of Harts was made into a film, I’d have to choose Jared Leto as the leading male character. He was my muse while writing it, so it’s how I picture Triston.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t compare yourself to others in your genre. Focus on what you love, writing. It’s difficult, but don’t read reviews, and if you do, don’t let the bad ones make you stop writing, you can’t please everybody. Write what you know and love. Make sure you’re active on social media and get to know bloggers and other authors. If you need advice, don’t be scared to message an author you look up to, if they don’t respond immediately, it’s probably because they’re so busy they didn’t get a chance to respond. Do not give up, ever! Make time to write every day, even if it’s an hour, or 500 words, it makes a difference. And RESEARCH!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for your never-ending support, all the messages, comments, and reviews. Thank you for taking a chance on me and loving my words. And thank you for giving me a chance to do what I love.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading the Hades Hangmen MC Series by Tillie Cole
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
To be honest, no. LOL! That would be a long, long time ago.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My friends and family, my cats, I love to laugh, it’s a good stress reliever. Generally, certain books or movies, even TV series make me cry. There are a lot of real issues that make me sad too, animal and child abuse, things like that.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I think the only person that I would have loved to have met was Nelson Mandela, he was such an inspirational person in so many ways.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Lover of Life. Writer of Words. Honest to a fault and loyal to the death. Something like that.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I love reading, spending time hiking the mountains close to home and relaxing on the beach.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Supernatural, Grimm, Orphan Black, Reign, How to Get Away with Murder, and so many more.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
Food – sushi, pizza, and lasagna. Colors – Black and dark purples and blues. Music – Anything as long as it’s good, but I do consider myself a rock lover.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Graphic Design, which I’m doing already 😀
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
An indie author and freelance graphic designer, Dani’s writing has evolved from short fan fiction stories to full length novels. From sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious, she’s grown from strength to strength and hitting her stride.
On a daily basis, she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. Generally working on two or more manuscripts at a time, she loves the variety of where her writing is taking her.
She’s normally found in the cave with a mug of coffee or a glass of wine whipping up new emotional rollercoasters. You can also find her on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream. Some of her go to authors are M Never, K Webster, Pepper Winters, KL Kreig, Meghan March, and that’s just to name a few!
Book Buy Links
Ace of Harts
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1Sv9JMh
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1S2w3fJ
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/1nJ1U8c
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1SKmEIt
Broken by Desire
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1oCKQ4c
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1LHI42X
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01BA13UAE
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1VGMCw7
Shattered by Love
Between Love & Fire(Backstage Series Book #2)
FREE ON KU
Between Lust & Tears (Backstage Series Book #2)
FREE ON KU
CUFFED (Falling Stars Duet Book #1)
FREE ON KU
From the Ashes – A Forbidden Series Novella
Crave (Forbidden Series Book #1)
Love Beyond Words