1. Did you pick your genre or did it pick you?
I think it picked me. I had written fiction when I was younger and I had put it away for years. Then I turned to writing non-fiction. That was when the fiction bug came on pretty strongly and I’ve been focused on that since
2. Do you write in multiple genres or just one?
Right now I’m in the romantic suspense arena for my first Baxter Family Saga series but I don’t rule out moving into one or two more if I get brave enough.
3. How much time do you devote to writing per day?
Writing is not a daily thing for me. If the story is moving and I have to get it out, I’ll dedicate the time. If I need the break, I’ll take it. I’m very flexible with myself and my time
4. What have you published so far?
Well, in late December, I published the first book in the series called Unchained Hearts and in late April, Book 2, Portrait of Gray was released. I’m currently working on Book 3 so I hope to have at least 3 books altogether.
5. Has your method of writing changed over the course of publishing your books?
I’m a bit more relaxed now and it started with the second one. It just flowed better because I was more familiar with the characters. Plus I’m finding my voice so it’s a process that I’m still working.
6. Where do you see yourself a year from now?
In a year, I hope to be in the UK visiting with a few other authors at a possible small signing there. I’ll also be meeting with a special model I wanted to use for a book that’s rolling in my head. I think for the most part, the Baxter series will be complete and I’ll be moving on to other stories but, you never know. I think I’ll have built my following by then just a little.
7. Did you self-publish, go the traditional way, or do both?
I did it for myself and then got picked up by Beau Coup, which is a small publisher. I don’t know how self-publishers do it. BC helps streamline the process and help us get the word out in addition to what I’m doing so it’s good to have them working on my behalf. I’m getting promo spots, online radio interviews, these guys are great. I never thought of going to the big guys because I figured they already have their preconceived agendas and I’m not one to work well within those kinds of confines.
8. Which method did you prefer? I like small indie publishers that work to help writers get published and promoted like Beau Coup.
9. Of the books that you have written, do you have a favorite?
Why? Right now it’s Portrait of Gray because it was such an intense ride. It’s a bit of a tearjerker from what the editor told me and I agree. The character really spoke to me and it was just a smoother process getting the story out
10. Why did you become a writer?
I always wanted to create something and this is my way of doing that on my own terms. I said that if I was going to do it I was going to just focus on having a good story that I liked and that I could stand by. So far, so good.
11. Who is your target audience?
Readers who like a good story. I am attracting those who like romances with happy endings and that’s great but I’m finding that readers who are open to the story and aren’t really strict genre-ists are for me, I think.
12. What are you working on now?
Well, as I mentioned, I’m working on Book 3 in the series and it’s a very involved story as it goes farther back in the history of the family and has some more intense twists. So the challenge is to get the facts of the story right, even more so than in the first 2 because I’m answering a lot of open questions from the previous books. It’s a good, solid challenge
13. What makes you different from other writers in your genre?
I have been told that my books are roller coasters with zags instead of zigs. I tend to not write what readers expect and that’s because I can’t stand stories where I already know the twists and turns. When I write it, I’m happy to say that even I’m surprised by what’s coming out. That’s a good sign.
Dianne Dixon, CAPM is a Microsoft, CompTIA, PMI certified professional gone rogue. After living in the US since the age of 8, she left her adopted home Miami, Florida, USA to go back to her homeland Jamaica WI in the mountains outside of Montego Bay. In addition to blogging on her own sites, including her health blog, Weight Loss Herbs For Health, she is a freelance health article writer for private clients. She is working to create a life of abundance as a budding Entrepreneur blogger and online business owner. In 2012, she published her first ebook: Jamaican Foods Min-E-Book available on Kindle