JQM Literary Chat Welcomes D.L. Blade
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I grew up in southern California where I went from being a massage therapist for thirteen years, to a real estate agent for three. I found myself always drawing back to writing. I decided that was where my heart truly was. I hung my real estate license and focused on getting my debut novel out. I now live in Colorado with my family, and we absolutely love it here. I’ve always loved writing, concentrating on poetry and musical lyrics. That changed however, when I had a dream one night that inspired my debut novel, ‘The Dark Awakening.’ In my spare time, I enjoy reading, of course, attending rock concerts, playing pool, wine tasting, and exploring new vegan restaurants in Denver. I’m currently working on a character spin-off from my paranormal trilogy, as well as a pirate fantasy romance.
WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO WRITE YOUR GENRE(S)?
A pretty wild dream. I have always loved books about witches and vampires. One night I had a dream I was a witch, some crazy things went down, and once I awoke, I had to start writing about it. That turned into a 250 page novel. Then I tossed out two more to complete a trilogy, all within a year.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?
L.J. Smith, who wrote The Vampire Diaries series. That’s more YA. I also love dark romance, from authors Anna Zaires, Pepper Winters and Mia Knight.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS?
Definitely The Vampire Diaries series. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Twist Me by Anna Zaires, and most recently I Found you by Lisa Jewel
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE LITERARY CHARACTERS?
Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries has my heart.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH POTENTIAL READERS?
Keep going. I started my debut novel in 2009 with no intention to actually publish it. I went through 7 surgeries, 3 career changes, 5 moves, 2 kids, and a ton of self-doubt. I never gave up. Once I decided to publish, I didn’t stop. I was so inspired that I finally did something I truly loved. I won’t stop. Time to whip out more books!
WHERE CAN WE GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS?
Please visit my author profile on Amazon here to check out my trilogy!