Talking with Deanna Lynn Sletten
From the author of Maggie’s Turn and Sara’s Promise comes Destination Wedding, a witty and heartwarming romance. Bestselling and award-winning author Deanna Lynn Sletten answers our questions about her new release and her writing career in general.
Where should readers who haven’t experienced your writing yet start?
It depends upon what type of novels they enjoy. If readers want a lot of drama and a few tears, I’d suggest starting with Memories and Sara’s Promise. If a reader would rather have something a little more lighthearted, definitely read Destination Wedding, then move on to Maggie’s Turn. All of my books have drama, but some are a bit lighter than others.
You’re known for creating characters that feel like real life friends. How do you come up with your characters? Are they at all inspired by people in your life?
My characters come directly from my imagination, but I like to create characters who are as real as you or me. I like characters who aren’t too perfect, who feel the same things we all feel, and who live lives we can identify with. In Destination Wedding, I feel that Claire is the kind of woman you’d meet at the grocery store or could be friends with. She’s not glamorous and she doesn’t have a high-powered or high salary career. She’s just an everyday woman who is trying to live the best life that she can. I believe if readers are able to identify and connect with the characters, they will want to read on to see what happens to them.
You’re a great supporter of Indie authors and have had much success as one yourself. What’s the number one tip you’d give writers considering this path?
Being an Indie author means you have to work twice as hard as a traditionally published author to get half as far. You have to be willing to put all of your free time into your writing as well as into promotion. The Indie authors who succeed don’t do it by only working a couple of hours a day. They work constantly at their writing, production, and promotion. Don’t think you can write a book and make a fortune without much effort. That’s not the way it works for 99.9 percent of writers. But, on the plus side, you control your publishing future and there’s no middle man taking a chunk out of your earnings, so being a self-published author does have its perks.
Where are we most likely to find you writing (or reading)?
I sit at my dining room table most of the time to write. It’s in a small corner of the house where there is the most sunshine in both summer and winter. On nice days in the summer, you’ll find me outside at the patio table writing. Thank goodness for laptops! I can enjoy the weather and write. As for reading, I usually read a little each night before bed. I’m sorry to say that I don’t read as much as I used to because I use almost all of my free time for writing. But I do enjoy a good book every now and then.
What books are currently sitting on your nightstand?
All my books are hidden away on my iPad these days. I am currently reading Red Clover by Florence Osmund. She is also an Indie author. Next up will be Keeping Kylee by Jan Romes, one of my favorite Indie authors. I have a pile of books I want to get to, but it will take me a while.
What can we expect next from you?
I am currently finishing up a romance novel that includes a city girl, a hot cowboy, and a ranch in Montana. It is the first in a three book series. I don’t want to give away too much quite yet. If all goes well, it will be released in August, 2014 and the second book in the series will be ready by December, 2014. After the series is complete, I have a few ideas for some more stand-alone romance/drama novels. I love tearjerkers, so you can expect a few more of those from me in the near future.
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