Author Ray Bradbury’s friendship and encouragement inspired Dale E. Manolakas to pursue writing as a career.
Dale E. Manolakas earned her B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and M.A., M.S., Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the California Bar, had the privilege of clerking for The Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, was a litigator in two major Los Angeles law firms, a senior appellate attorney at the California Court of Appeals, and an Administrative Law Judge. She is also a member SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity Association.
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What inspires you to write?
There are so many interesting issues in the legal world. I am inspired by injustice, unfairness, mistakes, and poor decisions from the bench. Many of my books are dramatized real cases or a combination of several cases. Since I have been in two major Los Angeles law firms, appeared before the bench, and made decisions from the bench, I have a wealth of knowledge and characters to draw from. My readers also inspire me to write everyday. I am so encouraged by their reception of my works. I would like to have more communication with them. They are the reason I write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have an image and begin to write. I surprise myself constantly and my characters surprise me too. My inner mind must know where I'm going, but I don't. Here is the image I had for a new book I just started.
"Fierce cold Atlantic waves crashed, exploding up a craggy isolated cliff—resolute against the assault. Cliff top, the summer rain whipped through the salt air on Scotland’s ageless coastline.
"A mile below on the calmer ocean floor, a school of shiny Mackerel turbo danced in the flowing undercurrents and then flitted seaward. All but one. The surge had trapped it in the eye socket of a skull—a human skull."
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am my characters. Every character that an author includes in a book to have depth must come from a part of yourself—there can be no inhibitions and no fear. I have studied acting and been on stage since I was twelve. I graduated from a two year Meisner School, Shakespeare Intensives, am a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity. My most recent plays were Ray Bradbury's in South Pasadena just before he passed.
Who are your favorite authors?
I never stay up all night reading. Discipline is the key to writing. I have rigid hours and adhere to them. There are so many authors and playwrights who I love. A few are: Steinbeck, Shakespeare, Eugene O'Neil, Tennessee Wiliams, John Grisham, Stephen King.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I publish because I want to share with readers. Reading is a symbiotic process. I give to you and you give a part of yourself to the book. Every book is a unique experience for each individual reader. I am true to the characters and the plot. I know your time is valuable and I value that time by working constantly on the craft of writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Educate the young and they will thirst for books. We must emphasize education.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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