Danita Minnis grew up singing and once thought she would do that all her life. She soon found writing just as fulfilling and writes paranormal romance. She loves mystery, mysticism, the fantastic and the fey. She has published The Cardiff Novels, a series about one family’s trials with vengeful demons, a legacy of ghosts and mysterious blood jewels. She is currently working on the third novel in the Cardiff series, which introduces the Cardiffs’ connection to ancient vampires.
Danita is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is a lover of chocolate, a good, scary movie, kittens and pups – especially Siberian Huskies. When she is not writing, she exercises her lungs at her son’s soccer matches and their favorite theme park, because everyone knows it’s easier on the stomach to scream your way down a roller coaster.
What inspires you to write?
I like a little horror with my love. I am attracted to both the light and dark sides of people, relationships, places. For me, those conflicts are what make a person unique.
The journey to the Happily Ever After is murderous in my stories. Don’t get too comfortable with your favorite players, they may not be around too long. Besides, the next time you see them (sometimes they come back) they may not have the same endearing qualities you loved before. I love suspenseful writing and anywhere I can keep you guessing I’m going to do it. There are just too many Hitchcock movies and Twilight Zone episodes in my collection for me to ignore the calling.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually have ideas simmering inside of me for several weeks to months before I put them down on paper. I will start examining the world around me for ‘clues’ to my character. For example, I will see a person and think, “That is my hero Roman. That’s what he sounds like.” I’ll start collecting things like pictures of the type of clothing they might wear, or where they might live. I think of myself as a scene writer as those are what bombard me in the early days of inspiration. When it gets to the point that I can’t stop thinking about a character or a scene, I know I’ve got something fleshed out. I’ll start writing with a little background music, which is most often the television. I write in the early morning or the evening during the week. I write a framework of the story first and go over this again and again until I’ve filled in every character, setting and closed every loop in the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not only do I listen to my characters, I also dream about them. I have daydreamed certain scenes in my novel and then rushed to write them down. I am also a people-watcher. I take note of interesting human ‘quirks’ I observe and use them for my characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
On writing: Do your research. Know your subject. Have several books ready to publish because the media blitz (book tours, guest posts, blogging, etc.) is time-consuming and will eat up your days.
On the business of book publishing: surround yourself with knowledgeable, experienced writers and learn, support each other. Get involved ‘behind the scenes’ with your local writing chapters and keep up with current events in the writing community.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first two novels are through a publishing company. As a new author, I wanted to get my feet wet with the guidance of a reputable publishing company. I did some research on the various companies out there and when I was ready to publish I went ‘shopping’ with my wish list of publishers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
From an author standpoint, I am very excited about the future of book publishing because I see more opportunity for authors. The hybrid author will self-publish even while under contract to traditional publishing companies. This will garner more exposure for the author and their books. A win-win situation!
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Contemporary, paranormal, romance
What formats are your books in?
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