Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
After deciding to take a sabbatical a few years ago I found myself with the free time to dive into reading again. After stumbling across Deneane Clark’s regency romance “Grace” I became hooked on reading her series. That lead to other similar collections and I spent months reading one after another. I felt so strongly about the classic themes in these books (finding love, overcoming personal struggles, enjoying a sense of community) that I decided to dust off my college writing skills and write one of my own. It has been a very rewarding experience!
Tell us about your books.
My first book, Sweet Corner, actually sprang from a dream I had one night. The scenery and interaction between the man and woman in the dream played out in my head so vividly it was as if I’d watched a movie while I slept. I couldn’t stop thinking about those two characters, and in the days and weeks that followed my imagination created a back-story to frame it. It seems these characters wanted their story told and I was happy to accommodate them.
How did you go about getting published?
Since this was my first venture into writing, and I wasn’t sure how the book would be received, I decided to self-publish since I doubted agents would be anxious to take on another untried author. It not only gave me more control, but allowed me to be hands-on with all aspects of the publishing process.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I find inspiration at the strangest times. I usually think through scenes and dialogs while I’m doing something physical such as running or going for long walks. Whatever the day or time, I rush back to my laptop as soon as I can to capture those ideas while they’re still fresh in my mind. Once the draft started coming together “on paper” I would always sit down at the keyboard first thing every morning and write as much as possible.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I’m enjoying the last of my sabbatical and trying to hold on to that summer vacation joy of childhood. I’ve learned how to bake fantastic rustic breads, cold-pickle vegetables, and even play the piano. My morning writing routine is frequently interrupted by the demands of my two cats who clearly don’t understand why I’m just sitting at the desk when there are toys to be played with and tummies to be rubbed!
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Unless you have a graphic arts degree, do not waste time trying to design your own cover! There is an amazing range of affordable services available these days. After struggling with my own limited skills I quickly realized the effort was beyond me. Instead, I studied books in my chosen genre and identified the elements I liked and disliked. I submitted my list to several graphic designers and, based on their samples, chose one specific designer to work with. For the small investment I made I was thrilled with the result.
What’s your favorite book?
I have an ancient, worn copy of The Show Gypsies by Leigh Brown that I’ll never, ever part with!
What are you reading now?
Craig Johnson’s “As The Crow Flies”, and Tamera Alexander’s “A Lasting Impression”. (I have eclectic taste!)
What’s your next book project?
My next book is a humorous mystery about four friends who find themselves questioning whether the recent deaths of casual acquaintances might just be murder. While they initially laugh about the idea over their weekly cocktail hour, the evidence and their suspicions start piling up. The main character of the bunch inadvertently hires a handsome private detective to help them investigate the possibility that there really is a killer in their midst.
Author Websites and Profiles
D. T. Houston Amazon Profile