Gina: Why did you become an author?
DM: I’ve always enjoyed creating stories. Since I was a kid, I would take something I saw on tv or in a movie and play with my own ideas. I was in elementary school so I wouldn’t say it was fan fiction. By the time I hit high school a friend of mine shared some of her stories and I found writing to be a glorious escape. When people commented on how much they enjoyed what I had written, I knew I could do it. My first year in college we were told to write out Eulogy, so I wrote it as a character was in one of my stories. My teacher loved it and I made a few in my class cry. To me, being able to evoke something in someone was an amazing feeling, and I knew in that moment that I was a writer.
Gina: What genre of books do you like to write?
DM: My books fall into realistic Hollywood/Rock Fiction with Romance undertones. However, the first thing I ever published and will revisit is a Vampire story.
Gina: What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing?
DM: The 80s and the sometimes not so glamourous world of Hollywood, Music and Fashion industries. The series goes from the 80s through at least the 90s.
Gina: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
DM: Panster, mostly. I have many outlines but my characters want to navigate things in a different direction from where I want or think they are going.
Gina: Do you have any quirks or habits when your writing?
DM: Music is usually required and have Spotify playlist for each book as it sets the mood. Through the years quirks and habits have changed. Sometimes, I’ll have a champagne glass, wine or highball glass to play with while I’m writing. To see the weight or the way light reflects off of it. I guess the biggest quirk is something I learned from my acting class and that is to live in the moment so when I’m writing I try to place myself into that character and their experience. There have been many times when I’m sitting at my computer and cried while writing.
Gina: Have you had any setbacks becoming an author yourself?
DM: Yes. I had a story I’d been working on since the 80s I kept getting in my own way, striving for perfection therefore never finishing. The biggest though was releasing my book after only one set of eyes besides mine examined my story. While I thought I was finished with the book, it still needed work. However, it was all part of a learning process.
Gina: What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a writer?
DM: Write, tell your stories and don’t get trapped in your idea of perfection. Make sure the story is solid and if other things are your weakness, put together a talented team to examine your work when it’s complete.
Gina: What is some of the best advice or inspiration you have received from another author?
DM: Jackie Collins inspired not just because of what she wrote but her not going to school to write. She taught herself and had one hell of a career. Also, one of my novel writing teachers who said you shouldn’t write first person from two points of views. However, after reading my work she said it didn’t apply to me so they gave me the needed confidence.
Gina: What goals have you set for yourself in the future?
DM: I’m hoping to have the next book out in my series by the end of 2020 and at least one if not two more books out in 2021. Also growing my YouTube show, Author Chat and making a podcast format available.
Gina: How do you want readers to see your work?
DM: I want my readers to see that even though my characters don’t always make the right choices; they make it through and survive. That there can still be a Happily Ever After but that doesn’t mean it will be a straightforward journey or that it comes out the way they planned it to.
Gina: What should a reader expect to see from your next novel?
DM: While the first book in the Better to Burn Out Series, My Daze of Dancing with the Dark Muse was written more as a journal from a man looking back and seeing how he screwed up his life. The next book, Gotta Get High to Fall So Low, focuses on the woman that was his wife, shortly before they meet and going forward. This book has more romance in it, but there is a darker side to it.
Gina: Is there anything you would like to share with your readers?
DM: My book, Worth Waiting For, is a standalone romance with a Happily Ever After, however some characters from my Better to Burn Out Series make cameos. If you want a glitz romance with some twist, then this is a wonderful choice for you.
Gina: When will your next book be coming out?
DM: Late 2020
Gina: Thank you for your interview today. Now let's check out this book!