Interview with Denise Daisy

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Before we get started with the interview, let's take a look at the blurb for one of Denise's novels, Thirteen for dinner:

Averie is just trying to hold her life together and make enough money to stay afloat while waiting for her mother to return from caring for her grandmother. What started out as an attempt to make rent, by working as an extra on the catering staff at the historic Faulkner mansion quickly turned into subbing as the 14th dinner guest which inadvertently turned into being the 13th guest smack in the center of a room with sordid and macabre history. Eerie how the harder you try to change fate, the more often you're walking right into it...

Until this day Averie has never set foot on the Faulkner, estate let alone step into the old historical mansion. The reason being, it was the site of a massacre in the late 1800s. Legend goes that Mr. Faulkner found out about an affair between his daughter and a slave on his plantation and that the family and dinner guests hung the slave right out in the front yard and went back to their festivities. Unbeknownst to the family, Faulkner's daughter, driven to despair over her lover, hung herself in the cupola of the mansion. Before the family could discover the tragedy, the brothers of the hanged slave came for vengeance and massacred the entire dinner party.

Tonight’s dinner party, originally an investment pitch to eradicate the house's history by converting to a boarding school, should have a different outcome. However, Averie finds that their host has far more in store for his guests. In the ensuing chaos, Averie and another (insanely handsome) guest, Quillan, are transported back in time to one month before the massacre.

In just a few short weeks, Averie must find the courage to do more than just try to survive. Together, Averie and Quillan must uncover the truth about the Faulkner family and try and stop the murders. Ultimately, there is more hanging in the balance than anyone ever knew. Can Averie put her fears aside long enough to change the past and find life in the place she fears the most?

Tricia: Tell us a little about yourself.

Denise: I’m a southern girl born and raised in Tennessee but at the age of nineteen I left for Southern California. Now I live in San Diego with two of my four daughters and with my dog Echo and a kitty. I direct for theater and love listening to Mumford and Sons. I am passionate about God and the supernatural.

Tricia: When did you begin writing? 

Denise: When I was nine years old I asked for a typewriter for Christmas and started writing then.

Tricia: Describe your writing process. 

Denise: Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write? I never plot, it’s seat of my pants the entire way. I write at home, at Starbucks and out by the pool while my youngest daughter swims.

Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release? 

Denise: Yes! Thirteen for Dinner. It’s my new NA novel and it is a page turning thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat one minute, laughing out loud the next, and crying the next. It deals with issues such as racism, slavery, hatred, and fear.

Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?

Denise: It was actually a writing exercise I decided to do. I thought it would be fun to write a story about a girl who is terrified of an old haunted house and ends up forced to go on a treasure hunt inside. Throw in a two hot guys fighting for her love and you got a story!

Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why? 

Denise: Falcon from the Moonshine Series. He is hot, mysterious, says and does what he thinks is right no matter what anyone else thinks. He’s a loyal friend but intimidating and a fighter to the core. You never know whose side he’s on because he doesn’t waste time explaining himself. If you trust Falcon, then there is no need to worry.

Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book? 

Denise: Deciding whether to go with an agent, publisher or do it myself. I’ve done both and I have to say I prefer handling them on my own. They books I handle myself actually do better than the one with the publisher and it’s a great story. I just think our books are like our children and we know their personalities and know how to handle them better than anyone else.

Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing? 

Denise: I love Paulo Coelho’s book The Alchemist. I do not write anything like him but his books inspire me in other ways. I also like reading Donald Miller’s books as well.

Tricia: What projects are you currently working on? 

Denise: I am writing the third installment to the Moonshine series, The Storyteller’s Secret.

Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors? 

Denise: Just do it. Write, write, write. Do not wait until it’s perfect or you will never start. Write your thoughts; you will rewrite it a dozen times before you’re done. Have fun.

Tricia: Thanks, Denise, for stopping by.

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