Monday, October 7, 2013

St. George Book Festival Author Interview with Darlien C. Breeze

Darlien C. Breeze is a native Californian now living in Las Vegas. She grew up on a copper
and gold mine located several miles into the hills from the Colorado River. Their only source of fresh meat consisted of game drilled by her crack-shot grandmother. You name it, they didn’t have it, no indoor plumbing, certainly no electricity. Her first school was so far from their cabin that her grandfather and Darlien started at four in the morning to get there. Town was 30 washboard miles away. She's been a real estate agent, beauty salon and Import/Export owner. She taught school for close to twenty years. This unique background has given Darlien much to incorporate in her writing.

What are three words that describe you?
Dependable, Consistent, loyal

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Mornings are best but if the company is interesting, I can stay up all night.

What is your favorite food? Chocolate. Anything covered in chocolate can’t be all-bad.

Where do you dream of travelling to and why? Anywhere I can follow the footsteps of famous people in history. Kings, queens, adventurers, pirates, you name it.

Do you listen to music while writing? No my characters already fill my head with too much noise.

What's your favorite book or who is your favorite writer? Oh, too many to mention. It would take all day.

Can you tell us a bit about your latest manuscript?
Snapdragon is a thriller/adventure story starting in Las Vegas, NV traveling to Peru and off to Europe and back . The hero battles boa constrictors, cannibals, and bad guys all over the globe.   

What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
The biggest thing is that if you blink the whole industry changes. The only constant is the story—it must be good.

Do you plan everything or just let the story flow? Combination, I have rough outline but it’s flexible and subject to change according to what my characters say and do.

Do your characters ever want to take over the story? All the time, I have to watch the little devils they will take over in a heartbeat.

Is there anything you would do differently? Join a writing critique group much, much sooner.

Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing? Everything I read influences what I write, both the good and the bad.

Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?  Be sure you love what you are doing because overnight success takes years.

List of previous books if any: Small Pony, MINITALES, Ghosts & Gamblers of Las Vegas, Import/Export & You, A Life of Crime, Crusin’ for Crime, Power Words & Action Verbs.

Any websites/places we can find you on the web?

Ghosts & Gamblers

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