Please give a warm welcome to author Dionne Lister
Tell us a bit about yourself
I live in Sydney, Australia and am the happy mum of two boys. I have two Siamese cats, an associate degree in creative writing, and as well as working as an author, I’m an editor. Just over a year ago, I took up hapkido (Korean martial arts), and I love it.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
I’ve wanted to be an author since I was about eight. It took me a while to get there though…. lol
What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
I normally write epic fantasy, but the last book I tried to write was hard work. I’m at 43,000 words and still haven’t finished it. I will finish it, but that book and all it’s problems, plus some external factors, gave me writers block. I never believed in it until it happened to me. I didn’t write for a year and a half. Instead of writing, I read. A lot. One of the genres I discovered in this time is paranormal cozy mystery. I devoured so many books, it was getting to be super expensive, and eventually, I got to the point where I was inspired to write my own series.
What are you working on now?
At the moment I’m working on book 6 in my paranormal cozy mystery series. The book is called Killer Witch in Westerham, and the series name is Paranormal Investigation Bureau. It’s set in the UK, and the main characters are witches. It’s a fun series.
Do you have any quirks while writing?
I have no quirks *thinks*. Well, no more than the usual author. I laugh and cry when stuff happens to my characters, and some days I think my work is the worst thing ever, and some days, I think it’s awesome.
What are your hopes for the future?
My hopes for the future is that I make so much money from my books that I can write full time :).
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Advice for new authors. Do you have a week or so? Ha ha. Do it because you love it. If you want the chance to make a living out of it, prepared to be professional and to work hard for as long as it takes, which could be months, or it could be years. Learn how to write well. Join Facebook groups so you can get good recommendations for editor and cover artists. The work doesn’t stop when the first draft is done. That’s when the work starts. And don’t beg friends and family to buy your books: you’ll never earn a living out of it unless you reach people you don’t know, and a lot of them. Be prepared to learn about marketing, and know you have to risk money to make money. This is all if you want to earn a living. If you just want to write, then just write :).
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
Fans? I have fans? *Looks around. May have noticed movement behind the pot plant.* If any of my fans are reading this, or just anyone who has bought any of my books and read them, THANK YOU! Some people say they write for themselves, and to an extent, we do because we can’t help it. But that’s only half the fun. I’m a storyteller, and I want my stories to reach other people, so thank you for being part of my journey. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to keep producing books. I love that you (whoever you are) are out there reading my books and laughing and crying along with me, or maybe just quietly enjoying them. Thanks for taking a chance on me :). And I love hearing from my fans. Getting an email or message from someone telling me how much they enjoyed my book is like the best thing ever, and it always makes my week :).