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February 24, 2017

D - Dylan Newton - Werewolves, Ghosts and Witches. Oh My!


To support my fellow authors from The Wild Rose Press I will be featuring one author for each letter of the alphabet.

Please help me to welcome the author for D . . . Dylan Newton!



1. What was the first book you contracted through The Wild Rose Press? Tell us about it.

My first book with TWRP was “Despite the Ghosts” in 2010, and features a psychic heroine who is attempting to solve a ghost’s mystery—a quest which lands her in the arms of the spirit’s brother who is a rich tycoon, hot as hell…and a complete skeptic. I like to quip that she’s endowed with psychic abilities, and he’s simply…endowed, lol!

2. Share your acceptance story for that first book.

It makes me feel old, but back then (2008), we submitted via snail mail with an actual query letter! I submitted to a few publishers and agents, and heard back from a few asking for partial manuscripts. The Wild Rose Press was one that asked for a full manuscript, which I sent to the editor. About six weeks later, I got the call offering me a contract for DESPITE THE GHOSTS. I remember my knees actually went weak when I got the offer and I had to sit down!

3. Tell us about your newest release.

Since my first book, I’ve written three others for TWRP:

ANY WITCH WAY features a graduate student with a devastating curse who encounters a Wiccan with a secret of his own. Together they battle an ancient evil, struggling to save their lives and their new-found love.

DESPITE THE FANGS is a paranormal romance that delivers the unexpected—a foul-mouthed, werewolf heroine with overactive follicles, a mysterious hero who’d do anything for his son, and a world that— for the time being— doesn’t know they exist.

PIPER’S PIPING is my newest release and it’s a holiday story with a paranormal twist! As her Irish honeymoon turns nightmarish, werewolf Aribella Lupari must choose between her man, or recusing the pack’s missing were-pups. Santa’s not the only mythical creature working overtime to save this Christmas!


4. What would we find in your heroine’s purse if we went snooping?
Ha! That would be an interesting snoop. Aribella is an Alpha werewolf, so you’d probably find Cheerios (her fav after-hunt snack), breath mints and pepper spray.
5. What is your heroine’s biggest weakness?
Aribella believes because she’s the werewolf leader, that means she shouldn’t need anybody’s help. Ever.
6. Is the hero a bad boy or a gentleman?
Mason is definitely a rebel and as a genetically-modified soldier, he’s been taught to be bad. But he knows how to treat a lady. Even if that lady is a werewolf!
7. What is the silliest thing you ever did while writing a story?
There’s a scene in “Despite the Fangs” where Aribella sticks out her tongue at Mason, the hero, and he catches it. He won’t let go of it, and she speaks around the impediment, so I had to hold my own tongue and see how the line would sound if someone were holding my tongue! (Here’s the line from the book—see if you can hold your tongue and hear what Aribella is asking Mason: “Weeyyyy babing?”)
8. Have you ever experienced something unusual that influenced a story?
The impetus for my first novel, “Despite the Ghosts” happened when my cat’s cold nose touched my toes, waking me up, but I thought it was a ghost. Then I wondered what would happen if it was real, and ghosts regularly poked me awake. Which led to why they’d want to poke me awake, which led to my heroine being a psychic who solved ghosts’ murder mysteries! J
9. Do you listen to music while you write?
I like to listen to heavy rock music when I write. Bands like Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack—all on my writing playlist.
10. The universe has flipped and now you’re in one of your books, which book is it and what kind of character are you?

That’s easy! I think it would be awesome to be an Alpha werewolf, and if I could be one of my heroines, I’d choose Aribella Lupari, my heroine in “Despite the Fangs” because she’s a world-class human tracker, she delivers amazing one-liners and she kicks ass and asks questions later. J


AUTHOR FAVORITES:
TV Show – “Scorpion”
Movie – “Gone with The Wind”
Book you’ve re-read – “The Stand,” by Stephen King.
Ice cream flavor – Pralines and Cream
Pizza topping – Mushrooms, onions and green peppers
Drink – Margarita on the rocks, no salt.
Outdoor activity – Running.
Hobby – Do writers have time for hobbies?? I’m jealous!


BIO:

Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York where the local library was her favorite hang-out. Despite earning a degree in English Literature, Dylan spent more than a decade sidetracked by an executive position in corporate America where she swears she contracted testosterone poisoning. After leaving, she dedicated herself to more estrogen-rich passions, like motherhood, writing romance novels and her never-ending quest for the perfect date night.

Dylan married her high-school sweetheart and they are busy living out their own happily ever after in sunny Florida with their two incredible daughters. 



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Thank you for being here today, Dylan!

Please leave Dylan a comment. :)


21 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Heavy metal! You rock Dylan.
I mailed my query letters as well. How quickly things change.

Nick Wilford said...

Looks like Dylan has some great stories to tell. I did like the anecdote about her cat providing the inspiration for Despite the Ghosts!

Dylan Newton said...

Yes--writing to loud rock music is my THANG! ;) It is funny how quickly the market has shifted, I agree, Alex! Thanks for stopping by today!

Dylan Newton said...

Thanks so much, Nick! And yes--the cat provided inspiration for my first book...which is I think why I had a cat as one of the characters in that book! :) Thanks for stopping by, Nick!

Dylan Newton said...

Thanks for having me today, Chrys! Your questions were so much fun to answer! :)

Pat Hatt said...

The little things sure can spur on an idea, even a cat's nose. Holding's one tongue does make one sound weird, not that I just tried it, nope, never lol

Elizabeth Seckman said...

My first query was via snail mail too. I suppose that does make me feel like I've been doing this a long time.

Dylan Newton said...

LOL, it's hard to resist the tongue translation, isn't it, Pat? (Just for you, I'll tell you what she's saying. She asked, "We're dating?"--now try holding your tongue and saying that!) See if I 'translated' what it sounded like onto the page. :)

Dylan Newton said...

That means we're persistent, Elizabeth! Nothing wrong with that! And while it is easier nowadays to send queries via email, it's also easier for agents/editors to hit 'delete', which makes it all the much harder to break into the industry the traditional way.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm thrilled to host you, Dylan! I'm glad you enjoyed the questions. :)

Liz A. said...

Sounds like some good books.

Dylan Newton said...

Aw, thanks, Liz! :) I happen to be pretty attached to them all, lol! I appreciate you stopping by today!

nashvillecats2 said...

Great post Chrys, loved the review.

Yvonne.

Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor said...

I love the "what's in your heroine's purse" question. I think that's a fun one to ask about characters to get some insights into them. Crazy to think that it wasn't all that long ago that people used snail mail for queries.

sherry fundin said...

Congrats on your success Dylan. Fun interview.
sherry @ fundinmental

sage said...

Congratulations, Dylan. I had a lot of fun when I lived in a small upstate (more western) New York town.

diedre Knight said...

Fabulous interview, ladies! All the ingredients - ghosts, cats, werewolves, hotties and wit - that a Cheerio-munching book-lover could ask for!
R.I.P. to snail mail ;-)

Dylan Newton said...

Glad you stopped by, Yvonne! :)

Dylan Newton said...

Aw, thanks, Sherry!! You rock! :)

Dylan Newton said...

WNY is an amazing place (I lived there, too!)--beautiful summers, but wow! The winters! :) Thanks for stopping by, Sage!

Dylan Newton said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, Diedre! And yes--RIP to snail mail! Email queries are so much easier. :)