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Today we are welcoming Dana M. Burnett to the blog to talk about her newest release, Two out of Three. Dana has answered some questions and I’ve included a blurb and buy links at the end. Here’s Dana:
Barb – Tell me a little about yourself
Dana – I live in Southern Indiana where the weather changes at the drop of a hat to whatever will make you the most uncomfortable. I’m a widowed single mom and I’ve been writing since high school.
Barb – Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?
Dana – I would have to say that I would be torn between some place warm like Florida or California and London. I’ve always dreamed of going to London and seeing a West End show!
Barb – Do you have cheerleaders….friends or family members that keep you writing?
Dana – My mother is my cherished first reader and my daughter is the true cheerleader. She is a typical seven year old and wants a horse something fierce, she knows exactly how many books I have to sell to get one. Every book I sell, she tells me only X more to go.
Barb – If someone else wrote a blurb about your book what would it say?
Dana – If someone was going to write a blurb about my book it would bee something like: A New Twist on the Happy Ending. I hate predictable books were by the time you reach the last page, everything is tied up with a neat little bow. Life just doesn’t work that way and a writer can have me all the way to the end and then ruin it if that’s how they end their book. Romance doesn’t always have to have the happily ever after ending, but everyone seems to have forgotten that. Gone With The Wind, anyone?
Barb – What do you love about writing?
Dana – I love being able to create entire worlds. I always believe that my characters come to life as themselves because that’s the only option that I had. With Two Out of Three, Sarah is a selfish person and Rob is a little on the psychotic side. That is just the way I imagined them from day one, but I loved being able to throw these two opposing personalities together when they are so much better off apart.
Barb – What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
Dana – For me, the hardest part of writing a book is silencing the inner critic. It’s hard for me to remember that as a writer there will be those days when I’m a genius and there will be times that I’m a complete idiot. I always tend to listen to the idiot idea and tear out whole chapters or start all over. Not very productive.
Barb – Who is your favorite character in your new release?
Dana – I have to admit, I love Sarah. Sarah is selfish, but also a little insecure despite her vanity. The only time she feels whole is when she’s with Rob, but that’s also when she’s at her worst.
Barb – Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Dana – I think we all have that evil side to us. I see Sarah in myself when I was younger, had I made some different choices, I could have ended up just as messed up as her. She never really gets past that teenage idea that the whole world is out to get you and makes all of her decisions based on what is going on right then, she never thinks ahead. I’d like to think that I’ve outgrown that.
Barb – What was your favorite scene and why?
Dana – My favorite scene is when Rob returns to New York and finds Sarah. She’s been struggling to fit into the image society has of her, but missing that passion that she had in her youth. Suddenly, here is Rob, the representation of her wild side. The seduction that takes place at the opera….Wow, pretty steamy. You just feel that even though these two people are so toxic together, you want so bad for it to work out for them.
Barb – What book is currently on your nightstand?
Dana – Fallen by Lauren Kate. I’m about half way through and very impressed. Before that it was Switched by Amanda Hocking. The paranormal romances here lately are just really amazing. I justify all of my recent purchases by saying I’m researching the market for my next book.
Barb – Do you have an all time favorite book?
Dana – All time favorite book…That would be a toss up between Gone With the Wind or The Witching Hour. Either way, I usually prefer epic, sweeping stories. I’ve just recently gotten into shorter novels.
Barb – Where can your fans find you ?
Dana – Fans can find me at my website , Facebook (Dana Michelle Burnett), and on Twitter. I always try to respond to every comment or question from readers, it may take a few days, but I always write back.
Barb – Where can readers find your books?
Dana – My books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. My literary novel Ghost Country and Two Out of Three are available for order in most bookstores.
Barb – Are you working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?
Dana – I’m working on a paranormal romance right now. Visitors to my site can read the first few chapters. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback about it and I’m really excited about it. I’m hoping to have it available by October, but we’ll see. I will also be publishing a graphic novel version of it with the help of my amazing step-daughter Bailey Barnett. She is a very talented graphic artist and this gives me the opportunity to work with her which is really exciting!
Barb – Anything else you would like to add?
Dana – I’d just like to add that I really appreciate the opportunity to visit your blog and your readers. Thanks so much.
I’d like to thank Dana for stopping by and answering some questions for us! Keep reading and find out about her newest release, Two out of Three!
Sarah Deardon loved two things: Dancing and Vincent Allen. She struggled for years to become the best at the studio while nursing her crush.
When a tragic accident destroys her dreams of dancing, Sarah turns her full attention to Mr. Allen and pursues him with the same relentless determination that she had used dancing.
Vincent keeps her at bay, trying to let her get through high school and college, even putting an ocean between them. His absence opens the door for the sexy rebel Robert Stewart.
With Robert in the picture, Sarah’s life takes a dramatic turn leading her across the country and back again. She seals her fate with a bargain and she finds herself torn between a life of stability and a passion that refuses to be denied.