Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dale Mayer - Author Interview and Book Giveaway

Tuesday's Child (Psychic Visions #1)

What she doesn’t exactly what he needs.
Shunned and ridiculed all her life for something she can’t control, Samantha Blair hides her psychic abilities and lives on the fringes of society. Against her will, however, she’s tapped into a killer—or rather, his victims. Each woman’s murder, blow-by-blow, ravages her mind until their death releases her back to her body. Sam knows she must go to the authorities, but will the rugged, no-nonsense detective in charge of tracking down the killer believe her?

Detective Brandt Sutherland only trusts hard evidence, yet Sam’s visions offer clues he needs to catch a killer. The more he learns about her incredible abilities, however, the clearer it becomes that Sam’s visions have put her in the killer’s line of fire. Now Brandt must save her from something he cannot see or understand…and risk losing his heart in the process.
As danger and desire collide, passion raises the stakes in a game Sam and Brandt don’t dare lose.

Kindle Edition
Published June 16th 2011 by Valley Publishing
ASIN - B0056I5M22
Series - Psychic Visions #1

Author Interview

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I'm a multi-published multi-genre author who writes both nonfiction and fiction. I started writing poetry as a teen, then as an adult, I became a technical writer, then made the move to honor the dream inside. Currently, I write romantic suspense, YA, urban fantasy, fantasy, mysteries, paranormal and contemporary, and have even written screenplays, short stories and poetry.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Writing novels was a thought that sat in the back of my mind, since a teenager when I wrote poems on a regular basis.

What surprised you the most about the writing/publishing process?

I think the biggest surprise was the timeframe it takes to get anything done in the publishing industry.

How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

I'm more of a pantser than a plot and honestly I have one of those muses that I need to shove a cork in to stop the ideas from flowing! I don't follow any formula. I try to have a couple of characters in my head and a couple of major plot points to write toward.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

Understanding the basics required to write correctly like grammar and story structure, as they allow the magic of the story to come through. If you have a great story but you don't have the basics down, the story can't shine. Once you have the basics, the storytelling will improve and eventually take off.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

I'm currently revising Book III of the Psychic Vision series, Maddy's Floor, and have revisions slated for my contemporary YA, called Gem Stone mystery series. Here's a little about Maddy's Floor.
Healing can happen in many ways and medical intuitive and licensed MD, MADELEINE WAGNER, thought she'd seen them all. Until patients start dying in her care facility from mysterious causes – and one terminally ill patient starts to heal - for no discernable reason. But how can she stop something that no one else can see or feel?

In Twitter Fashion use140 characters or less, sum Tuesday's Child for us.

Tuesday's Child is a cat and mouse game of a psychic who connects to a killer's victims and tries to convince the law before he kills again.

How did you come up with a story that was such a whirl wind of events?

I think the story came together without me! Plotting is a strength of mine and the events in this book followed naturally from the characters. Almost as if I were watching them act in real life.

How long did it take you to write it, and did you have any writer’s block along the way?

Tuesday's Child took several months to get the first draft down, then it seems like I've been revising it since forever. Writer's block is not something I have personally experienced. My muse is always screaming at me to open up a new page and write something down.

Will we be seeing a following book to this stories?

Currently, Book II in the series, Hide'n go Seek is slated for release at the end of July and Book III, Maddy's Floor is slated for end of August or September release. There is one more coming up later!

How did you come up with the character Samantha Blair?

My first inkling of this book, came from the line, "She was tired of waking up dead." It didn't take long for me to see the character who said this line. She was Samantha Blair. Her character rounded out the more I worked with her.

I always must ask, If you could pick one actor to portray Brandt Sutherland on the big screen who would it be and why?

I could definitely see Eddie Cahill in this role.

(may know him from Friends as "Tag Jones" or CSI: NY as "Det. Don Flack)

Was there anything you find particularly challenging when writing this book?

The many twists and turns posed some problems. They have to happen at the right spot, smoothly and in line with the characters true nature. Plots that don't have the right rhythm throw the reader out of the story.

What were your feelings when you first saw the cover of your finished book?

There is something magical to seeing your first cover, to holding your first book, to making your first sale. Those moments are the climax of years of hard work, years of rejections, years of feeling like you'd never make it. They are proof that the journey was worth it after all.

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