Welcome back, Dorothy. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I have many different interests and like variety in my life, so it’s not illogical that I
write in multiple genres. I love humor in writing, so it crops up to some degree in most of my books—or at least in the title/series title. Mysteries are probably my favorite kind of reading personally, so I had to try my hand at that.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
When my precious grandson toddled over to me as a two-year old and said, “I love you, Grandma.” I melted, and am still melting now that he’s an 8 year old. We have a very special relationship.
How has being published changed your life?
It’s changed my focus and my schedule! I spend a good deal of time now marketing my books (and myself) including setting up book signings and speaking engagements. Trying to juggle all of that, plus carve time for writing and editing keeps me busier than ever.
What are you reading right now?
Believe it or not, I just finished re-reading a couple of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan books. I know. I know. Sounds juvenile. But they aren’t just for kids. He was quite an adventure writer and I love those kinds of books. I’m getting ready to read Ronie Kendig’s Military Dogs series. Such a fantastic writer.
I love the Tarzan books, too. And Ronie is one of my favorite authors. What is your current work in progress?
I’m working on a new mystery series Staged for Murder about a home stager who keeps getting involved in murders. I hope to have it out by fall. First title will be Murder Outside the Box. I’m now also editing a romantic comedy, Kissing Frogs which I hope to publish this month, and beginning to edit a futuristic suspense, Time Out which should publish in late summer.
What would be your dream vacation?
No doubt about it—it would definitely be a trip around the world. I’ve always wanted to do that. If I could only go one place? I’ve always wanted to backpack through
How do you choose your settings for each book?
Sometimes the settings are obvious—e.g., if I’m writing for my It’s Murder at the Office series, then an office or business setting will be used. For specific kinds of offices/businesses, I let my imagination roam to come up with something that’s different, yet readers can still relate to it. I really dislike doing the same old, same old so I try to be as original as possible.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I love to know the inside story of things/events, so my curiosity bump could only be satisfied to talk to someone who is in the know. I’d pick George W. Bush. He’s an interesting person in his own right, but would know all the classified secrets. If he’d share, of course. (But then, they’d probably have to kill me if he did!).
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love the outdoors, so a day in the country or the woods recharges me as nothing else. The beach, too. I also like to cook and entertain family and friends, but I have to admit, I’m a reading addict. I normally read at least one book a day (which is probably why I don’t go to bed very early!).
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
It’s a physical one. I have fibromyalgia (chronic nerve ending musculo/skeletal pain) so sitting at the computer for long periods of time is a major challenge. I try to pace myself, but I get caught up in what I’m doing and forget to stop and take a break. I’m trying to watch that, but fail more than I succeed.
I have to pace myself at the computer, too, and I get caught up. So I bought a kitchen timer for my office. I set the amount of time when I need to get up and walk. When the bell goes off, I’m up walking. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Read, read, read. Especially in the genre in which you intend to write. See what others whose writing you admire are doing and how they do it. Take online or other classes about writing to get the basics, attend workshops and conferences when you can and never, never limit your imagination. It’s a precious gift.
Tell us about the featured book.
Sauce for the Goose is a romantic comedy. I said I love writing humor and this is one I really enjoyed doing. Let me quote the back cover for you:
The girl has got to go!
To save her son from a romantic mistake, Laurel Edmonds renews some former relationships of her own. Complications abound when new beau Mike Hudson is added to the mix.
Her romantic dilemmas, her plot to save her son, and worries about her mother, aka The Bus Queen, force
Laurel to cope with a fake engagement gone
real, a surprise wedding, and a confession she never imagined she’d have to
So far it’s getting 5-star reviews on Amazon.com
It sounds like a fun read. Please give us the first page of the book.
“So what did you wish for when you blew out your candles?” His mischievous grin told me my son had a zinger ready for my response. Sometimes I wondered if Ross were really twenty-two years old, or only a ten-year-old in an adult suit.
“Ah, that would be telling!” I tried to assume a mysterious expression. Ross loved to tease, and after years of allowing him to do so, I knew the expected repartee. In reality, I hadn’t had anything in mind as I blew out the candles.
To keep from starting a fire, as well as to cope with the demoralizing effect forty-four lit candles would have on me, I’d chosen those green and white numbers with a wick. Still, the double fours caused a momentary panic on my part. Fifty wasn’t that far away.
“C’mon. You can tell your number one man.”
He wouldn’t stop unless I said something. I open my mouth and blurted. “I wished for a husband.”
The minute the words popped out of my mouth, I cringed.
Ross’s mouth dropped open. He tried to speak, gulped once, swallowed, tried again. “A husband! Are you serious?” A series of emotions, not really identifiable, flitted across his face.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is www.dafeatherling.com. It contains information about me and my books and will give details on upcoming events where I’ll be speaking and/or signing books. I can also be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/D.A.Featherling?ref=hl
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