Happy June, everybody! Summer is almost here, but the weather is screaming “Summer is here NOW!”, and this gal right here is stoked! Pool days, BBQs, less to no clothing…
TMI? Okay…let’s move on then.
To start June off on a fresher and cleaner note ;), I got the chance to interview Author Alice Dee as she discussed her newly published novel, Dance for Me.
Dance for Me is available today on Amazon in Kindle format but will be available for FREE download on June 10 and June 11.
Hi, Alice! So…tell us more about yourself. Where are you from? When did you first get that desire—the calling—to write?
I was born in Los Angeles and have lived in southern California all my life.
I realized writing was my future when I was nine years old. I think I was in the third grade and I remember crying over this three paragraph dictation I had to write ten times for not doing my homework. I thought I couldn’t stomach writing of any kind until we were given a writing assignment where we used symbols and words. It was only supposed to be like one page but I couldn’t stop writing. I went on to write about seven pages. That’s how it all started.
What inspired you to write Dance for Me? Was any part of the story written from your own experiences?
I had two finished novels sitting on my hard drive while I was researching the industry. I wanted to move on from those two novels—published or not—for the time being and start the next project. I began by thinking of places I’ve been and Las Vegas came to mind. So I had a setting but no characters or even a story. I was watching a UFC fight on TV one night and my MC Dominic just sort of manifested. My stories have a little somberness to them, and though my female MC was shaped for a completely different project, she brought that melancholy feel to the story. She was perfect for the novel.
The only experiences in the novel that are my own would be being in love and how it feels. The characters take what I know and do their own thing. I just let the story unravel and dramatize it while trying to keep it as real as possible.
Although you have written two other novels, Dance for Me is your first published one. Do you have any plans to publish the other two?
I’ll be releasing my first novel, Dark Liquid Blue, sometime this summer. My second novel will most likely be released this fall.
Dance for Me is Urban Contemporary fiction, but you have also written a children’s book. Will you continue to write children’s books or is your writing passion more so in the Adult category?
The children’s book was originally a school project for my little sister. I really liked how it turned out and it was a lot of fun to write. Now that I have small kids of my own, I definitely want to write more children’s books. I also plan to write at least one Y.A. novel. As I get older my material and characters seem to age with me so adult fiction will probably be my main genre.
What is your favorite part of the book? What was the hardest part for you to write?
My favorite part of the book is Night at the Flamingo. This is the chapter where all the MCs are thrown together for the first and last time in the book. The setting, situation and tension were perfect. It was really fun to write.
The part I had most trouble writing was a hookup scene with Hope and Shane. I couldn’t bring myself to write it. It’s strange, like Hope had strong feelings for Dominic and I couldn’t write in sharing that passion without another character. It just didn’t work. I had to do a lot of reevaluating and rewrites to get things to flow.
I noticed that you went the self-publishing route. Did you consider trade publishing at all or did you prefer the control of self-publishing? How has the process been for you thus far?
About a year and a half ago I snapped out of this haze I was living in and decided that I REALLY want to put my work out there. Slowly my dreams were being crushed when I realized I would most likely have to land an agent to link me to a publisher. It’s like you need a middle man to link you to another middle man to link you to readers. That was discouraging for me. I tried the query thing but deep down I felt like it was a gamble with odds not in my favor and like most, I have no time to waste. I’m not ruling out traditional publishing in the future, but for now, self-publishing is for me.
So far, self-publishing has been arduous but I’m really enjoying it. I like that I own all rights to my work and am in charge of everything down to cover art. The toughest part is no doubt self- promotion, but it is a lot of fun and therefore doesn’t seem like work. It also helps that I’m kind of an entrepreneur at heart.
If you weren’t a writer, what could you picture yourself doing instead?
I could see myself designing clothes and shoes or maybe owning a thrift store. That would be awesome.
Are you working on any new projects that you would like to share with readers?
Right now I’m preparing my first novel Dark Liquid Blue for publication, and hopefully by early 2014 or sooner I’ll be hard at work on novel number four.
For those who may have questions or just want to follow your successes and progress, how can you be contacted?
Do you have any final words for your dedicated fans and prospective readers? Anything I may have missed that you feel the reading world should know about Alice Dee, the author?
As an author I feel it’s my duty to take the reader out of his/her element and kind of catapult him/her to another world. For anyone who’s ever been in love but wasn’t loved back, who was loved but couldn’t love back, or anyone who likes an entertaining drama filled story… this is for you.
Alice Dee is an independent novelist. She is the author of three novels, one children’s book and several short pieces. While the majority of her work is intended for an adult audience, her ultimate goal is to reach readers of all ages by infiltrating various genres with her psychedelic writing style. When Alice is not hard at work crafting quality fiction for her readers, she enjoys spending time with her family, blasting underground hip hop, having fun and sleeping. She currently resides on the West Coast. (Courtesy of Alice’s website)
Alice, thank you for granting me such a detailed and honest interview. Congratulations, and I look forward to hearing about your upcoming releases! Good luck to you!