It's a joy to meet new authors & learn about what makes/helps/inspires them to write.
Please welcome Dena Garson and her latest release (yesterday!) When Ash Remains. Sounds fascinating.
Welcome to An Indie Adventure, Dena Garson. Tell us, what inspired you to write your book When Ash Remains?
Two things come to mind – the first thing was a dear friend of mine who suggested (nagged) me to write a story with Native American characters. He just couldn’t understand why I hadn’t drawn on my family roots and done it yet. When I came across the myths about the Skinwalker a light went on in my head. I knew what I had to write about.
Have you been a lifelong reader of paranormal and historical romance? What are some the first books you remember reading?
I have been a lifelong reader but didn’t discover the romance genre until high school. One of the early books I remember reading was Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. If you can believe it, I still have those books because they are beautiful hardbacks and my mother made sure they weren’t abused.
My addiction to the romance genre started with the Zebra Historical Romances that were passed to me from my grandmother (courtesy of her sister’s monthly subscription service). I remember devouring the books like candy.
What do you do to rev your creative juices?
Reading does more to stir my author creative juices than anything else. Although – if I’m needing inspiration for a craft project, Pinterest is hard to beat!
To you what makes a great romance hero or heroine (you choose or answer both)?
There is nothing better in a romance than a hero who is capable of taking on any villain or death-defying task and coming out on top, yet when he is at his most vulnerable there is only one person in the world he will let near him or show his true nature to – his heroine.
And at the same time, that heroine would die to protect his vulnerability.
You’re having a dinner party. What character from your novel do you hope doesn’t show up? Why?
The villain because, well… I can’t say why because it gives too much away. I’ll just leave say the villain has some issues they never worked through and their choices to resolve them aren’t good for everyone else.
Give us a brief summary of When Ash Remains:
It’s a story about a warrior who is tracking the person who slaughtered his cousin. During his search, he meets an unusual woman from another tribe who can supposedly talk with spirits. It’s an unlikely pairing since he doesn’t believe in anything he can’t see or touch, and therefore hunt. They end up working together to find the killer and fall in love in along the way.
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Dena Garson is an award-winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and a MBA in Business and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.
She is the mother of two rowdy boys, two rambunctious cats (AKA the fuzzy jerks), and a loving Labrador. When she isn't writing you can find her at her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.
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