Monday, 21 November 2011

Author Interview: Dina James

Dina James has written All Wounds.

1. What is your name and where do you call home? 
I'm Dina James and I live in Astoria, Oregon on the west coast of the United States.

2. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?
My most recent book is a young adult paranormal novel called All Wounds. A girl finds out she's a doctor for Otherworlders and everybody wants a piece of her. Some more than others.

3. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I do. This book is the first of my young adult series. The second one, Time Heals, is scheduled for release in Fall of 2012.

4. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?
The cover was designed by the wonderful art department at Mundania Press by artist Niki Browning. The Healer's Mark symbol was created by artist Becky Hitchin of Kent, England and incorporated into the cover by Niki. 

5. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?
I prefer actual, physical books. Paperback or hardcover, it doesn't matter. I like to feel the book in my hand and turn the pages. There's just something beyond tactile about paper and ink. Ebooks are nice for edits, but I have a hard time liking them because of e-piracy. This is the illegal copying of a copyrighted work, and ebooks, in my opinion, make it too easy to just upload to torrent/filesharing sites. E-piracy hurts authors, and filesharing isn't "sharing," it's stealing.

6. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?
I have read Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series over and over. I especially love the second book in the series, Kushiel's Chosen. 

7. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?
I just finished Jim Butcher's Ghost Story in hardcover.

8. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?
I would give them the best advice I was ever given: accuracy lends credibility. If you're writing about something and you're not sure how it works or if it exists or anything at all, make sure you know what you're talking about. If you set your story in a certain time period, and you bring up stuff that isn't around then (no, we didn't have XBoxes in the 80s - we had Atari and Nintendo), you're going to look weird. A little research won't kill you. If you're writing about a known city (like Paris) or object (like the Eiffel Tower), make sure you know where it is if you're going to bring it up. People who read your work will know that the Eiffel Tower is on a specific street in a specific area of town, and if you move it (without justification) or get it wrong, people will notice. Take 5 minutes and Google where things like that are if you're going to reference them. It adds just that much more depth to your story.

9. Where can your readers follow you?



Twitter: @dinajames

I also blog twice a month at the Evil League of Evil Writers website.

Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

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