This week I have the pleasure to introduce the lovely Destiny Booze to Star Shadow, she so nicely offered a copy of one of her novels to me a few weeks ago for following her on twitter, and I just had to offer her a interview in return, so with pleasure...
What was the first book you wrote published or unpublished?
My very first book was No Traces to Hell. The story takes place at a disciplinary school in a very suburban area in the middle of a blizzard. A group of gifted and troubled teenagers are forced into the forest when their school is taken hostage by survivalists.
Unfortunately, my first book was never published. I wrote it when I was in high school and the writing wasn’t strong enough for publication. With that said, I still like the plot. Perhaps I’ll rewrite it one of these days.
2. When did you decide you wanted to write?
Great question! I began writing as soon as I was old enough to do so. Writing stories was a fun escape for me, especially during the teenage years.
During my freshman year in high school, my history teacher wrote me a note about a report I’d written. It stated, “You write so well. Keep it up.” Later, he expanded that note to say that I had a talent for writing about anything and making it sound interesting. I remember being shocked. He was the first person to ever suggest that I had talent.
As soon as the idea was planted, I just knew I had to go with it. I loved writing. What if I really was good at it? I had to find out.
3. How did you come up with the ideas for your books?
I get ideas from everywhere. I really do. My imagination is always wild and rampant and it can drive me crazy if I let it.
My latest work in progress is Accelerating Circumstances, book three of my Outer Banks Suspense Series. Where did the idea come from? Well... The hero and heroine came from sideline characters from Altered Beginnings (Book 1) and Predetermined Endings (Book 2) that grew into much stronger and more complex characters than I originally planned.
The plot…well…that came from my head…somewhere. The series is based on common characters. Each book has its own separate plot. The idea for Accelerating Circumstances came straight from a brainstorming session where my imagination just took over. Should I be scared that some of these thoughts exist within my head? Hmmm….I’ll have to think on that.
4. Do you use inspiration items, photos, quotes, music when you write?
No. Sometimes I use props such as pictures of people that look like my characters or maps and pics of the setting. But, I really don’t use anything as inspiration for my muse.
5. Have you based any of your characters off of real personalities of those in your life?
No. My writing is always about entertainment and fantasy. Reality is much too boring for me…lol.
Ice Cream: Cookies and Cream
Pen or Pencil: Mechanical Pencil
7. What are you currently reading?
I’m reading Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen. So far, it’s amazing. I can’t wait to find out what happens.
8. Who are some of your favorite authors?
Tami Hoag, Dean Koontz, Allison Brennan, Janet Evanovich
9. Any tips for aspiring writers?
Never give up. Learn as much as you can about the business. Network with everyone. People are great resources. Persistence really does pay off. Let criticism fuel you. Get better, not bitter.www.destinybooze.com