Join us as we dig into Death Came to Dinner and ask author Dahlia Rose questions about her process, her characters, the plot, and everything in between. Where do your ideas come from?
I am a fountain of ideas and while I would love to say how prolific my process is, my ideas show up and random times likes 3 AM when I’m trying to sleep. I’m inspired by pictures of people and places and then an idea stems from that and goes into my plot bible. I have scrap books filled with pictures that I have found online or taken on what I call my adventures. From these, my books are born and I honestly have more than I could write in a year so I collect plots and ideas in my plot bible.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It’s a combination of both, I love my work, I love my writing and there is a lot of it. LOL I was contracted by Hallmark early this year and now I am represented by the Seymour Agency. So my work has tripled in a way trying to create my own content and also make sure I’m sending work out. After about six surgeries on my hands because I overwork them badly. I have those days when I’m tired and hurting I am exhausted. But that’s what my adventures are for, I take weekends off and go explore, travel (not so much since the pandemic). But I take a break and happily get back to my first love of writing feeling refreshed.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
My books do what they want, some at standalone and some decide well we are a series so there! My family tells me that I have so many people living in my head that I forget their names and honestly, it’s kinda true! I have so many people, characters and worlds in my head, I could live in there and never find all the rooms. So I talk about characters like they’re real and yes sometimes they sneak other books in on me and I have to write their story. With like Death Came to Dinner now with F-BOM. Aurora of course was meant to be a standalone book, but Madame Laveau, aka Lovie was a character unto herself and before I was halfway finished the first book, the second was being plotted. My Paladin dragon Series was meant to be one book A Dragon’s Promise. I am now writing the final book that turned out to be an eleven-book series. So, it’s a journey each time I start a book and I’m just as surprised when they start taking paths I didn’t plan.
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