Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about you and your books.
No, itâ€™s I that thank you. This is a great place and Iâ€™m glad to be here.
1. Please start by giving us some background about yourself.
Well, I was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. I left in 1994 for new horizons in Indiana. I still live there with my husband, 4 children, 2 dogs and 1 cat. One big happy family. When I am not writing I love to flip through cook books and learn new recipes, read (Bertice Small and Jackie Collins are my favorites) and crochet.
2. Why did you become a writer? Who influenced you? I have always wanted to be a writer. I used to write my own ongoing story back in junior high school. I loved to read and just wanted to be the one writing. I guess Jackie Collins kind of influenced me. After I read the book Lovers and Sinners when I was in High school I was hooked on the romance genre and wanted to be a part of it.
3. As a multicultural author, did you have stumbling blocks placed in your way or was there a fresh market for your books? I donâ€™t know anything about the market, I didnâ€™t write for the market. I mean, I can see how society is changing and multicultural couples are growing by leaps and bounds, but that was not my motivation. I grew up in a multicultural society so I write what I know.
4. What do readers look for in your books? LOL I donâ€™t know. I mean, some have mentioned they like that the multicultural aspect is not the main premise of my work and that I celebrate whatever culture the couple has. But I have not flat out asked anyone that question before so I really donâ€™t know for sure what they look for when they buy my book. Iâ€™m just glad they like them and continue buying them.
5. Please tell us about your current releases, Red Rose Publishing has The Last MacPhee, The godâ€™s Silver connection, The Dioni Chronicles (3 book vampire series coming to print soon), Cajun Magic, Hot Chocolate on a cold day and Lover and the Firefly. Asian Spice, The Wrong Valentine and Christmas with Holly are at Phaze. Amira Press has Loverâ€™s Brew and The sun rose over Cairo. Surge and Raine: A Mermanâ€™s tale (a twisted fairytale) is available at Eternal Press and Whiskey Creek Press-Torrid has Sekmetâ€™s Awakening and Kibukaâ€™s Moon as torrid teasers. My first latest release is a Valentine story from Freyaâ€™s Bower, Itâ€™s good to be Number Three and I also have an anthology with Kendra Mei Chailyn called Cupidâ€™s Arrows that we have out at Red Eclipse Writers.
6. What was your favorite book to write? I still think my favorite is Loverâ€™s Brew. Peter wholeheartedly believes in love at first sight and I think that is just wonderful characteristic. I just love him and he just came to me. He isnâ€™t based on anyone I know.
7. Do you have any up coming projects that you would like to share? I have a few things coming out this year. My short story Blazeâ€™s Black Widows, is coming in an anthology called Street Vices. TakeOver Publishing will send it straight to print this spring. I have The House (May09) and Behind the Wings (July09) coming from Whiskey Creek Press-Torrid.
8. What is a typical writing day like for you? Well ever since corporate America kicked me to the curb it has changed. I have returned to school and schoolwork has hindered my writing time somewhat. So now I write about 3 hours every day and maybe a little longer on the weekends depending on what we have going on.
9. Is there anything else that you would like your readers to know about you? Hmm, I think that is everything. Just keep an eye on my sites for recent updates.
10. How may we, as readers, learn more about you and your books? (Websites, blogs, etc.) I just got onto the whole blog thing. LOL So I now have a blog, www.liljohndana.blogger.com two websites, www.danalittlejohn.net and www.liljohndana.webs.com and a myspace, www.myspace.com/liljohndana Readers can always write to me with questions, ideas, idle chit-chat or even send me a review of one of my books at this email. I post reader reviews on my website, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for taking time out to talk to us at CataNetwork.
Thanks for having me. It was fun!