Exclusive Interview with

Barbara Daniels Dena

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When did you start writing?

I have been scribbling words since I picked up a crayon. I always thought of the 'what if' in my mind and enjoyed fashioning a scene from those thoughts. While others moaned about essays and term papers, I savored them. It was another chance to write. I enjoy writing.

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What makes writing your passion?

Being able to take my thoughts and construct a story around them.

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How long have you been writing?

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

I was in awe. I sat in front of my computer and stared at my book cover on Amazon all day.

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

I make them up from my imaginary friends. Or often, I will take one of my real-life friends and construct a fiction story around their personality and life. I only write short stories. I praise those who write complete novels. My mind races too quickly to stay on one story that long. I have too many to write.

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

The hurdles one must cross in the marketing arena.

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

I don't have it.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

I love to write and there is always a new topic for me to write about. The advice I would give new writers is to take as many writing classes as possible and read, read, and read many genres and authors to gain a feel for words. Always use a thesaurus.

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Write more, sooner.

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

Yes. It is the nature of the beast.

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

I am delighted and so thankful a reader enjoyed it.

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Yes, many of my stories are indeed about my adventures in my life.

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

Yes, and I used first-person POV so there was no doubt.

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

Yes

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

I always chat with my readers.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

I am pleased and most willing to talk about my book if the individual has questions.

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

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If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?

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What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.