Hello there, and welcome to a special U.S. Labor Day Weekend version of The Same Six Questions! Today's indie author is C.A. Deyton. Welcome!
Thanks, Andy! I live in East Tennessee with my husband, 2 kids, 3 cats, 2 hermit crabs and 1 dog. When I am not cleaning up PB&J crumbs or filling water bowls, you’ll find me either volunteering at my kids school, preparing for a Girl Scout meeting, writing the next bestselling novel or updating my Facebook status. In that order.
Great! Now for The Same Six Questions...
1. Have you published a book yet?
My debut book, The Devil’s Keep, was published in early August. Sara had no idea her life was anything more than mundane. Following the tragic death of her mother, she found herself just going through the motions, pretending life was worth living. That was until she met Michael Bartlett. Once she discovers her distant past is colliding with her present, life takes a jolting turn. Suddenly, Sara discovers she is part of a destiny she never knew. One which puts her in the center of a century old conflict between a clan of vampires and a cruel, unrelenting demon. Now she must decide if she will risk it all to save those she holds dear. In addition to Amazon, it's also available at Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Eventually, a paperback version will also be available.
2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
As I suspect is the case for many in this profession, since childhood. The road has taken many detours, but always leads back here.
3. What was your first lengthy piece of fiction (say, >1000 words)? What was it about? When did you write it? Do you still have it?
I have kept every story, paper, and poem that I’ve written. I actually get a big kick out of reading them years later. I usually say, “Damn, I was good!” But seriously, my first substantial piece? In high school, I wrote a short story about an agoraphobic spinster who is convinced she's cursed and, as a result, people who get close to her die. Things got really dicey when a travelling salesman came to the door. I think I had been watching too much Sally Jesse Raphael or Oprah because the salesman has a long heart to heart with her and by the end of the story she is over her decade-long issues.
4. When was your first indication, "I can do this (write)"?
You know, I don’t know that I ever felt that way. I do it because it is part of who I am. I don’t remember ever giving myself the option of not writing. Of course, life doesn’t always accommodate those needs. A girl’s gotta eat. So, for 10+ years, I worked in the field of education—mostly early childhood. Those years passed quickly, but I still wrote—here, there and everywhere. However, this time in my life is the first I have allowed myself to delve into writing more than “part time.”
5. If you could meet one of your characters in real life, which would it be?
I would love to have a cup of coffee with Michael Bartlett (although I don’t drink coffee). After all, he is over 150 years old! Imagine the things he has seen, the places he has visited. And being that he is a vampire, there would be all sorts of fun vampy things he could educate me about. I’m certain the evening would be very entertaining!
6. It's a dark and stormy night...you're alone in the house...there's a knock at the door...you open it, look out, and proceed to scream like a little girl. What's on the doorstep?
John Taylor from Duran Duran. I’ve always loved him...by the way, I would also pee my pants. TMI?
Haha! Great answers, C.A.! Thanks so much for stopping by. For more on C.A. Deyton, be sure to check out her website and Facebook page.
Stop back on Thursday when author Chris Blewitt will be my guest!