Author Interview: Madilynn Dale

0. Name, please! Madilynn Dale.

1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.

Currently I am working on book 4 in the Fae Shifters Series, The Blood King. I am also working on another piece that does not have a set name yet.

2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.

The Fae Shifters series begins with main character Liz in the first book Releasing Her Power Within. She takes a leap of faith to move into her grandmother’s cabin and discovers a family secret that may cost her life is she isn’t careful. The series continues with book two, Unleashed, and she is faced with more secrets and embracing her magic. Another lover enters the picture, and she must either accept him as her second mate or deny fate and remain with only her first mate. She then faces an issue of restoring the balance to the realms by opening up the gates between them. It puts her in the middle of a long overdue battle of control, which leads us to book 3. Now in book 4, The Blood King, she faces an ancient evil that has been around since the beginning of time. She must face him with the help of her best friends and keep the new life growing within her womb safe in the process. She also has to rescue her mates and a ton of other beings in the process of taking him out.

My standalone novel Breaking Traditions: the Shifter and the Mage is a paranormal romance novel following college student Natalie as she battles to have the love of a lifetime with her true mate Alex. Her parents set her up with an arranged marriage while she was young, and she must overcome family traditions to break away. Fate throws her many obstacles when fighting to share her voice.

I also have multiple short stories published. Each over a different topic ranging from embracing your true self to letting go of depression.

3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)

My least favourite bit is editing. I do a round of self-editing before I send it to the editor and it’s very time consuming. It’s also frustrating because sometimes I have no idea what I was thinking when I wrote something out.

4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

The idea taking form is really what gets my brain running. I have to get it down on something or I feel like I am going to lose the idea. I have notes and pieces written in notebooks and on my phone of my ideas. Some of them I sit and write out the outline. I like to write out that first spark.

5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)

If I could steal an author’s ability, I would steal Sarah J Maas ability to give her lead female characters an impressive amount of sarcasm, whit, and courage. I love how she portrays Aelin/Celaena in the Throne of Glass series.

6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

I would try to explain that peace is in the near future and that her story has a happy ending. There may be more action with other characters and her offspring in the future but overall she will be happy. I may beg her not to destroy me with her magic in the process or eat me in one of her animal forms but eventually I hope she would see my reasoning.

7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

First off, I hope they would be good at poker. I don’t really know how to play so I would absolutely lose. The stakes would be winner gets all the Oreos and doesn’t have to share. The winner would most likely be Dahlia Nite, from the Nite Fire series by C. L. Schneider because she has been around for a long time. She has probably won a game or two anyway because she is extremely perceptive where Liz has also never been a poker player.

8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)

Don’t kill yourself to write your book. Make sure you focus some on self care to keep your creativity flowing. When you feel blocked get up and go for a walk or maybe paint. I like to go sit outside for a bit and then when I need inspiration I look through Pinterest for pictures. It’s a great way to put characters together and get personality inspiration.

9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

You can find all my work on Amazon or my website I will have more of my work available on other sites in time. My short stories are available in various places such as Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo.