Sunday Surprise

c438b8dfa2823083a6c72c807428ed14f8de0fa8-thumbSooo, did you get Strange Portals or not? NO? Shame on you! Go get it now, it’s free! And you’ll be able to read a wonderful story by today’s guest! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome inkslinger DM Yates!

Where do you live and write from?

I live in West Jordan, Utah which is about 13 miles from Salt Lake City, surrounded by beautiful mountains.

Why do you write?

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. I have all these stories and poems that run through my mind constantly and always have.

When did you start writing?

My twin brother once told me that I started writing as soon as I learned the alphabet and a teacher placed a pencil in my hand. I believe him because I can remember having to read my stories to the class.

What genre(s) do you write?

Here’s where I’m a little odd. I write in fantasy/new age/spiritual/romance – sometimes all 4 genres in the same story. My poems are the same in genre too.

What does your writing routine consist of?

I’m one of those writers who must feel motivated. If I try to set a schedule, my writing is horrible. I go with the flow, but once I get going just try and stop me.

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My strengths are from the many places I’ve lived and the many people I’ve met from all over the world. One of my hobbies is research – I’ll research any topic especially about people and places. I find people’s personalities and traits so interesting. I’m someone who loves to study just about any topic and I’ve never lost interest. That’s how the qualities have developed.

Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?

Sometimes I dream bout something; sometimes a tale will start to evolve in my thoughts. Within each story lies a treasure to be found by the reader and so I want to share those treasures. I’m in every story because a part of me is in each character I develop. My main protagonist has many of my qualities – especially my stubbornness.

Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?

Once I see the story I make an outline in circle form. I start with a main circle and draw spokes off of it with smaller circles. Sometimes those circles have spokes with circles too. The beginning starts at the top with the main ideas and continues clockwise around the large circle. This guides me through my story. When I’m done writing, I’ll check this outline to make sure I’ve covered everything I wanted to say.

I’m a fast writer once the thoughts are there. I just can’t be slow and meticulous like others. I have to type out my ideas as quickly as I can and I never hand-write stories.

Tell us about your latest book

My latest book isn’t published yet but is soon to be. It continues the tale of my main character Einarr and his close relationship to the great dragon Zavat and is set in the 1300s.

The first in this series is ‘The Lone Hero’ and can be found anywhere e-books are sold. Here’s the Amazon link:

If you’re not into fantasy I have another novel, ‘Always’ which is a roller coaster ride of emotions set in modern day England:

Indie publishing or traditional publishing – and why?

I choose Indie publishing. First, because it gives me the freedom to write what I want, how I want, and choose the cover I want. Secondly, I do have health issues and I can’t be stressed by demands from a publisher. Nowadays, whether you’re an Indie or under contract to a publisher, you have to do all the footwork in marketing, so why not do it your way?

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I have so many projects going. I’m working on a 3rd book in the dragon series plus the next historical romance for Einarr. I have poems I’m editing and another children’s book I’ve been working on. I’m also still trying to edit and revise my short story collection about a quirky older woman from the Midwest and her overly chunky tabby cat.

What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?

My goal is twofold. First, to get my stories out to the world which means writing them to the best of my ability and then marketing, marketing, marketing. My second goal is with my poetry – I want to bring readers back to poetry and the beauty of it. So many readers today avoid poetry because they don’t feel they can understand it so I write simple poetry in rhyme.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Never give up and write all the time. Write about anything; just write.

Barb, I want to thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity and for introducing me to your friends. I strongly believe we all need to support each other. It makes attaining our goals so much easier. Thank you again.

It was a pleasure having you! 🙂 I love your answers, you might end up in one of my WoW Sundays one day (that’s Writers on Writing or Words of Wisdom for whoever is new to this blog…) And MERRY CHRISTMAS to everybody!

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  1. The link doesn’t work for me to get the Strange Portals, Barb. Enjoyed the interview!


  2. Great interview, ladies!


  3. Reblogged this on Tricia Drammeh and commented:
    Lovely interview with DM Yates who is definitely an author to watch!


  4. Fabulous interview.


    • and when you want to be featured too… just drop me a line! 🙂


  5. Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.


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