Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: DESCENDED ~ Jett
When a reclusive businessman takes an interest in Haven’s artwork, she knows it’s an answer to prayer. But Jett Cestone is an enigma with a disconcerting connection to the young women in his employ. He’s by far the most unusual man she’s ever met.
Haven is the most interesting woman to ever cross Jett’s path. But she’s too naïve and pure to learn what goes on in his home. Too bad he wants her more than he’s wanted anyone or anything in his life.
1. What does your family think of your writing?
LOL, I think they think I finally have a place to funnel all my strange ideas.
2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I can’t write when I’m angry. Even if I’m trying to write a scene where someone is mad, I just get blocked. So I try to stay happy =-) Does that count as a quirk?
3. What inspired you to write your first book?
THE COVERING came about through personal experience – not with hunky bikers, lol. I often have these times where I will wake up in the middle of the night for no reason, like wide-awake. I assume God wants me to pray for someone, so I do. Sometimes I know who, other times I don’t, so I’ll pray for everyone I can think of. But I know if God wakes me up, when He knows I don’t sleep enough as it is, it must be important. The idea of covering someone in prayer isn’t new, but it is effective. I believe a covering can be “prayed in place” to prevent things, not just help in the moment, and on a number of occasions I’ve had people tell me of incidents or accidents that almost happened, usually after I had been praying.
4. How did you come up with the title?
DESCENDED is a series about four men who are descended from the angels that cohabited with human women before the Flood. The title refers to their lineage, but also to how far they’ve fallen as humans from their ancestor’s intended purpose.
5. How did you choose the genre you write in?
It chose me. No matter what sub-genre I write in, romance has to be the main focus for me or I’m just not that interested =-)
6. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Gunnar from THE COVERING is pretty popular, and honestly, I’d love to see him again. I’m working on a book that centers around Pastor Bob’s daughter Brady (if you’ve read it you’ll know who I mean) and will, of course, feature her “uncle” Gunnar.
7. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Somewhere in my books there will be an arrow pointing straight up. I think the message in most of my stories is this: God isn’t mad at us, He wants to help. There’s nothing we can do, no depth we can fall, that He won’t be there waiting for us to take hold of His hand. That’s not to say we can live any way we want and think there won’t be repercussions, but it’s not God putting those things on us. I just want people to know the Jesus I know.
8. Can you share a little of your current work with us?
This is from the second book of the series (DESCENDED~Sebastian):
“Tell me one thing I did to make you think I’m a jerk.”
“You asked every girl at my table for their phone numbers.”
Sounded like him. “I apologize.”
“Then you asked every girl at every other table for their phone numbers. Even the ones already with someone.”
That explained the pieces of paper in his jacket pocket this morning. “Well, should I have to apologize for that? You clearly didn’t want to be bothered so I moved on.” She didn’t answer. “I apologize.” The corner of her mouth twitched, against her will, he was sure. “What else?”
“You sent me a drink.”
Sebastian raised a finger. “Ah, but only to you, no one else.”
She faced him fully now. “I guess I should have prefaced my argument with you were already with a woman. The same woman who slapped your face a few minutes ago,” she added, hitching a thumb toward the rear of the plane.
“Now I’ve got you,” he said, pleased with himself. “I can’t apologize for that because it’s not my fault she was with me. I told her to stay in the suite.”
Her eyes were blank. Then she blinked.
“It probably sounds bad—”
“It sounds bad, but I just met her. It’s not like I was cheating on my girlfriend.”
She gasped. “You have a girlfriend?”
“No. No, that’s not what I mean. I mean it was just a weekend thing, no strings.”
“It that supposed to make you look less like a jerk?”
She arched one eyebrow. He could see himself in her clear blue eyes. He looked clueless.
9. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The biggest challenge is making myself do it. When I’m not distracted by a houseful of people, I distract myself. I’m a procrastinator with the attention span of a puppy.
10. As an indie author, what would you say to a potential reader who has never read anything from an indie author?
Indie authors used to get a bad rap as the writers who couldn’t get a publisher, and I’m sorry to say I have seen some examples of poor work. But now with so much competition, and many more traditionally published authors going indie, everyone has had to step up their game. Give it a chance, and whenever possible, read a sample of the author’s work before buying.
If you ask Dana what is the most important thing she ever learned, she’ll tell you it’s how much God loves us. Through her stories, she endeavors to share that love with others. Though her books are Christian Romance, they’re not what you might expect. They don’t contain explicit sex scenes, but her characters have real desires, struggles and choices to make. A lot of the time they make the wrong ones. No subject is prohibited but good always triumphs.
Dana lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. She loves to walk in the woods and watch old movies.
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