Name: Marcy G. Dyer
Book(s) Title: Desert Winds Series: Down & Out, Out for Blood, Blood &Lies,
Lies & Alibis, Contagion, Inquisition - releases 3/1/18; Perseverance - 11/11/18
Series Title: Dark Days - newest series; Desert Winds
Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller - Dark Days is a dystopian future
Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
I'm a retired nurse and have worked in dialysis, hospice, and oncology. When I was younger, I was an athlete. I love to be active and do anything physical. As a result, I started Tae Kwon Do classes. I earned my black belt and won several trophies at competitions.
Fast forward a few years, and I have several autoimmune diseases the prevent me from continuing on in martial arts, so now I maintain a blog that helps those who are dealing with chronic illnesses and disabilities. It's called Gimpy Gal.
I've also been to Ukraine on two different occasions and speak and understand some Russian - very little, but enough to buy water, find a bathroom, and order a meal.
Million dollar question, are you working on another book?
I'm working on the second book in the Dark Days series, but I have two new series in mind, and plan to start plotting as soon as I finish the Dark Days books.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
Oh, goodness, yes! I started writing when I was quite young. Most of those have hit the trash barrel years ago. There is one book that I started when I first started writing. It's still on my heart, but needs to be completely revamped. One day, I'll tackle that book.
Do you still write? If so, what does your typical day look like?
I don't have a typical day. Since I live with chronic illnesses and disabilities, there are days that I don't write a single word. Some days I'll write a paragraph. It just depends on how I feel that day.
Most writers I know sit at a desk and compose their stories, but that doesn't work for me. I can't sit at a desk for hours, so I take my laptop to my comfy recliner and write for a little bit at a time then take a break.
Pen or type writer or computer?
Computer. I could never get all of the words out by hand!
Music or silence?
I need noise. It may be music or the television droning in the background, but if it's too quiet, I can't concentrate.
What tactics do you have when writing? (For example: outline or just write)
I do a bare bones outline. When I started I was a pantser, but then my mind would wander and the book would end up following a rabbit trail into the unknown. At least when I outline, if I deviate, it's intentional.
What is/are your book(s) about?
The first series, the books are all suspense with a hint of romance. In the Dark Days series, the books are about a weaponized rabies virus that someone dumps around the world. It has devastating effects.
If you were running the 100 yard dash with a new writer. What writing, publishing wisdom would you bestow upon him/her before you reached the 100 yards?
I would tell him/her to join a critique group, read books, and take lessons on the craft of writing. The talent is in the storytelling, but learn to do it well.
If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? (PG-13 please :) ONE OF MY FAVORITE QUESTIONS TO ASK.
My latest book, I would like to spend a day with Randi. She's tough and holds everyone at arm's length. I'd like to spend time talking to her and trying get her to open up to me. She holds in so many things and so much guilt. I think if she would open up and talk, it would help her have peace of mind.
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I had someone tell me once that I would never be a good writer because I was too verbose. She went on to basically tell me to I needed to quit writing. I was determined to turn it around and learn the craft of writing. So her harsh criticism actually helped me grow.
What has been the best compliment?
I had one of the editors tell my publisher that she couldn't breathe and her heart was still pounding after finishing my newest book.
What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?
I met a woman online in a group, and she saw my name. She asked if I was the writer. I told her I was. She then told me how much her son loves my books. I'm used to hearing women who like my books, but when she told me her son had read all of my books, and loved them, it made my day.
What book that you have read has most influenced your life?
I would have to say the Bible. Every time I read it, I get something out of it. It's influenced me so many ways.
What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you?
It's funny, now, but at the time it was horrible. Toward the end of my nursing career, I was working part time as a home health nurse. I was sent to a patient's house. They said he couldn't come to the door, but the key was in the back yard in a drawer.
I get to his house, grab the key, and go inside. I'm calling his name as I walk through the house. When I get to the back, this woman steps out, sees me, and screams. I had walked into the wrong house. I read the address wrong. Both houses had the key in a drawer in the back yard.
She didn't shoot me, or even call the police. I stayed with her until she'd calmed down, apologized profusely, and she was so very kind about the entire situation.
Where can we find you online? www.marcydyer.com
Any website or resources that have been helpful to you as a writer?
Kathy Ide's books on grammar, punctuation, and self-editing.
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Twitter Handle: @marcydyer
Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/MarcyDyer/
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