Welcome back! We’re diving into a new head today. Meet Danielle DeVor, who is also an author published with Crescent Moon Press. According to her bio, Danielle spent her early years fantasizing about vampires and watching “Salem’s Lot” way too many times. (To which I say, who didn’t?!) After living briefly in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she moved back to her hometown to write. I’m already jealous. I mean, Baton Rouge? Awesome. Anyway, when not writing and reading about weird things, you will find her hanging out at the nearest coffee shop, enjoying a mocha frappuccino. She’s our kind of gal, right?
Well, let’s begin the penetrating of Danielle’s brain.
Renee: I firmly believe that every author has a character she’s secretly in love with, whether it’s one of your own, or one created by another author. Give us a name, and what makes him/her so fantastic?
Danielle: It would definitely be Anne Rice’s Lestat de Lioncourt. His tortured soul and his beauty just have always gotten to me. Not to mention that he is a loveable bad boy. He isn’t called “The Brat Prince” for nothing. J
**I’m quite fond of Lestat myself. He was my first vampire crush.**
Purple prose is kind of annoying. All those heaving bosoms, moist caves, and gloriously pulsating love clubs can overwhelm a reader. Some authors can add purple and create a pretty cool effect, or they use it to add a bit of humor. Describe your favorite food in a purple way.
Lucious sweetness descends past my lips. My body quivers at the taste. My head looses the ability to think. The juiciness and velvety texture relaxes my tongue and I close my eyes. I know my mouth is filled with brown ecstasy, but the color doesn’t matter. It is the feeling that does. Dense and yet changes shape. Orgasmic, you may want to call it. I simply call it chocolate.
**Ain’t nothing simple about chocolate. Well done. **
You find yourself stranded in a dark alley at night. Doesn’t matter how you got there, because it’s too late. You’re there. Shit’s happening. Focus! Okay, you have to make a decision. There is no escape. If you don’t decide, one of your loved ones gets it bad. Okay? We’re clear? Good. So, you’re confronted by a werewolf, a zombie, a god and a vampire. The only way out is to let one of these bad boys (or girls) turn you. Which do you choose? Why?
Definitely a vampire, mostly because I am so familiar with them and know what I’m getting into. At least, I’ll look good for the rest of eternity.
**Looking good is why I would also choose vampire…or god. I’m torn.**
Justin Timberlake, Forrest Gump, Lady Gaga and the Mad Hatter walk into a bar. What happens next?
Lady Gaga has a poodle under one arm and a 2-foot salami under the other. She lays the poodle on the table.
Timberlake asks, “Can I get you a drink?”
Forrest Gump proceeds to feed his box of chocolates to the poodle. The Mad Hatter watches with glee as the dog starts whimpering and suddenly there is an explosion out of the hind end of the dog.
The Mad Hatter says, “Oh, shit!”
(This is kind of my homage to The Breakfast Club and the unanswered joke Judd Nelson tells in the middle of the movie.)
Writers are often labeled as weird, crazy or slightly strange, but we all know that’s not true. Still, it’s hard not to have some eccentricities when you spend so much time in your head. What’s one strange fact about yourself that readers might find a little crazy or odd?
I have this obsession about the icons on the screen of my computer. I can’t stand having them in standard lists. So, every time I get a new computer, I arrange the icons in the form of a sideways pyramid. The base of the pyramid is to the left and the point is to the right.
**Yep, I’ll confirm that’s weird. **
When I create a character, I usually have a notebook where I jot down details about his or her personality and appearance. For example, when I was working on Thanatos, god of Death, I had things like “socially retarded” and “tall, dark and delicious” (yes, seriously) jotted in my notes. Imagine yourself as a character you’ve created. How would you write your description? Would you be a hero or a villain?
Frumpy in look, but having a gregarious personality. Can cut you to the bone with carefully chosen words when angry, but extremely loyal to friends. Loves Indian food and chocolate. Anti-hero. Will defend herself to the utmost degree when attacked.
I love words and cutting…what? Oh, yes. So, Danielle is all over the Internets, should you care for a little harmless stalking. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or her blog. Not into stalking? Good for you. Go straight to her books. Click on the images to find them on Amazon.
Her latest book, Sorrow’s Point, (look at the gorgeous cover below) was just released this week by Crescent Moon Press.
And if you like blog tours, check out Danielle’s running all week at the following spots:
Oct 15 http://tyrneathem.com/
Oct 16 http://fuonlyknew.com/
Oct 17 http://www.sarahaisling.com/
Oct 18 http://doingsomereading.wordpress.com/
Oct 21 http://www.1bookloversopinion.com/
Oct 22 http://cabingoddess.com/
2 thoughts on “The Old In and Out: Penetrating the Writer Brain: Danielle DeVor”
Thanks for having me!
Thanks for playing along. Love the Breakfast Club answer. 🙂