Saturday, July 4, 2009

Dog Days of Summer: Dehanna's Advice to Writers

Dehanna Bailee, this week's featured author at the Dog Days of Summer BlogTour describes her novel as:

"For Better or Worse" is a modern-day story about a woman, Sandra, who just wanted a simple life with some sense of normalcy--what she has is a home invasion gone terribly wrong, an old boyfriend hot on the prowl, and one very, very angry husband. This leaves the question: will this werewolf in hiding be able to prove she isn’t going to leave her husband while trying to protect him from the consequences of an unanticipated slaying?

So far you've gotten to read Dehanna's interview, her book reviews and an excerpt from her most recent release, "For Better or Worse." Dehanna was also kind enough to share some advice she has for aspiring authors.

When asked to name the three most important things for aspiring authors to do Dehanna said:

Write. Finish the project. Then find some really *honest* input. Oh, and can I add another one? Get an extra pair of eyes. Yes, I know you can spend plenty of time studying the craft, attending conferences, networking and rubbing elbows but in the end, all it comes down to is putting the words on paper--and to keep putting them down. The more a writer writes, the better they'll become, and it's the practice and dedication that will get them to where they want to be.

Great advice, Dehanna--it's like being a writer in theory versus being a writer in practice. So, writers... Are you writing at least as much as you're studying writing?

When asked how often she actually writes, Dehanna admitted:

Not as often as I'd like, but I think that is quite common for many who have to work their writing careers around other commitments. I have found that I write more if I stay offline and put everything work-related out of view; it also helps to close the door and unplug the phone. ;)

Again, absolutely agreed! Writing is a generally solitary art and craft for a bunch of great reasons. Often the more focus you bring to your craft, the better your results.

Ready to learn even more about Dehanna? Visit her website: or friend her on Facebook.

Just want to buy her book or see what others she's also written? If you're interested in POD, Dehanna also has a book on that topic, along with other fiction books at her site. Go on, now, check her out!

Because this is a holiday weekend (Happy 4th! Think Independently!) I'm extending the length of time for the random commenter contest to Sunday at 7pm EST. So, if you want to win some novels and some chocolate, check out Dehanna's book excerpt and leave a comment there to be entered in the contest. :-)


Kristen howe said...

Thanks for putting my name in the aspiring authors to watch list Saoirse. Your website is cool. I'm game to win the contest.

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Glad to do it, Kristen! And very glad you like the site!


Suzanne Brandyn said...

I agree also. There is nothing like honest feedback from a critique partner/s. :)

Saoirse Redgrave said...

I absolutely agree, Suzanne! The honest feedback we get from critique partners only enriches our writing. :-)

Thanks for stopping in!


Anonymous said...

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