M. Dauphin lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and two tiny kiddos. Life as a stay at home mom is even busier at times than life as a teacher and mom. She’s incredibly happy to be able to stay home and watch her boys grow. She LOVES to read and review books for all types of authors. When the kids go to bed, she finally is able to sit down and write the stories that take over her brain all day.
Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
Little known fact- it was a HUGE surprise to everyone around me when I told them I released my first book. I wrote in secret (only my husband knew due to the constant clicking away on the keyboard-apparently I type loud) My mom, my grandma, my best friend…they were stunned. It took about eight months of writing to get the first book in the series out…then about a month per book after that. Never in my wildest dreams did I think iId be considered an ‘author’, nor does it still seem real. My inspiration to write came one day during my son’s gymnastics class when I got bored and none of my favorite authors had any new material out. I thought ‘hell, I have read well over a hundred books in the last year. I could probably spend less money writing them’. So I did.
Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
I started reading Nora Roberts as a teen-what romance junkie doesn’t? recently my tastes have changed a bit, and I attribute all of my drive to HM Ward and JJ Knight…there are plenty of others, but these two have been amazing in helping me get through self publishing to helping out with online events. Their books are fan-freaking-tastic. I can only wish one day to be as successful of a story teller as they are.
Q. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
No. Like I said, writing was never in my line of sight. I was an avid reader, a Pre-K teacher, a wife, and a mom. I didn’t ever think about writing. Once I started, though, I just kept going. The further I got into the series, the more detailed it became, and my mind couldn’t stop thinking about it. I love strong characters, so Molly was not going to be any less. Photography is a passion of mine so I felt very comfortable writing that in as her profession. Tatum..well. We love men with money..but I don’t as much enjoy the typical rich guy (though there are books where I enjoy them) so he needed to be rough around the edges and not care about the money so much. Their back stories just fell on me as I was writing and happened to mesh pretty well I would like to think.
Q. What motivates you to write?
It is a sort of release for me. I’m a stay at home mom so it gets crazy. Writing helps take me out of the crazy and puts me into a world that I alone created.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
A TON. My characters like to cuss…a lot. I wrote a ‘steamy scene’ and it didn’t totally suck. and HELLO?! Learning how to self publish is a maze in it’s own..but I did it!
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
I laughed at this question..because I don’t know the answer to it. I tell people that my fingers have a life of their own, typing out a story that sometimes I am even surprised by.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
They are all very supportive. After learning of it, my husband has been incredibly supportive towards it and happy that I’ve found something that I enjoy. I couldn’t ask for a better support system.
Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Don’t give up, and DON”T READ THE BAD REVIEWS.
Q. What book(s) are you reading now?
Destructive Gods by HQ Frost. I’m having a hard time writing this right now because I just NEED to get back to it. It’s addicting.
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