Author Interview: Dayna Ward

1. What inspired you to write?

If you’re a “creative,” creating things is just part of who you are. It’s like an itch that must be scratched. I am also a graphic designer. I work on catalog photos for a home decor company. As to my desire to write? It mostly stems from wanting certain things from stories. If I can’t find it, then I’ll create it. If I love it but want to do my own twist on things? I’ll create that too. It’s mostly about doing something you love and are passionate about.

2) Are you a reader? What are some of your favorites?

I’m not as much of a reader as I used to be, which is unfortunate. When I was a teenager I loved Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta mysteries. I’ve read Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles up until Memnoch The Devil, which was too dark even for me. I like Steven Spurill’s Rulers of Darkness and Daughter of Darkness from back in the 90s. I’ve read some of Barb and J.C. Hendee’s Noble Dead saga. In addition, I’ve always been a gamer, so I love series like The Witcher, Dragon Age, Elder Scrolls, Bioshock, Deus Ex, and Dishonored.

3) What is your newest work, and what is going to happen in the future?

Vampire The Begotten, Book One of The Begotten Vampire Series. It will be available on Kindle and Paperback on Halloween.

VTB is the first in a series. I have titles and at least a basic premise for 6 more books. I’m currently doing research for book 2. Later on, I would like to write a dark fantasy series with werewolves but that idea isn’t far enough along to really talk about yet.

4) Do you have advice or tips for Indie Authors?

Writing is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, but first you need the pieces, so start by writing out all your notes, all your thoughts about your project. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to clarify your thoughts once you do that. Also, it’s a lot easier to edit something that exists, rather than a blank screen or sheet.

5) What influenced you as a writer?

I write vampire horror currently. I’m a big vampire junkie, but I hate, HATE romance. Sometimes I will stomach a romance subplot though, if the rest is good. Surprisingly, I’ve never read Dracula. I’ve tried on a few occasions and just can’t get past the writing style. Vampire The Masquerade is a huge influence. My favorite game of all time is Vampire The Masquerade: Redemption. Forever Knight was a slightly cheesy but altogether fun vampire TV show out of Canada. Anne Rice’s take on vampires is enjoyable as well. I’m also big into vampire and supernatural-style anime. Hellsing is awesome. Tokyo Goul is a favorite, at least the first season. Blue Excorcist is another. The newest one that tickles this fancy is Jujutsu Kaisen, as it has a similar take on “artifact ingestion” to something I already planned to do in my series. I would say this is a coincidence though, as I was more than halfway done with my manuscript before I saw any episodes.


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