Danielle Ross tells us about herself and her writing...
Usually a scar across the eye, or lash scars from being tortured or beaten
What is the most unusual character hobby you have ever come across in fiction?
In your opinion, what makes a character really feel unconventional?
When they do things that goes against the character you've come to know.
In your opinion, what makes a character three-dimensional?
Their own thoughts and inner conflicts with the challenges ahead of them
What is your main character's most admirable quality?
Is there a way your main character can change the world to benefit other people? If so, what would most motivate him/her to try?
Memories of how poorly he/she had been treated, and wanting to see no one else is ever treated that way again.
If your antagonist was there for the creation of the sandwich, what toppings would that character select to place between the bread slices?
Probably tomatoes, some sort of greens, and sliced banana
What originally drew you to writing?
I loved to read, and had a number of stories in my head that I had to get out.
Which writers inspired - or continue to inspire you - to write?
Anyone I've read, and that's a lot of authors.
What most inspires your stories?
My dreams. I usually wake up in the mornings with very vivid dreams that I remember every detail of, and no, I'm not in my underwear. XD But I am flying or fighting in a battle of some sort.
Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?
Whenever I can sit down and do it really.
Do you have any tips on overcoming writer's block?
Just start writing, even if it's just random thoughts out of your head. Usually, if you get that out, then you can concentrate and think about the story.
Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?
I prefer to own hard copies. E-books are too easily lost. I mean, all that has to happen is a server crash, virus, drop your e-reader in some water, and all your books are gone. Hard copies at least take a major disaster to destroy.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
My main character is typically a strong female type. She either has some special skill, or something in her background that makes her important to the story. Often she is the key to reaching the ultimate end of the story.
What genre do you prefer to write in, and why?
Sword and sorcery style fantasy. I don't want to call it epic, as that implies a series or great writing. True some of my stories are series length, but most can be kept short to one story.
Have you ever been involved in a collaborative project with another author? If not, is it something you would like to do in future?
No, and no. I'm too controlling a person to be able to really compromise.
Do you set yourself a daily word target? If so, how often do you meet it?
Only during NaNo, and most days I can hit the target easily, other days I have trouble. Usually though, I just sit and write and see what happens.
What do you do to get book reviews?
Since I have no stories really published, I don't do much of anything for reviews. Though I think I would start by sending it to people I trust to give me an honest and fair review.
What are your views on social media for marketing?
It's helpful, and probably the best way to get new readers interested in your work since most people are online in some way.