Dahlia Donovan started out working in the insurance world. After ten years, she morphed her love of investigating accidents and studying people into writing about them. She’s a bit of a hermit and despises being in front of a camera. Her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.
Her first novel Ivy started out as a crazy dream which she turned into an adventurous and suspenseful paranormal romance. It was followed up by Natasha, Masquerade and now Twelve Days. A third main novel in the series, Alicia, is due out in Spring 2015
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Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?
Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?
I definitely need background noise of some kind. I usually have playlists for my books, or I have the TV on.
What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?
It’s often exhausting.
If your characters could come to life and be a real human,
which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?
Elaine and I would probably get on the best. We’re very similar, and both aspies. I think Alicia would probably drive me crazy first, mostly because I doubt out personalities would get on very well.
When did you start writing and what was your inspiration?
I wrote my first story when I was seven or eight, about a bear. =)
Is there a genre or type of book that you love to read but could never write and if so why?
Regency. I love historical romance, but I don’t think I have the patience to write it.
Since you’ve been writing how much has the genre changed? Good, bad?
I don’t think paranormal romance has changed much. I think it could do with more diversity—it would be a good change.
Seeing more and more authors going the “self-pub’ route. Thoughts?
As an indie author, I think it’s a good thing. I don’t think traditional publishing is for everyone, just as self-publishing isn’t for everyone. They each require work and have different complications.
What is the most intense scene you have ever written? Did you find it difficult writing that scene?
The most intense scene I wrote was the prologue for Twelve Days. It was a very painfully emotional scene and hard to write. I wanted to be respectful of the pain people who go through similar situations go through. So yes, very difficult on the heart when I wrote it.
If you could write in any genre that you’ve never tried, what would it be and why?
Probably Regency, because I enjoy reading it so much.
When thinking about writing any specific genre, what triggers your fears and insecurities the most?
When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?
It can be either. In Ivy’s story, they came somewhat at the same time. Natasha came first, and then the rest of the plot for her storyline came second.
Do you find that you write what you love to read? Or a different genre?
Somewhat, yes, I do enjoy reading paranormal romance and military so it does blend in with what I write.
Do you ever write your own personal fantasies into your books?
I plead the fifth. =)
How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events?
Not much, if anything at all. The only thing I’ve included that was inspired by real life is my love of photography(with Ivy) and being someone who is Autistic(with Elaine).
How many times do you read what you wrote and think “where the hell did that come from?!”
All the damn time.
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
Nope. I took typing in high school, and I’ve been using computers since I was nine or ten, so I’m one of those people who look at the screen or paper while I’m typing.
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
What are you two favorite 80’s movies?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Breakfast Club
Why are man-hole covers round?
Because no one likes a square.
Widowed photographer Ivy Langdon avoids people in general after her husband’s death. She ventures out days before Christmas for last minute gifts and stumbles into the middle of a terrorist attack in London. Will her luck ever change?
Steven Samuels and his partner Gareth Richardson are called in with their company, Blackbird Security Firm, to rescue the hostages. They never expected to find their perfect mate while saving the world. The more the two wolves learn about Ivy, the more that they want to make her theirs.
Love is never simple or straight-forward and life is often stranger than fiction.
Ivy finds herself drawn into a strange world of shifters and human traffickers.
Can love’s true bite find her before trouble does?
Undercover Interpol agent Natasha Itsov is the ice queen of the European shifter world. Her reputation for loving and leaving without a second thought is well known. Until she met Darren Martel, another fox shifter. She broke both of their hearts when she fled from the bond forming between them.
It’s been years since they’ve crossed paths with each other.
The threat of the Auctioneer looming over Ivy brings the two shifters together for one last mission. Old wounds are reopened, while they struggle to ignore the bond formed all those years ago. Neither wants to risk another catastrophic broken heart, yet neither wants to walk away from the chance of happily ever after.
Is it ever too late for love?
As the months have gone by since Ivy and her wolves bonded, hints have continually been dropped about moving in together and marriage. It’s unfortunate then that the romantic proposal which Ivy had hoped for never quite arrived. Her two alpha wolves instead merely demand her hand in marriage.
Suitably unimpressed, Ivy tells her gits to bugger off and hops on a private jet for a swanky masked ball in Monte Carlo with Alicia, Alim and Dane.
Can Steve and Gareth find the right words to win the yes from her lips?
You just never know who or what you’ll find at a masquerade.
There are only twelve days until the Christmas bash Ivy is throwing at Steve and Gareth’s penthouse. How much trouble can a small pack of shifters get into in less than a week? While working to plan the perfect party, she keeps her eye on all of the members of her new family. Each day, a different couple seems to be moving closer together, and she hasn’t even brought out the ruddy mistletoe yet.
At the heart of it all, though, this party started with a wish three years ago for only happy Christmas memories after the worst time of Ivy’s life.
Be warned, things get hot and spicy in this anthology.
Twelve Days is a holiday anthology from the Blackbird series by Dahlia Donovan. Book one, Ivy, and book two, Natasha along with the Ivy short – Masquerade. are currently for sale on Amazon