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Interview with Madilynn Dale

She is an author based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. She writes fantasy, romance, and paranormal pieces primarily. She spends most of her day with her son, tending to her pets and writing. Madilynn holds degrees in several areas. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Southern Nazarene University, located in Oklahoma. She also has an Associates of Science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant Sciences from Oklahoma City Community College. She is licensed as a Physical Therapy Assistant in Oklahoma and works as a PRN therapist.

Madilynn has enjoyed reading various forms of fiction and the occasional non-fiction story since she began reading as a young girl. Writing seemed to be another piece of this addiction to books, and she embraced it after becoming a mother. Writing is now a piece of her soul to be bared to the world. Madilynn's hobbies, when not writing, include reading, baking, crafting, hiking, and horseback riding. She loves to travel and explore. One day she hopes to expand her travels and see the world, but you will find her working on her next novel in the meantime. She will most likely have coffee and some form of chocolate with her as she writes.

Q.1 Tell us something about yourself not many people know?
I love horses and trained horses when I was younger. I competed in rodeos and qualified for nationals and world championships in barrel racing.

Q.2 Do you have any upcoming books?
Yes, I have a book released on April 30th, Fae Shifters 4, The Blood King.

Q.3 When did you decide to write the Fae Shifters series?
I decided to write it after a dream I had. It was a very creative dream that turned into more as I started putting it down.

Q.4 How do you come up with the name of your books?
A lot of times, I take the name from something within the story itself. I have to play around a lot with the wording to find what fits it best. I also try to make it fit into the story in its entirety.

Q.5 If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Just write. Do it. Don’t let fear hold you back. Take the leap of faith and go for it.

Q.6 How do you select the name of your characters?
Names can be difficult. I have found myself researching baby names more for character names lately than I did before. I like to have creative names sometimes, and others I’m fine just using a common name. I get ideas from movies, books, tv shows, and things I see daily for names. I try to jot down names if they aren’t common in a notebook I carry around with me. I keep one handy and also notes on my phone for book ideas at all times.

Q.7 What do you find difficult about writing fantasy stories?
Finding the words to create the world in my head to make it where readers can easily see what I see. I know it will be different for everyone when they read, but if I can word it just right to almost see what I see, I know they will love it as much as I do.

Q.8 How long does it take you to write a book?
If I can sit down and really work on it, I can finish the first draft in two to three months.

Q.9 What were your feelings when your novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?
I loved the cover. I was excited to see it published, and it almost felt unreal.

Q.10 Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would probably just read and work. I have always been an avid reader.

Q.11 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
I will turn my chair side to side when I am in the zone while writing. However, I cannot sit still.

Q.12 Do you believe in writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
Yes, and I think everyone experiences it at some point. I deal with it by taking a break and stepping away from my manuscript. If I need to do it for a few days, that’s fine, but I try to get outdoors and do something different. I even will pick up a good book or bake. Finding a way to let that creativity get back to flowing in other ways helps so much.

Q.13 How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
I have written a total of five now, and my favorite is probably Revealed: Fae Shifters 3. There is a lot of action and magic in that book, and I got carried away while writing it.

Q.14 What is your favorite book from other authors and why?
Picking one book is hard, but a series that I love is the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I love her characters, their world, and everything that went into making the world. It’s addictive, and so much happens in the span of those novels.

Q.15 How do your family/friends feel about your book or writing venture in general?
They are supportive of me and share information about my books with their friends. My mother is the only one who has read most of them, though, but she is the other avid reader in my family.

Q.16 How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
I write out a rough outline for the plot and how I want things to go. Other events tend to fall into place as I write, but it all makes sense in the end. The characters I go into a lot of detail on. I will do a lot of planning on their looks, personality, and other traits with an excel sheet before I start writing, and if another character needs to be added in the midst of the story, I add them to the list.

Q.17 Among all your protagonists, which one is your favorite and why?
I love Liz’s character. She changes to better her life at the beginning of the Fae Shifters series but is thrown into a world of magic and various types of beings. She is forced to take on more than she ever thought she would have to, but in the end, she finds love and happiness even if she had to make a ton of sacrifices along the way.

Q.18 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?
Sometimes, I struggle with how the male mind might work in different situations.

Q.19 Who designed your book covers?
I did a lot of them myself.

Q.20 Share the experience of your journey so far?
I have learned a lot about myself and my limits in writing and publishing independently. I have learned when I am most creative, what triggers to avoid that lead to blocks when it’s time to take a break, and how hard I can push myself. It has been difficult at times, but writing has given me the freedom I thought I would never have to spend time with my family and be present with my son.

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