Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Author Interview: DEE DAWNING

Author Interview by A.J. Llewellyn

1. Hi Dee, and welcome to the Divas’ dark den. How nice to have another man around the place! Firstly, I hope I am not telling tales out of school but you recently told me you are reworking your Eppie finalist novel Fortune Cookies. Care to share the reason why?
Hi, A.J. Nice shirt. Thanks for having me.
It looks like you want me to spill the cookies. Fortune Cookies, that is. LOL Actually, I’m just going through it and making sure the tees’ are crossed and the i’s are dotted. There were a few editing things that bothered me and while I’m at it, I’m tweaking it a little. Remember it was good enough to be a finalist, but it didn’t win and that can be disappointing, as you know.

2. Tell me about the Gizmo series…it looks like it’s very naughty, Dee…am I wrong or just a little bit psychic?
Oh, yeah. It’s naughty, but not as naughty as Bananaz. But you know A.J. When I get in those really naughty writing moods, I temper it with humor. Some say sexy and humor don’t mix, but I’ve never heard any complaints.
BTW, If you like, I’d be happy to give you the first two installments of Gizmo. I wouldn’t mind the A.J. seal of approval. Assuming you think it’s worthy.
3. I have read many of your blogs and they are to say the least provocative. Do you like to stir the pools of controversy my friend?

(Chuckle) I do get a lot of comments don’t I? We are in a provocative industry, so I write about some of the things we write about. Some of it is research. I was having a problem believing women enjoy anal penetration, so I blogged about it and found out many of them do.
I think the last blog I wrote was about fisting on the eXcessica blog. Again the comments were revealing. Anyway. What’s so controversial about male whore houses and sexual tourists? I’m not making things up. Everything’s been tried and probably for thousands of years. Just not by us.
My next blog, you may be interested to know will be about the new fad, for lack of a better word, of discouraged middle aged heretofore hetero women entering into lesbian relationships.
4. You say your age is fifty-fifteen. This sounds like a tennis match. Who is winning? You or gravity?

Damn, A.J. Did you have to bring up my age? Is nothing sacred. Just kidding Pal. As for who’s winning, I think I am. Despite my slightly advanced age. I appear to be much younger.
5. Please describe your life in Cave Creek for me…you seem to love the desert – years in Vegas, Baby and now Arizona. To quote you, you haven’t melted yet. But what is it about the desert you find appealing?

Hell, I’ve lived in the desert for almost fifty years. Arizona’s a gas though. It’s such an interesting state and really I’ve just begun to explore the innate beauty here. Even the desert here and around Cave Creek is beautiful compared to the desolate desert around Vegas. And for inspiring beauty, I’ll put the Grand Canyon and Sedona against anything.
Then again. I’ve never been to Hawaii. Have you?

6. Um -yes, often! Can you tell me about your writing routine? Do you write every day?
Oh yeah. I joke about being a two fingered pecker. I don’t type. I’m a slow reader, but I get ideas, so I write despite the handicaps I face. I’ve always been an idea man and it shows in my writing.
On the average day I rise between 2 and 3 a.m. This morning it was 2:17. I make coffee, check emails etc. and then start writing. I write until eight when I go to work. If work is slow as it tends to be these days, I write some through the day. Weekends I write even more, unless we have something planned.
Sleep? Yeah, I get some. I go to bed at eightish. I usually subsist on six hours sleep.
7. I know you juggle writing with being a home designer/builder. Have you felt the pinch with the economic downturn or are people still building?
Oh, it’s flat killed my industry. There’s talk about setting up good banks and bad banks. I think they should make it good banks and ‘dumber than dirt’ banks. But you don’t even want to get me started on this. I’m carrying around a lot of anger. Writing is actually my therapy for this.
8. What’s the craziest request you ever had from a client?
Client? Seems like it’s been forever since I’ve had a client. Ya hear that readers? Help the economy by buying my books.
9. You’ve said in more than one interview that you are a man who likes women…as a male romance author would you ever write M/M or ménages where the guys go at each other as well as the lucky lady?

Hmmm. Would you really want me competing against you? Nah! I wouldn’t be much competition. I could give it a go, but I seriously doubt I could do a credible job. How about you? Do you think you could write m/f, f/f or f/m/f effectively. I try to write what I know or at least can imagine, which is what women writers of m/m etc. do.
BTW, during an interesting scene in Gizmo, using the gizmo our heroine experiences the same feelings and sensations the man in a porno movie experiences.
10. Okay, an off the wall question: what is your greatest extravagance?
I suppose, the fact that I have two classic RX7’s qualifies. Also, for many years, I’ve lived in upscale homes I’ve built is an extravagance, though I always thought of it as showing my abilities.
11. Oh, just for the heck of it, I’m curious to know, which living person do you most admire?
That would be President Barack Hussein Obama. I could go on and on about him but suffice it to say, I expect to see his likeness on Mt Rushmore some day.
I wonder if he’s read any of my books? I’ll bet Michelle would like to.
12. And which living person do you most despise?

Since our previous president was just a pawn, I’d have to I despise his default boss, Vice President Darth Cheney is someone I wouldn’t mind seeing shot with a shotgun.
On behalf of Dark Diva Reviews, I'd like to than Dee Dawning for stopping by today. To learn more about this talented author’s work, please check out his kinks...er, I mean links:


Jade Twilight said...

Great interview guys!

Tess MacKall said...

Damn, Dee. Bet the Secret Service is arriving at your door step while I'm writing this comment.

I do agree with your Cheney assessment however, well, not the shot gun part (grin...don't need the SS after me too ya know).

And love your books sweetie. Keep writing. Your female pov is fabulous. Not too many men can pull it off, but you do it hot stuff.

Uncle Sam said...

Hey AJ, Thanks for the great interview. I had fun.

Your friend, Dee

Uncle Sam said...

Hi Tess, Not to kill him, Just a few buck shot while quail hunting. LOL

Thanks for the compliment on the woman's pov. I try hard. I use a little common sense, a little empathy and a lot of walking in 4 inch heels. LOL I'm glad I'm succeeding.

Uncle Sam said...

Hi Jade, Thanks for letting AJ interview me. At least he didn't give me some loaded questions like I did you? LOL

I don't believe it. My word verification is...fucta!

Only Dee Dawning.

AJ Llewellyn said...

Jade: Thanks!
Tess: I know, the Cheney comment made me think that too!
Dee: Fucta! It could only happen to you!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this was a really great interview! Fun to read for sure.