My Author of the Month for January needs no introduction. He is refreshing and his writing commands your attention. He’s won several awards from my Blog and continues to wow us with each New Release.
I hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as I did. To start this New Year off, I’m pleased to give you this inside look at Author Cole Denton!
What or who inspired you to write and how did you choose the Romance Genre?
I’ve always loved writing and am inspired by stories with the underdog. I wanted to be a screenwriter , but life got in the way. Writing novels was the next best thing.
When people ask me what I write, I typically say “dark fiction” rather than commit to “romance.” There’s always someone who says “that’s not romance because it doesn’t contain such and such.” “Dark fiction” lets me be creative without having to adhere to a set of expectations.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I like plotting/planning my next book and watching football or baseball. And if I’m really lucky, I get to Southern California to hit some waves.
Are your books based on personal experience?
The Trial By Fire Series is, while my Sanguine Series is fantasy/fiction.
How do you imagine a perfect date night would go?
Ok, I’m a really simple guy. A perfect date for me is either going to a live sporting event, or to a restaurant/bar with the game on in the background.
Do you have your characters in mind before the plot or vice versa?
Yes! Right now I have a character all set and ready to go and will build the plot around her.
Wine, beer, or liquor?
I’m not a big drinker, but I do enjoy the occasional beer or two.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Ten years from now is a crazy amount of time. I will still be writing, and hopefully in a new house.
Where is your dream vacation destination?
I would love to go to the Cayman Islands, but right now I’m intrigued by the glaciers in Alaska. I’d love to see the glaciers up there.
What Authors inspire you?
I’m inspired by Stephen King. He’s shown me that even the stuff that can be considered outside the box, has readers. He shows that content doesn’t have to fit inside a tidy box of “horror” or “romance,” for example.
How do you handle negative reviews and do they affect how you write?
I try to take them in stride. I know that what I write isn’t going to be everyone’s thing. If there are comments about writing and what I could do to make things stronger, I tend to listen to those objectively vs. ones that just say “I hated the plot.”
A movie is made about your life. What is the title?
Do you have a ritual or a set “thing” that you do to prepare to write?
Though I don’t follow an outline, I like to have a loose outline of the book that at least has a shape to it, if that makes sense. I also like to have my characters solid in my head (what they look like, what they do, etc).
For each book series, I keep a notebook. That notebook is full of the character make-up sheets with all of their details, the loose outline, a calendar that has my daily word count target goals, end target date, the target date for editing rounds.
The notebook also contains certain scene details, teaser ideas, blurb ideas. In short, the one thing I need to prepare to write is the notebook, loose outline, and solid characters.
What can we look forward to in the next year?
Right now, I have 2020 mapped out. I would like to get 6 books out, which includes a new series starting in the spring. We’ll kick things off with Hybrid this January.
Finally, what message do you have for your readers and those who support your work?
The main thing I want to share with readers and bloggers is my gratitude. I am very grateful and thankful for each of them. I also want them to know that I try really hard to comment and or love/like the posts that they make or share for me.
I also want them to know that one of my favorite things to do is interact with them. Whether it’s in my Den, takeovers, or during blog spots, wherever it’s at, I pride myself on giving the readers a high energy takeover that is different from a lot of author takeovers.
I don’t ghost post. I’m there because I love it, and I owe it to a reader who makes arrangements to give me 30 minutes of their time. I want it to be possibly the best 30 minutes of their day. I work my ass off to do so, and I want them to feel valued and appreciated
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