The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
DS: I am honored to be asked.
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
DS: I live in Maryland and come from a rather large family. My husband and I have 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys. Between my husband and myself we have more than 15 siblings and over 30 nieces and nephews. I am an Army vet and former Private Investigator.
What's your favorite genre to read?
DS: I love reading romance, both contemporary and paranormal, but I sometimes read other romance genre as well. I also like to read horror.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
DS: I go for a drive or go to the mall. I like to sit in the food court and watch people. I also listen to music and meditate with a cup of hot tea.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
DS: My next book is a sequel of my first book My Everything. Some of the original characters will return and there be some new characters as well as some exciting twist. I can't really say what the story is about, but people who've read My Everything will be surprised and pleased.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
Ds: In five years my youngest son will be going to college and my husband and I will be able to take a trip without the children (yeah baby!) We are planning a trip to Europe. I will have at least six books under my belt and be working on number seven.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Ds: I would like to write a paranormal romance.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
Ds: I've always wanted to write a horror novel. My dream would be to write one that is very terrifying.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
Ds: So far I've only had to research locations for my stories. In my next book the research will more extensive. I cannot really say that I enjoy or dislike the research part of writing; I just see it as something that needs to be done.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
Ds: When I finished the first draft of My Everything I let my daughters and sisters read it. I told them to be brutally honest with me and I braced myself for the impact. (you have to know my family). To my surprise and delight they all loved it That was my first step to becoming a serious romance writer.
What would you like to tell your readers?
Ds: I'd like my readers to know how much I appreciate them. if it were not for them I would not be working on my third book and planning my fourth. Knowing that people enjoy my work is very important to me.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Ds: I have dyslexia, sometimes it's pretty noticeable. I once had someone tell me that I wouldn't be a good writer because of my dyslexia so maybe I should try doing something else.
The best advice I've ever received was that when you get a bad review don't let it bother you, just read it, tear it up and keep moving on.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Ds: With the first two books I just started writing, I just went with it. With the third one, I've created an outline, but I don't know if I like working this way. For me my characters come to life more when I let them guide me.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
Ds: My Everything was my first published work, it was published in November 2005
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Ds: You can visit www.deniseskelton.com to read excerpts of both My Angel and My Everything.
Thank you for this opportunity!