HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Dana Marton

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1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Usually the one I'm currently working on. Right now, I'd love to go out to dinner with Carly and Nick from Secret Contract and hear of their latest escapades. They are both pretty tough people who carry around a lot of their past but never let it slow them down. They are a very good match, bring out the best in each other. Neither is the trusting kind so that they can live and work together is no small miracle. I like to write characters that I wouldn't mind being friends with.

2. Tell me about your travels.
I write a lot of international suspense so I tend to do a lot of international travel to scope out locations. One of my favorite trips had been to Curacao, a small island about twenty miles off the coast of Venezuela. I hope to set a series of mysteries there. The most recent trip was to Cyprus (I love islands). I have a suspense/thriller planned for that location, utilizing the early Christian catacombs. If I can't visit a location I write about, I do a lot of research and interview people who live there now or lived there in the past.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
Paint. I love working on a paint in between books to clear my mind. I find the process soothing and relaxing, a complete recharge. You can't stress while you paint. It's impossible. A good painting and a good novel have a lot in common, by the way: solid underlying structure, a contagious mood (will make you feel things), layers that work together to create multidimensional results, etc. Sadly, I'm not a very good painter (yet--let's be optimistic), which doesn't stop my husband from having my pictures framed and hanging them around the house. If that isn't love I don't know what is :-)

5. Who are you reading right now?
I'm actually reading the screenplay of The DaVinci Code at the moment. It's fun to compare it with the book, a different sort of reading experience. I tend to read more than one book at a time and always have a stack waiting. Next up is Magic Study by Maria Snyder, and I'm waiting for a few of Susan Mallery's latest to arrive in the mail. I've heard great things about The New Moon's Arms from Nalo Hopkinson so I just put that on my list. Too many books, too little time.

6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?

9. Food you could eat everyday.
Ice cream. Chocolate. Pastry. Cheesecake. The list would be too long to post here. *groans and tries to suck her stomach in*

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
I do yoga to counteract my inability to stop snacking. My exercise schedule is frequently disrupted, however. My current excuse is that there's too much dog hair on the carpet. Yes, I could vacuum. As soon as someone shows me decisive proof that Shakespeare spent a single day vacuuming, I'll drag that sucker right out of my hallway closet.

11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Both. I start with a one page outline, then regret it bitterly about halfway through the book when I realize that things aren't turning out as I hoped. So then I usually spend a day or two in utter desperation and outline the rest.

13. Celebrity crush.
Colin Firth. My ultimate fantasy is having one of my books made into a movie and him playing the lead role. And my star agent would, of course, negotiate a cameo appearance for me. Hey, with all that time I save by not doing yoga and not vacuuming, I do have a few moments here and there to fantasize. :-)

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Award-winning author Dana Marton has had a passion for reading and writing stories since she was a little girl. She has penned Rogue Soldier, Shadow Soldier, and Secret Soldier in the SDDU (Secret Designation Defense Unit) series that feature breathtaking suspense and passionate romance. Ms. Marton has a graduate degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. When not writing or reading, she loves to browse antique shops and enjoys working in her flower garden.


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