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Feature Friday with Author Charlie Daye

24 Aug

Feature Friday with the author of The Gypsy’s Dance, Charlie Daye

The Gypsy’s Dance-Charlie Daye

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

Don’t laugh but I actually came with the idea for Gypsy’s Dance because of an article of clothing in my closet. It’s a belly dancing hip scarf covered in coins. I just thought  – how cool would it be to write a story about a gypsy dancer and Oralia was born.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise)?

I prefer quiet when I write and tend to write as often as I can. On my days off I usually write for about 8-10 hours.

How many times did you reread your book, before sending it for publishing?

I actually went back and read everything I wrote previously before continuing on with the story to make sure that I still liked what I wrote. It takes longer to write that way but I think it makes for a better story.

If you could sit down with someone from your book who would it be and why?

It would have to be Markus. He’s Niko’s older brother and I am completely infatuated with him.

How do you think the conversation would go?

I could only hope that it would go well. He’s the eldest of the five brothers and is definitely the strong silent type. The way I see him he would be passionate about whatever topic we chose to discuss.

Do you have a similar true life story, as with Tobias and Niko in Gypsy’s Dance fighting over Oralia? Have you caused two men to fight over you?

Ha Ha. I wouldn’t say fighting over me per se… but I have had two men vying for my affections at the same time and as a young… I mean younger woman I enjoyed the game.

What was the hardest part about writing this story?

Trying to keep Oralia faithful to Niko and it had nothing to do with the character it was just me crushing on Markus and wanted him to find his HEA (Happily Ever After). But not to worry, Markus will finally get the girl in book 3!

What motivates you to write a story?

Writing for me is what reading is for most. It’s an escape. Now don’t get me wrong I absolutely love to read. I even have my own personal library started but I like that I create the worlds that draw you in. My motivation is the stories I have to tell and the desire to share them with the world.

On research, The House (a paranormal story) all the reviews I read received great reviews, so how do you think you would deal with a bad review?

I actually have received a couple of not so pleasant reviews and honestly it’s frustrating and painful. People don’t seem to understand that a book is an author’s child so to completely berate the book is like telling a parent their kid is ugly.*Sigh* But you just have to learn to accept that everyone has an opinion and not everyone is going to like the story you  have to tell. Once you’ve accepted that – it really doesn’t matter.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, use whatever you have in your life that motivates you and never give up. Writing a book is hard work that takes long days and several months but in the end it’s worth it!

Author-Charlie Daye

What would you like everyone to know about you?

Dean Koontz is my all time favorite author, Walt Disney is my inspiration, my grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew, I have a 70lb American bulldog named TinkerBell, Melissa and Amy (the two characters from my Curse Breaker’s Trilogy) are based on my two best friends, my favorite color is blue, my favorite movie is Practical Magic, I’m half Spanish, I love the paranormal and happily ever afters… and in my books you’ll always get both! I hope you love my books and take a chance on a new indie author!

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