Sunday, July 21, 2013

Welcome to D.A. Featherling

Is there a story behind Sauce for the Goose?

There is.  I love writing stories that are different.  I got the title from a quote from Aesop’s Fables (circa 1610 A.D.) that says “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” The unexpected twist at the end will explain it all (which I can’t do here and give it away).

What’s the last thing you wrote?

The last thing I wrote (and the first book I published) is a mystery entitled “It Adds Up to Murder”. It’s a series and Book 2 is in the works.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?

I think my most annoying character is one I’m in the process of creating in my newest mystery series – a woman whom the protagonist calls Cruella-Nan for what will be obvious reasons.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?

I think that would have to be my futuristic suspense “Time Out.” Since it involves time travel, that’s got to be the most different thing I’ve done, but I love the book – it’s probably my favorite. I hope to publish it this fall or winter. Just some final editing to do.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?

I write on the computer. Not to say that sometimes I won’t plot a few scenes/chapters by hand, because I do. When I’m doing that, whatever paper I can find is fair game!

Do you archive everything you write?

Definitely. Sometimes to the point of really getting confused in my old computer files. I mean, how many files named “Final Version of “X” Title” can you have? Thank goodness the computer keeps dates associated with those files, or no telling what version I might pull up and start working on!

What character that you’ve created most resembles you?

I’ve been told by several readers who know me personally that they see me in the heroines of my books. I personally don’t see it. I know bits of my personality and outlook probably creep in, but it isn’t deliberate. To me, the characters are a whole lot more interesting than I am.

Do you ever write based on your dreams?

Oh, I wish I could. I have some absolutely great dreams…but alas, even though I keep a notepad and pen beside the bed, when I awaken, the dreams are gone. I seem to remember bits and pieces of writing things I need to remember just before I fall asleep, so sometimes do use that paper and pen to jot bits down. I’ve figured out a great method for making notes in the dark!  But the dreams themselves elude me.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?

Guess I hung around my older sister too much after she became an English teacher, because wrong spelling and grammar things do bother me when I’m writing.
Thank goodness the computer underlines the misspelled ones with that wavy red line. I’m compulsive enough I have to correct them as I go. I have to confess, though, I don’t always catch the grammar stuff until I run SpellCheck and then I am notorious for using fragments of sentences…which I can blithely ignore thanks to the checker.

Where do you most like to write?

I pretty much write mostly in my office at my computer. To me, it’s like doing business, and that’s where I work. When I’m editing though, I like to curl up in my comfy, plushy burgundy recliner in the living room and work from there. Sometimes even during commercials. Oops.

Does music help you write?

Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view), music on in the background was not a thing I grew up with, nor played even as an adult. I don’t mind silence a bit. I’m afraid I’d find it very distracting to have music going on when I’m writing.

What or who is the biggest influence on your writing?

I hope that’s the Lord Jesus Christ. I know I don’t have the ability to do this on my own and depend upon Him to give me ideas, help me with plots or sticking points, and try to honor Him with the words. I know without Him I couldn’t do this.

Do you have a mentor?

I’ve never had a formal mentor. But there are people I’ve learned from and been inspired by. My sister is a non-fiction writer (Peggy Caravantes) and she’s been a constant source of encouragement and persistent prodding <G> through the years. Also one of the first people I ever met who was a fellow writer, Linda Farmer Harris, has been a friend for years and she helps me with a lot of the technical side of putting my books into print. They both critique and make suggestions,  so perhaps they are more mentors than I realize.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

My next book will be out this summer, probably late June or in July and will be another romantic comedy. The new one will be entitled “Kissing Frogs.”  Here’s a blurb about it:

Before you find the handsome prince, you have to kiss a lot of frogs.”

Until she decides to look for a husband, Em Snider is so-o-o-o in control of her life. But her trip on the internet matchmaking highway soon shows her that she can’t control the journey. Her first encounter is a warning. There are toads out there! A Christian internet matchmaking service provides Em a chance to discover Prince Charming, if she can survive the shocks. Em is soon ready to quit, but at the last minute, true love comes about in a way she never dreamed.

Also, I hope to have book 1 in my new mystery series ready to go by fall as well. More on that another time.

 Back Cover Blurb

This girl has got to go!

To save her son from a romantic mistake, Laurel Edmonds renews some former relationships of her own. Complications abound when new beau, Mike Hudson, is added to the mix.

Her romantic dilemmas, her plot to save her son, and worries about her mother, aka The Bus Queen, force Laurel to cope with a fake engagement gone real, a surprise wedding, and a confession she never imagined she'd have to make.

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About D.A. Featherling:

D. A. Featherling has penned seven novels in multiple genres and has written in a variety of non-fiction fields as well. An experienced public speaker, she has also worked in advertising, public relations, and marketing. Awards for journalism and public speaking began this writer’s career, with writing awards following. She co-founded and served for four years as president of the CenTex Chapter of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and coordinated the first national ACFW Conference in St. Louis in 2001. She is the current owner of a staging business headquartered in Georgetown, Texas, and former administrator for an independent physics research center at the University of Texas at Austin, and for various state agencies and corporations.

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D.A. Featherling is giving away a copy of Sauce for the Goose. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Linda Kish said...

Sauce for the Goose sounds terrific...and so does Kissing Frogs.
Too bad you aren't giving away both.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Veronica Sternberg said...

This sounds really cute! I'd love to win. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Hello. Good to meet another author that is new to me. Sounds like you are a very busy lady. I don't see how some of you keep up with everything. I live in Texas. And, I'd love to win your book. Cute Title. Thanks to you and Barn Door Book Loft for the give-away.
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KayM said...

Sauce for the Goose sounds like a pretty interesting book! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.
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Teela said...

oooh-la-la sounds like just the kind of book I would like to be reading today! Raining and just want to stay in and read. Please enter my name in your giveaway: teela young (at) hotmail (dot) com

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