Friday, October 25, 2013

A Warm Welcome to D. A. (Dorothy) Featherling

Is there a story behind Kissing Frogs? 
There is. The idea for the story came from a friend who met his (now current) wife through a Christian internet matchmaking service. He was the last person I would have expected to do this…so when he did…I sat up and took notice. I also interviewed a couple of people in his office about their own internet experiences…and the idea for the book was born.  I wanted to make it fun so I recalled the old saying which precedes the first chapter…”Before you find the handsome prince, you have to kiss a lot of frogs.”

I used my own and other folks’ experiences to find and write about the ‘frogs’ in Em’s story.

Interesting! What’s the last thing you wrote? 
I’m just now finishing up Book 1 in the Staged for Murder series. The book is “Murder Outside the Box.” Since I’ve had a home staging business for going on five years, it seemed a natural thing to do!  Of course, so far, I’ve never found a body….but…..

:) What’s your favorite genre of writing?
If I’d ever been able to answer that, I wouldn’t be writing in multiple genres. So far, I have book written (and in various stages of publication) in mysteries, romantic comedies, futuristic suspense (due out 2014), and romance. If I live long enough, I have ideas for several other genres as well.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?
Probably Ev Washington in my romantic comedy “Making Over Caro,” not yet released.
Ev cannot take ‘no’ for an answer…in fact, he’s never heard of the word. It makes for some very humorous situations in the plot, but makes poor Caro almost crazy before the situation gets resolved.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?
That would have to be my futuristic suspense “Time Out.” Since it involves time travel and eventually, the end times, it’s got to be the most different thing I’ve done, but I love the book – it’s probably my favorite. I should have it ready to publish in January 2014. At least that’s the goal.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
You know, I wrote a little children’s story years and years ago…in fact had the idea for another as well. Now that I have an almost 9-year-old grandson, I keep thinking about going back and doing those. Maybe someday.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Horror or paranormal. I do not like being totally scared. I don’t do high things like ferris wheels or roller coaster…I find no enjoyment in fear. Now I love a good suspense, but I find those suspenseful, not awful. The paranormal is also an area I tend to avoid just on general principle and certain warnings in the Bible.  So you’ll never see my name on anything in either of those lines.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Let’s see. I’m putting final touches before publishing a mystery, I’m final editing another romantic comedy, I’m ready to start making corrections/changes to the futuristic suspense, I’m editing some books for another author, setting up booksignings/talks around the Central Texas area, and am ready to start writing book 2 in my “It’s Murder at the Office” series.  That’s about it!

How do you find the time to write?
You know, it’s like anything else. We generally find time to do the things we truly want to do. I chop up my day into segments…so much time to write/edit (several different projects), so much to spend on marketing, so much for social media, etc. It’s amazing, at the end of the day, to see how much you’ve accomplished. To me, it’s kind of like that old joke, “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bite at a time.”

How do people react when they find out you write?
I guess I’m always humbled and surprised at how much awe they show. To me, it’s what I do. But to others, particularly those who don’t write or have some other consuming passion in which they participate, it’s like there’s this ‘author pedestal’ and I’m on it. It’s a little amusing, but mostly, like I said, pretty humbling. I don’t want to let my readers down.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 
Next book out is “Murder Outside the Box,” Book 1 of the “Staged for Murder” series. It should be out by or before November 1st.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Ari Ames is a home stager, par excellence. She’s equally good at getting involved with murder.
When Ari discovers a dead body in the bushes at a vacant home she’s to stage, it starts her on a pathway of murder, mayhem, and not-so-sweet revenge.

Can her faith in God see her through to a perfectly staged outcome – or will her reliance on her own resources put her in more danger than she’s ever imagined?

Thanks for joining us today, Dorothy!

To buy her book, go here:
Amazon   (Kindle and Softcover)   (links to Amazon)
Soon to be available on SmashWords
May be ordered through any bookstore

About Dorothy:
D. A. Featherling has penned eight 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 other various state agencies and corporations.

To connect with Dorothy, go here:

Dorothy is giving away a copy of Kissing FrogsThe giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.  To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!

Caroline Brown


squiresj said...

First message - please enter me to win contest
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Patty said...

As a single person, I think this might be a fun book to read!


Patricia Bradley said...

Loved getting to know Dorothy better! pat at ptbradley dot com

Linda Kish said...

I so want to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Linda Finn said...

I so love the name of this book and the ideal. Can't wait to read it sometime.
Linda Finn
Faithful Acres Books

D. A. Featherling said...

Hope whoever is the winner will enjoy reading the book as much as I did writing it!


D. A. (Dorothy)

Boos Mum said...

This just sounds cute. Your time travel book sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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