Writers on Writing: Author DNC

headshot_1DNC is an emerging writer, poet and inspiration pusher who’s debut novella, Untraditional: A Collection of Passion-Fy Short Stories, hit Amazon’s Best Seller’s list several time in its first year. With the goal of merging contemporary romance with poetic innuendos of erotica, and empowering women to pursue their personal passions in their unique way, DNC is creating a moment for something new and real in the writing arena.

At an early age in St. Louis, MO, DNC fell in love with writing. Creating her own books, with just a stapler and folded loose-leaf paper, she composed stories about best friends who travel to unknown islands and beat monsters in dark caves. As she grew, her relationship with writing translated to more mature topics like puppy love and its pain. However, their relationship would be become tested by grammar rules and her creativity began to dissipate. It was then, that she decided to take a step back and sever their connection.

She missed writing, but was unable to find a source of inspiration or motivation. It wasn’t until the devastating and sudden loss of her mother that she revisited her old love and turned to writing as her therapeutic outlet. She rekindled their affair, and would delve into darker, more sensual and alluring topics. One topic, in particular, catered to her personal imagination and intrusiveness-sexual exploration. She coined a new genre, passion-fy, that teeters the line between contemporary romance and adult erotica.

Untraditional, DNC’s debut novella, hit Amazon’s African-American Erotica Best Seller’s and was featured at the Emerging Writer’s Tent, during the 2016 Decatur Book Festival–the nation’s largest independent book festival. Her next project, a collection of poetry entitled Like. Love. Lust., will be released on November 27, 2016, and she remains excited about crossing over into new genres. She actively blogs within her blogosphere, Mid-WYFE Crisis, and shares short stories, poems and intimate details about her ongoing romance with writing through her creative writing microsite, Mid-WYFE Chronicles by DNC.

DNC currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she enjoys family life as a wife and mother of three amazing girls and two dogs. She continues to pursue her passion in writing while pushing to deliver on her most poetic dreams.20160911_073212

What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?

There is no formula but if you take risks and stay dedicated to honing your craft, you will always be proud of the final product.

How has this helped you as a writer?

There are a lot of standards set; “formulas” that some attempt to use. But what I’ve learned is each literary journey is different from those like Nikki Giovanni to J. K. Rowling. But the one consistent variable is always dedication and risk taking. So far, by being both, my debut, Untraditional: A Collection of Passion-Fy Short Stories has hit Amazon’s Best Seller’s List for African American Erotica several times and my readers are digging my words. That’s is the most important factor in the whole thing—reaching and engaging with readers.untraditional_coverart

Mac or PC?

Both. At home, PC is who captures my story while Mac follow’s me on the road.

Do you use Word or Scrivener?

I’m old school and stuck in my ways so I keep it simple with Word.

Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?

Neither. Is prefer either my old fashion spiral notebook or my cell phone.

Do you have any writing rituals?

When I’m at home I do, where I get my wine or coffee read which depends on the time of day, light my scented candle and get the mood right with the appropriate music.

Do you start by writing or researching first?

I write and research along the way. I use what I already know or believe and fact check as I fine tune the draft.lll_cover_winningcover_c_nov2016_front

Favorite spot to write in the winter?

My home writing nook, right next to my “Off The Wall” album and daily mood dice.

Favorite spot to write in the summer?

On a calm beach with a Patron Margherita.

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Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

Author Fun: 13 Questions About Author DNC!

headshot_11. Where is your favorite place to write?

Any place where I can people watch with free Wi-Fi, which is currently at a Starbucks in the heart of the city.

2. Coffee or Tea?

Coffee in the summer, and tea in the winter.

3. Favorite book of all-time?

“Love Poems” by Nikki Giovanni

4. NaNoWriMo yes or no?

Yes. This year is my first year.20160911_073212

5. Genre that you would write if you had no restrictions?

Thriller – I love reading it but have yet to finish my first novel/novella.

6. If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Mind reading so I can help people get to the point quicker especially when I’m trying to get away and go write something.

7. Favorite author?

Nikki Giovanni. Her words have always spoke to me in a special way. Plus, she loves the essence of Tupac, just like me.lll_cover_winningcover_c_nov2016_front

8. What kind of music do you listen to when you write?

Depends on what part of the story I’m on but normally for my passion-fy stories, I choose old school R&B and Soul – something like the Isley Brothers.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world where will it be?

Great question. Anywhere with a winery on the property.

10. What do you do when you get writer’s block?

I try several things; yoga, read or watch a movie. Hell, I’ll even take a nap. Those always work.

11. Are you a plotter or a pantser?untraditional_coverart

Pantser for the most part. I’d rather have things flow organically than outline. When I’ve tried to outline, I rarely stick to it.

12. Do you have a playlist for your characters?

Not for my characters, but for my stories, since I’m a short story writer. Each story has its own rhythm and mood.

13. Do you write every day?

Absolutely! I’ve learned that repetition creates a habit and a habit feeds a passion. Writing keeps me breathing and seeing, so I literally have to do it every day.

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Author Spotlight: Author DNC

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Untraditional was derived from those moments in time where “what ifs” or “should Is” live. To live untraditionally is to allow your desires to live outside the constraints of a conventional world.

What would you do if your college or work crush approached you with a scintillating proposal? Or maybe the nice guy down the hall from your apartment finally notices you? What if you’re thrown into an unspeakably arousing scenario with a duo? What would you do? Would you be able to let all your inhibitions out and go with what your body felt? Could you handle it?

Open up your mind, body and spirit, allowing “the norm” to take a backseat and become Untraditional. Maybe you will be inspired to like instinctively; love differently; lust indefinitely.

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