S.L. Dwyer Interview

dirtSeventh place winner of the competitive UP Authors Fiction Challenge is S.L. Dwyer with the book, Dirt. “S.L. Dwyer reminded us of Harper Lee, with amazing character dialogue that captured our attention!” ~ UP Authors

UP: Name three people you told after discovering you finished in the top seven.

SL:I only told one person and then posted the UP Author image on my website and mentioned it on a discussion forum. Now that it is official, I will be telling everyone.

UP: Where did the idea of Dirt come from?

SL: Long talks with my father when he was ill. He would tell me about growing up during the Great Depression. A great deal of those stories ended up in the book – but with different characters and in a different part of the country.

UP: Why do you call yourself a “hopeless dreamer?”

SL: Because I could never accomplish in two lifetimes all the things I dream about. I could never hope to write all the books bumping around in my head. But most of all, because I want all the good things I think about come to life.

UP: Name just some of the careers you attempted before becoming an author.

SL: I was an ER nurse, went back to school and earned an engineering degree, worked in energy analysis for awhile, moved on to the finance industry and finally, worked as a marketing manager in the tech industry before writing my first book.

UP: When traveling at a young age, how did books keep you going?

SL: When time would become boring, I would pick up a book and travel to another place and time, one that I chose.

UP: What is the benefit of writing in several genres?

SL: It gives me the opportunity to write the stories I care about. To me, there are no boundaries when I discover a story I want to put down on paper. I don’t want to limit myself when it comes to writing. Although I am enjoying writing YA. Kids are so unpredictable and have their own way of living life to the fullest.

UP: How do you let the characters tell the story?

SL: Characters are the story. Their every move, every piece of dialog, every scene they are involved in tells the story. I never write an outline that becomes restrictive when a character needs to move in a different direction. My characters seem to surprise me when a new emotion or dialog pops up and finds its way into the story.

UP: Were you the only teenager that liked to read Shakespeare?

SL: It certainly seemed that way at the time. It just wasn’t cool to be reading Shakespeare when everyone else was into movie magazines and romance books.

UP: What advice do you have for new authors?

SL: Write for yourself. Forget whatever is currently popular. The stories in your head are what are important – so put it down on paper. Most of all – learn your craft and love your craft.

UP: Where do you see yourself in five years?

SL: Hopefully on a bestseller list somewhere.

UP: What is your favorite scene in Dirt?

SL: When Sammy finds Miz Danner on the ground unconscious. During that scene they both realize that they care for each other but are not willing to let the other know – at least not an out loud acknowledgement.

UP: Is there anything else you would like to add?

SL: I would like to thank all of you at UP Authors for the opportunity to present Dirt. You guys rock!

Website      http://www.sldwyer.com/

ebook         http://www.amazon.com/DIRT-ebook/dp/B008NXEIKO/

Paperback  http://www.amazon.com/Dirt-Ms-S-L-Dwyer/dp/1463638868/

Book trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EYz0sJxyKw

Ron Knight

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