Dorine White is our guest in today’s edition of Fiction Fest. White’s debut novel, “The Emerald Ring,” was released on May 14, 2013, and is available in book stores and on BooksAndThings.com, Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.
Let’s get started, shall we?
How did “The Emerald Ring” come to life?
“The Emerald Ring” came to life first in my imagination. I was day dreaming and the story just popped into my head. I wrote down my thoughts so that I wouldn’t forget, and then began fleshing out some details. I always knew I wanted magic gemstones involved, and who better to wear them than Cleopatra, the last pharaoh?
Who would play the main characters in “The Emerald Ring” movie?
I actually don’t know who should play the key roles in a movie. I’d have to start watching the Disney Channel to see who the up and coming young actors are.
What is the most challenging thing about writing?
The most challenging thing about writing is the edits. I have a lot of fun getting the story out, but then come the grammar, spelling and content edits. I’ll have what I think is a finished manuscript, only for someone to send it back to me full of edits, but those edits make the story polished, so all is good.
What’s the most joy writing has brought to you?
Now that my book has come out, my favorite part is when a child comes up to me and tells me they finished my book and loved it. They usually want to know when the next one is coming, and I always feel sad when I tell them they will have to wait a year.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors growing up were Anne McCaffery, Margret Weis and Tracy Hickman, and Mercedes Lackey. Now a days I am loving Rick Riordan. As you can see, I’m a fantasy book lover.
If you could take two CDs with you to a deserted island that had electricity, which would you choose?
One would have to be the Mormon Tabernacle Choir signing all the hymns in the hymn book. The other would be a mix tape of all my favorite rock and roll songs. That way I’d have music for whichever kind of mood I was in.
Was “The Emerald Ring” the title you gave the story when you submitted the manuscript? If not, tell us about the process your book’s title went through.
“The Emerald Ring” is the original title of the book. Each book in the series involves a gemstone. Book 2 will be “The Ruby Pendant” and the tentative title of Book 3 is “The Diamond Looking Glass.”
What’s your current work in progress?
Right now I am working on Book 3 in The Cleopatra’s Legacy series, “The Diamond Looking Glass.” Huge scoop: It takes place in Paris, France. I am about three-quarters of the way done with the first draft.
What about your writing process would surprise us?
Well, I’m not the type of person to sit down and write every day. With six kids, my life is just too hectic. What I normally do is pound out a manuscript in a month or so, and then I spend the next year on edits and rewrites.
What advice would you offer to aspiring novelists?
Have patience. It takes forever to get the manuscript perfect for submission, and then it takes another stretch to hear back from editors. If you are lucky enough to find a publisher, the book could take up to three years to come out! It is a long process, so work on your next novel in the mean time.