Dina: I taught high school gang bangers in an alternative school for five years and then junior high at-risk students for three years. I have taught every subject. I’m technically a special education teacher, but usually taught English literature and composition. I am currently laid off due to mass cut backs in Illinois. When my children were very little I also subbed. I love teaching and hope the profession opens up again.
T$: When did you know that you wanted to write professionally?
Dina: It was always in the back of my mind.
I always dreamed of being an author, but never had the time.
T$: What was the motivation to get you started to do that first novel?
Dina: After my lay off, I had the time and thought of trying it, turning some lemons into lemonade.
T$: Who or what was your inspiration to write?
Dina: I love a good story, no matter where it comes from, such as TV, history, a novel, movie, and even gossip. I always loved books that take fact and make a novel out of it-Dan Brown is the king of this style. I admire his style and research, and try to incorporate many facts into my work.
T$: Do you have any advice for someone who wants to get out there professionally but just can’t figure how and when to take that plunge?
Dina: I’m still very new, not really in a position to give anyone advice. But can tell you how hard it is to get published. Lots of rewrites, queries, emails, etc. Getting published took more time and effort than writing the books! Glad I kept up with it. I have two different publishers with two different approaches. I’m learning another part of the industry.
T$: Thank you Dina. We just sat down with Dina Rae the dailybrewconnection.com ‘s first guest and author of Halo of the Damned and The Last Degree. Both books are available at Amazon.com Please be sure to check it out for your Kindle. If you would like to know more about Dina feel free to email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see her official website and her blogs. Her blogs are updated every week.
Dina: Thank you so much for having me! I’m both flattered and honored to be your guest!
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