Today I feature Genevieve Dewey. We’ve seen her books on Monday and now it’s time to get to know the author a little better.
Genevieve Dewey is the author of The Downey Trilogy (First, I Love You & Second of All) and the short stories Bird Day Battalion & V-Day Aversion. She is a wife, mother, sister, friend and Anthropologist. She was raised mostly in Nebraska, partly in Arizona. She has a Master’s in Anthropology and worked as an Applied Anthropologist for years (even ran her own research company for a while) before deciding to be a stay at home mom. She loves passionate (rational) debates, reading, and libraries… oh, and Chicago and high-heels and chocolate and target practice and gangster flicks and anything with the FBI in it and run-on sentences. She lives in Nebraska with her three brilliantly diabolical children and one incredibly funny husband.
Hi Genevieve, thanks for giving me the opportunity to grill you. 🙂 Chocolate, eh? Target practice and a Giordano’s menu. Wheeeeeheeeee! I like you already. Sit down, make yourself at home and get ready to answer some questions. 🙂
Can you tell me how you celebrate finally getting that tricky chapter (or para) right?
I don’t really celebrate it, but I do have the tendency to yammer on about it to my long-suffering husband, who dutifully pretends to listen. If I still have extra energy I test my husband’s listening skills by asking if he wants to help me work out my excess enthusiasm.
Okay, sounds like you know how to party. But how do you work around those moments when the muse has gone and done a runner on you?
I take a walk. If I am absolutely not feeling my characters, or my mind has wondered off into another story, I jot down notes on where I want to be/need to write. Then I edit or proofread. Sometimes in the course of that I will rewrite a scene and recapture the mood.
Right, you might just have a winning formula there. Now, let’s first do a few of the yada yada questions before we move on to the fun. And by yada yada I do not mean boring, or in any other way stupid questions, but just the traditional ones. You know? The ones we secretly all want to know the answer to.
First, what is the title of the book you would like to talk about?
I’d say First, I Love You, the first book in The Downey Series.
Ah, didn’t we see that lovely cover monday too? 🙂
Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?
Not at all. The title comes from the letters Mickey Downey, a gangster, writes to his son who was taken from him through the Witness Protection Program. The story starts when that same son, now a Police Detective, takes a case in Mickey’s territory.
If you would have to change the genre in order to be able to publish it, what would it be then? i.e. would you conform to the market?
That’s a great question, Lucy! One of the reasons I went Indie was the difficulty I had with trying to make the book fit in a box. It uses techniques and themes from various different genres, yet doesn’t quite conform to the rules of any one genre. Another thing is, it is told from more than one point of view, yet in third person. But a third person that still captures each characters’ “voice” in the prose. It is mixed genre, but I realize that people need some sort of markers to help them decide whether it would be their cup of tea, so I call it Contemporary Fiction and market Family Drama with a Romance subplot.
Sounds like a unique genre and something that would attract my attention.
Right with that out of the way and to confuse you we’ll take the alternative route now.
What don’t you like about writing.
Hmmmn, sometimes it is difficult to completely accurately capture what is in your head, the vision, the smells, the sensations, the cascade of emotions. Sometimes I think, if this were a screenplay it might be easier because I could say, this is the facial expression the actor is supposed to have here, and this is his body language. Sometimes that stuff gets lost in translation.
What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books?
I tend to use Twitter a lot, and Facebook and Blogging. Some people say Twitter doesn’t sell books but I have had many sales from that avenue. The thing is, you can’t just spam, you need to engage. Sure there are days where I am busy with my family and writing and it’s all autotweets for my poor followers, but I try and make sure I respond to everyone and be the sort of author who is accessible to her fans. In the end, truly, there is no topping word-of-mouth. That can be extremely difficult to capture because there are a lot of books out there and many of them have the strength of PR firms behind them. I’m just me, a one-woman band with some very loyal friends.
Those loyal friends are the best to have, and most indies rely on them heavily. We must because you can’t possibly do it all alone, right?
Tell me, when you’re on a roll, the muse is in the house and happily guiding your pen, what would seriously drive her/him away?
What does your muse look like and does he/she ever play tricks on you?
I don’t really have a visual in my mind. But he or she does seem to like to give me ideas at the most inopportune times, like sitting in a Dentist office with no paper or pen at hand.
Do you ever speak to your characters and do you get along all the time?
I don’t speak to them, but they definitely speak to me. I can tell when I have a scene that just has to get out because it will not leave me alone until I do, making it hard to be “present” in my real life.
Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?
Whiskey. Mickey Downey and I share an appreciation for Straight Bourbon in a no-frills jam jar.
In a jam jar? Hahahha, sounds delish!
Would you be able to come up with a credible excuse why you haven’t written a whole day? Remember, I have to believe it!
Oh, hell, Lucy, my dear, entire weeks might go by when kid and family and community events get in the way. Combine that with the hours taken from marketing and there are times it’s 10:30 at night before I have moment’s peace. Either you make it happen then or you don’t.
And finally why would you ever want to live life behind a keyboard slaving over a manuscript?
Live behind a keyboard? It feels like I do already! Ha! I love writing, it never feels like slaving. The marketing and sometimes editing does, but never the writing. I would dearly love to do it forever.
Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. But please no cats, dogs, or children. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. hehehe, love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂
Ummmmmm. Wow, the pressure. I pretty much live out loud so there’s not much I haven’t already babbled about on the internet. Ha! I’ve done a lot of different things that are seemingly unconnected but the longer I live the more I think nothing is truly random. I love watching people, always have. But if it’s a random Gen ramble you’d like, well then, one of the things I love most is that moment when a new acquaintance realizes they were completely wrong about the pigeon hole they placed me in. I am many different things. I have friends from all walks of life and those that use the trite phrase Birds of a Feather Flock Together would be totally wrong with me. That’s alright though, it really does bring me great amusement as both an Anthropologist and an Aquarian to watch others struggle to make me fit a mold they have in their heads.
My novels and short stories are not erotica, in fact the novels are not even full-fledged romance and have blink and you miss it sex, but I have written some erotica flash fictions, some kinky some supposedly “vanilla”. Does that make me an Erotica Author? I think it makes me an Author. Period. Some of my other Flash Fictions involve little kids, or gangsters, containing no romance whatsoever. Those who’ve read one are probably shocked when they read the other. And not even with readers, but other authors in our writing groups say because I tweet Erotica authors on Twitter a lot that they thought I must write only Erotica, which is absurd, why didn’t they assume I write Thrillers, Young Adult, Fantasy, or Christian Lit since I tweet those as well? Just like I tweet for a lot of author friends who write and practice Spanking whether BDSM or DD, but anyone that knows me knows NO ONE Spanks the Cupcake (that’s me)! Unless, of course, they want to sleep with one eye open for the rest of their very short life. Now, a wee bit of bondage … Ehem.
So, yeah, it is mostly amusing, but it can be frustrating, this human tendency to place people in boxes and scratch their heads over those of us that are many different things at once.
Gen! It seems we have a lot in common and I’m glad you’ve given me the opportunity to discover this and know there’s a reason I like you and your books. (Yes at least one of them is on my to read list, but I’m not going to tell you which one. You’ll just have to wait for the review. Eeeps, long to read list. 🙂 )
Anyway, I’d like to thank you again for being here and answering all my questions. Now, I just need to tell the readers where they can find you online and stalk you. Erm, I mean follow, yes follow. 🙂
Genevieve has her own site: www.GenevieveDewey.com
She’s on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Genevieve-Dewey/e/B00936QL2S/
And she has her own YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVGFZgq-n31w3kifLs31DYQ