MC D' Alton writes spicy contemporary romance and spicy fantasy romance. Her latest project's are a collaborative Steampunk Romance, as well as a fantasy four book collection, and a stand alone novel. MC D' Alton's South African heritage brings a gritty edge to her writing that packs a powerful emotional punch. MC writes tough, strong heroines and heroes evolved enough to handle them.
Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
Everywhere. I once wrote a story of Cupid after listening to Ed Sheeren's Give me Love. Last night I was watching Blue Planet and they had the most adorable Sea Dragon and Wham, short story. Most of my stories though are based on past experiences as a nurse in South Africa. My latest book, one written in collaboration with another awesome author Melanie page -- Iron Heart -- was inspired from watching Penny Dreadful. I wanted to write a monster love story and Wham!
How do you find the time to write?
I simply have to make it. I get up at five (which is so hard because I've never been a morning person), and write before the family wakes, I write at night when everyone is asleep and then on my days off from work I make time to sit down and scribble. If I don't write I get very depressed and irritable.
How do you promote yourself as an author?
On every social media platform available. Networking with other promoters, writers and magazines. It's hard at first but if you keep going you will eventually get the break you desire. Facebook is okay, so too is twitter, but I've found asking my fellow writers for interviews works best! Get an awesome Virtual Assistant, make sure you understand the marketing world and be prepared to have your soul sucked out as you market because it's intense! Make loads of writing friends because one of the best ways are interviews on one another's newsletter. You don't have to spend a fortune!
Any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?
Take all the well worded well meaning critiques and use them to improve your craft. Throw away the ugly stuff, never take it personally no matter how much it hurts. Never give up. Never think you know it all and always proof read your work out aloud to yourself -- that is an invaluable practice when editing.
There are three, but the one due out in June is actually a collaborative Steampunk Romantic novel. Meaning, both Melanie an myself wrote it! Iron Heart has everything in it from romance, to girl power, to awesome inventions to breathtaking romance in it. The there is The Wishing Cup which is a collection of four books written by four different authors and finally Epona, my very own Romance which starts in South Africa and ends in the highlands of Scotland.
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