Well, today we're happy to know that we don't have to imagine a literary world without Dina Silver in it. Before Dina was writing novels, she worked 15 years as a copywriter for an advertising agency. Thankfully, she eventually made the transition into writing novels with her first novel, One Pink Line (reviewed here), self-published in October 2011 and then published by Lake Union in May 2013. This month her fourth novel, The Unimaginable (reviewed by Book Mama Blog), is available. And thanks to BookSparks, we have TWO copies for readers in the US and/or Canada to win!
Dina is a graduate of Purdue University and currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and son. You can find her at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Please give a warm CLC welcome to Dina Silver!
What do you feel sets your writing apart from other authors?
That’s a tough question. I really don’t compare myself to other writers, so I guess I can only comment on what my particular writing voice sounds like. I tend to inject wit and humor where I can. I also write a ton of dialogue, and think my books are heavy in that area because I prefer writing conversations over long, descriptive narratives.
What part of the writing process was the easiest and/or most difficult for you to master?
The editing process was probably the easiest for me. I know some writers struggle with that, but I love getting edits back and track changes from my editor. It’s a gift to have someone else's insight. The most difficult part of writing is simply disciplining myself to sit down and make time to write. I’m horrible at that.
Where do you get the inspiration for your characters?
Always from people I know. Friends and family mostly, but all four of my books are based in truth, and stem from someone’s life.
Just like you, I’m a Candy Crush junkie. What do you love most about the game? What level are you on?
Ha! I love this question. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I’m on level 604. It’s hardly a badge of honor, right? I’m not a huge gamer, but I highly appreciate a mindless escape!
My three favorite things about Chicago are:
The food, the months that it’s warm, and the people.
Which Downton Abbey character do you relate to the most?
Lady Mary for sure. I’ve always been a bit guarded with my emotions like she is, and I’d like to think I’m cool under pressure like her as well.
After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant’s boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors—and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable. (Courtesy of Amazon.)
Thanks to Dina for visiting with us and to BookSparks for sharing The Unimaginable with our readers.
~Introduction and interview by Tracey Meyers
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