And it’s that time of the month again, and my basement has become pretty empty. I only have two authors left for you. After a fierce and hard selection (eeny meeny miny moe…) I picked Demi Hungerford for this week…
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Success. And yes, that’s a very relative term. Of course, I’d love to be self-sufficient and able to support my husband in the manner to which he’d like to become accustomed. But as long as I have a knot of fans who read my writing and beg for more, that is success to me.
How much research do you do?
Lots! Seriously, I need to know how many miles a horse can pull a carriage in one day, funeral customs of the early 1800s, what went on in Belgium in 1806, which uniforms were worn, which medicines were used and which herbs. My princess Maryse makes cheese and collects herbs for cooking and for healing. Pinterest is my best friend for what a country kitchen looked like, what was going on in monasteries in Belgium, and so much more.
Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I use Grammarly for a lot of my editing, but I always have my husband check my work. For the Anthology, we pay an excellent editor to give us a going over.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
The cover is the eye-catching spark which draws the reader in. If your blurb is as good as the cover, you have probably hooked a reader. That’s where the “First, write a good book” part comes in.
Tell us about your writing process and the way you brainstorm story ideas.
Ideas come to me almost in a steady stream. I need to constantly be writing things down for later. I walk my dog several times a day and if I don’t have a walking partner, I use that time to brainstorm. My husband plays an important role in this process, too. I often run story ideas by him and if he says, “That won’t fly”, I take it to writer friends and Romance writers in particular to check. He’s usually correct.
Because of my love of my birds, I have to be strict on dividing up my day. I have two hours set aside every weekday for writing. I’ll stretch it to three hours when I can. One day a week, I take my laptop to a local indy coffee shop and write with no internet distractions. I love it. I had to stop taking my dog with me, sadly, because so many people stopped and wanted to pet her and talk to me about her. I can’t resist, so she stays home.
Born and raised in Southern California, DL Hungerford began writing right about the time you would expect. She has worked as a child care provider, a cook, a caterer, a clerk, customer service operator, blackjack dealer, house cleaner, bird breeder, a case worker for local government, and a supervisor of caseworkers. She honed her writing skills through fanzines, epic letters, and minutes for various clubs. She also wrote newsletter submissions for clubs, as well as movie and book reviews.
DL loves the world of fiction, especially Regency England, but hopes to explore other horizons as time permits. She still lives in Southern California with her husband, a spoiled cat, a spoiled dog, and a flock of parrots and other birds.
She also writes under the pen name of Roxanna Haley. You can contact her through any of the various links below: