My name is Dorothy Dreyer.
I'm a Philippine-born American living in Germany with my husband and two teens.
I write young adult books that usually have some element of magic or the supernatural in them. I also like to read those kinds of books. Aside from reading, I like movies, chocolate, take-out, traveling, and having fun with my friends and family.
I tend to sing sometimes, too, so keep me away from your Karaoke bars.
And here's a little something about her and her soon-to-come novel, MY SISTER'S REAPER.
Hi Dorothy! Please share how you got started with writing.
I've always written, but I really got serious about it about five years ago. I think the success of the Harry Potter books clued me in that chasing my writing dream could pay off if I was lucky.
What is the title of your soon-to-come novel? Please share a blurb about it.
My debut novel, MY SISTER'S REAPER, releases May 2013.
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Here's the blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.
When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human. To top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara's soul. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper or let Mara die … this time for good.
I would pick Lilura. She is Zadie's mentor, and she's a cranky, crazy old lady. I think I'd get a kick out of being around her.
Would you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser?
Mostly a plotter, but I do pants my way though chapters sometimes.
Were there any “darling” characters/scenes that didn’t make the final cut? If so, what?
No characters were cut, thank goodness. There weren't really scenes that were cut, just moved around. Pretty much everything that I wanted to be in the book is in the book.
Hard and fast with "the rules of writing” or more like “guidelines”?
Guidelines, until my editor gets a hold of the manuscript, lol.
What advice would you tell an aspiring author?
Never give up, write every day if you can, and read, read, read!
Hot button round:
Favorite snack? Chocolate
Least favorite food? Brussel sprouts
Favorite color? Plum
E-book or paperback/hardcover? Paperback (though hardbacks do look nice on a shelf)Shop-a-holic or work-a-holic? Shop-a-holic!