- a fantastic Indie author of fantasy, romance, and paranormal stories
Readers, let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
Madilynn Dale is an author based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. She writes fantasy, romance, and paranormal pieces primarily. She spends most of her day with her son, tending to her pets, and writing.
Madilynn holds degrees in several areas. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Southern Nazarene University, located in Oklahoma. She also has an Associates of Science degree in Physical Therapy Assistant Sciences from Oklahoma City Community College. She is licensed as a Physical Therapy Assistant in Oklahoma and works as a PRN therapist.
Madilynn’s hobbies, when not writing, include reading, baking, crafting, hiking, and horseback riding. She loves to travel and explore. One day she hopes to expand her travels and see the world, but in the meantime, you will find her working on her next novel. She will most likely have coffee and some form of chocolate with her as she writes.
Madilynn, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
A dragon or a unicorn. That would be amazing and they would be the best pets ever. They could also be used as weapons if needed to protect me.
Classic choices! Although, I hope you never need them to protect you.
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I write a mix of fantasy, paranormal, romance, and adventure. I had a dream that I decided to write out which led to a book. The story continued and kept growing and I couldn’t decline the characters in my head from putting their story out there.
I know that feeling! *eyes her first full manuscript*
What do you like to read?
I love reading fantasy stories that have a bit of romance in them with amazing plot twists. I have been hooked recently with the series by Sarah J Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses. Her Throne of Glass series is one of my all time favorites.
You’re far from alone with loving that series!
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you.
Write every day.
I can’t make that work. My life is a bit hectic as a stay-at-home parent to a three year old. He distracts me a lot and there are times where he will let me have peace to write but sometimes that doesn’t happen, and I am too tired to stay up late at night to try and write. I tend to do a writing spree on the days I can get time to write or my energy levels are higher.
Life and family definitely come first! I dream of being able to write in sprees, though.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that they can pry out of your cold, dead hands.
Edit, edit, and then edit again.
It doesn’t have to be perfect but it can be as close as possible.
What surprised you most when learning to craft your books?
I learned that it’s not as easy as it appears, and that marketing can be difficult. I also learned that the results
are 100% worth the chaos writing may cause at times.
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
Fae Shifters is a 4 book series.
Escape into another world with Liz and her friends as they fight evil and discover their magical abilities along the way. Death, sacrifice, and love are just a few things they face as they prepare for war and to take out age old enemies.
Liz is your typical overworked Physical Therapy Assistant. Adventure hasn’t always been on her list of things to do, but it seems that this next chapter of her life may not exactly be what she had in mind. When her mother passes, her grandmother’s cabin is left to her.
After some thought and external pressures, Liz decides to move to the cabin and takes a new job. With renewed life and purpose, she also uncovers mysteries surrounding the cabin and her heritage. There’s a shift in the winds.
Can Liz come to understand it? Or will the winds drown her out?
An impending war and the balance of the realms rests on her shoulders. Liz is faced with accepting new love and mastering new abilities to prepare to balance the flow of magic. With love, family, and her people can she tackle the odds against her and seek out a way to restore the flow? Or will the rogue Fae win?
Tiff is missing and Dan is in a coma. Dark magic is involved and the key to unlocking the gate has yet to be found. Liz has even more on her shoulders but her mates are there to help. Can she take down Lilliandra, restore the balance, and save her people from slavery by the hands of the evil Fae?
An ancient evil has surfaced. New life and bonds are forged. Will Liz fight or remain on the sidelines? Who will win and rule the realms?
Other books and stories by Madilynn Dale
Natalie is a college freshman with dreams of operating her own bakery one day despite her parent’s wishes. Her parents follow the old ways, a shifter society going back generations, and would prefer her paired up with her charming ex Theo. They appreciate her help with their bakery but wish to see her seek the life of a pampered stay at home mom whose primary focus is on raising babies. They don’t take into consideration her feelings.
Natalie’s world is flipped upside down after she meets Alex, a mage with a unique ability. Her wolf calls to him, but can she break tradition and allow herself to love him despite societal expectations?
Alex is a mage living in an unimaginable world. Growing up in a non-traditional family, he is more optimistic and open-hearted. He meets Natalie and falls head over heels, but does she feel the same? He feels an unusual bond with her, but gravity seems to be against them. Is she hiding something?
And, you can find her work in the Once Upon A Time…: A Fairy Tale Anthology
An anthology of pieces that are either reminiscent of the classic fairy-tales of old or that use familiar archetypes (royalty, dragons, fairies, elves, etc.) in the content of the work.