Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Interview with Western Romance Author Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer
Colorado’s Front Range

Good morning, Davalynn, and welcome to Vision and Verse, the place for Art and Authors. What have you written?
Nine published titles including five novels and four novellas in 
collections. Most historical/Western, two contemporary.

What is your favorite genre to write?
Inspirational Western Romance

Favorite food.
Chocolate mint chip ice cream. And bacon. Just not together.

Tea or coffee? 

Pizza or ice cream?
Ice cream, of course.

Wine or beer?
Not a beer fan.

Me, either. Where would you like to visit?
Ireland, Scotland, Vermont

Scotland is on my bucket list. Vermont is wonderful. Do you listen to music when you write?  What?
The soundtrack for Last of the Mohicans underscores many a scene when I’m writing. Almost every emotion is musically generated in that collection. I’ve also used ocean waves 
when working on stories set by the sea.

What makes you laugh?
People and pets.

This is an Art AND Author site, so I'm obliged to ask, what is your favorite work of art or sculpture.
Art: Anything by CM Russell.
Sculpture: A “bronze” of a bullfighter turning a rodeo bull by slapping it on the head. Title: “Tag, you’re it!” It’s the trophy myson received two years in a row for 
winning the Colorado State Freestyle 
Bull Fighting Competition.

How old were you when you started writing?

Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just write?
I just write and after I’m in about fifty pages, I start throwing sticky notes on a whiteboard indicating scenes and characters and where 
I want to go when.

Describe your perfect evening.
Late fall, dinner by the wood stove with a warming fire inside and a 
good book on my lap.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration usually strikes when I’m least expecting it. One story came as I pulled into a parking spot at the local diner/quick-stop/gas station. Another – my last novel – arrived one wintry night while I sat in front of the aforementioned wood stove.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?
I go for a walk with Blue the Cowdog.

Blue is a beauty. Who is your favorite author?
Not fair. If you want just one name it would be Laura Frantz, 
Louis L’Amour, Joanne Bischof, Tamara Alexander, Lynn Austin, Stan Lynde.

Best book you ever read.
Best book this year, The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof.

Last book you read.
Saving Miss Julie by Stan Lynde

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?
That would have to be my mother
who became increasingly wise asI grew older.

There is wisdom in that last sentence, Davalynn. If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?
Will Rogers. He was a talented, clever, clear-thinking, and funny man.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?
Read good writing and never give up on your dream.

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  1. It is my pleasure, Davalynn, to introduce such quality writers to my audience. Please come back and see us again. Soon.