I grew up in Queens, New York. I have a background in nursing and I still hold my Registered Nursing license. I also have a degree in Psychology. I’ve always enjoyed learning about the human body as well as the human mind which has influenced me in getting into the hearts and minds of my characters.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I feel connected to God everyday through prayer. The moment when I awake each day, I connect with God and praise him for blessing me with the miracle of another day of life. I make time for short prayers throughout my day and meditate on the Word each night before turning into bed. I am also a part of an amazing prayer group that meets every Thursday night.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
I have so many. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Brenda Jackson, Marie Force, and Terry McMillan just to name a few. Interestingly, most of my favorite books are not in the genre that I am writing in. I continue to hold ‘I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings (Maya Angelou) and ‘Song of Solomon’ (Toni Morrison) dear to my heart. I find both authors extraordinary writers. I love reading trilogies and my two favorites are ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ and ‘The Hunger Games’. However, I have to say that my favorite book read in the last 12 months would be ‘Cutting for Stone’ a novel written by Ethiopian-born medical doctor, Abraham Verghese. It is a well written fiction story about the challenges twin brothers faced growing up in a changing political environment in Ethiopia. The boys were born conjoined. Their mother died giving birth and they were abandoned by their father. It is a book that you would want to lose yourself in.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
As an avid reader, writing a book has always been on my bucket list, however, I wasn’t sure if I even had the creativity to write fiction. I started writing a few pages of my current release, Mirrored, with the idea that I would write a complete story to keep to myself to satisfy that need of wanting to write. I gave the pages to a couple of friends because I was quite surprised at how nicely the words flowed together and I wanted to know what they thought of it. Of course being my friends, they all agreed that there was an interesting story forming.Therefore, I continued to write more and showed it to people in my workplace who I knew would not sugar coat anything. They also thought that it was pretty good. A friend suggested that I should think about having it self-published. I didn’t know what self-publishing meant.
I went on the internet in search of self-publishing and the information that I found was quite overwhelming. My search revealed a plethora of self-publishing companies. I learned industry jargon such as what it meant to line copy edit, POD (print on demand), digital rights, etc. Through social media, I came in contact with indie authors who had already self-published. They provided me with more resources which helped me narrow my choices down to whom I wanted to self-publish with and the rest is history as they say.
Mirrored is an intriguing suspense story spiced with some romance. A news reporter finds herself attracted to a handsome homicide detective as she is assigned to her first case working for a small newspaper. She soon discovers that there is as much mystery surrounding the detective as there is in the murder case that she’s is assigned to. The story has some surprising twists that will keep the reader wanting to find out what happens next.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
That’s a good question. There is a goofy name that I like to call the book, the blow-drying chronicles. I call it that because a great deal of the ideas for this book came about during times when I blow dried my hair. With each character that came to me, an idea came as to what to do with that particular character.
What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?
Forgiveness. It can be very difficult to forgive when you’ve been badly hurt by another. The human reaction is to have strong feelings of dislike or even hate for the person who has hurt you. However, what we all can learn is that forgiveness is not for the person who has hurt or betrayed you. The forgiveness is to help you heal and get past the hurt.
What’s next for you?
I am currently working on a short story and a novel.
Please tell us where we can connect with you online.
My website www.daliafloreabooks.com
I can be contacted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DaliaFlorea OR
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