Madeline Dyer has been telling stories for as long as anyone would listen to them. When no one would listen, she’d simply tell them to herself in her head. At age nine she wrote a “book” that was six pages in length, not too bad for a nine-year old! And at sixteen she decided to make author her career. When her career advisor at school suggested she’d do better being a carpet-fitter she didn’t listen, she stuck it out. I, for one, am very glad she did! I can’t imagine living my life without knowing sweet and brave Seven, moody Rahn, or scary Raleigh. I know they are simply characters that Madeline Dyer invented to tell a story to me, but in my heart they are living breathing people that I have enjoyed spending time with.
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This is the July edition of my Indie Author Spotlight. If you are here you are part of a network of readers and authors who love Indie/small press Authors. Each month I spotlight a new Indie/small press author. You get to ‘meet’ my featured author, and learn how they came to be an author, how they approach their craft and many other exciting facts. You’ll also be eligible for a sweepstakes in which I’ll give away one or more of their books so you can sample their work! What could be more exciting than that?
Last month I spotlighted D.R. Perry, master of the paranormal. The sweepstakes is over but you can still check out her interview and the first book in her Providence Paranormal College series, Bearly Awake, is free until August.
You can enter the giveaway for a kindle copy of Untamed by leaving a comment below. I’ll also choose five random entries and send them bookmarks for Untamed, Fragmented and Divided!
Madeline Dyer has a BA Honors degree in English Literature from the University of Exeter. For her dissertation, she wrote on the relationship between madness and murder in Louisa May Alcott’s thrillers. She can be found all over the web, here are a few of the places you can stalk her; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and her blog. You can also sign up for her newsletter to be the first to hear when she has a new release coming out. She also offers sneak peeks, excerpts and other great stuff.
She has written two novels that are published,she also has two novels releasing later this year, July and November, seventeen short stories, and a novella. Her novels, Untamed and Fragmented have both been #1 Amazon bestsellers in multiple categories and in multiple countries.
Dyer is a full time writer and she aims to produce 3000 words a day. She says she’s recently started writing in ten-minute bursts on her phone to meet her goal. This strategy has worked better than she expected it to, she’s 38,000 words into a thriller, all written on her phone.
Are you impressed?
Her favorite place to write in her shed with her three guinea pigs and her rabbit. While they scurry around underfoot and scrabble in the hay she taps away on her laptop. Sometimes her rabbit, Sidney, helps her with inspiration by bringing her scraps of newspaper to read, sometimes he just snuggles down on her laptop case and drifts off to the sound her typing.
When asked if she’s an outliner or a pantser she says she fluctuates between the two methods, free-writing when she needs to be creative and outlining when she needs to be sure of the structure in her manuscript. Sometimes she’ll set out just a few bullet points to remind her of the beginning and the end, freewrite the story and then go back and outline what she’s got to be sure the plot flows. She relies on that outline, though, when editing to square up her story.
Her competitive nature keeps her participating in NaNoWriMo and it’s related events and they help her free write quickly, immersing herself in a world, focusing on it and finishing the draft in only 30 days.
Madeline Dyer is an Indie author, but she started out small press. When the small press she’d published Untamed and Fragmented with closed she decided to branch out on her own. She loves her decision to go Indie and will release books 3 and 4 of the Untamed series, and her standalone dystopian novel, A Dangerous Game, as an indie also. However she also has huge respect for the traditional route and believes it has it’s place. She’s currently querying a science fiction project and hoping to be a hybrid author when all is said and done.
Dyer says being an Indie means freedom to her. Freedom to choose her covers, editors, prices and the retailers that sell them. She also likes being in charge of the deadlines!
Sher says the best way to help an Indie author, besides, Buy, Review and Share, is to request their books at your local library. She also recommends supporting local Indie authors by going to their readings, signings and launch events. You could even help set one up at your local library if you know of a local Indie author.
She admits that being an Indie author is not without it’s stress though. As an Indie author she is responsible for her book every step of the way, coordinating the formatting, interior design, covers, editing, proofing, retailers and pricing. Some days she wishes she could just focus on the writing.
As I mentioned earlier Madeline Dyer has two published books, seventeen short stories, a novella and several books due to come out soon. Here are the details on where you can find them for yourself.
Don’t forget that you can enter the sweepstakes to win a kindle copy of Untamed by leaving a comment down below. I’ll also choose five random entries and send them bookmarks for Untamed, Fragmented and Divided!
The Curse of the Winged Wight, her novella, has been published in Ever in the After, a charity anthology and can be found on Amazon.
You can find links to all of her short stories on her website, Madeline Dyer.
The Thank You’s
Madeline says there are so many great people who have helped her in her journey as an indie author, including all her traditionally published author friends who helped immensely when her first publisher closed. Their enthusiasm for her series was uplifting.
She’d like to call out a specific few people who have been intstrumental in her career. She says she couldn’t do all this without them!
Michelle Dunbar– her editor
Molly Phipps, covers, formatting and interior design
Sarah Anderson, covers and critique partner
Kelley York, cover designer,
Rachael Bundy, her Bestie from University
And finally all the amazing writers in the YA Story Sisters.
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