Reading a novel of Daphne Riordan’s is pure delight. It is a silky experience that involves the essence of ease and the seduction of intrigue. An alternate world with full-bodied characters involved in a life and death pursuit of involving truth, secrecy and some have mystery between the sheets.
Her writing journey goes back as far as the age three when she built an imaginary town with characters and created stories about them. As soon as she was able to pen a story, the paper came out. At the age of seven, her first book of six pages and six chapters was born. It still exists in her treasure trove of literary works. With writing as her beacon to happiness, she submitted short stories and poetry. “I still have all of my rejection letters,” Daphne states with a smile. It never deterred her, only reinforced her resolve to keep at her craft until she was published. To her, this was a badge of valor that of getting closer to her goal.
Coming from an Army family, she traveled all throughout the United States with her typewriter and then the MAC she got at the age of twelve. Continuing to write short stories and poetry, she added four complete novels to her repertoire by the time she obtained her high school diploma.
Settling in Pennsylvania, Daphne enrolled in college and earned her undergraduate degree in classical ballet and world religions. She consistently wrote and submitted her work in the form of books. In 2002, she experienced writer’s block. Not wanting to lose her momentum, she joined the NANOWRIMO challenge, which stands for ‘National Novel Writing Month’. This contest is about starting a brand new novel of your choice and then writing 50,000 words for the entire month of November. This task of composing 1,700 words per day did the trick of dislodging that pesky brain freeze all writers dread.
Daphne’s penchant is Science Fiction, Fantasy,and Romance focusing on adult fiction rather than the young adult fiction she engaged in previously. She’s authored books in her own name, as well as under half a dozen pen names; one being Danielle Duncan. As of this blog, Daphne just published her 41st book; two are currently in print, with a half dozen more (of the 41) will be available in print over the next couple of months. All can be can be purchased through Amazon.com.
As a writer, she is dedicated to her profession. As an artist, Daphne continues to challenge herself and learn. Her disciplined approach has her writing as much as she is able during those available time slots she has throughout the day. This comes out to 200,000 words a year, which is comparable to two full length 400 page novels. She pumps out about 1500 words an hour and shoots for 30,000 words a month. Daphne embraces the ideas that flow, and writes whether or not inspiration is her companion.
Her preparatory work for creating her next book is writing out about 40 to 50 pages of background, which includes brainstorming, character background, the laying out plot lines and plot threads. “Then I weave it together into an outline, which saves me on editing time,” Daphne states. “I’ve heard that you have to write a million words of crap to get to the good stuff.” As of date, she figures she’s surpassed the two million word mark.
To keep her writing muscle supple, she’s participated in numerous critiquing groups and attends a writing conference every year. She aligns with a group of writers who are e-publishers to help her sharpen the marketing side of the business.
Her love and joy would be to make her full time living as a writer and it’s now within reach. To help her segue to this place, Daphne’s worked as a Data Modeler and Data Architect – a technology job whose career she’s shared with several of her characters.
“Forging your way as a full time novelist requires grit and the ability to work with criticism as a means to perfect your work not to weigh it down,” Daphne adds when discussing the reading of a critique that didn’t sit well with her. Instead she rewrote it to see the message that was intended. Then she was free to move on.
The strengths Daphne builds upon are writing great dialogue, reading about 100 books a year and constantly writing. Her style is to work on a series, some consist of four books some are open-ended. Currently she is working on a trilogy.
Her measure of awesomeness is to be on the NY Bestsellers list and USA Today. With her continued and ongoing success, both as an artist and business woman; Daphne’s love of writing and focused vision will continue to bring ongoing ideas to life on the page. Check out her book
Consideration: What criticism have you been able to brush off in your life due to a love of yours that burned stronger?
Legacy of Blood – by Daphne Riordan