D.A. Featherling (Dorothy) was born in Austin, Texas and spent her childhood in the Central Texas area. As an adult she lived or worked in several other states, but always came back to the Austin area where her family still lives.
She’s here talking about her latest book, Kissing Frogs. Enjoy this interview
Writing is my ‘3rd Career.’ After a career as an administrator in various businesses and state agencies/universities, I wrote for a short time, then began a career as a home stager. I’ve had that business for the past four years (into my fifth year now). But about six months ago, I decided I wanted to devote most of my time and energy to my writing. I had seven completed novels, so now I’m publishing those and writing some new series. I guess you could say I’ve been writing for 10 or 12 years, just not consecutively!
Tell us about Kissing Frogs.
My just-released romantic comedy, Kissing Frogs, is Book 2 in the Second Time Around Series. Even though I write in multiple genres, one of my favorites to write is the romantic comedies. Book 1, Sauce for the Goose, started the series, and I have three others yet to publish. They’re all stand-alone stories, but are all built on the premise that everyone deserves a second chance at love. These books all have a character who, through death, divorce, or a broken relationship, is still seeking that Mr. or Ms. Right.
Kissing Frogs is the story of Em Snider, an oh-so-in control woman who has the life reins in her own hands, until she decides to make a trip on the internet matchmaking highway. She soon finds out…there are toads out there. Em is soon ready to quit, but can she still find true love if she takes her foot off the brake and let’s God be in control?
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
There’s a lot in this book about forgiveness and second chances. I hope readers will be able to see the value of both and be entertained along the way.
My first choice for any spare time will be time with my almost 9-year-old grandson. Of course, that’s limited due to his school schedule. So if I can’t spend ‘grandma’ time with him, then I’d have to say reading. I usually manage to read one book a day (fiction) (I read really fast)…so I devour them in a hurry. I also enjoy spending time with my sisters and other family.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
I know it may sound weird, but before I begin a new book…I have to have the title. Doesn’t matter if I’ve yet figured out the whole plot…but the title is key. Once I’ve got that, then I get into my characters and the plot.
What is one thing that frustrates you about being a writer?
First, that I didn’t start trying to write earlier…and second, that I’ll never be able to write all the books for which I have ideas. Unless, of course, I can live to be a hundred or so. And quit getting new ideas!
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
To me, a successful writer is one who presents a book in such a manner, that when the reader finishes the last page and closes the book, s/he is smiling. That’s why I write at all. That’s my personal measure of success for myself and others.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
I presume you don’t mean the Bible…’cause that would be absolute Number One of all books ever written.
However, if you’re talking about other books…hmmm, that’s a tough one. I’ve read so many books and it’s truly hard to pick out only one. Ranking up at the top…the Dee Henderson O’Malley series, the Left Behind series, Terri Blackstock’s suspense…there’s no way can I pick just one! Sorry.
Where can we learn more about you?
On my website, my Facebook page, or Google my name.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Just a word of support for the excellence of Christian fiction these days. It’s come so far in the last ten years and now ranks up there with the best sellers produced in the secular market. New authors are entering the business, and so many of them are adding to the quality, as well of the quantity, of our profession. My respects and thanks to them all!