Friday, February 28, 2020

Tasty Spring Reading

 As someone who spent thirty years around television studios working as a TV  journalist, I have always been drawn to books featuring people who work in the television industry itself. That was what grabbed my interest when I heard about author D.V.  Stone's latest book, Rock House Grill.  Naturally, I wanted to know more about her and her new book.

 Donna is my guest today in My Writing Corner.  Welcome D.V.  Have you always  wanted to write fiction ?  

I always wanted to be a reader. Oh, I dabbled through the years, but nothing ever took. Then, one day about eight years ago, the time was right. I’d been laid-off from a job. The economy wasn’t great, and I was home for the first time since my son was born. It was a now or never moment. I haven’t looked back since.

What are the challenges of being a writer?

 Time. Finding the time to do everything I need to get done. I still work full-time outside the home. There’s a house to run and other obligations. 

Tell us about your road to publication. 

The road to publication has lots of potholes. My first two books are self-published. I’m not going to call them mistakes—but perhaps a leaning experiment. The stories are good. Editing? Not so much. Several times I’ve gone back and re-edited and released. Funny story is Rock House Grill, which was signed by Wild Rose Press, was done on a lark. I always considered myself a fantasy author. I took the NaNoWriMo challenge. In November, it’s 30 days, 50,000 words. Then I sat on it for a while. One day I pulled it out and began sending it to editors and publishers. My editor, Elf, will tell you what a mess it was, but Wild Rose saw something in it and has nurtured me and Rock House Grill. 

How do you come up with your characters? 

Usually, I have some idea of a plot, even if it’s only a line. Then I do research finding one I think fits the character. My favorite is when I write fantasy. Then I research not only the meaning, but then run the meaning through translators.

How do you come up with your plots?

 Sometimes it’s a picture. Sometimes it’s a song lyric. Often a random thought. And once, a name popped into my head, and I needed to give her a story. Gloriana’s book is in the editing/submission process.

Tell us about your latest book, Rockhouse Grill. What made you write it? 

As I mentioned above, NaNoWriMo was the spark. Since the time constraint was tight, the words write what you know was quite apt. I’m a former Emergency Medical Technician and restaurant owner. Not only did it come together it has spawned a series.

What are you working on now?

The second book of the Impact Series is titled Jazz House. I'm very exxcited about it. You'll see some familiar people but the new female main character has many secrets. 

That sounds like fun reading! What advice would you give to beginning writers?

Fear is your worse enemy. Do't let doubt hold hands with it. You may need to thick your skin, but if you have a story--tell it.

Great Advice. Let's learn more about Rockhouse Grill. Here's the blurb.

Aden House, successful but driven chef and TV personality, refuses to slow down. His life implodes one night, damaging him both physically and emotionally. He's rescued by a woman he thinks of as his angel.

Shay McDowell has rebuilt her life after her divorce. She juggles volunteer EMT duties and her job, while dreaming of becoming a chef. She finds her way to Rock House Grill and back into the life of the man she helped save.

Can love be the ingredient needed to survive the many obstacles they face?

All the ingredients are in place for some tasty reading. Here are the buy links.  

Available April 6th, 2020

How can readers get in touch with you?

Thank you, D. V.  for being my guest.  Any comments or questions for D. V.?


  1. Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for having me here today. I get so excited talking about my writing. I'd also love to give a shout out to all the First Responders who put themselves out on the line for people. You guys Rock!
    D. V. 🦉

  2. This sounds like a terrific book--and dandy series. I have the utmost respect for First Responders--having worked around various such groups over the years as a newspaper reporter, I've seen how demanding the jobs--but how caring and professional the individuals can be. that's not even considering those who put their lives in danger every call. Best of luck with this book.

  3. I just finished reading this book. Loved it! D.V. does a great job creating an exciting world in the restaurant business. Well done, D.V.!

  4. Thank you CB. I'm so happy you liked Rock House Grill. Nothing makes a writer happier than bring something to the table that is satisfying. Bon appetit 😋


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