Danielle Dayney, Author of When Love Stick Around
I got the chance to interview the amazing Danielle Dayney. Dayney is the author of When Love Sticks Around – A Memoir.
Born and raised in Ohio, Dayney got her start writing Rock concert reviews and band interviews for music magazine ‘The Glass Eye’. Since then, her work has appeared in The Fredericksburg Literary, Art Review, Sunlight Press, Dead Housekeeping and The Mindful Word. In addition, Dayneys work has also appeared in several anthologies including Nevertheless We Persisted and Beach Reads: Lost and Found.
I met Danielle on Twitter where she has over 3000 folllowers. When I connected with Danielle, I was taken in by her kind and positive spirit. Her story is truly inspiring.
So here is what happened!
1. When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved writing, even way back in elementary school, but I first decided to take on writing full time after my second daughter was born. I was working as a real estate assistant and realized it no longer brought me joy. I already had a blog going, so after I quit my job, I started writing more frequently with a goal of one day publishing a book. That was about six years ago.
2. When did you write your first book, what was it called?
My first book, a coming of age memoir titled When Love Sticks Around, came out on November 15th.
3. How many books have you written, which is your favourite?
Although my writing has been in several anthologies, this is my first book. I am proud of the message in it, so it’s also my favorite. Not that I have any other books to compare it to.
4. What does your family and friends think about your writing?
They are all proud of me and so supportive, which is incredibly important. Writers need a good support system, because the act of writing itself can be a very quiet and independent work.
5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I have been most surprised by the amount of marketing and outreach that needs to be done in order for readers to find my book. Writing really is only the beginning of publishing.
6. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would tell my younger writing self to take more writing classes and start submitting sooner.
7. What is your favourite and least favourite part about publishing?
My favorite part of publishing was definitely holding my finished book in my hands. It was like every birthday and holiday rolled into a small stack of paper. I don’t really have a least favorite part of publishing because everything has been interesting and fun in its own way. But if I had to choose, I would say time – every step of publishing takes time. You can’t hurry it along; you have to be patient and take it all in.
8. Tell me about your latest book
When Love Sticks around is a coming of age memoir about hope and love despite hardships and loss. It’s about family, both the one we’re born into and the one you gather along the way. More than anything, it’s about the things worth sticking around for.
9. What inspired the idea for your latest book?
After my mom passed away from cancer, I started writing about her. Mostly to remember the details of her story, but also as a way to understand my own grief. I held onto those pages for a long time. But after I left my job as a real estate assistant, I started taking writing classes, improving on my craft, and collecting more of my stories on paper. So, I guess I could say that more than anything, my mom’s life inspired me to write this book.
10. What has writing and publishing taught you about yourself?
I have learned that writing is part of who I am. It’s as much me as my brown hair and blue eyes. The more I write, the more I want to write. I could be wrong, but I think that’s true for most writers.
You can find Danielle on the following platforms
Amazon (US): https://www.amazon.com/When-Sticks-Around-Danielle-Dayney/dp/1953021190/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2GI9SPYMQ8KNV&dchild=1&keywords=when+love+sticks+around+danielle+dayney&qid=1633005595&sprefix=when+love+stick%2Caps%2C139&sr=8-2