Heroes, antiheroes, and villains, oh my …

Hey everyone,

Today I wanted to talk about *waves wildly at the title of this post* heroes, antiheroes, and villains. Bet you didn’t see that coming, huh? Yeah, that’s what I thought. 😉 Anywho … let’s begin.

Eh-em. When I first began my published writing journey (We don’t acknowledge the before times. If I could get anyway with it I wouldn’t even acknowledge some of my previous books. I like to pretend they don’t exist. heh)

Oops, I got sidetracked.

Where was I? Yes, when I first began my published writing journey I did what I suspect a lot of authors do, they play it safe. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved the characters I developed. Still do. But that was the thing, they were characters that would pretty much be likable by most people. The main characters were what would be considered heroes, or heroines, as the case is in these instances. I contintued down along that path for some time before I got bored, creatively speaking, and I dipped my toes into antihero territory. This was a bit more tricky, but overall went well. People liked these characters even if they kind of didn’t want to like them. Then I waded into what I like to call ‘villain light’ territory. But I still held back. I wanted to push these characters over the line into true villain territory. Yep, I was still playing it safe in some small way.

Aaaand along came Riss Wilde, the MC for the first book in my Wildes on the Hunt trilogy, Halfway Wicked. I didn’t even know she was going to be a villain when I first started writing her, and the next thing I knew, *boom* villain origin story. That’s right, Halfway Wicked is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance narrated by the villain. And readers will get to see her slowly stumble down the path to the darkside. (I think she heard they have cookies.) By the end of the book she is ready to make her villainous debut. *Whoot-whoot*

Finally one of my characters is going to steal some of the villainous fun for herself! 😀

Want to know more about Halfway Wicked? Well, you’re already in the right place since this is my website, but click >HERE< if you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to bother with the menu. The pre-order buy links are already available, and the book goes live August 10th.

Okay, so maybe I didn’t eeeexactly talk about heroes, antiheroes, and villains in the way I may have led you to believe I was going to, but come on, I was just looking for an excuse to say: “Hey! Hey, people! I finally wrote that villain I’ve been wanting to and you all need to know!” Although, I’m a tad worried that ‘once you write villain, you never go back’. Ugh. Guess that’s a problem for another day.

Welp, I guess that’s it for now. I’ve filled you all in aka shouted from the virtual rooftops about my girl Riss Wilde.

Until next time …

I love you guys! (Incase anyone is wondering why I didn’t include any gifs in this post like I usually do … Ummm … WordPress doesn’t seem to want to let me. Did I abuse my privilege or something? *Cries* It’s just not the same without them. My post looks utterly naked and boring. *cries turn to sobs*)

The Eclipsed is LIVE!!!

Today is the day.

Today is the day


goes LIVE!!!

And shit am I nervous. Even though this is the 25th full-length novel under my belt, it’s the first released under my new pen name Dara Kent. And it’s also my first non-romance novel. This release honestly feels like my first all over again. I want people to read my book, but I also don’t want people to read my book. I just … yeah, I think I might puke. Ugh.

I suppose this is where I should post the buy links. I almost forgot. Probably because a part of me, like I mentioned above, doesn’t want anyone to actually read this book. But I also don’t want people to not read this book. Mmm Hmm … I am a neurotic mess with all of this. I know, I know, it’s pretty obvious.

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Ummm … Yep, again, that’s it for now. I think I might go hide under a rock for a bit.

Until next time …

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The Lost Art of Taking Your Time

As many of you know, since I’ve posted blogs on my other site as D.T. Dyllin, the last couple of years have been … rough. Between having to adjust to Hashimoto’s, trying to cope with the suicide of my best guy friend, and the sudden death of my German Shepherd Kira, I’ve been, let’s just say, not exactly focused on my writing.

But you know that old adage that says something about it always being the darkest before the dawn? Well, I thought about giving up writing more times than I could count. It didn’t seem to hold the same kind of joy it once did. I wanted to connect creatively like I used to, but I was numb. I simply stopped caring. I didn’t see the point in continuing, especially with the state of the publishing industry.

I wrote nothing new from October 2018 until January 2019. And I did a super soft release of Gentlemen Prefer Unicorns by D.T. Dyllin. I didn’t promote that title at all, and I didn’t mention it on any of my social media sites. I associated writing that book with too many unpleasant things, and I just wanted to forget about it and move on. Done. That’s exactly what I did.

I told myself I just needed time to start writing again, and I allowed myself to have it. So when January 2019 rolled around, I forced myself back into my writing chair, and began writing Nightmare Thief. It did not go well. I adhered to my schedule, but there was no joy in it. I halted the process when I got about 20,000 words in. I simply wasn’t feeling it, and if I wasn’t feeling it then my readers definitely wouldn’t either.

I gave up. I all but officially quit writing at that point. It was time to move onto to something else. It was fun while it lasted, but all good things eventually come to an end … blabbity-blah-blah. I said it all, and I believed it. I was relieved. No more self-induced pressure. No deadlines. This was going to be a good thing. I focused on training my new puppy, and getting back into cardiovascular shape. Also decorating. Basically, everything … anything else.

Then it happened. I was in the shower one day, and an idea for a new book gently wound itself through my brain. But I refused. I was done writing. If I ignored it then it would fade away. (I bet you already guessed where this story is going.) It didn’t go away. I started having dreams about this idea. Everything reminded me of it, and I simply couldn’t ignore it like I’d planned. I decided to start the book. Surely, once I began writing the feelings of urgency to write it would dry up.

They did.

The feelings of urgency completely went away.

But then I discovered something wonderful: The art of taking my time.

You see, I’d never done it before, taken my time, that is. My first book, Hidden Gates by D.T. Dyllin, was created in a kind of frenzy. I wrote the entire thing out by hand in about thirty days. I didn’t have a laptop back then, so I worked with what I had. Twenty four books later under the name D.T. Dyllin, and all of them were written in the same manner … with a single-minded focus that bordered on insanity. Maybe I was a little crazy then. Or maybe I just didn’t know any other way.

I’m currently working on a standalone novel by Dara Kent–the first under that name. And I have my joy back. Yep, somewhere between quitting and losing that weird frenzy, I found my writing again. The thing is, I’m not sure how long it will take me to write this book. A few months? A year? I don’t care anymore. When I gave up, it was like losing a part of myself, and then I realized who I truly write for: Me. Yes, of course, I want readers to enjoy my work, but if they don’t, oh well, at least I had fun during the creative process.

Taking my time offers me a different kind of joy–the kind of joy in luxuriating in the creative process. And it made me wonder … When did pumping out novels become imperative? When did mass output become more important than enjoying one’s craft? When did creating under a sort of desperation become the norm? Like if you don’t do it a certain way then you’re not a “real” writer?

As I look around at my fellow authors, I can’t help but notice that so many of us have lost “the joy”. If this is the case, then maybe it’s time to ask: Why did you start writing to begin with? My guess, for the majority, is that you loved books. You loved them so much that you decided to create your own. Don’t let things like writing speed or anything else bog you down. So what if it’s taken you five years to write the first half of your book. Just keep going. Let your love of literature guide you. There’s room for all of us and all of our unique styles in the publishing world. Just don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the journey. And if you lose your way for a time, the way I did, find your way naturally, by letting time take it’s course. Because if you feel no joy for your writing, there really isn’t a point to doing any of it. Or as I like to say: The cake simply isn’t worth the bake.

Until next time …

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Books, books, books!

I’ve been hard at work the last couple of days building (my) Dara Kent’s website. Finally, everything seems in order … well, except for the whole book thing. Since I’ve published 23 romance novels under the name D.T. Dyllin since 2012, it feels kind of weird to be sitting here with no books to post on this website. Not yet at least. So that’s the next step … I need to get to writing! And let me tell you, I’m super pumped to be stepping outside of my romance comfort zone to expand my horizons creatively.

Side note: You may be wondering what to call me, D.T. or Dara, if you meet me in person at some point, especially if you knew me as D.T. Dyllin first. Dara is your best bet. My legal name is Dara, which is why I decided to keep it with my pseudonym. Less confusion on my part, plus it’s kind of nice to have the option of actually being called by my real name once in awhile. Ever since I published as D.T. Dyllin hardly anyone uses my real name anymore. I’ve missed it. Growing up, since Dara was a rare name at the time, I was simply Dara. No last name was ever needed. Until I got to college and my roommate was also a Dara. But that’s a story for another day. The point is … the D in D.T. stands for Dara, so that’s my name. But I will also answer to D.T. since a lot of my guy friends have been using that nickname for way longer than I’ve been a published author. *sigh* But then again … fine … either one. I’m both D.T. and Dara by way of the writerly world and in my every day life. Guess it’s kind of fitting that I have two author names now. 😉

That’s about it for now. I’m off to write lots of books, books, books!!!!! Therefore, be on the lookout for news about my first title to be published under Dara Kent coming at you soon!

Ps … I’ve got up all the follow stuff for this website so please, you know, follow me! Just keep scrolling down to the footer and all the options will be there. Thank you! ❤

Until next time …

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