Deanna Roy has been a member of the Writers’ League since 1995. She is the author of Baby Dust and Forever Innocent for adults. She also authored middle grade novels Jinnie Wishmaker and Marcus Mender. Deanna makes her home in Austin, Texas.
Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?
Deanna Roy: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Middle Grade
Scribe: What authors would you like to have coffee or a beer with and which beverage?
DR: Margaret Atwood (Single-malt scotch as per her favorite), John J Asher (El Jimador tequila, his top pick), or Mimi Strong (We’d drink ALL the things then craft hilarious nonsensical revenge stories…)
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
DR: The World Anthology of Literature (is that cheating?) Maybe I should be practical. The SAS Survival Manual. Oh, who am I kidding, I’m dead within 48 hours with or without a manual. I might as well die laughing. I’ll go with Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. That’ll keep me smiling to the bitter end.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
DR: How not to stalk an agent (especially in bathrooms during conferences.) That everyone’s journey is different, but still contains valuable lessons. That Sally Baker has clearly discovered the fountain of youth and will still know everything there is to know about WLT after the apocalypse, which she will survive, without the SAS Manual.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
DR: 2014 is going to be a big year! I’ll have two releases out by January 10, an anthology and a novel, so I won’t be wasting any time! I’m the midst of two series, so my direction is pretty set.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world?
DR: Be courageous. Be bold. Don’t let anyone tell you there is no market for your work. There is. Some books have a clear defined readership, and so they get agents and publishers quickly and easily. Other markets may have to be built, sale by sale, but you can do it. Do not allow your dreams to be deferred.