Dora Machado is one of the few Latinas writing fantasy these days. She is the award winning author of the epic fantasy Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, available from Twilight Times Books. She grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a fascination for writing and a taste for Merengue. After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She lives in Florida with her husband and three very opinionated cats.
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About the Book
Lusielle’s bleak but orderly life as a remedy mixer is shattered when her husband betrays her and she is sentenced to die for a crime she didn’t commit. She’s on the pyre, about to be burned, when a stranger breaks through the crowd and rescues her from the flames.
Brennus, Lord of Laonia is the last of his line. He is caught in the grip of a mysterious curse that has murdered his kin, doomed his people and embittered his life. To defeat the curse, he must hunt a birthmark and kill the woman who bears it in the foulest of ways. Lusielle bears such a mark.
Stalked by intrigue and confounded by the forbidden passion flaring between them, predator and prey must come together to defeat not only the vile curse, but also the curse giver who has already conjured their ends.
PURCHASE ON AMAZON.
How and when did you take the plunge to become a writer?
I think I’ve always been a writer in my mind, but I also have a very practical streak. The idea of being a starving artist was terrifying, especially because I married young and had little ones right away. So I decided I was going to do it backwards. I was going to raise my family first and then, once my family’s needs were met, I would devote my time to writing. And I did.
Describe your working environment.
I have a writing study in my home, a cozy corner of the house which opens up to the veranda overlooking the Weeki Wachee River. In my study, I keep some of my favorite novels, books and other materials that I reference often. I have a couple of computers on my desk, along with my trusty printer and my favorite writing chair. I’m surrounded by photos of my family and mementos both from my writing and travels.
How would you describe your creative process?
I tend to fixate on an idea and think on it subconsciously for a while, until it transforms into a specific concept, scene, or character, which usually comes out pretty well formed. At that point, I might make some notes, which might include a loose outline and maybe a few scribbled paragraphs that wouldn’t make sense to anyone but me. Typically I know the beginning and the end of a story before I start writing and I have a general idea of where the story needs to go. Writing is always a process of discovery for me, which might be one of the reasons why it’s so enjoyable to me.
When it comes to writing, what are your strong and weakest points?
Hmm. Good question! I think my strong points are character development, plotting and passion. I really do love what I do. I think my weakest point is length/word count. I consistently write more words than I set out to write and I have a hard time compromising on cuts. My stories tend to be longer than I want them to be.
What was your publishing process like?
Rocky at the beginning. I couldn’t find an agent or a publisher for my first novel, but I was very lucky to find homes for the Stonewiser series and after that for The Curse Giver with independent publishers who were willing to take a risk on me.
What do you find most rewarding about being an author?
The process of writing, the fleshing out of stories, the meeting of characters, the plotting, the first draft, the teamwork necessary to get the novel ready, the continuous learning. But by and large, the readers are my biggest reward.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received that you’d like to pass to other authors?
Write like the wind, write often, diligently and continuously, write for yourself and, my favorite, write all the way to The End.