What is your work Schedule like when you are writing?
I'm a PA to multiple authors and I do PA and marketing for other non-book related clients as well. I work on average 60-80 hours a week and that's before my own blog, writing and study. I'm yet to set a decent writing schedule, but I do try to write a little something daily. That doesn't always happen though. In writing Fail To Fight, the majority of it was written in a week, though I started it off with a short story (about 5k) last year. It's now 32k.
Who was your favorite character to write about and why?
In Fail To Fight I enjoyed writing Chloe, she's been through so much from a young age, things no woman should have to deal with, let alone a 17 year old. I loved seeing her get the closure she needed but my heart really breaks for her. I'm going to love writing her in the next book too. Yes, there's more in store for Chloe. Happiness over heartbreak this time :)
Do you believe in writer's block?
I believe writer's stumble in their creativity. Sometimes what they desire to write won't flow however I believe if you simply sit and start writing anything, the words will begin to flow in the right direction and you move on from there.
What did you edit out of the book?
It was more about what I added lol. All I wanted to write was Will and Chloe reuniting and finding closure. As I went through the process I added more and more backstory. Instead of snippets of what happened in their past, readers will now endure all their pain and torment of what led them to where they are now.
Do you read your book reviews? Good? Bad?
As this is my first book, I can't really say. I probably will, yes. Although I won't want to see the awful ones, I wouldn't want to miss those that offer constructive criticism. I'd like to think readers could offer little gems that will improve my writing with each book.
What was the hardest scene to write?
Chloe's therapy session, definitely. It was my latest addition and it brought up a lot of emotions for her. I was happy to see her through it though.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Hmmm, a teacher, a police officer, a lawyer, an author…. All of the above? Lol
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I don't really have any downtime. I'm either crazy busy with my kids sport activities or I'm working. However, if I do treat myself, I like to eat out with friends, enjoy a few drinks, or a quiet afternoon at the pub with a few beers and a game of pool is nice. (I'm the world's WORST pool player but it's fun). Cocktails by the beach is my all time favorite thing to indulge in however it doesn't happen often anymore. Ironic really as I only live 30 minutes from the beach!
What do you think makes a good story?
Depth, emotion and sex…. I love sex, emotional, non-emotional, I don't care. I don't believe in skimming over the good parts or that there can be too much sex in a book. Unless of course, it doesn't bring anything extra to the story. I like to feel the characters and all they are going through so great character development is key.
A day in the life of you......
I've recently become a single mum and with three very sporty kids, one of whom is a state swimmer, my days begin at. There's lots of traveling between the pool, school, the soccer grounds and the tennis club. Miss 12 swims 7 sessions a week so I'm often not home at night until . Work happens between school hours and from usually. Writing happens where I can fit it in between. I don't sleep much but I try to keep the small tasks that are easily done on my phone for when I'm waiting here and there for the kids. There are often nights each week where I don't go to bed at all. I always look like a wreck but I've gotten used to it LOL. Nights are definitely my most productive time to work but it's difficult to get started so late at night sometimes, especially after I've been running around stupid all afternoon.
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An emotional story of unrequited love…
Now, I ask you not to condemn the man I loved without knowing all the details. What he did was inexcusable and unforgettable, yes, but I wanted to forgive.
What I struggled with was why he left me scared and broken, without a fight.
With no goodbye, no closure.
And without closure, there was no moving on.
Visions of her would haunt my dreams for all eternity. That night destroyed my world and changed my life forever.
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Maci Dillon is a self-confessed lover of chocolate, wine and mummy porn. A mother of three sporty children, Maci fits in writing between her family and full-time Marketing & PA business. Maci is a daydreamer who loves writing short, erotic scenes and loves reading M/M, ménage and sports romance. A true minx at heart, in her spare time you'll often find her by the beach with a cocktail in hand.
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