Award-winning author Dana Marton has a passion for reading and writing. Her stories feature romance and breathtaking suspense. When she isn't writing or reading, she loves to browse antique shops and enjoys working in her flower garden.
Your current four book mini series, MISSION: REDEMPTION, features very strong heroines who had made mistakes in the past and are fighting for a second chance in life, and heroes who would do anything for them. What inspired these novels?
I just liked the idea that you can make mistakes in life, even major ones, and recover. You have to pay your dues. Mistakes have consequences, but I find great comfort in the fact that we are not doomed forever, but can try anew and try to do better. I wanted to explore a group of heroines who weren't picture perfect business women or mild-mannered librarians or the sweet girl next door.
The first book starts with the heroines in jail. Some are there for a reason, others were framed. The government offers them a deal: their sentences will be cancelled, their records cleared if they agree to work as a team and use their special skills to bring down a dangerous international criminal. They do sign on, bringing their own private agendas and doubts with them, and soon realize that the tropical paradise where they hunt their adversary is just as deadly as the hell of prison they had left behind. Add to this four men who are on the side of the law and are supposed to control and direct these women, women that they don't trust at all, and there's all sorts of possibility for wonderful conflict.
These loner-type four women develop such a warm/healing relationship through the course of the books. Is there an intended message in this?
No heavy handed message. I just explored the natural feelings that would develop. These women needed healing, needed to find strength within themselves. They help each other do that. Of course, the heroes help, too. But I didn't want the heroes just to save the day and do everything, fulfill the heroines' every need. So the friendships are important. And so is the inner strength of each heroine.
Did you sell your first book?
Oh, how I wish! I sold after about 12 or so years of trying. SHADOW SOLDIER was my 5th completed manuscript, but I've started dozens of others in every sub-genre of romance. I love reading and writing a variety of sub-genres, but all of my published books so far are romantic suspense.
Reviewers often say that your books read like movies--the reader can practically see the story unfold. Is this intentional/a special technique?
Just the way I think. The stories usually come to me in pictures. I see scenes and dialogue, then I figure out what's going on and try to convey it on paper the best that I can. I'd love to see one of my stories on TV some day.
Talking about movies, if you had to tell some one, "If you liked _____, you will like my books." Which movies/shows would you mention?
Charlies' Angels, Alias, Speed (with Sandra Bullock), and any action/adventure movie where the heroine is as strong as the hero. My heroes don't save the heroines. They save each other.
What are you most proud of in regards to your writing?
That I haven't given up for those 12 years it took me to get published. I'm proud to be entertaining people. There are so many bad things in this world. If I can make anyone forget that for a while and relax, I think that's a worthy goal. I'm very proud of the Rebecca du Maurier Award of Excellence I received last summer, and also that my last two titles (SECRET CONTRACT and IRONCLAD COVER) were both RT Top Picks.
How many books have you written and what's next?
I've written over twenty books. I've sold 15 so far, plus a novella. (A few of the early ones are out of print now.) I just started to work on a fast-paced international thriller that will feature another SDDU (Special Designation Defense Unit) hero. Readers tell me that they love this group of tough, secret commando soldiers, and I'm only too happy to share the stories of a few more of these exceptional men.
Where can readers find out more information about your books?
Excerpts, pictures and trailers are available on my web site: DanaMarton.com.