Tell us about yourself and your books.:
My name is Danyelle Scroggins and I currently have eight fiction books, four nonfiction, and I’m in three anthologies. All are either Christian based or about love and romance. My last three books are a part of the E Love Series entitled: Enduring Love, Enchanting Love, and Everlasting Love. The fourth and last book of this series will release in June, Extraordinary Love.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love writing late at night or rather early in the morning. So while everyone is sleeping at 3 am, I’m usually writing or working on someone else’s writing.
What authors have influenced you?
I have been inspired by so many authors, but those like Brenda Barrett, Ava Miles, Rhonda McKnight, and Marion Ueckermann are those who I always want to know what is cooking in their heads.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Thinking about writing a book is good but actually writing the book is better.
Stop allowing the outside fake hindrances to stop you from doing what you are meant to do. And this, writing does not cost you one penny. So stop worrying about the money to publish before you even write the book. At some point, you are going to have to exercise faith (especially when it comes to being a writer), so you might as well get used to it from the beginning and write the book by faith.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be you because no one can tell you if you are right or wrong; because no one knows how to be you except you.
What are you reading now?
I'm finishing up a book by Rhonda McKnight, "The Winter Reunion", and I'm reading "A Tuscan Legacy Complete Collection" on book 3.
What’s your biggest weakness?
Oh my, I almost hate to say it. But SWEETS in the form of chocolate! Like growing up, my mom never allowed us to eat sweets like candy. She always bought cookies, fruit, and other snacks but never chocolate. So now, I’m a complete chocoholic.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I would have to say, The Bible. It is by far the juiciest book I have ever read and it still amazes me how many stories I read but never got a complete ah-ha, until I heard it being preached by someone.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
My writing style has definitely been influenced by the book I love, The Bible. I still write romance but I made a mental note to always write books that will give someone else hope and show them just how important love is.
What are you working on now?
Presently, I’m working on the fourth book of the E Love Series entitled, Extraordinary Love. It’s about a guy who refuses to settle down until he finds that one extraordinary girl. And little does he know, she’s closer than he thinks.
This year, I have also extended my publishing company to those who have an inspirational story and this is causing me to be much busier than I imagined.
What is your method for promoting your work?
Like most authors, I use social media a lot for promoting but I found out I had to reach to other outlets because I was not getting the results I wanted. The best method is to do it daily for sure. You write the book, publish the work, but if you do not promote the book…how will anyone know you wrote and published the book? See, promotions is just that important and as an author, I had to learn this.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am working on doing more series. I really enjoy reading good books that have another direction to point me in once that book is finished. So, I’ve decided to give my readers that same experience.
How well do you work under pressure?
I could not honestly answer this because my entire life is built around pressure. I have learned to… just do it. No matter what it is I’m facing, I know that God will grace me to see it through. So, whenever there is more pressure than usual, I use a method handed down from my grandmother, I pray while I work, and work while I pray.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I typically allow the characters to flow in their own unique energy. It’s like they decide their own tone and I just go with their flow. I know to someone who might not write, that sounds crazy, but think as a reader. You know how you read a book and somehow that character just sticks in your head, and you remember it through all the other books you read. They affect the writer the same way. Their tone becomes our tone, and it typically works better that way.
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