Drea Damara, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Never reveal your secrets…

Trinity, an intelligence organization known only through whispers, specializes in covert action. Heading up this modern-day operation is founder Gerry Strakner and his team of skilled misfits. The key to staying alive lies within their code: never divulge your greatest fears or darkest secrets. But sometimes the past refuses to stay buried…

While his organization is under attack, Gerry must let his favorite operative, Caria, fend for herself against a vicious arms dealer. When he learns that she is caught in the crosshairs, his only hope is he’s taught her enough to stay alive.

Now Gerry must call in an old favor to save Caria. Ivan Skavinsk, a reclusive mercenary, is the one man skilled enough to infiltrate the playing field of assassins. But which side is he truly working for? Does loyalty have an expiration date or will deception burn everyone within its reach?

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Drea Damara whose book Chasing Vengeance thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love thrillers but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Drea, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Drea will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Drea Damara!

Drea Damara grew up in Illinois working on her family’s farm. Raised in a home of seven with only one television, she spent her free time reading and roaming the woods. She set writing aside to join the Army and later returned to the Middle East, conducting similar work as a civilian. Drea enjoys writing in multiple genres and is currently at work on her next novel.

Now, how wonderful does Drea sound?! Drea is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Drea’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Drea, I hope that you enjoy Drea’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

Chasing Vengeance is about a mercenary, a female intel operative, and the leader of an intelligence organization who are working toward the same goal but all cut off from each other and thus unaware of what the others are doing.

I was inspired to write a book about a female espionage lead after I worked in the intelligence field – I don’t think there is enough popular fiction or film that portrays what that life is really like or shows that women actually do this work and can do it well. Plus, you are often left on your own with little or only remote support.

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Keep trying. Take criticism constructively. Be cautious of get-published-quick schemes. Be patient, but persistent. Edit, edit, edit. If you put in the time, you will find a traditional or indie publisher will invest their time in your work.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?

It has to transport the reader so much that they forget they are reading.

What is your writing process like?

It used to be pretty voracious until I had my daughter last year. Now the process is whenever and wherever I have time. I daydream a lot when I am story plotting. Once I think I have something worth writing about, I make an outline, then I write the best dialogue that I came up with when I was brainstorming to use as a guide and help flesh out my characters’ personalities.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

The amount of research of course is dependent upon the story. I probably spent weeks researching for Chasing Vengeance, fact-checking the suitability of geographic settings, languages, and historical dates and events.

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

Before I was a mother, I spent the majority of my free time writing or story plotting. Now I have to schedule time to write, but I am always inspired – there is a story around every corner for me, in every face or glimpse of scenery.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I enjoy older science fiction authors like Robert Heinlein and Larry Niven. I am a big fan of Johanna Lindsay because I adore the humor and historical settings of her romance novels. I also leave collections of classical poetry scattered around the house so I can pick one up and read a few poems whenever I have a chance.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

I have a fantasy adventure, The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane, about a cursed bookstore that can open other worlds due out September 2018. The sequel to Chasing Vengeance will be my next release after that, possibly in Spring 2019.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Drea! If you have liked what you have read about Drea and are interested in learning more about Drea and reading Drea’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Chasing Vengeance: Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Drea Damara: Twitter – Facebook – Publisher

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