Today we sit down with thriller author D.W. Maroney, who also writes contemporary romance as Roz Lee. Learn more about her and her books at www.DWMaroney.com and www.RozLee.net.
When did you realize you wanted to write novels?
I began my first novel about twenty years ago on a dare from my daughters. They didn’t really believe I could write a book, and honestly, neither did I. Writing when the mood struck, it took years to complete, and it was AWFUL! No one will ever see my first attempt. However, I had told a complete story from beginning to end, and I was hooked. I wanted to do it again but knew I needed to reeducate myself on the craft of writing. I found writing organizations. Took classes, and practiced. A lot. I’m still practicing and learning, as every author should.
How long did it take you to realize your dream of publication?
It took me nearly ten years from the time I started my first novel to the time I sold one to a publisher.
Are you traditionally published, indie published, or a hybrid author?
I still have a series with a small press, but I’m publishing my own work these days.
Where do you write?
It took a long time to finally get my own space, but now I have a dedicated workspace in our walk-out basement that consists of a rug (to define the space), a desk and some small tables piled high with the stuff I plan to put in a credenza—if I ever find that one special piece of furniture I’m looking for!
Is silence golden, or do you need music to write by? What kind?
I must have music. 70’s music. It could be the same song playing over and over and I probably wouldn’t notice, but I do need the background noise.
How much of your plots and characters are drawn from real life? From your life in particular?
I think all writing comes from real life in some way or another. We read things, hear things, witness things, meet people, and it all sticks with us, and eventually makes its way into our writing.
For my new thriller, Status: MISSING, the plot came to me straight out of the headlines. What did happen to Malaysia Airlines Flight #MH370? Watching the news coverage as multiple nations joined in the search, I came up with my own theory about what happened. It took years of research to add teeth to my theory, and nearly two more years to actually write the book.
Describe your process for naming your character?
I don’t have a specific process, though I’ve been known to pick a name off a headstone or from the family tree. I’ve searched databases and phone books and asked friends if I could borrow their name. Once, a name popped into my head while I was driving. It took me months to figure out who the character was and what his story was. I still don’t know how that happened!
Real settings or fictional towns?
Fictional towns for my romance, for the most part. In my thriller, all the places exist.
What’s the quirkiest quirk one of your characters has?
That would have to be Hank Travis in Lost Melody. He’s a rock star/ cotton farmer!
What’s your quirkiest quirk?
Do I have to pick just one? Okay, how about this? I still like newspapers. The printed ones. I’ve never gotten the hang of reading news on my computer and don’t think I want to.
If you could have written any book (one that someone else has already written,) which one would it be? Why?
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper. I’ve always loved the message of this children’s book—that it doesn’t matter who you are, if you work hard, you can achieve your dreams.
Everyone at some point wishes for a do-over. What’s yours?
I could have taken a few different routes along the way, but then I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I like where I’m at. I suppose I could have looked a little closer at my first publisher. I might have made a different decision if I had, but again, the experience shaped who I am now, and my present path, so I’m sort of glad everything happened as it did.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
Probably this phrase – If he/she thinks blah, blah, blah, they have another thing coming. Thing??? There’s no logic in that. They need to rethink, as in they have another think coming. Drives me right up the wall.
You’re stranded on a deserted island. What are your three must-haves?
What was the worst job you’ve ever held?
Appliance repairperson. (Don’t ask.)
What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I’ve probably read it two dozen times.
Ocean or mountains?
Mountains. I lived near the beach for about a decade and hated it.
City girl/guy or country girl/guy?
Country girl though I love to visit the big city now and then.
What’s on the horizon for you?
I’m researching the next thriller, Status: PRESUMED DEAD, and working on a new romance series.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself and/or your books?
I’m really excited about writing in the thriller genre. It’s a huge departure from writing romance—about as opposite as one can get. It’s a challenge, and like the Little Engine that Could, I keep telling myself, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can! I hope you think I can, too!
No one believed it was possible to commandeer an airliner in flight from a land-based location, then Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean, giving rise to The Drone Theory among U.S. intelligence agencies. Since that fateful flight, dozens of other airliners have gone missing without a trace. Is it coincidence? Or is there something sinister at work?
The Drone Theory Taskforce has one directive: Determine whether U.S. Top Secret technology—lost when a CIA drone went down in Iran—is being used to hijack airliners in flight, and if so, recover the technology.
Air Force Intelligence Officer Major Megan Sloan doesn’t believe in coincidences. She’s determined to get her hands on the technology and the person(s) responsible for this current reign of terror.
When a U.S. Government jet carrying top-level officials to Guam is rerouted mid-flight to Pyongyang, The Drone Theory shifts from supposition to cold, hard reality. The stakes have never been higher. Will they locate the source of the signals controlling the aircraft? Will Major Sloan be in time to recover the technology and return control of the plane to the flight crew before the incident escalates into World War III?
Fasten your seatbelt, return your seat back to its full, upright position, and prepare for turbulence!