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Interview with D. L. Wood

D.L. Wood writes romantic suspense and is celebrating the release of the second book in her Unintended Series.

In your latest novel, Unintended Witness, your heroine seeks to reunite with her father, and winds up in the middle of an investigation. What do you think makes Chloe relatable to your readers?
Like many of us, Chloe is someone wrestling with forgiving a person that hurt her deeply in the past. Chloe happens to be a new Christian, but even for those of us who have followed Christ for some time, this issue is often difficult. As she works through this struggle, we watch her consider not only her feelings, but the feelings of her father, those in his life, and God’s instruction to us. It’s a complicated thing that I think we can all relate to.

Unintended Witness is the second installment in the Unintended Series. Will there be any more books in this series? Can you tell us a little about what’s coming next?
There will be a third installment coming in the future. In between, I plan to release a new stand-alone suspense novel that I am currently working on.

Readers love to connect with new characters, and as writers, we each tend to have our own unique way of developing them. Tell us a little about your process with character development.
The overriding factor I consider when I create characters is believability. I want my characters to feel real, with common flaws and doubts, strengths and questions. I strive to make them multi-dimensional and have them only say things that a real live person with flesh on would say.

Would you consider yourself more of a plotter or pantser?
I have employed both methods and find that they both have their advantages and disadvantages. Because I like to write complicated plots, it does require a certain amount of planning ahead of time, but often I find the story taking a turn I didn’t expect, and I am as surprised as the readers hopefully are when they read it.

Do you have any go-to snacks or drinks while you write?
I have a really hard time eating and writing at the same time. I’m a water girl when it comes to drinks, although I’ll mix in a root beer now and again.

Do you have a preferred work space?
I’ve turned my poor husband’s “man cave” into an “author alcove.” It’s a quiet space that allows me to not see all the laundry I should be doing.

Do you prefer to write at a certain time of day?
I’m most productive in the mornings, but late afternoon works too.

When did you first realize you wanted to write? And what helped you the most to get from that starting point to where you are now?
I actually still have a book I wrote in the fifth grade. We bound it in class as a project and it’s covered with this really 80s yellow floral wallpaper. I guess the greatest drive has been how much I love to read a really good story, and wanting to be a part of creating something like that—something that not only entertains, but uplifts as well.

Besides writing, when you need to take a mental break, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love BBC detective/police dramas. I’m a Sherlock junkie.

What books are on your TBR pile?
Right now, I am planning to re-read Heaven by Randy Alcorn. As for fiction, I’m looking forward to Ghost Heart by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry, Winter’s Secret by Lyn Cote, and Five Years in Yemen by Luana Ehrlich. I’ve also got the audiobook version of The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White queued up to listen to.

Is there a specific verse that inspired or comforted you when you needed it?
Philippians 4:6-8 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

There are times I deal with anxiety, and focusing on this verse and God’s promised peace helps carry me through. If anyone wants to know more about my anxiety experience and how I overcome, see my website at dlwoodonline.com.




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