Monday, April 3, 2017
Friday, December 2, 2016
And it is a lovely day for me. A piece of fiction I wrote two years ago (almost two and a half years) is finally seeing the light of day. Thank you to Mirror Dance for picking up "Purity," which I composed for an apple-themed reading during grad school. Apple? you say.
And while you're at it...
Last but not least, happy December!
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Have a science fiction or fantasy novel you want to get in front of an agent?
Well, guess what? You can!
And the best part…it’s free!
Contest closes tomorrow,so get a move on, kids.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Trying something new again. Often these types of post fall into obscurity after a few weeks, but we’ll see.
I got this idea from another blog I saw, and I liked it. So here’s the attempt with my own spin.
What I’d tell you if…
…I were being chased by a fire-breathing dragon through a dark cave on an unknown planet surrounded by active volcanoes and heroic music which invariably meant I would survive because the hero(ine) always survives.
~It’s hot in here!
~I’m giving a presentation tomorrow on preparing to publish, and I’m really excited about it. Recap next week!
~Talking helps! (And sometimes talking while being chased by a fire-breathing dragon is the best time.)
~You can’t be unhappy when you’re grateful. (And I’m even grateful for the dragon because it means I’m alive and kicking.)
~When I get out of this cave (since I know I will due to the previously mentioned music), I will resume being all I can be and more.
*dodges ball of flame*
Monday, February 22, 2016
I’d like to thank you in advance for reading this post. It is a bit long-winded, but it imparts some very important information about the future and me, though not necessarily in that order.
So, beginning with me, I have a confession to make.
My real name…is not Deanna.
You may have figured this out when you realized I write romances about geeks who play role playing games and really looked at my name. Deanna Dee De(anna) Dee, D and D, Dungeons and Dragons. (Yes, I went there.) However, whether you knew or not, you do now, and it’s time for some changes to DDGeekWriter.
Hi, I’m Mary DeSantis, and I have a pen name, Deanna Dee.
I initially began writing as Deanna because I wanted to write geek romance and keep it separate from Mary’s fantasy writing. In the last year, though, I’ve come to the conclusion that the two aren’t so far apart as I originally thought. I no longer feel uncomfortable letting the hypothetical cat out of the bag.
Another issue of late is my stress level. While Craig, Lydia, and the rest of the crew will forever hold a special place in my heart, that special place is currently not special enough for me to dedicate hours of my time to them. I was MIA most of January for some family issues, and while that was happening, I did some redefining of myself. I realize The Games of Love series is incomplete, but I can’t do it right now. I’m burned out on it, as they say. Thinking about writing it makes me feel heartsick and overwhelmed. I mean to return to it someday, but as of right now, I don’t know when.
I’ll even get more honest. Deanna feels like she’s smothering and crushing Mary. I started Deanna’s stuff for a myriad of reasons. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I believe one was fear of my fantasy not being as good as I thought. I used a pen name and a genre switch as a hiding place. I wrote stories I ultimately like but that aren’t my first true love.
Well, no more. I need to do what’s best for me. I need to do what makes me happy, and right now, that is not The Games of Love. Right now, that is going back to my roots and diving into the political intrigue and magic systems I wrote a few years ago.
Is Deanna disappearing forever? No. She will have a dedicated page on this site. If a short story call comes up that I think she’d be perfect for, I may submit something. She just won’t be my main focus.
Please be patient as it may take me a bit to figure all the logistics. For now, the most important point is…
Mary is taking over. DDGeekWriter used to stand for Deanna Dee, Geek Writer. Well, this may be surprising, but Mary is also a geek. She also writes. So please help me welcome in the era of “DeSantis and Dee, Geek Writer: Sharing Headspace with myself.”
Thank you for reading. Many people think writing is just, well, writing. You sit down and you write and you produce a product, right?
Technically, yes, but it’s so much more. A great writer puts their heart and soul into their work. A great writer feels amazing after writing a scene or chapter. A great writer gets as emotionally intense as her story (and sometimes annoys those around her in the process—sorry, guys). Any writer, though, does what she loves. I like Deanna. I love Mary.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Hop participant interview!
Join me for an interview with Francis Powell
-What’s your ideal Valentine’s Day?
A nice meal in a restaurant with my family. This year we went to some horse racing. I am not a fan of horse racing , but there is a track not far from where we live and it makes a nice afternoon for my three year old son. For extra entertainment, there were some incredible Cossack riders, doing some incredible stunts. My son was very impressed.
-What’s your favorite kind of candy?
I have a terrible sweet tooth and can devour a lot of chocolate.
-Are there romantic elements in your stories? If so, how are they used?
I am not sure there are too many romantic elements in my stories, in fact it is quite the opposite, they are more about break ups and the treachery of lovers. In one of my short stories called "Flawless" a man is about to marry the woman of his dreams. As he is proposing an insect appears and he is forced to swallow it. He develops a terrible unknown skin disease and his intended turns her attention to his brother and plans to marry him instead. The man Sirius Piecroft is bitter and twisted and plans his revenge, while the two are marrying at the church alter. He takes and axe with him and makes a dramatic entry. As he is about to attack his brother, this insect flies out of his mouth and miraculously his skin is restored to its normal condition. It is a story that touches on the subject of how fickle people can be and how we are obsessed by perfect skin and appearance. There are lots of other examples of treachery as regards to love in my stories.
-Do you find writing a good romantic scene easy or difficult?
I am not sure about romance but writing a scene that involves sex, has to be done in a particular way. For me it has to be in keeping with the story. There are some of my stories that contain sexual elements. One story even starts off with… Mercedes Shwartz had just had the most incredible orgasm, but her pleasure was still incomplete.I would say if you are a horror writer, or a suspense writer, or whatever your genre, the sex parts in your stories, should not seem like they have been pasted in, to add a bit of spice to your story, but should be natural elements that enhance your stories. There has to be the same tension that pervades in the other elements in your stories. It has to be in keeping with the characters of the stories as well the moods.
-What type of romance stories do you typically enjoy reading?
Romance books are really not my thing at all. This is not to say I am totally unromantic...
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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Check out my interview on Francis Powell’s blog.
NEW RELEASE! My story, Romance or a Stone, came out as part of the Roll to Seduce 2 magazine from Cheap Dates Press today.
And if you haven’t, snag your copy of Pair of Dice Lost for just 99c!