- What does your writing process look like?
I hold a full-time job, so I get up at 5 a.m. to write. That is when I am most productive. The house is quiet, the world is still, and nothing disturbs me. I’m not behind on anything yet for that day, so I can focus on the book guilt-free. I can’t even listen to music. My environment must be quiet. Usually I work in my office, with a cup of coffee at my side.
- Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
After I write for an hour, it’s time to exercise, so I head out for a three-to-four mile walk, and I always carry a pen and paper. That is my best thinking time. I can usually solve plot dilemmas then. You’ll also find tablets in my car, beside my bed, and beside the shower.
- What book do you wish you could have written?
Lonesome Dove. Yes, it’s a western and yes it’s more of a guy-type book, but it is epic. The characters, the research, the plotlines, the incredibly unique dialogue – all are just amazing.
- Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Pat Conroy, Thomas H. Cook and Kate Morton, to name a few. Their descriptions and command of words are incredible.
- How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Quirky as this may sound, I find a good source for names is a cemetery. Also, research online…when I was choosing names for Crossing into the Mystic, I wanted names that reflected the Civil War era….I found several I just loved – Braxton, Asa, Jubal, Fergus. The latter name sounded harsh, so I made him the bad guy.
Crossing Into the Mystic:
A Civil War Paranormal Romance
The Crossings Series
Book One of a Trilogy
Genre: Inspirational Fantasy, paranormal (contains Christian themes)
Print Length: 258 pages
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing
of the Carolinas
Three years after losing her family in a car crash, Grace MacKenna is set to inherit her stepfather’s ancestral estate among the mountains of West Virginia. Seeking solace and healing, Grace discovers the ghost of William Kavanaugh, a dashing Civil War captain in Virginia s 17th Infantry, haunts the property. When William charms Grace into investigating the mystery that led to his death a hundred and fifty years ago, she finds herself drawn into a world of chivalry and honor, but also deception with secrets too dark to speak aloud.
Meanwhile, Clay Baxter, home from service in Afghanistan, fights his own demons and ghosts. When Clay senses Grace falling deeper into the realm of the dead, he seeks to pull her back. But is he too late?
Torn between her love for two mysterious young men – one living and one dead – Grace stands in the shadows of the Antietam Battlefield with a choice: one that could leave Grace lost forever, “crossing into the Mystic.”
About the Author
D. L. Koontz was born in Pennsylvania, but with her husband, now splits her time between their home in mountainous West Virginia and their cattle ranch in coastal plains Georgia. She has a son and a stepdaughter. A member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and ASJA (American Society of Journalists and Authors), she is a former journalist, business consultant, spokesperson, and college instructor. After several non-fiction books, Crossing into the Mystic is her first novel.
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