Pretty Girls Don't Cry, by Dalya Moon
Afternoon radio show host Nora Scott has always considered herself an ugly duckling, and the prosthetic foot she wears on her right leg isn't helping.
When she's on the air, as a faceless voice, she's Eugene, Oregon's favorite personality. Off the air, she's ... not so great, hiding her face and failing to connect with a guy for more than one night.
Now she's being pursued by two men, a work friend who wants to be more than friends, and the guy she loved when she was fourteen, before the accident.
Nora must figure out what she really wants, as well as how much she can forgive.
Meet the Author
Dalya Moon, author and writer, lives on the west coast of Canada with her husband and two cats. She's a proud auntie to three energetic nephews and one darling niece.
When she's not writing, Dalya dabbles in art: painting (acrylics and watercolor), pottery (wheel and hand-building), paper cut-outs, and gluing things to other things.
Some random facts about Dalya:
- Looks really good in hats.
- Was obsessed with drawing the Easter Bunny as a child.
- First job was washing dishes at a truck stop.
Chat with Dalya Moon online at: www.facebook.com/dalyamoon
Dalya answers the three questions everyone asks writers:
How do you write?
I used to write longhand, but I've switched to the computer, for speed. To deal with distractions, I use the Pomodoro Technique, which means I'll set a timer for 25 or 50 minutes at a time and turn off instant messaging (and block the internet).
When do you write?
I write all day long. I'm a night owl, so my day doesn't start early. On a first draft, I have a target number of words I want to write every day. I'm very stubborn, so setting a specific goal works great for me. Most days I'm excited, other days it's hard work. When I come upon a scene where something upsetting happens, I feel sick for the character.
Where do your ideas come from?
All my stories start with just one small piece, be it a title, an emotion, a setting, or a what-if type of question.
My idea for Charlie came from wishing I'd done something memorable during my first year in high school, which is pretty abstract. Woodworking popped into my head, so I ran with it.
For Practice Cake, I began with the title alone. From that grew the setting of a bakery, and then the reality TV show.
For Smart Mouth Waitress, I also started with the title. The dreadlocks came from my friend Frank, and The Whistle, the diner Perry works at, is inspired by real places on Main Street.
Sometimes I'll be inspired by a real-life person. I was driving to meet a friend for a writing session when I saw a woman with red-red hair and a purple dress. "Now there's a character," I said to myself, and half an hour later, I started writing Cousins Forever.
Before I became a writer, I thought writers got the entire idea for a story, all at once, and writing was simply a matter of jotting it all down. I didn't understand then, but I do now, it doesn't work that way!
You get an idea for a character, or a setting, or an inciting incident, and that's all that comes out of the blue sky. To get the rest of the way there, you have to start putting the words down on paper, discovering the story, bit by bit. Often the end result is miles away from the beginning outline, but you have to start somewhere.
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