Screenwriter Danisha Bethune
Suzanne’s Note: I met Screenwriter Danisha Bethune in, of all places, a screenwriting class! We were students at Gotham Writer’s Workshop in Manhattan taking a Screenwriting 101 Course. I quickly discovered it isn’t for me, but she already knew it was her love. Awards Danisha was a finalist in a Very Short Story Contest at Gotham. Read her story here. And at the American Gem Literary Festival and Write Brothers – She was a semifinalist for her story, Rent and Werewolves.
From Amazon – Danisha Bethune was born in Anchorage, Alaska. After graduating college, she decided she liked sunny weather more and moved to Florida. She is an avid fan of Vampire Diaries. She loves the series and is a fan of Klaus’ madness and the hybrid mythology. She currently works full time as Scheduling Advisor while pursuing her love of writing.
Danisha Bethune writing as D.C.Bowser
Danisha’s latest novel, Slain is classified as African American romance, but it’s about a vampire!
Tracy, a new born vampire, now makes her living killing other monsters. Once she was accepted into the nest, she had a choice to make; become a fighter or a vampire concubine. She chose to be a fighter. Thinking her old human life was left behind, that was challenged when her human fiancé, William found her again. As her past and present collide, she was forced to make another choice; keep the man she loves alive or protect herself in a new world.
William gave up everything to find Tracy again. In his heart, he knew she wasn’t gone. When he saw her, all his anger over her leaving him disappeared, just happy she was still alive. Never imagining what she had become or what she was now capable of, he wasn’t the same man either. What will become of their love?
Writing as Danisha Bethune
Kindle Worlds Short Stories are a new publishing model that allows any writer to create stories inspired by popular books, shows, films, comics, music, and games (what Amazon calls Worlds), and sell them on Amazon.com and in a new section of the Kindle Store.
An Interview with Danisha Bethune
- How long did it take you to start writing in earnest once you knew that was what you wanted to do?
I’ve written stories since I was nine years old, but I didn’t write my first novel until 2015. My co-worker called me out for the better and told me about Nanowrimo – a non-profit organization that celebrates National Novel writing month. After completing Nanowrimo’s 50,000 word challenge, I believed I could actually write a full novel. I recommend Nanowrimo to any aspiring writer who can’t seem to find the time for their craft.
- Are you self published? Did you launch into self-publishing or did you try the traditional route first?
Yes, I am currently self-publishing my own books. I did try the traditional route. I sent out query letters to agents and a sample of my book. I have no regrets, I believe all authors should seek out representation, that way you won’t look back and think, what if?
- What was the most difficult part of the journey?
Editing is very hard for me. I really don’t like doing it. I do have other pairs of eyes looking at my work and I also recommend professional editing. It does make all of the difference. I still have to edit it myself first to make sure I keep the details I want to keep in the story or make any changes to it.
- Do you want to do a stand alone or series?
I actually prefer book series. My science fiction book, Rage, is part of a series and my paranormal romance novella, Slain, will be a series as well. I like being able to build on a world.
- Do you jump right in to write once you get an idea, or do you plan and outline?
It’s a little a bit of both for me. I write better when I am not stuck in a box so I write a tentative outline that reminds me where I want to go with the story. I will change things if the character or story has taken me on a different journey. I am a stickler for keeping the beginning and end of my story the same as my outline, but the parts in between my story are fair game.
- Where do you write? Do you have any rituals or necessities when you write? Is noise a hindrance?
I write at home. I seem to have a hard time writing during my lunch break. I get paranoid, and it becomes stressful, lol. I focus better at home when I have more time and comfort to write a more fluid story rather than a rushed one. Silence works better for me, but I can write with music.
- Do you write more than one piece at a time? What’s in the works now?
I don’t do it often. If I am writing a long novel or script, I may write a short story for fun, just as a writing exercise. Primarily, I like to focus on one project at a time. I finished the first draft of the second novella in the Slain series. It’s called Scorched. While editing Scorch, I plan to write at least two to three short films.
- What encourages you to write? Discourages? What do you do to motive yourself through the rough times?
I just love doing it. The writing process is hard, but it’s fun at the same time for me. What discourages me, in small way, is the marketing aspect of getting my book out there. It’s challenging for me as an indie author to find the right platform. I mainly focus on what I can control and keep writing!
Find Danisha Here