Meet Dicey Grenor

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Spicy Dicey! Dicey is one of the few people I’ve actually met on Twitter first. I don’t remember how, but I think it was probably from either one of us tweeting or commenting on something. Dicey writes “spicy” novels that she describes as “sexy, wild, daring, and risky.” I read one of her novels, Best Friends, Fantasy Lovers, and enjoyed it. Not only did I learn a little something about the BDSM subculture (I’m one of those rare women who did not read 50 Shades nor saw the movie), but it also reminded me of my undergrad years at the University of Tennessee (and no, not because of the kinky stuff, lol).

I participated in a foreign exchange roommate program where I lived with ladies from abroad. One of my roommates was Irish and she was a riot! I had a blast hanging out with her. I learned things about Ireland and about British culture in general (including a band called The Streets). When I discovered one of the main characters in the story was Irish, and that she stayed true to British slang and syntax, I was hooked! I suppose nostalgia has the power to do that.

Any who, what’s cool about Dicey (aside from her jokes and the fact that she balances writing with being an attorney, mom, and wife… whew!) is that she’s always supportive; she retweets random stuff from my timeline and she always comments on something I say, which was especially nice in the early days of my Twitter experience since I didn’t have many followers; I didn’t feel like I was talking to myself. Lol! Get to know more about her below:

 Question 1. Name one surprising thing about you.

Answer 1. I love Marilyn Manson. Anyone that knows me knows this, but new friends always find this shocking. I even went to my first mosh pit experience to see him perform a few weeks ago. Best rush ever.

Q2. What’s your favorite food?

A2. Shrimp. I enjoy seafood.

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Q3. What was your inspiration behind Best Friends, Fantasy Lovers? 

A3. My infatuation with Robert Sheehan’s character, Nathan Young, on Misfits (BBC). I thought he was hilarious, gorgeous, and was an all-around compelling character with a hot Irish accent. It was hell trying to nail a culture/nationality I knew nothing about, but when the muse hit, I had to succumb. I ended up building a whole world around his personality. Since I was going to lots of rock concerts at the time, it just naturally evolved that his character would be a rocker. *insert universal rock sign* [S.M. side note: Tommy is quite the hilarious character and she freaking nailed the culture!]

Q4. Is there a message in your novel(s) that you want your readers to grasp?

A4. I’m not preachy about any particular message, but I’d love for people to feel how diversity, love and acceptance for all is a driving force behind my characterizations. I deliberately channel characters that aren’t mainstream, because I like for traits that society sees as “weird” or different to just be another thing that makes us special. I’d like for our differences to be celebrated. I’m attracted to characters that teach me something new about the world from a perspective I don’t naturally see things. I’d love for readers to feel that too.

Q5. When and why did you begin writing?

A5. I’ve been writing since I was first able to hold a pen…or at least that’s the story I’m sticking with. I didn’t get serious about writing fiction until 2009, when I needed the outlet. I like to craft my words to sound as intelligent, hip, snarky, or consoling as I intend them to be. Writing is a healthy form of therapy. Fiction lets me do it creatively.

Q6. What is the hardest thing about writing for you?

A6. The hardest thing about writing for me is finding time to do it. There just isn’t enough time to get it done. I already stay up late and get up early. I operate on little to no sleep just to get my daily tasks done. The only time I can write is somewhere between eleven at night and two in the morning. As you can imagine–I’m tired by then. But I do what I must.

Q7. Did you learn anything from writing your books? If so, what was it?

A7. I’ve learned A LOT. 1. My writing continues to improve with each story. All the more reason to keep doing it. 2. My target audience is even smaller than I expected. That means I don’t take my readers for granted. I make sure to respond back to each email, each text, each call, FB message, blog post, Tweet…you name it. I make sure my readers know how much I appreciate them. 3. My books must become films in order to garner more attention. I love films, so that works either way. 4. I love interacting with fans so much; I feel like they are friends. In that regard, I’ve learned that being an author is sharing pieces of my soul with everyone that reads my books. It makes me vulnerable, not just to criticism, but to the good and bad connections I develop with my new friends/readers.

There’s so much more. I also learn a lot from other authors (good and bad) and lot of cultural nuances while researching for my characters.

Q8. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk, if any?

A8. My manic writing phase is pretty insane. The characters speak to me loud and clear, and they write the story. I probably struggled through the beginning of the story to find the right voice. Then BAM. My fingers just move. I eat, sleep, and breathe the story until it’s done. During one such manic phase, I actually wrote fifty thousand words in one week, including editing. It was a finished product by the time I was done. [S.M. side note: I’m similar. I can get manic when the flow is running strong.]

Q9. What do you think makes a story good?

A9. Compelling characters and unpredictable plots. Even if I don’t like a particular character, if the character’s development is good, that will make me feel something. If I feel something, it’s a good story. If it has a plot that I can’t guess what’s going to happen next, that suspense makes it a good story for me.

Q10. How can readers discover more about your works (e.g. Goodreads, Amazon, website, etc.)?

A10. I’m everywhere under Dicey Grenor: Goodreads, Amazon, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google Plus. My website is www.diceygrenorbooks.com.

9 thoughts on “Meet Dicey Grenor

  1. I must start by saying kudos on another great find Ms Grenor has piqued my interests into a genre I normally wouldn’t read. Now, Dicey can I call you that I feel as though I can, because from your answers I feel as though we are already friends, and very similar in a lot of ways. I thoroughly embrace weird, unique, and any quirky thing about a person or people in general. Speaking which I got a nice dose of culture shock back in 2001 when I left the little podunk little town called Evansville in the middle of Hooterville, Indiana and took an oath to defend my country against enemies both foreign and domestic. In my time in the Corps. I met all different types of characters from all over the U.S. as well as the world. When I deployed overseas I got to train and meet some Brits as well as Korean R.O.C. Marines. When I was stationed out Camp Pendleton, CA in camp Las Pulgas (which literally means the fleas) I had my innocence quickly sucked away and was turned into the sick, twisted and hilarious human being that is typing this right now.

    What was great about that time was that it didn’t matter where you were from or if you even liked the people around you, you were stuck with them. So whether you wanted it to or not their innate charm kind of wore off on you, or in my case you sought it out lol. Just like everywhere else you still had issues, because people will be people and get all caught up in their upbringing and still reserve their delicate sensibilities, were racist, or sacreligious. When the bullets started flying down range though, I can tell you this from personal experience you did your job and protected the man or woman to the left and to the right of you. The petty things didn’t matter when lives were at stake or you were told by the gay mexican staff nco to take that building, you just did your job. Which is what irritates me about all of that crap to begin with it is just stupidity and people afraid to make some mad or hurt someones feelings, but I digress…

    The point I was getting to is you seem like a pretty rad person, and I think it is awesome that you learn from your character research as I have in my travels. Which have been quite extensive, for I have been a nomad most of my life. I can attest to the statement, the grass is always greener on the other side.

    As for the going manic thing, I can also relate there because in any venture I throw my hat into the ring of I got through a crazy manic phase and try and do everything all at once. I am doing my best over time to limit the number of arenas I am throwing my hat into, and focus on one thing at a time, taking baby steps. From my perspective though, it is a true sign of passion for something you love or love to do, when that occurs. For instance, in my most recent venture into creating a movement, which I still have no idea what I am doing, I have gone through a crazy almost manic state. I can barely sleep, thankfully my appetite is there, but sometimes get so caught up in what I am doing I forget to eat.

    Which by the way for anyone that is curious, my movement is called #InvisibleWounds. It is a piggy back off of the Semicolon movement, for those unaware of what that is it is a suicide awareness movement. For instance in writing a semicolon is a pause, unlike a period which is the end of a sentence. So like in life we go through ups and downs, highs and lows, but the one thing a wise man once told me is that this too shall pass. So rather than ending your life take a pause and move forward. Not to get to deep into it and make what is meant to be a positive comment something negative. #InvisibleWounds is to further define that movement and help people to be aware and gain understanding of the staggering rate of Veteran suicide.

    On that note, I am gonna leave you with this…

    We are all people and are all beautiful in our own unique ways. I want to say thanks again for the good read and introduction to a unique character like Dicey. I look forward to getting to know her better once I get a chance to read her work and get to know her characters and their character lol

    Namaste and Semper Fidelis

    Sean C. Schultz

    • Sean, thank you so much for reading the interview and replying! Always great to meet another person passionate about embracing our differences. “We are all people and are all beautiful in our own unique ways.” –I can get behind that line 100%. If you decide to dive into my dicey books, I hope you enjoy them.

      The #InvisibleWounds movement seems like an awesome cause because it’s educational, in an area people may not know is an issue, and supportive of veterans going through these intense periods. I think I read a little about the movement when S.M. posted a link to your open Google letter. It’s nice to meet you here on her blog.

  2. Research is key. The only problem sometimes is that you have to cross-check your research because some sites will say one thing and another site will say something completely different. Good job at getting the voice down. It can be difficult getting it down when you haven’t experienced something for yourself. And good job to you SM for actually noticing that. Sometimes readers don’t notice the difference in voice as it can be quite slight.
    As for the manic state, I don’t think that’s all that odd. I would venture to say that all authors have that at some point on a project. It is more strange not to have it. Same goes for the characters telling you what to write and where the story needs to go. It’s their lives, you just record it.

    • Thank you for reading the interview, Michael, and for commenting.

      I agree that writers need to cross-check their research, which is why I sent this particular novel to a friend in the UK (who happened to have an Irish boyfriend) before I released it. She mentioned one thing that I needed to change–the word I used for money was accurate, but wasn’t the word they’d use in speech. So, I changed it. Once she said I nailed the voice, I knew it was ready to go. In fact, I send every story to several beta readers, and usually at least one other person with more knowledge on the subjects that I research, before I release them to the public.

      Glad to know other authors have a manic stage. Most of them are not able to edit themselves as well. This is where I believe my OCD would be an interesting writing quirk. Of course, I didn’t poll other authors before this interview, so I don’t really have any way of knowing for sure what’s normal. This was my best guess based on what I’ve “researched”. Same with authors channeling characters–glad to know I’m just a regular ol’, nothing special author. 😀

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