Dakota Rebel lives in Detroit, Michigan with her husband Mr. Rebel and two incorrigible children, Jr. Rebel and Rebel Jr. 2.0.
Her friends are made up of the most amazing people on the planet. They not only accept her faults but often encourage them.
She smokes more than she should, drinks less than she’d like to, and is the life of any party that ends by 9 p.m. She adores her fans like nobody’s business and encourages them all to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff.
So Dakota, tell us about yourself.
I’m married to a wonderful man and have two beautiful children. I smoke too much, don’t drink enough and often find myself in bed before 10pm every night. I have been blessed with an amazing group of people to be surrounded by and as hokey as it may sound, my mom is my best friend.
Sounds like a wonderful life. I’m sure our readers would like to know what you do when you are not writing. Do tell!
I try to keep up with my three year old son and my fifteen year old daughter and when possible spend some time with my husband as well. Between writing and working full time there never seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done.
I love to cook and bake and have been trying to devote more time to learning new methods and convincing my family to try new foods. Thanks to Pinterest I have discovered some wonderful new recipes and have fallen in love with my slow cooker.
It can be hard to juggle all that. What kind of day job do you have?
I work in customer service for an automotive supplier. Mostly I am a paper pusher and spend nine hours a day staring at a computer screen. As monotonous as my job can be, I adore my coworkers and am very fortunate to work with a few of my very good friends.
It’s nice that you can work at a place you enjoy. So tell our readers what genre you write in and how you chose it.
For the most part I write M/M erotica. Occasionally I will throw a girl into the mix, but usually not. I love men. I love everything about them. So the thought of two men together just clicks for me. The bullheadedness of guys lends itself so well to storytelling. The conflict is almost built right in.
Interesting. Do you work with an outline or just write?
I am notorious for just writing. I can go weeks, sometimes months, without putting fingers on the keyboard once. Then an idea will strike and three days later I have a completed 30k manuscript done, edited, and sent off to my publisher. I don’t plan it or do it on purpose, but for some reason that is the way my brain works. In quick, erratic bursts. I certainly wouldn’t suggest it to anyone else, but it’s the only way I’ve ever been able to write.
I am so jealous! So tell us, what is the name of your recent book?
Kiss Me You Animal was released last month with Stiff Rain Press. It is the first in a series about were panthers. Less than 30K words? It has all the big L’s: Love, Loss and Laughs. I’m very excited about this series and I hope my fans enjoy it as much as I do.
I love the title and the cover is pretty sexy too! So, if you could meet any author, who would it be?
I would love to meet Jo Rowling and Stephen King. They have both been such huge influences on my life. Maybe not so much my writing, but their books have honestly shaped the person that I am, the things that I love, and the dreams that I have aspired to.
Well with that being said, what are you currently reading?
I am always in the middle of at least one Harry Potter book. Usually it is Deathly Hallows as this is my favorite of the series. But sometimes I like to throw it back to Sorcerer’s Stone. There is just something about this series that has a hold on my heart.
I am also always in the middle of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In fact, there is a different copy of Dracula in almost every room of my house. Since I was nine years old I have been reading and rereading that book. It speaks to me in a way that nothing else does.
Oh, a Dracula lover. I knew I liked you! Well I’m sure our readers want to know what you are working on now. Can you share?
I am finally sitting down to work on the sequel to To Hate and To Hold. I get more questions about Ethan and Jamie than about anything else I’ve ever written. It thrills me to no end that my readers love these men as much as I do. And their story is not done, they continue to speak to me and I am planning to finish their journey at some point this year.
Well, I hope you will come back when the book is finished. In closing, is there anything you would like to tell your fans?
Thank you so much for standing by me and supporting me all of these years. I am getting very close to the 30 title mark, and none of that would have been possible without the love and encouragement of my readers. The fan mail that I get absolutely lights up my whole day. I really do love to hear from you and my inbox is always open if you’d like to drop me a line.
Remember, you can find Dakota at:
I asked Dakota some questions for fun so we could get to know her a little better, *twists hands together*
1. What are your pet peeves?
I cannot stand liars. I hate being lied to and I don’t like being forced into situations where I have to lie. (ie: do these pants make my ass look big?)
2. Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?
3. What are 4 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
My Kindle, A Hair Tie, Excedrin and a glass of Iced Tea
4. What is your favorite gadget?
I can’t even remember how I survived without my iPhone.
5. If you were deserted on an island, which of your characters would you want with you?
Definitely Jasper. I did a series called Lost and Found about people stuck on an island in the Bermuda Triangle. Jasper is a tough as nails Army commander and I would trust him to keep me alive and comfortable if I found myself stuck in the middle of the ocean.
6. Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?
No way. I’ve been known to change my bra if you can see the lines through a t-shirt. I am too self-conscious to ever go out in public in slippers or anything like that.
7. Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers?
I absolutely get the rage at people who KNOW that the lane they are in is ending and they wait until the last possible second to get over, cutting off the row of responsible drivers who thought ahead and got in the correct lane. This causes everyone to repeatedly slam on their breaks and makes unnecessary traffic jams. UGH. It just grinds my gears.
Well it has been a lot of fun having you here today. I hope you come back again and the best of luck on your new book. “Kiss Me You Animal”.
Remember to check it out athttp://www.stiffrainpress.com/
You can see Dakota’s other books athttp://www.resplendencepublishing.com/149.html
Dakota is giving away a collection of signed paperbacks! Don’t forget to enter to win:
To Hate And To Hold
Lost and Found Collection
As We Like It
Thanks for joining us at Coffee Talk Dakota!
This interview conducted by Valerie Twombly