Hi, my name is D. V. Stone. I am a multi-genre author who also enjoys reading across genres. On this page you'll meet a great group of writers and get an insider's view into their lives and books. I hope you enjoy this special peek and find new and exciting reads.
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Who I’m a writer, educator, reader, traveler, cook, naturalist, and faith-filled family lover.
Interests Our family is raising strong women for America with seven wild and crazy grandgirls, who range in age from five- to almost thirteen-years-old. We believe in fairies, and create fairy gardens in the spring to attract these magical creatures. We also spend time looking for mermaids among the ocean waves. I recently won first place in a poetry contest with “Time and Time Again: The Mermaid’s Rite of Passage,” and I’m thinking about writing a retold fairytale for adults with a mermaid theme. I recently self-published “Ready or Not: A Creepy, Retold Fairytale for Grownups” on a contemporary Hansel and Gretel theme.
Network I belong to the RWA, ACFW, SCWBI, SinC, and specific FB writing groups in my geographic area and/or genre. Along with family, friends, and our dog (Goldie Licks), who lend me emotional support, I’ve been blessed with mentors who encourage my writing. My writing critique group, Serious Scribblers (with four of us in it), has given me much valuable feedback over the last four years. Yes, it takes a village to raise a writer!
Desk I don’t have a designated writing area in my home, so I usually write in my gazebo in the wifi-wired corner of the yard (good thing I live in Southern California!). I take my laptop, a quilted bag of writing paraphernalia, and a mug of coffee to my corner and set up for business. Instead of walls, I have a clear view of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Sometimes I have to bundle up and firmly hang onto my computer during stiff onshore breezes. Most days, however, I’m out there writing quietly among hummingbirds, monarch butterflies, bees, and crows unless it’s recess at the elementary school below with the voices of children filtering up to my ears--or Camp Pendleton (Marines) with the booms and bangs of bombing and shooting exercises.
Outrageous As professor of literacy development and bilingual education, I have presented workshops and taught courses in United States, Canada, the Oxford Round Table (England), Costa Rica, New Zealand, Zimbabwe (during a revolution), Kazakhstan, and other interesting places.
Window From my dining room table where I sometimes write or Zoom, I peer through large, uncovered windows and French doors to a giant eucalyptus tree growing out of the slope on the backside of yard. Across the valley, hills light up in the spring and early summer with bright yellow wildflowers.
Gunnysack Hell, a psychological thriller, was released by The Wild Rose Press (https://www.thewildrosepress.com/) on Feb. 10, 2021.
“There’s more to fear in the desert than scorpions and rattlesnakes.” It’s the summer of 1962, middle of the Cold War, and the O’Brien family has moved off-grid to the Mojave Desert in Southern California. After all, the desert has to be a safer place to raise a family than the crime-ridden city, and there they can build a new future. But evil also stalks dusty desert roads, and eight-year-old Nonni finds herself harboring a terrible secret: Only she can identify the predator who has been terrorizing the community. And he knows where she lives.
2/28/2021 10:15:09 am
You write in a gazebo???? I want your office! That sounds absolutely lovely, although I'd never get anything done, staring out at the beautiful scenery all day. :)
2/28/2021 07:19:05 pm
Thanks, Jennifer! It's inspiring out there! Thanks for dropping by the Window blog today!
2/28/2021 10:24:45 am
Hi, Nancy! I'm with Jennifer...writing in a gazebo sounds amazing! I love that you and your family believe in fairies. Because I got my MA in linguistics and lived in different countries, I also love that you're a professor of literacy development and bilingual education and have traveled around the world. Wishing you all the best with your new release!
2/28/2021 07:20:10 pm
Thanks, Judith. And I still believe in fairies! Sounds like we have a lot in common! Thanks for dropping by D.V.'s Window Blog today!--Nancy
2/28/2021 10:34:15 am
Nice to learn so much about you. Good luck with Gunnysack Hell and future works, Nancy.
2/28/2021 07:21:08 pm
Thanks, Sandra, for dropping by D.V.'s Window Blog today! So far, GH has been well received by its readers!
2/28/2021 01:20:13 pm
The view from your window and gazebo sound lovely!
3/1/2021 12:25:48 am
Thank you, Pamela!
3/1/2021 08:29:12 am
Oh wow, Nancy. I'm envious of your writing space. I enjoyed learning more about you. Congrats on the release of your fabulous book!
3/22/2021 10:36:24 pm
Thanks, Alicia! Sorry for the delay in responding to your lovely comments (it was the day of the old hip replacement). I so appreciate your support!--Nancy
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