Friday, October 22, 2010

Interview with Dale Mayer, Finalist in the Kensington Brava Contest

Please give a great big M & M welcome for my friend and fellow author, Dale Mayer, who is trolling for votes. Since getting published is hard enough and we can use all the help we can get, I talked her into coming on the blog today to ask for votes. She's a finalist in the Kensington Brava Writing contest, and the winner gets a contract. Woo hoo. Here's the blurb for TUESDAY'S CHILD, a wonderful RS.

SAMANTHA BLAIR, a psychic with a terrible gift, is forced to work with Detective BRANDT SUTHERLAND, a cop on the hunt for a serial killer, in order to save not only her sanity but also the women falling victim to an unusual killer preying on their small town.

When she asked what kind of blog I wanted her to do, knowing her sense of humor,I immediately thought of a top ten list since y'all know how much I love those. So without further ado, here's her top ten list for why you should vote for her. Take it away, Dale.

Hi everyone! My name is Dale Mayer and I live in beautiful Kelowna, BC, Canada. I am multi-pubbed in nonfiction, but my passion is the stories that weave through my mind. For the past nine years, I’ve written around the daily responsibilities of being a single mother of four to produce new stories each year. I write both adult and young adult fiction focusing on taut psychological suspense with romance and paranormal elements.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to visit today.

I am thrilled to be one of the ten finalists in the Brava Writing With The Stars Contest. It’s been a very empowering experience. The editors at Kensington picked the ten finalists from the large pool of entries and that alone means that my manuscript is good enough to attract the attention of the people that count. Even better, the winner of the contest receives a publishing contract!

However to actually win this contest I have to have voters – you!
But considering that all ten of the finalists are good writers, have worked hard to get here, and all want to win - why should you vote for me?

That’s where the trouble writing this blog started. You’d think being a writer would make it easy to think up things. But in my books, it’s my characters who speak. Then again, why wouldn’t that work here? I am a character in my own world.

Therefore I’ll let one of my alter egos speak today – the comic!
She came up with ten tongue-in-cheek reasons why you should vote for me:

10. I’m a blonde – everyone knows we need help to accomplish the most basic things - like win!

9. I’m short – and could use a hand up!

8. I’m hindered by having a male name as a romance writer – like really who’d name their daughter Dale?

7. I’m over 40 and have gray hair – but not enough to figure out how to do this on my own – refer to #1 if you’re confused.

6. If you vote for me I can rise above cat lady status to cat lady with a publishing career status and feed my gathering brood of cats.

5. If you are related to me, the never ending flow of cheesecake will stop – unless you vote for me!

4. If you aren’t related to me – there’s not going to be cheesecake either – but if you vote for me I can keep the cheesecake flowing for those that are!

3. If you vote for me I can ditch the day job and go on stage as a stand up comic – NOT!

2. I deserve to win – just listen to all my kids and extended family – they’ll tell you (or they will if they want to stay in my will!)

1. The biggest and the best reason to vote for me? Because TUESDAY'S CHILD is a damn good story and deserves to be turned into a book - Honest!

I’d continue but the next one my alter ego wanted to bring up was that I’m a woman and whoa Nellie, I’m not going to touch that one! No sane woman would.

Thanks, Liz, for the opportunity to be here!

You can vote for Dale by going to
You can also go find her website at

She's on Twitter at: or you can follow her on Facebook.


Liz Lipperman said...

Good morning, Dale and welcome to M & M. I am interested in how the contest works. And tell us about your mentor.

On another note, I suspect my being a quarterfinalist in the Amazon contest may have led to my sale. Fingers crossed yours will, too.

Donnell said...

Well, with top ten reasons like that how could I refuse you. And... I can be bribed with cheese cake (unfortunately). Good luck in the contest, Dale. I agree TUESDAY'S CHILD is a damn good story.

Melanie said...

Hahaha! I love the cat lady one. Too funny. Good luck, Dale. I'm off to vote right now.

Donna Cummings said...

Dale, congrats to you on being a finalist! That's very exciting. I'm off to go read your story and do some voting. :)

Good luck to you, in the contest, and in the publishing world!

Lindsay said...

Morning Dale, Sorry but the reason you listed in Number 8 don't cut it with me. What about Dale Evans, Roy Rogers sidekick and wife. Of course there's Dale Robertson, the actor.
Going through life with your name is a lot easier that me, a guy, going through life with the name Lindsay.
But I'll still vote for you, cheesecake aside but better in front of me.

Dale Mayer said...

Good Morning Liz! Thank you so much for the warm welcome to M & M! When I looked at the rules of the contest, one of the biggest draws for me was the Mentor relationship to be set up between the finalists and Brava authors. My mentor is Cynthia Eden. ( She writes wonderful dark and very sexy romances for Brava and romantic suspense for Grand Central. I'm so happy to have her as my cohort in this endeavor.

The idea being that the finalists do the best that they know how with each of the challenges, then the material goes to the mentor for assistance. In this case, Cynthia helped me see various things missing and helped to strengthen each of the challenges. One of the challenges went back and forth a couple of times as we tried to make it fit both of our visions of what it should be.

I think any exposure is very helpful and I really hope being part of this contest will help me get an agent and eventually a sale!


Dale Mayer said...

Hi Donnell! I think most of us can be bribed with cheesecake! In my house February is cheesecake month and one of my sons' friends has been known to 'drop by' with a two pound block of cream cheese!

Thanks for the vote of confidence!


Dale Mayer said...

Hi Melanie, yeah the cat lady one isn't far off the truth now! I have four cats. Two male domestic mixes and two hoity toity female Persians. I think more than that and I'll be called a hoarder!

Thanks for the vote!


Lindsay said...

Dale, you just got my vote. Good luck.

Dale Mayer said...

Hi Donna, thanks for stopping by! The contest is very exciting and I'm loving being a part of it.

Thanks for the best wishes and have a great day!

Dale Mayer said...

Hi Lindsay! I was actually named after Dale Evans. And you're right, going through life with an odd name regardless of your sex can be a challenge. My father told me to keep my name on my books because he wouldn't be buy a book written by a woman as it had too much 'relationship garbage' going on. Lol.

It's also a known fact that most of the top 10 New York Times bestselling books have male names on them - so maybe I'm not doing so bad after all!

Cheesecake always deserves to be front and center! My favorite is Reese's pieces cheesecake, which has chocolate and peanut butter layers.

Have a great day and thanks for the vote!

Edie Ramer said...

That was a fun interview -- from one cat lady to another. lol And I like cheesecake too! Me and a million other people.

Dale Mayer said...

Hi Edie,
What a great combination - Cats and cheesecake. Of course, my big tom is liable to decide the cheesecake his his. He sits beside me on the floor for every meal just like a dog.

Thanks for stopping by!


Kari Lee Townsend said...

That's great, Dale! Good luck to you. Loved the post...too funny :-)

Dale Mayer said...

Hi Kari, thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment! I figured that we could all use a spot of humor today. I know I could.

Have a great weekend!

Marley Delarose, Author said...

You're short, really? I never figured that from your picture. I definitely voted for you.

Dale Mayer said...

Hi Marley! Glad to see you had a moment to spare in your crazy schedule. I am short - of course that's all relative. I'm surrounded by three six foot sons and the short jokes in my house are rather overwhelming!

Thanks for the vote!

Have a great weekend.

Amy Atwell said...

I voted long before this post, but I'm so proud of you for breaking out of that quiet shell of yours (Dale really was quiet the first couple of years I knew her ). I think you'd make a great stand up comic! And I've had the pleasure of reading the whole damn book, and Tuesday's Child DOES deserve to be published!

Dale Mayer said...

Hi Amy, thank you so much for stopping by and for your vote. Your encouragement has meant a lot all these years. Hard to believe I used to be a hermit, huh?

Mary Marvella said...

Dale, I already voted, too. I am also blonde, and gray, and short.

Your reasons were all excellent and I'd vote for you again, if I could

Dale Mayer said...

Hi Mary! Thanks for the vote and for the comment. Short and gray beats short and blonde! Of course, I'm heading more to gray now too. You'll be in good company soon!

Have a great weekend.


Karin* said...

off to vote!

Dale Mayer said...

Thanks Karin!

Have a great weekend!