Dannie Hill is an American and lives in Thailand with his wife. When in the States he lives in Houston, Texas. Dannie has 4 published novels that are enjoyed by many readers.
When not writing, Dannie enjoys sailing, motorcycles, reading and farming. He has a small farm in Thailand growing many exotic fruits and vegetables. The main crop is tapioca and corn. The hard work of farming helps relax his mind while his daydreams come to life. Thailand allows the sounds of English to quiet and daydreams to take shape on paper.
I did it! I finished my manuscript with the perfect final sentence and I feel so good! As this euphoric feeling fades the thought of rewriting comes to my mind and then—the damn-editor—crap.
I only found out a few weeks ago that editor was not half a word. That’s a joke.
For many writers the word editor strikes fear into their every thought. These people want to change my voice, want to tell me what I did wrong and never seem to have a kind word.
The real truth is we need these wonderful people to look over, make corrections and suggestions, and their true purpose is to help make our manuscript a book we can be proud of. They’re not working to take away your voice—they wouldn’t be in business long if that was their purpose.
But a writer might say, “They are slapping my baby!” Are they? Or are they making your great work of art into something that readers will see the beautiful of your words and thoughts?
Having just gone through the long process of changing a 1st draft into a novel I’m still reeling a bit. I went over my manuscript at least 10 times before I sent it off to my long time editor for a proof read and her intelligent suggestions with the writing errors she found. (She found too many errors to mention.) I’ll admit that I am extremely lucky having found this wonderful lady. She was new to novel proofing and I got her trained right—That’s another joke. She is always positive and truthful and I couldn’t ask for a nicer, anal retentive person to help me. (her words, not mine)
I went over my manuscript at least 10 more times and then I sent what I thought was a perfect piece of writing to a copy editor. This was our first time working together and I really didn’t know what would come of it. The manuscript was returned looking like an evil spirit had raked its black, ink tipped nails over every page—crap! I’m throwing a lot into this to make it exciting—it really wasn’t that bad but man, there were a lot of corrections and side notes.
I sucked it up and did what several big time authors have written about—and made the corrections. I couldn’t believe someone was telling me to change this word or that phrase—I mean I’m the damn-writer!—that’s two word for you editors out there.
After taking a nerve pill and waiting a few weeks I went back, set the manuscript up to look like a novel and read it like a reader. I couldn’t believe it. It was my story in my voice and it was so smooth, and just what I was trying to project to someone who might actually buy my book. I do all I do for the reader. It brought tears to my eyes.
This happens every time I write a book. You’d think I would learn, but I am a writer and I know what I’m doing—he says with a wry grin.
His latest release, DEATH’S DOOR:
When a terrorist’s dirty bomb threatens to contaminate the United States heartland, only pure American courage can disarm and disassemble the threat of Death’s Door.
New Jersey State Police Detectives Dell Sharpton and Bill Anders have been supporting the state’s Terrorism Task Force by using their Arabic language skills to gain trust and solve crimes within the tightly knit Arab American community. When officials at the National Security Agency learn of Dell’s remarkable courage and odd but proven ability to “see” the immediate dangers facing his tactical operations team, he and his partner Bill get caught up in a secret government-run counter-terrorism mission that leads both men—and the ones they love—directly to Death’s Door.
Death’s Door is a fast paced thriller with non-stop action, suspense, humor and a touch of romance.
Available on Amazon.