Ernestine Dail is a high school teacher and lives in Maryland. She has taught school for several years and enjoys the wonders and amazements she finds in being around children. The inspiration for writing her book comes from being surrounded with children and knowing their joys, likes, and dislikes. She is the author of two books—Dimples DoGood, and her latest, A Voice in the Night. She likes to read, write, travel and do crossword puzzles.
You can visit Ernestine Dail’s website at http://bookstop.wix.com/children-books.
Brian, Josh, and Thomas arrived at Blackstone Cabin with great expectations of fishing and having fun. Now in the midst of a raging storm, and a hooded stranger frantically knocking at their door, the boys desperately wished for Josh’s father, Mr.Joplin, to return to the cabin. Will he return in time to save the boys from danger, or will the boys open the door to the frantic knocking of the hooded stranger outside.
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
No, I don’t call myself a born writer. Writing is what I learned over a period of time.
What was your inspiration for A Voice in the Night?
My inspiration for writing came from students. It’s a joy to see the younger students enjoy reading and exploring the pictures. My high school students, after reading my first book, Dimples DoGood, asked me to write a mystery because that is what they liked. They purchased my first book to show support.I wrote A Voice in the Night because or them.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I really like themes in which people help people and are generous and caring rather than selfish.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
It took me 3 months to complete it.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I’m very much disciplined. When I make up my mind to do something, I do it and I work on it until it is completed and I am satisfied with it. A typical day is coming home from work, turning on my computer and working sometimes up to 11:30 pm. I usually get home from work around 1:00 in the afternoon. I eat before I get started and in between I have snacks, and take maybe 1-2 10 minute breaks. This works majority of the time with the exception of having writer’s block.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
The most challenging thing for me was ending one chapter and beginning another because the story had to flow and synchronize with previous scenes. That requires a lot of thought.
What do you love most about being an author?
I love being an author because I get to express my creativity, educate, influence, and help others in a positive way.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self-publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I decided to self-publish because it was less expensive, yet very professional in every way. I worked with Eric at Avid Readers Publishing Group.
He was very helpful and patient in answering all of my questions, and I received my product on time according to schedule. It is important to have someone who is understanding and will work you, especially if you are publishing a first book. I’m very happy with my decision.
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