Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Dylan Madrid. I live in the city of Denver, but I grew up in California. I am a full-time writer and a part-time teacher. When I'm not writing novels I instruct college courses in writing and the arts. Writing is my greatest passion, especially when I'm able to tell a wonderful love story.
What type of novels do you write? And why?
I write romance and suspense novels. There’s nothing like a good love story. And I feel there are not enough of them. I want my novels to remind readers that true love still exists in this world. There is beauty and tenderness in two people meeting, discovering a mutual attraction, and falling madly in love. Happily-ever-afters are possible if you find your soul mate. My novels are about that search and connection between two characters—the realization they’re meant for each other.
Describe your new novel Mind Fields in 30 words or less.
When college student Adam Parsh accepts a tutoring position, he finds himself the object of the dangerous desires of one of the most powerful men in the world – his married employer.
What makes Mine Fields special to you?
Aside from the fact it’s my first novel, there’s a morality in Mind Fields that I like. For the character of Adam, he really struggles with what’s right and wrong. He’s tempted every step of the way and has to decide between lust and love. The novel is about choices and consequences, a fact of life everyone deals with. I hope readers really connect with his dilemma. Although the novel is a sexy, suspenseful romance, there’s also a real gothic feeling to it. I was really inspired to write Mind Fields after rereading Northanger Abbey, my favorite novel by Jane Austen. You can see the influence of that novel in Mind Fields—this wild combination of darkness, lust, and intrigue.
What makes you happiest?
I have many things and people in my life that make me smile including: my wonderful partner Edward, my friends, my dog Lucy, my cat Phronsie, white carnations, board games, anything written by Dorothy Parker, white chocolate, Chicago at Christmas, the city of Brussels, iced nonfat Chai tea lattes, peanut butter M&M's, the success of my students, the sound of rain, the smell of gardenias, slow dances, and tacos.
What’s your greatest character strength?
Determination. Often in my life when opportunity is nowhere to be found, I create one.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
A lot of my story ideas come from music. I will hear a song – especially something with very memorable lyrics – and it will spark an emotion or an image in my mind. The ones that refuse to go away are the ones that make it onto paper – and often into print.
Mind Fields was greatly influenced by the songs Money Changes Everything by Cyndi Lauper and Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Nancy Sinatra. Both songs are referenced in the novel.
My upcoming novel Love in the Shadows was inspired by a dream I had, but there’s a song with the same title recorded by E.G. Daily and also by a band from Belfast called Circuit 21 that I listened to while writing the book.
My next novel Backstrokes was really inspired by the beautiful music of Elizaveta and my fear of water.
I am always very inspired by anything Lana Del Rey sings. She’s my musical muse.
Why do you write?
Writing is my greatest passion, especially when I'm able to tell a wonderful love story. My love for writing comes from my love for reading. I grew up reading fantastic novels. It didn’t take long for me to realize writing was my purpose.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Absolutely. I’ve been writing since I was seven. I published my first short story when I was 15. Since then, I’ve never looked back. Writing brings me a deep satisfaction especially when something I’ve written connects with a reader on some level.
What motivates you to write?
With each novel I write, I aim to continue to improve and strengthen my craft. Receiving feedback from my readers also motivates me. When I receive a letter from a reader who expresses they’ve identified and connected with something I’ve created, as a writer I feel like I’ve done my job.
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Genre - Gay Romance, Suspense
Rating – R