Hello everyone! My name is Dana Nussio, and I would like to introduce myself to the Superromance community. I don’t have a publication date for my first Superromance release yet, but I am so excited to join this talented group of authors as we write stories for this wonderful, eclectic romance line.
I have been asked to answer a few questions in order for us to get to know each other better.
So this is me.
What made you choose Supers?
I was drawn to the Superromance line because it is Harlequin’s “big books” line. I was craving the opportunity to tell stories with more complex plots and characters, and Superromance offered me that chance.
Tell us a little about your road to publication.
I'd always been a writer. I have a journalism degree and had worked as a newspaper reporter and features editor before leaving the workforce when our first daughter was born. But I'd never written any fiction . . . until that Saturday. I was a few weeks away from delivering our second daughter, and I took a full-day novel-writing class really just to get out of the house. I took in all the information and promptly forgot about the class while we welcomed our child. And then about four weeks later, a plot came to me in a dream. I opened a file on my computer and wrote a 400-page novel. I called it "Come Kiss Me, Liar."
It would be a great story to say I sold that book, but, sadly, it didn’t work out that way. I kept writing new manuscripts, though, and after seven more years (and a third daughter in the middle of that), I sold my first novel. I’ve had sixteen books published now, and my new Supers make books seventeen and eighteen.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I love reading the work of so many romance authors, but Sandra Brown remains my favorite. I loved The Executive and Envy. Outside of romance, I love reading great storytellers like Jodi Picoult and Pat Conroy. My new favorite women’s fiction author is Kristin Hannah. Winter Garden was amazing.
What has been your biggest surprise about the publication process?
My biggest surprise was that publishing didn’t get any easier after the first sale. I thought it was like some secret handshake that once you knew it, there would be smooth sailing. But in the 14 years since my first sale, I have learned that each book is hard work and that it is important to continually improve your craft as a writer.
Besides my birthday, which even my kids call “the national holiday,” Christmas is my favorite holiday. I have this collection of Christmas ornaments that my Grandma Bowley started for me when I was 10. There are so many amazing pieces in this collection from friends, family and even old boyfriends (shhh!!), but some of my favorites are the ones our three daughters and our nieces and nephews have made. Right after Thanksgiving, I start unwrapping the ornaments, and it's like unwrapping memories. Each one makes me smile.
Tell us one thing about you that no one would ever believe.
I’m double-jointed. Or at least super limber. My index fingers and thumbs bend back against the back of my hands. This made me a winner in third grade when my classmates played a finger-wrestling game called “Mercy.”
If you could live anywhere on the planet, where would you choose?
If I could live anywhere, I would live in Laguna Beach, California. I remember standing on the beach there, looking at the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other, and I was sure I was in Heaven. I called my husband that afternoon and told him I wasn’t coming home to Michigan.
I look forward to getting to know you better. If you’d like to receive updates on my new state police series, True Blue, please Like my Facebook Author Page or follow me on Twitter.