Google+

Dellani Who?

4

September 12, 2012 by dellanioakes

When I meet people for the first time, they often ask, “Dellani, where are you from?” This isn’t as easy a question to answer as you might think. My dad was a college professor. My early years were spent galavanting around the continent as he pursued his education and got his first teaching jobs. I usually follow up with a question of my own, “Originally or recently?”

When they finally decide how to respond, I answer them. “I was born on a dark and stormy night….” No, seriously, I was born on a Saturday in early October, in Knoxville, Tennessee. My father was from a small Tennessee town not far from there and was working on his Masters at the University of Tennessee.

From there, we moved to Ohio, with my mom’s family, for a year, then on to Cambridge, Massachusetts where Dad went on to get his PhD in English from Harvard. After that, we moved to Lubbock, Texas and on to Scottsbluff, Nebraska. By the time I was in the third grade, I’d been to 4 schools and lived in 5 different states. We lived in Nebraska until I graduated from high school, then we moved south to Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

The move to Mississippi was number ten. While there, I went to college, married, had children and moved five more times. I had my B.A. in theatre and dance as well as a B.S. in secondary education with an emphasis in English. I also pursued gifted certification so I could teach the smart kids. I did that for 3 years before we moved to Florida.

In all these years, I was writing. I started with poems and very short stories when I was young. I progressed to longer stories and wrote plays in college. Eventually, I made the leap to a novel. I started my first novel in 1988. It’s as yet unfinished and unpublished, but one day it will be both. My first finished and published novel, Indian Summer, is an historical romance from Second Wind Publishing.

Indian Summer took me nearly ten years to write. I started it when my eldest son (now 27) was in the fourth grade. I accompanied his class on their field trip to St. Augustine. As we wandered around the oldest city on the east coast, I kept feeling that there were stories there that needed to be told. That’s when Gabriella started speaking to me.

After Indian Summer, I decided to strike out in a different direction. I chose to write a futuristic romance which eventually grew into a series. Lone Wolf, also from Second Wind, is the first in the series. Book two, Shakazhan, is coming later this fall.

I’m also delighted to announce that my romantic suspense novella, The Ninja Tattoo, is coming out September 24th from Tirgearr Publishing.

Follow me on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/dellanioakes

My blogs: http://dellanioakes.wordpress.com/

http://writersanctuary.blogspot.com/

http://dellanischoice.wordpress.com/

http://cerealauthors.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @DellaniOakes

About these ads

4 thoughts on “Dellani Who?

  1. [...] When I meet people for the first time, they often ask, “Dellani, where are you from?” This isn’t as easy …   Meet a good friend and fine author.  [...]

  2. [...] dellanioakes in Uncategorized Dellani Who?. Share this:Like this:LikeBe the first to like [...]

  3. Congrats, Dellani, on all yours successes! I hope to follow in your capable footsteps one day. :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

allmostrelevant

getting your mind off of getting your mind off of things

Stories by Mercilo Daviss

Worlds and moments in just a few words. Have a look around and stay awhile.

CURNBLOG

Movies, thoughts, thoughts about movies.

Daily (w)rite

A Daily Ritual of Writing

prophetbrahmarishi

Just another WordPress.com site

Book Hub, Inc.

The Total Book Experience

Write It Down

Motivation, inspiration and advice for writers, from a writer.

J.D. Holiday

Author and Illustrator & host of It's Story Time on Book Garden Radio, The Authors' Words and Halo Kids Tales at Blog Talk Radio

Writing By The Seat of My Pants

Rachel Rueben YA Author & Novelist

Cereal Authors

The best stories from the world's best authors

Jorthusbooks' Blog

A New Fantasy Experience

Gabina49's Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Derailed Thoughts

Author Rachel Rueben YA Novelist at Large

Dellani Oakes

Not Just Another Word Press Blog! © 2012 Dellani Oakes

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 452 other followers

%d bloggers like this: