Author Archive: Dorlana

Building a Novel


I have used a lot of different methods to write my books over the years. The technique depends on the story and if I already have an idea or not. One tactic is to build inspiration upon inspiration, like a house, from the ground up. Creating a novel in phases not only gives you a …

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Flash Fiction Fantasy Humor


The Guard by Dorlana Vann It felt as if the castle walls were closing in on me. With each passing moment, my eyes grew heavier, as did my head, as I struggled to keep watch. But my thoughts must be enough to keep me awake till dawn, for the dragon had escaped its chains and …

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My Frankenstein Bio


I wrote my Frankenstein-bio back in 2012 when I was trying to come up with my “About me” page for my blog. At first, I was reading other author’s bios on Goodreads to get ideas on how to write one, but when I notice my similarities to other writers (Except for that little, tiny NY …

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Don’t Forget to “Save the Cat.”


When I was writing the rough draft for The Trouble with Scarecrows, I received comments back from a critique partner. It was clear that she hated my main character to the core. Of course, I defended my reasons as to why I had given Brenda a Scrooge personality. For one, she is actually the antagonist …

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The Retelling of a Fairy Tale (Dorlana Style)


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Hi Friends, I’ve been using fairy tales to inspire my paranormal short stories and novels for many years. Instead of a straight retelling of the classic tales, I love using them as a stimulus by borrowing elements, capturing the mood, or using them as a backstory, etc., to…

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The Frog Prince + Merlin the Magician = Weeping Lake (a fairy tale inspired short story)


Weeping Lake by Dorlana Vann Vivian stood beside of the lake. Her bright hair waved like the water as the wind graciously blew in from the south. She inhaled and then looked down at her newly acquired engagement ring. She had said yes, but she knew that wasn’t what she meant. Everyone had been there, …

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Inspired Poem


  Bashful by Dorlana Vann When I saw her stretched across the tidy beds, love’s potent sword struck my heart before I knew who this lovely stranger was or one word said. But I remained silent, as I always do. With one bite, she fell ill on that dreadful day. In a glass coffin, it …

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