DS – Hello and thanks for having me today.
QPQ – Tells us about your new release, Dauntless.
DS – Dauntless is a YA inspirational medieval adventure/romance and the first book in my series, Valiant Hearts. It’s the story of Merry Ellison, left on her own after her family was killed in a struggle against the King of England. Merry will go to any length to save the outlawed children of Ellsworth from the treacherous King John.
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QPQ – Writing for YA can be tough. What inspired you to take this project on?
DS – I’m so thankful for this opportunity to create strong and courageous role models for young women. I feel that all too often Christian girls are sent mixed messages. “You can be whatever you want to be, but you should be…” (Insert small box of your denominational choosing here.) I want to inspire young women to be all that they can be and empower them to reach their full potential in Christ.
QPQ – Excellent goal! What type of heroines are you creating for these role models?
DS – A young woman who is feminine and strong, vulnerable and tough, gentle and passionate. She is fearless, intelligent, and full of life. A heroine who contains within her both the tender beauty of a blossoming flower and the fierceness of a lioness. One who uniquely reflects her creator God and is willing to pursue her dreams with all her heart. A woman who is open to love, but not defined by a man.
QPQ – That last part is so important to convey to our young women. Too many times we see young women who run into trouble because they don’t feel complete without a boyfriend. Bless you for telling these kinds of stories. What else do you have in store?
DS – In book 2, Chivalrous, (Available for pre-order, releasing in September 2015) Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight, but such cannot be her fate, even in the Camelot inspired region where she dwells. Meanwhile, her father intends to use her as a marriage pawn.
In book 3, working titled Relentless, Rosalind goes on crusade in search of redemption. I just started writing this one, and it will be fun to see where this story takes me.
QPQ – These all sound like great stories. Let’s post a few places where readers can connect with you and your books.
DS – I hope you will consider giving my Valiant Hearts Series a try, or perhaps purchasing it for some special young woman in your life! And please join me on my Valiant Hearts blog to stay in touch. You can also find me on Facebook and Goodreads.
Dina Sleiman writes stories of passion and grace. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. Her debut novel, Dance of the Dandelion with Whitefire Publishing, won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Selah Awards. Also look for her novels, Love in Three-Quarter Time, Dance from Deep Within, and her Valiant Hearts series with Bethany House Publishers. Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire Publishing as well, and she loves to teach at writers conferences throughout the US.