Matthew Toffolo: What is your novel about?
Dayna Mason: In a playful response to the book, “He’s Just Not That Into You” the authors demonstrate how to stop searching for love from impossible sources and find it within yourself. They tell a tale based on a true story of two traumatized friends attempting to get past the abuses they suffered as children. Mason and Andrada aim to guide the reader using story and tools, through their own breakthrough from tragedy to health, happiness, wellbeing and freedom.
2. What genres would you say this story is in?
3. How would you describe this story in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
I usually only watch a movie once.
5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
I love music, most genres. I don’t have a favorite, it depends on my mood.
6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
I primarily read nonfiction, but my favorite fiction authors are Orson Scott Card & Michael Crichton
7. What motivated you to write this story?
My own journey of tragedy and struggle to compassion and seeing the truth of who I am.
8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
I thought it would be an interesting way to experience the book.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Two pieces of advice.
1. Trust your process, whatever that looks like. Don’t compare your method of writing to anyone else. Each writer is unique.
2. Finish. I know lots of writers who have been writing their novel for over a decade or more. Often the reason they are still working on it is because they need for it to be perfect. My advice is just finish. Let it be “good enough” … they next book will be and should be better than the last, that’s progress. But don’t get stuck in the need for it to be “just right” … Just finish.
Performed by Val Cole