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Dorlana Vann

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The inspirations for my books and short stories are fairy tales, the supernatural, and classic romantic comedies. I’m a long time fan of Anne Rice, I have a writer-crush on F. Scott Fitzgerald, and my all time favorite book is The Picture of Dorian Gray.

I write weekend-reads that have been described as “fun, inventive, and unpredictable."

Jaclyn's Ghost: Supernatural Mystery, Romantic Comedy, Can this diva solve her own murder?

Passage to Queen Mesentia: Parnanormal Egyptian Mystery, a mysterious stranger and a quest for an ancient Egyptian artifact.

Supernatural Fairy Tales: a collection of paranormal, fairy tale inspired short stories. Warning: They don't always have a happy ending...

Silverweed: Young Adult, werewolf, LIttle Red Riding H...more

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Dorlana Vann With lies and deceit ...

There is no secret as to how you finish a novel, you just steadily work on it: page by page, chapter by chapter, day by day.

With lies and deceit ...

There is no secret as to how you finish a novel, you just steadily work on it: page by page, chapter by chapter, day by day.

I write 4-5 days a week. And I pretty much follow the same ritual. I write in the mornings when it’s quiet. I drink 1-2 cups of very strong coffee with half & half. I open the file and go to the page where I left off. For several years, I haven’t had a daily word count nor a time goal. I know I’m finished for the day when I’m finished, when I just can’t focus and my mind shuts down. I don’t force myself to keep going. I’m done.

To me, taking a break and writer’s block are two different creatures. I purposely take a break by not even opening the file. I take breaks all the time, but when I’m ready to sit back down and write, it’s business as usual.

One morning, not too long ago, I sat down at my computer with my cup of very strong coffee with half & half, opened my book file, and got that feeling I get when I’m finished writing for the day. Um … what? This went on for a couple of days until I decided to “take a break.”

I have my suspicions as to why this happened, and I’m sure every writer has different reasons for writer’s block. But for whatever reason my brain had for not wanting to write, I didn't like it. For goodness sake, I’m almost finished with my second draft!

So here are a few things I did to get back to writing:

- I sat at my computer at night, when everyone was home and it was noisy, with a glass of Pinot Grigio – So Instead of: morning, coffee, and quiet, it was: night, wine, and noise.
- I told myself I was just going to read over a chapter – I started changing a word here and there and eventually I was reconstructing sentences.
- I have the rough draft, but there are some major changes that I want to make, and I haven’t actually wrote those down, they’re just in my head. I told myself I needed to make notes on the chapters so I wouldn't forget during this non-writing time – thankfully, I never got to those notes, instead I started working on the book.
- Instead of my usual start where I left off, I went to the end of the book and worked on the very last chapter of the novel.

You get the idea. So my conclusion: lies and deceit are the best solution to writer’s block. :)

I’m still not at pre-writer’s block, but the story is not at a standstill either. Because there is no secret as to how you finish a novel, you just steadily work on it: page by page, chapter by chapter, day by day.(less)
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Description: Ghosts, Mystery, and Fashion. Can this diva solve her own murder, or will she be stuck in limbo forever? After recovering from the shock of seeing her own dead body, (still dressed to kill from last night’s party) fashion model, Jaclyn Jade, discovers she’s a ghost with a choice. She can either immediately go back to Hell, do nothing and stay in limbo, or find the reason she fell short of grace and advance to Heaven. Because she was murdered, Jaclyn hopes that finding her killer will unravel this mystery. With the help of a timid closet-psychic who can speak to the dead, and a handsome, yet arrogant, ghost of a man from the roaring 20s, her search for answers initiates a quirky journey of self-discovery. Personalities, eras, and worlds collide as this mismatched trio race against time to solve the mystery of Jaclyn’s Ghost.(
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Dorlana Dustin Adrian wrote: "Howdy Dorlana!
This here Texas cowboy appreciates the friendship.
Thank ya kindly darlin'.

Dustin Adrian Rhodes"

Well Howdy Dustin,
Thanks for your Goodreads Friendship as well. Happy Reading!

message 44: by Lucinda

Lucinda Dear Dorlana,
I would like to thank you so much for acepting my friendship request here on GoodReads, and i really look forward to future book discussions with you.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x

message 43: by Dorlana

Dorlana Hi Isabell! Thank you - Nice to meet you. Looking forward to reading your reviews. Happy reading.

Isabell wrote: "Thank you so much for accepting my friend invitation and I shall be sure to download the free book if there is still time! God bless you, have a great rest of the weekend! xx"

Estelle B. Thank you so much for accepting my friend invitation and I shall be sure to download the free book if there is still time! God bless you, have a great rest of the weekend! xx

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Susie Sexton thanks for the add!

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Cheryl Landmark Dorlana wrote: "Hi Cheryl,
Done! I like your new cover :)

Cheryl wrote: "Hi, Dorlana. I noticed that you have my book "Wind and Fire" on your to-read list. First of all, thank you very much for adding it!


Thanks, Dorlana. I hope you enjoy reading the book.

message 39: by Dorlana

Dorlana Hi Cheryl,
Done! I like your new cover :)

Cheryl wrote: "Hi, Dorlana. I noticed that you have my book "Wind and Fire" on your to-read list. First of all, thank you very much for adding it!

I just wanted to let you know that the edition you have mark..."

message 38: by Cheryl

Cheryl Landmark Hi, Dorlana. I noticed that you have my book "Wind and Fire" on your to-read list. First of all, thank you very much for adding it!

I just wanted to let you know that the edition you have marked is no longer in print. If you go to my author profile, you'll see another version there with two hands holding fire on the cover. This is the most current edition. If you could change your edition to this one instead of the other one, that would be great. Thanks.

Savannah Dorlana, thank you for the friendship.

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Bridget Bowers Thanks for the friend request!

Kelly/yllektra Thank you for adding me! :)

message 34: by Dorlana

Dorlana Hi Alexandra - Thanks for accepting the invite and downloading the book. I hope you enjoy it. :)

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Gary Revel My Memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT
At Barnes and Noble

His birth in Alabama, youth, high school-Holmes County High School-Bonifay, Florida, US Navy-San Diego, California, music-Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Investigation, recording and releasing the single record of the song about the MLK assassination, THEY SLEW THE DREAMER and more.
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Leon Shure Thanks for adding me as a friend,


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Gary Revel Best wishes to you Dorlana and hope for all your dreams come true.

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Edie Ramer Dorlana, thanks for the friend invite! I hope you enjoy Dead People. I'm going to check out your books!

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Ellen Maze Hi Dorlana! Thank you for the friend-vite! Nice to meet you ;-)

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Milton Esitubi Mary Anita And The Second Liberation In Kenya Consider reading this dramatic entertainment full of African passion and flavour, social life and politics.

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Pamela Hey Dorlana...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

message 26: by Cheryl

Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friend request, Dorlana. Can't wait to read "Silverweed"!

message 25: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Dorlana! :)

message 24: by JoAnne (last edited Apr 05, 2011 03:18PM)

JoAnne Kenrick Hi, Dorlana x thanks for the friend add xx

message 23: by William

William O'Brien Hi- Just to let you know...
Peter: a Darkened Fairytale
Best wishes, William

message 22: by William

William O'Brien Hi Dorlana - Thank you for your friendship.
Please visit my website
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date mid-late Jan.
Best wishes, William

message 21: by Ashley

Ashley Hey Dorlana,

Thanks for the friend request :) I'm adding Jacklyn's Ghost to my TBR list! I can wait to check it out!


message 20: by Lori

Lori Hi Dorlana, thanks for the friend request. I read the synopsis of your books and have added them to my TBR list - - they sound great!

Lea (YA Book Queen) Hi Dorlana! Thanks for the friend request =)

message 18: by Arlene

Arlene Hi Dorlana. Thank you for the friend request. I look forward to sharing book recs with you. :)

message 17: by Jordan

Jordan Mierek Thank you for the friend invite! I'd love it if you could look over a story I have on here. Yours is very good.

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Jen Knox Thank you for the friend request. I look forward to checking out your work soon. I love venturing out of my genre trap (I've been reading nothing but memoirs this year). Best, Jen

Michelle Hello Dorlana :)
Thanks for the invite... gonna to have to check out your books!
JACLYN'S GHOST looks pretty cool!

Dark Fairy Pictures, Images and Photos

Harlequin Historical Hi, I'm very happy to meet you and look forward to discussing books with you. If you ever have any questions about any of the titles on my shelves, please ask away. I'll be happy to answer them. If you are on MySpace you can join me at or on Facebook at I have monthly contests for free books and I try to keep everyone up-to-date with what all the authors are doing.

CaliGirlRae Thanks for your GR friendship, Dorlana! Always happy to meet fellow authors. Hope you're having a fab week so far! :-)

message 12: by Beth

Beth Hi Dorlana,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery author!

message 11: by Joe

Joe Vadalma Hi Dorlana,

Thank you for the invite. I too am an author of paranormal mysteries and fantasy. Please visit my web site, The Fantastic World of Papa Joe, You'll find links and excerpts from my novels, a free short story, a serial, my blog and other features.

Joe Vadalma

message 10: by Andrea

Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend.

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Dorlana...what a pretty name! Thanks for the add and a big congrats on Passage to Mesentia!
Happy Halloween, too.

message 8: by C.J.

C.J. Nice to meet you Dorlana.

Good luck with your next book.

I just released A Demon Awaits and I'm waiting for news on the film adaptation of Sin and Vengeance.

Stay in touch.


message 7: by Ed

Ed Thank you for the friends add, Dorlana. Much success for your books. Have a great week.

Ed Lynskey

Andrea Kulman Maybe one day I will make it to your area. Thanks for responding... :o)

Maarleenaaa 8D can you please join my group?

Maarleenaaa 8D thanks!

pleasure to meet yhoo Darlana! :)

how are yhoo miss?


Dorlana, I've added your book Jaclyn's Ghost to my to-read list.

Jacqueline Thank you for joining my friend's list! Jackie

Bradley I am also glad to make your aquaintance Dorlana. =) May we both enjoy many book sales. =)

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