Michael  Dalton

more photos (1)

Caitlyn...
3,765 books | 1,462 friends

Nia Markos
106 books | 507 friends

K.A. Me...
773 books | 310 friends

K.K. Allen
391 books | 2,666 friends

Graham ...
19 books | 633 friends

Laurenc...
109 books | 4,988 friends

Luciana...
329 books | 1,304 friends

Tareq A...
149 books | 277 friends

More friends…

Michael Dalton

Goodreads Author


Website

Twitter

Member Since
September 2014


Michael Dalton is a professional journalist and editor.

Michael wrote his first piece of fiction in third grade, for which he was immediately accused of plagiarism by his teacher. Since then, he has been writing more or less steadily, interrupted only by occasional demands of work and family.

Michael lives with his family and multiple pets in Southern California.

To ask Michael Dalton questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Michael Dalton One quality writers need that you don't often see mentioned is patience. It takes time to hone your craft. It takes time for ideas to germinate into a…moreOne quality writers need that you don't often see mentioned is patience. It takes time to hone your craft. It takes time for ideas to germinate into a story or book. It takes time to write (obviously). It takes time to polish a draft into something readable. And, it takes time to build an audience.

I often see novice writers getting discouraged because things aren't happening as fast as they would like. Just keep plugging away. Successful writers are the ones who didn't give up. (less)
Michael Dalton There are few things tougher than putting your work as an artist out there for the world to pick over. After all, you're pouring your soul into what y…moreThere are few things tougher than putting your work as an artist out there for the world to pick over. After all, you're pouring your soul into what you create, and it's hard not to take comments of all sorts personally. But one thing you absolutely must develop as a writer is a thick skin. Rejection and negative feedback are simply part of the landscape, and you will get nowhere if you let them tie you in knots.

Stephen King, of all people, was the epitome of a failed writer. He wrote ten novels and dozens of short stories before selling anything. He was living in abject poverty, papering his walls with rejection letters, when he finally sold Carrie. He's a success today because he never gave up.

People are different in what they like, and not everyone is polite in how they express this. You have to remind yourself that comments are just opinions, and you're not required to pay attention to every opinion in the world, no matter the subject.

But negative comments are also a source of growth as a writer. Rather than take offense, try to look at the comment objectively and ask yourself if there is anything constructive you can use to improve your writing—very often there is. I've gained much more from negative feedback in my career than from the positive.

Of course, some people are just jerks and thrive on negativity, and enjoy hurling abuse at writers and artists because of the sense of power it gives them. You have to do your best to ignore small people like that.

Finally, be careful about positive comments too. Praise can become a drug that you start chasing, and that can lead to stagnation as a writer. When your fans are constantly telling you how wonderful you are, you can start to think your growth as an artist is complete. Don't ever lose the self-doubt and insecurity that drives you keep improving your writing.

As for other tips, I post regularly about writing to my blog, and I'm happy to discuss my posts there as well. (less)
Average rating: 3.79 · 786 ratings · 75 reviews · 16 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Wizard's Daughters

3.67 avg rating — 476 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Witches' Covenant

3.85 avg rating — 178 ratings — published 2015
Rate this book
Clear rating
The eGirl

4.22 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Vector

4.27 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Spider

4.27 avg rating — 11 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Hunt

4.20 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Faith, Hope & Charity

3.78 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Teaser

3.70 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Amber: The Making of a Sex Toy

4.63 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Wisdom of Dogs

4.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Michael Dalton…

The Crystal Cave, Ch. 2

I’m continuing my preview of my forthcoming series, The Makalang. Chapter 1 can be found here. 2.  When I came to, I was lying on my face in loose, sandy dirt. My head throbbed. I reached around to the back of my skull, feeling where I’d hit something during the fall. I felt a lump, […]
 •  0 comments  •  flag
Share on Twitter
Published on September 09, 2020 16:07
The Wizard's Daughters The Witches' Covenant
(2 books)
by
3.72 avg rating — 654 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Michael’s Recent Updates

Michael Dalton is now friends with Mike Bowerbank
86775888
Michael Dalton is now following
6533283
Spider by Michael  Dalton
"I don't normally review books. I'll only do it in rare circumstances, usually when I want to share an author I really like, one I took the chance on reading when I have a TBR list that's a mile high. I was intrigued by the title and the description o" Read more of this review »
Michael Dalton answered Michael Evans's question: Michael  Dalton
Hi Michael,

It's late, I know, but it's underway. I got sidetracked by some other projects. I am hoping to get it out later this year, hopefully by the end of the summer.

M
Michael Dalton has read
Spider by Michael  Dalton
Spider
by Michael Dalton (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
Michael Dalton rated a book it was amazing
THORNE by R.B. O'Brien
Rate this book
Clear rating
If you read the author's "Natalie's Edge" series, which I enjoyed immensely, you may be expecting another tormented romance between two deeply flawed and confused people. That's what we get here, but with some new twists.

Thorne is not the Michael of
...more
Amber by Michael  Dalton
"Michael Dalton never disappoints in his writing. His dialogue and finely-tuned scenes are so well-crafted and realistic, you can easily suspend any disbelief you may have. And Amber, though more blatant erotica than some of Dalton’s other works I hav" Read more of this review »
Michael Dalton rated a book it was amazing
Redemption by R.B. O'Brien
Rate this book
Clear rating
Part 2 left us hanging, wondering if Michael and Natalie could ever navigate a way to get past their emotional wounds and find true love. They do love each other, but they can't seem to find a way to live together without tripping over one issue afte ...more
Michael Dalton rated a book it was amazing
Good Pussy Bad Pussy in Captivity by A. Aimee
Rate this book
Clear rating
I'll be honest, I had some issues with the first book in this series. The story was engaging and the writing was good, but Rachel's indecision and irrationality drove me bananas in spots. In this book, we get a fuller picture of her, and her maddenin ...more
Michael Dalton rated a book it was amazing
Fall by R.B. O'Brien
Fall (Natalie's Edge 2)
by R.B. O'Brien (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
The first book ends with Michael's declaration of love, but don't think it's smooth sailing from there. As much as Natalie and Michael are drawn to each other, they can't seem to get past their complicated emotional issues. Love alone isn't enough.

Th
...more
More of Michael's books…
“There is no rule of writing so sacrosanct that a talented writer can't break it with impunity if he knows what he's doing. If you never cross lines or break conventions in your writing, you're not doing your job as an artist.”
Michael Dalton

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
Oscar Wilde

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.”
Oscar Wilde

“There is no rule of writing so sacrosanct that a talented writer can't break it with impunity if he knows what he's doing. If you never cross lines or break conventions in your writing, you're not doing your job as an artist.”
Michael Dalton

149628 Free Books 4 Reviews — 229 members — last activity Jun 26, 2020 08:05AM
-> Do you love reading? -> Would you like to read more books for free? We can hook you up! --> http://freebooks4reviews.com ...more
103713 Authors & Reviewers — 5355 members — last activity 31 minutes ago
A&R is about helping authors promote their books. If you are a reviewer or a blogger, and you don't mind writing a honest review, then come and join u ...more
31471 THE Group for Authors! — 11628 members — last activity Sep 17, 2020 08:59PM
This is a group for authors to discuss their craft, as well as publishing and book marketing.
113415 THE COVER ARTIST FORUM — 367 members — last activity Aug 31, 2020 09:45AM
The Cover Artist Forum is a collective group of established artists, photographers, or providers who design, contribute to, or sell, Ebook & Print Cov ...more
141210 Sexy Six — 535 members — last activity Mar 16, 2020 09:51PM
Welcome romance lovers! This group is dedicated to erotic romance authors Chris Lange, Morticia Knight, Maggie Nash, Leanore Elliott, Jennifer Therio ...more
49586 Wicked Writers (a book group for readers) — 326 members — last activity May 06, 2020 09:57PM
Are you Wicked? If you are and you LOVE talking about books and life and making new friends, come chat with Shayla Black, Sylvia Day, Nikki Duncan, Ca ...more
127944 eBook Miner — 2156 members — last activity Sep 06, 2020 01:56PM
We run eBook Miner, a new and innovative site that aims to connect publishers and writers (especially indie authors) to avid readers. We sift through ...more
More of Michael’s groups…



Comments (showing 1-2)    post a comment »
dateUp arrow    newest »

Rosanna Leo Lovely to meet you, Michael!


Tamara Rose Blodgett Hi Michael and thanks for your friendship :)


back to top