Dellani Oakes is a former A.P. English teacher and photo journalist. Dellani was making up stories before she could read. Her first really cohesive work began when her older sister started school. Left to entertain herself, she invented an imaginary friend and would regale her mother with tales of Snowy Green and Rainbow School. These stories paved the way for songs and poems in elementary school and short stories in high school and college.
A college theatre major, Dellani took play writing. It became her new love. Scripts being dialog heavy and character driven, this aspect has followed her into her novel writing. She uses verbal exchanges & sparring as a way of revealing both plot and characterization.
Dellani had to set aside her love of writing when she began working as a teacher. Her creative energies were channeled into writing exams to make her students cry—although this wasn’t usually intentional. Unfortunately, between that and motherhood, she didn’t have time to write.
However, once her youngest son started school in 2001, she was able to write full time. Her first novel, “Indian Summer”, was published in 2008 by Second Wind Publishing. Also from Second Wind, her second novel, “Lone Wolf” made its debut in September 2011. “Lone Wolf” is the first in her science-fiction series. She has now added six more books to her lineup. (see links above)
When asked recently how she thought of all those stories, she replied: “There are more ideas in my head than I can get written down in one lifetime. I’ll have to live forever.”
About My Reviews: Although Amazon thinks I charge for my reviews, and will take them down, I want it clearly stated that I DO NOT CHARGE for my reviews!
Yes, authors give me copies of their books, but not always. Sometimes, I find a book that really moves me and will review it as a thank you to the author. My reviews reflect my opinion, but I try hard to find something positive to say about every book I read. If I can’t give a book 3 stars or higher, I won’t write a review of that book. This is only fair to the author, who put a lot of themselves into that work. My opinion is strictly that – mine. I may think something isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, but others may love it. They are free to do that.
Because Amazon and other sites like to remove my reviews, I post them here because on my site, they will never fade into oblivion.