As a young student living in the suburbs of Dallas at the time of the Kennedy assassination, D.W. grew up on a steady diet of conspiracy theories. To this day, D.W. still loves a good mystery and believes the truth of any event lies somewhere between the eyewitness accounts and the historical retelling. D.W. admits to being the only student who paid attention when the school librarian explained the use of the card catalog and other research materials. Where others saw only tedium, D.W. saw clues that would lead to fascinating facts hidden within the tomes and periodicals lining the shelves. During downtime, D.W. enjoys sorting through piles of musty old papers, scouring the depths of the internet, and looking for the one thing everyone else has overlooked.

D.W. Maroney is a USA Today Best-selling author of genre fiction and is a member of The Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, and Liberty State Fiction Writers.

To learn more about D.W., visit her website.


Missing (2019)

Biggest literary influencers:

I’ve always been a big fan of American Classics – Thoreau, Hawthorne, Alcott, Poe, Twain, and so many others. More recently I’d have to add Ayn Rand,  Stephen Coonts, and Nelson DeMille.

Last book read:

Collateral Damage by Kathy Bennett

The book that changed your life:

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It was the first book that made me really think about the world we live in and to question the motivations of just about everyone. (See my answer to the next question for reason #2.)

Your favorite literary character:

My favorite literary character would have to be Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged. She was the first kick-ass female character I’d ever read. She was competent and confident in a world where women in business were looked down on.  She made me think I could do anything I set my mind to.

Currently working on:

I’m currently working on the second book in the Status series, Status: PRESUMED DEAD.

Words to live by:

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

Advice to new and aspiring authors:

Study your craft.

Do your research.

Don’t quit your day job.