Dana Michelle Burnett spent most of her life writing short stories and sharing them with family and friends. Over the years, her work was published in numerous commercial and literary magazines including Just Labs, Mindprints: A Literary Journal, Foliate Oak, and many more. Her short story John Lennon and the Chicken Holocaust was include in The Best of Foliate Oak 2006.
Dana Michelle’s Spiritus Series introduced the idea of a ghostly romance and became a Kindle bestselling series. Her Gypsy Fairy Tale Series combined the magic of the Tuatha De Danann and the Irish Travellers and the first book in the series, Once, was included in the Faery Realms Multi-Author Box Set. With this new series, Dana Michelle dives into the trials and tribulations surrounding the paranormal gifted during a war with vampires.
She’s an avid reader of anything dark and romantic. Dana Michelle lives in Southern Indiana with her dancing diva daughter and an assortment of pets.
As a reader, I love it when an author tells me a story where the setting is so real and alive that it’s almost like another character. As a writer, I try to do that in my own stories. I want my readers to say, “I want to go there!”
One of my favorite settings in books and movies is the typical small town. I know that sounds crazy, but is there anything more terrifying than the idea of living in a place where everyone knows everything about you? Of knowing your neighbor’s family for generations? It gives you the sort of feeling that you’re always being watched and you can’t help but wonder what these faces that you see every day are hiding.
I’ve only ever lived in small towns across Southern Indiana, and I have to admit it’s not for most people, but to me these small towns are the perfect setting for anything dark and creepy.
With The Gifted and The Damned, I wanted to create that same feeling for my characters. An entire society of witches, shifters, and seers are living in this small town. They are hiding what they really are from their “normal” neighbors.
As a writer, I loved the challenge of using a real place in my story. As a reader, I loved another example of small town creepiness. What about you?
The Gifted and The Damned (The Vampire Wars, Book One)
Seduction was her gift…He was her weakness…
In the small town of Corydon Indiana, witches, seers, and shape shifters live hidden from the everyday world in plain sight. They live under the constant memory of the trials of Salem and live by a code of secrecy.
Ruby Malone, the only siren ever born to her family of witches, held the hearts of many men in the palm of her hand, making her the talk of the supernatural community, but there was only one man that she wanted.
Making seer Archer Wallace hers was the only thing Ruby cared about until a war between the gifted and the vampires turned her world upside down.
Suddenly, the world that Ruby knows is gone. Archer is off fighting in the war and Poe Corvus, a rebellious shape shifter with a past, tempts her to be the siren she was born to be.