It’s Never Too Late to Believe in Love

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Don’t give up on love! D.D. Marx has written a beautiful love story to help awaken the heart to believe in love again!

 

D.D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer, blogger, and a lover of all things social. D.D. is a graduate of the University of Dayton as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always had a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.

Following are highlights of our recent interview about her new book, Beyond Believing: an Inspiring Story to Awaken the Heart.

It’s Never Too Late to Believe in Love

D.D. is your pen name, a dedication to your beloved friend Dan. Can you tell us a little about him?

I lost my friend Dan, who was this amazing, charismatic teddy bear. We never dated, but we were best friends. He died when we were both 23.

I had never before lost someone so close to me who had their whole life ahead of them. It was devastating. A group of my friends and his family continue to honor his memory ever year. 

The book came to me at a crossroads in my life. I was trying to find my passion, and chose to start writing. I didn’t start writing it as a memoir, though. No one knew me, so why would they be interested in my life story? I wrote it as fiction, basing it on many parts of my life, but also with the ability to embellish and change things.

How did you come up with the pen name D.D. Marx?

I chose to use a pen name because I was still in the corporate world, and I wanted to keep my personal life personal. This is how the name came to me; my first name starts with a “D” and the second “D” is from Dan’s name. His last name was Mark, and I added the x for flair to become D.D. Marx.

Can you talk about the writing process? How did the book evolve?

When I started writing, I wanted to talk about two characters from a female and male perspective, and it turned into a series.

The two characters are Olivia and Finn who live across the world from each other. They each go through a tragic event, which eventually leads them to each other. It makes you think that fate and destiny are real. 

Which parts of the book resonate the most for people?

I’ve done a lot of book clubs to get feedback from people. What’s resonating most is the part about losing a loved one. Almost everyone has lost a loved one. Death is a scary topic, but I’ve highlighted that if you’re open to the beyond, you’ll feel comfort and guidance from above.

I’ve been receiving messages from the beyond for 20+ years, and I keep seeing signs, like butterflies. Other people see signs, too, and the book has validated them so they don’t feel weird. 

How long did it take you to write the book?

The hardest part was starting. But because I wrote it from two different perspectives, it gave me leeway to jump around in the process. There are no rules in writing. You can skip around. Don’t limit yourself. It took me about 9 months, but if you look at the total hours spent, it probably only took 30 days. The story was in my heart for so long, and it was guided by my friend, Dan. 

As a writer, who do you draw your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from friends, family, so many others. I went to conferences to learn about the publishing industry. I was thinking about all the things I’d need to get the book published, and I found a company that would do everything I needed for me. I exposed myself to a whole other world that motivated me. I’ve been fortunate to have career mentors who have also been life mentors. They encourage me to go for it and move past fear into action. 

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