Hi there. I’m D.M. Guay (aka Denise Marie). I write supernatural fiction. With my new series, 24/7 Demon Mart, I hope to put the fun back in fantasy and the comedy back in horror.
By day, I’m an award-winning journalist living in Ohio, a hobby urban farmer (you can’t beat my beets!), a painter, and a retired roller derby player. (My derby name was Girlzilla, btw, because I was a ‘mean monster’ who was 6’2″ tall on roller skates.)
My favorite things—besides books— are tiki bars, liquid eyeliner, 24-hour horror movie festivals, rock concerts, and most of all, people who make art, despite adversity, no matter what life throws at them.
I’ve really had to put that art and adversity thing into action for myself this past year, as I was diagnosed with stage 4 (terminal/incurable) kidney cancer on Dec. 29, 2017. It’s hard to make art when you’re fighting for your life, so I hope you’ll be understanding and patient now that my book release schedule has changed. Still, I haven’t given up writing!
Remember: Life is way too short, so make it count. Read good books, love your friends and family with all your heart, and never, ever turn down a chance to have fun. Plan for tomorrow, but don’t forget to live for today.
Holy crap, you’re still here? You must be really bored! Well, since you’re still here, I’ll let you in on some more of my secrets. (Why yes, I’m totally bragging. Sometimes.)
Jess, Rising won the Romance Writers of America Joyce Henderson award for YA romance in 2016. It also placed third in the Romance Writers of America Emily Contest in 2017. (It’s working title was Girl with the Sun on her Heart.) As a journalist, I won a handful of Press Club of New Orleans awards, including best investigative journalism story. Woot.
I’m in the middle of launching the “Unicorns Fight Cancer, Be a Unicorn” club in central Ohio. Its purpose is to raise money for research for incurable cancers (starting with kidney cancer), while giving people good excuses to dress up like unicorns and have fun while raising money for the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance and researchers at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University.
I’ve always been a misfit, and I think that’s pretty clearly reflected in my work. Most of my main characters are people who don’t quite fit into mainstream culture. This is the part where we all scream out in unison: “Outcasts unite and embrace your power!” Wait, was that just me?
Fun facts: If I had to choose a superpower, it’d be healing others. What a gift, right? Other fact: I have been known to dye my hair weird colors, since way before that was cool. Personal favs: burgundy and purple.
So that’s me in a nutshell. The takeaway? Be who you are. Follow your own path. Take chances. Be who you are, be kind, and life can be a beautiful adventure.