Interview with Deanndra:
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Through my writing, I want my readers to know that a person’s love life doesn’t just magically go to sleep on their fortieth birthday. We can all have vibrant, steamy love lives well into our twilight years. The idea that a person who’s 22 is a sexual expert is laughable to the over-40 crowd, and a lot of us buy and read erotic romance and erotica. We’ve been through there and we’re on the other side; we know the score. But I have younger characters too.
How do you come up with your characters?
They typically find me! I’ve only had to go hunting for a few of them. Most of them just wandered into the writing and made themselves at home. Fortunately, I’ve been smart enough to say, “Hey, come on in! Have a seat and tell me about yourself!” And it’s worked out well. My biggest challenge is finding different names for all of them, believe it or not.
Do you have any writing rituals that you do while writing?
Nope. I just write. I wrote over 130,000 words during National Novel Writing Month in October. I’ve been known to put down 11,000+ words in a day’s time (but that’s the extreme). I can write just about anywhere, and when I’ve got it all down, I send the files to my iPad and do my editing there.
What types of books do you enjoy reading in your free time or what do you like to do with your free time?
I work out at the gym several times a week, and I like lifting – I’ll use the machines, but I love the free weights. During good weather, I hike and kayak. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and laughing. My nail tech tells me I’m great entertainment. When I’m reading, it’s erotic romance or erotica, general adult fiction, women’s fiction, or marketing materials and information. And in my last book of my big series, I’m going to have an element of Male/Male romance, so I’ve got to do some research. I’m looking forward to that!
Favorite type of music to have playing while writing?
If I have music going, it’s country. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, you get the picture. I never liked country music, and then I discovered that it’s the most romantic music out there. But I usually write in complete silence, believe it or not.
Does your family read your books?
My partner does. He reads a lot and is really good at critiquing and beta reading. The rest, um, not so much. Most of my family members are too inhibited to read my work, and my kids are “creeped out” by the idea of their mother writing erotic romance or erotica. And I think the whole thing is really funny!
Thanks for letting me come and visit today. I hope your readers will enjoy The Celtic Fan.
Who is Nick Roberts?
The Celtic Fan is a runaway bestseller. But no one's seen its elusive author. Nick Roberts doesn't do book signings, TV appearandes, or interviews. He's not on social media. No one knows him. And dozens of Internet groups have popped up, all looking for him, and some offering rewards for knowledge of him and his whereabouts.
Four old friends are planning their annual "guys roadtrip" when Russ comes up with an idea: Armed with an address stolen from the publisher's database, they'll go in search of Nick Roberts in a sleepy little North Carolina town near the Smokey Mountains. But as Russ, Michael, and Jim get distracted by other things, only one stays the course: Steve Riley, a journalist from Knoxville, is determined to find Nick Roberts.
Once on his quest, dealing with a deluge, flash flood, and an obviously incorrect address thwart Steve's chances to find Roberts. But as time and the elements have their way, Steve realizes he might be wrong about his failure. The question ceases to be finding Roberts.
It turns out the real question is, if he finds Roberts, will he tell?
Set in the foothills of the beautiful Smokey Mountains, Steve's story is interwoven with Roberts' original tragic tale of Bill and Claire, two young people in love in post-World War II America. It's a story of love, loss, and one man's tale of a story he never thought he'd tell.
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