Thursday, July 19, 2007
Ask Five with....DELILAH DEVLIN!!!!
Delilah has helped cause a few waves this summer with the release of Wild, Wild Women of the West, an sexy, hot anthology from Kensington Aphrodisia! This author is one talented lady in demand and her star is only going to rise even farther.
Sit back and meet....Delilah Devlin:
What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?
My latest is a novella entitled A Taste of Honey that is featured in the book Wild, Wild Women of the West (Kensington Aphrodisia, June 2007). The story centers around Honey Cafferty, who lives a happy but precarious existence as a traveling saleswoman, searching for a sense of belonging. From her colorful wagon she brews decoctions to cure ennui, sleeplessness, hysteria—and after a visit from a mysterious Mexican curandera—she believes she’s found the way to improve a man’s libido... The story is light, funny—and very sexy, if I may say so myself!
How do your stories come to you? Complete with just the details to fill in, or is it a character who starts the whole thing rolling?
For me, stories usually start as daydreams that follow me around for a while as I get to know the characters, the setting and their conflicts. Most times, I can hear them talking before I write them. They join me in the middle of some terrible battle or problem and “show” me their world. It’s up to me to figure out what the rest of their story is. I know that sounds very strange, but there you have it. I’m probably schizophrenic, but as long as I just write about my “friends” I guess they won’t lock me up.
What is the hardest part of writing?
I hate the first page of my manuscripts. I will agonize forever over the first sentence, the opening scene, the setting details—it can be paralyzing. Oh, and the other hard part is simply having the discipline to sit my butt in a chair and write! I can find a million other things that need my attention more —dust bunnies, email, blog-hopping, etc.
Which authors or friends have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?
I’ve been fortunate to surround myself with authors who were just as neurotic as I am, who are very talented and selfless with their time when I needed something read or critiqued, and who nag me relentlessly when I’m falling off the writing wagon. Layla Chase taught me more about the craft of good writing than any old book or lecture. My sister Myla Jackson encouraged and supported me all along this journey we undertook together. Kim Kaye Terry keeps me pumped about writing and lets me bounce my crazy ideas against her any time I want. The “Roses” at Rose’s Colored Glasses have given me friendship and love.
What's coming up in the future for you?
Too much to catalog here!! Avon has signed me up for two more books in my vampire series. Into the Darkness is already in the stores, Seduced by Darkness will be out in March—the next two installments will continue to madness! Wild, Wild Women of the West will be followed by a second volume next summer. Kensington is also publishing Damned, Dangerous and Delicious next year. I have shorter stories coming this summer from Avon and Harlequin Spice—and some other projects in the works that I can’t talk about until the ink is dry! Now that I’m writing full time, I really do feel like the sky’s the limit!
Thank you for the interview! Read the RRTE review of Wild, Wild Women of the West by clicking here.
You can visit her website by going to http://delilahdevlin.com/