**Author Peek** Interview with Daryl Devoré
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
Thanks for letting me visit. I live in Ontario Canada with husband and pets. I write. I left the real world and now I write. When I’m not at my laptop, I love to garden. I have a good size vegetable garden where I fight it out with the local wildlife population. Did you know chipmunks love corn on the cob! So do bears – but we won’t go there! My front yard is flowers. A young couple pulled into our driveway last summer. They got out of their car and said, “We’re lost and we decided anyone who has a yard this beautiful must be safe to talk to.” We invited them to stay for dinner. I grew up in the city but have lived out here in the country for 23 yrs and I love it- except there is no pizza delivery!
1. How did you get started writing? When someone handed me a pencil.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why? Erotic romance – contemporary, historical and currently working on a fantasy. Why? I have no idea why? Writing erotic was not where I ever planned to go. It is just where I ended up.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Letting the characters take me where they want to go. I’m a panster. I may have an idea of where the story is headed – but it never seems to get there. One critique partner said what she liked about my stories were the changes of direction. It’s not me that’s doing it – talk to my characters.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Everybody who has read an interview of me can answer this – critiques. It is my biggest –arrghhhhhh. I am slowly beginning to understand it is because of my pride. I was taught to be a “good girl” and do your best. I’m smart and always did well in school – few mistakes. I took pride in handing in the best thing I could. I wrote a book, put it through critique group, self-edited it to where I thought it was good. I was proud. Then to have it be sent back from publisher with hundreds of edits in it – it knocked me on my butt. I quit. I wrote the publisher and quit. I couldn’t believe I was that much of a failure Luckily he told me to “suck it up” and now A Kept Woman is published. To this day, when I get a critique or an edit, it takes me a while to open it and I have to control the fear that bubbles up inside me.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
The hot tub. Something somebody said. A line pops into my head. I’m quiet, your basic wall flower. But what I’m doing is watching people. How do they interact? How do they stand, hold a drink, laugh. And from what I see or hear an ideas bubbles around in the back of my head until it is ready and then it pops forward and say, “Tada!!”
Sexy Red Hood is a twisted fairy tale. The general idea came from my publisher. They wanted to do a promotional thing and asked each author to pick a fairy tale. I chose Little Red Riding Hood and then twisted it – just a bit.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
My voice. That is the only thing I can claim. I’ve read several books and hundreds of chapters by other romance and erotic romance authors and I am humbled and envious of what they have written.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Let’s say I used to be an avid reader – now I’m an avid critiquer and beta. But when I do have to get away from it all and read “something else” – it’s a murder mystery. I love to cuddle up next to my wood stove with a big hot chocolate and an Agatha Christie. I own all of her books. They are like dear friends.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Capri’s Fate is my erotic fantasy that is currently being written. It is about a junior vice president who falls in love with a hot male voice. When is it going to be published – first I have to finish it. Then I’ll worry about the next part.
Where to find Daryl Devoré –
Blog – http://myeroticnotions.blogspot.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/daryl.devore
Twitter – @daryldevore
Google+ – Daryl Devore
I’m on Triberr, LinkedIn, Pinterest – I’m all over the net.
Where to buy Daryl’s books – Daryl’s publisher – http://www.newdawningbookfair.com/
Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/43872
All Romance Ebooks – http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-akeptwoman-518576-144.html
Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/66071
All Romance Ebooks – http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sexyredhood-562333-149.html
Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/98038
Had a great time. 🙂
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read an excerpt from Daryl’s novel, SEXY RED HOOD, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!