1. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I write in many genres, so no one appeals to me more than others most of the time. I have recently fallen into romantic suspense as the prevailing theme for my new work, and I think it’s a good fit. I also love Historical Westerns, and have had that obsession going since I was about two years old.
2. Are you a plotter or a pantser (one who writes “by the seat of your pants”)?
I have to plot, even if it’s only a few paragraphs of notes for a shorter story. I’ve tried writing blind, but it doesn’t work for me. I need to know where a story is going or it’ll just sit there. If I’m writing a novel length story, I like to plot the chapters, set it up so that I can write it smoothly and efficiently. I have outlines sometimes that are 25 pages in length, and contain partial scenes and dialogue. Makes it easy to get a feel for the overall story before I go to work.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Editing. I absolutely hate the first draft part of things, but I love working with the editing end of things. Making the story breathe and shine is really satisfying.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
I really don’t know. I’ve always written, and it’s been my dream to do it professionally for as long as I can remember. I’ve enjoyed other things, retail work, administrative work, but in the end, the writing always calls me back. I’m a full time caregiver for an aging parent, and it’s exhausting at times. The writing is sanity maintenance for me, as well.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Breakfast. I love sitting down with my tea and toast, and reading the newspaper, etc.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? Why?
I like both, but I’ve been told many times that my heroes are the kind of men women fall in love with, and it seems to be true. Often it’s the hero that is referred to in reviews and comments, so maybe there’s some truth in it? I actually love creating and writing heroines who are strong and resilient, especially in emotional terms. Even scared, or on the run, or even in moments of doubt, my heroines tend to be very clear on how they feel and what they want in regard to the hero.
7. If you had a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
Superpower? Never really thought much about it, but it would be wonderful to be able to heal people – would that be a superpower? It would be pretty awesome to be able to help people in that way, wouldn’t it?
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
Ravello, Italy – in a wonderful medieval stone villa… heaven…
9. Do you have any rejection stories to share? Reviews that meant something special to you?
All of the genuine reviews are special, it means someone took the time to read the book. The one stars sometimes have insight to offer, as well. I pay no attention to those who make personal judgments, or make statements to the effect that they can tell the book is “horrible” based on the blurb or some other factor, but never read it. The reviews that I value most are those that have come from real readers, and the excellent review sites that make exemplary efforts to support all authors in the industry. They have a standard and no agenda, at least.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My current release is a revised version of one of the titles previously published by Ellora’s Cave. It’s a fun little thriller set at Halloween with outrageous, over the top décor arranged by the hero to entertain the heroine. Of course, things go wrong after their initial adventure into the erotic side of their relationship… it’s been very well reviewed, and most readers love it. I hope the new version doesn’t disappoint anyone who’s looking for some escapist fun. The book’s new title is Haunting The Mayfair, it was previously Reckless Assignation.
Be sure to come back to read more about Denyse and HAUNTING THE MAYFAIR on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
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