of the Month
Delilah Devlin is definitely queen of the paranormal romance. Her stories are steamy, sexy, believable and filled with realistic characters that are exciting to read about and that you would love to know.
I've read a few of Delilah Devlin's books and she is intelligent and intuitive. The first book she wrote was co-written with her sister, Elle James/Myla Jackson, and called Sophie s War. They decided to collaborate and write what they knew...it was a comedy about a female officer in an Army National Guard unit prepping to go to war. Her well researched books and short stories are satisfying and will definitely make you look for more.
Her life has been filled with adventure, and that shows in her work as she includes her own life experience in the stories. The winner of many awards, Delilah is a work-a-holic and a very prolific writer with incredible drive that has dozens of books and stories published with a number of publishers.
One of the main reasons I chose Delilah as the Author of the Month was because of her incredible willingness to help other writers. The web site that she shares with her sister, Rose's Colored Glasses, is filled with writer's resources, and they have a constant flow of classes on plotting, dialogue, characterization, and many other subjects, in addition to a critique group. They have helped many authors become published, and are working with and mentoring many others.
Delilah: I started writing in January 2000, a challenge my sister (Elle James) and I took up together at the same time. We were both working at a large financial institution in the IT department and were on duty the December 31st, 1999 when the world was supposed to end. We took a look at each other and decided then and there, we were going to do something more exciting with the rest of our lives. I started trying to write for Harlequin, but kept getting rejections that asked me to tone down the sex. When I discovered Ellora s Cave, I shot them a proposal and was contracted within weeks. I haven't had to tone a damn thing down since.
Bev: I adore your cowboys. How much of these characters is
based on the real cowboys you met while living in Texas?
Bev: I'm currently reading Darkness Captured, Wow...
shapeshifters, vampires, demons, this book has it all. Tell us about
developing the idea for this exciting paranormal romance.
Bev: And the characters...Gabriella and Guntram Brandt....tell us about developing them.
Delilah: My vampires originated in Sumer, but gravitated into Dacia, then across to Romania, but eventually moved into the new world. Their names are Romanian, and bits of that language still live in their speech. My werewolves are Germanic. Their temperaments are very German.
I lived there for 7 years and Guntrum is an amalgam of men I knew fierce, intelligent, not terribly verbal or romantic, but incredibly driven. I find that hugely sexy. Gabriella is a modern woman, trying hard not to cede her power to a mate, but at her core, needing a strong, determined man to force her to accept him. They are made for each other. She had to be dragged to hell to figure it out.
When she was her most desperate, he was the man she needed. So far
as how they came to me? I don t really know. Ask Mr. Muse.
Bev: Which are your favorites to write about and why? Paranormal
characters, or Cowboys?
Bev: I know that helping other writers along the road to success is high on your list of good deeds with your sister on the Rose's Colored Glasses website. I have taken some of the classes you offer, and while I have not yet been published, I know that a lot of your students have been. Can you tell us a bit about what you do at that site?
Delilah: When Elle and I began writing, we didn t have a lot of support. Sure, we joined RWA and a local chapter, and took classes, attended conventions, but when it came down to the nuts and bolts of writing and figuring out how to get published, we had to make a lot of mistakes before finding our way. We both believe in the concept of karma. We believe that if you create a positive energy around you, if you help others, that good things come back to you. So we developed RosesColoredGlasses.com. We publish a quarterly newsletter full of writing related tips. We offer some classes for pay (very inexpensive!), some for free, which offer a lot of feedback. We have a loop where writers can talk, ask questions, share their triumphs and cry on a shoulder when things don t go as planned. We run a large critique group because productive ones can be very hard to find. We have some other adjunct groups associated with Rose. If you re a writer and looking to find folks to talk with, join our loop.
Bev: I know that you have received numerous awards for your
books. What was your first award? Which one means the most to you and
Bev: Tell us about your work habits. Do you outline? How much
do you work each day?
Bev: Do you need to do much research for each novel? Which
one required the most research?
Bev: Your stories cover a broad spectrum of subjects and settings...How
do you keep your stories fresh?
Bev: Do you have any other thoughts you would like to share
with your fans?
Read Bev's review of Darkness Captured
2010's Honorary List