Thursday, February 27, 2014

Interview with Daire St. Denis, author of Mustang Sassy - Win a Kindle Paperwhite


Title: Mustang Sassy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Daire St. Denis
Publisher: Entangled Edge
Pages: 268
Language: English
Format: Ebook

 When Sass Hogan catches her boyfriend slow-dancing and doing the tongue-tango with Tori Double-D-Cup Hunter, she pays him back the only way she knows how—by taking a tire iron to his beloved ’67 Mustang Fastback. There’s only one problem. She’s destroyed the wrong car. Jordan Michaels wants his car fixed, now, and he wants Sass’s auto body shop to do it. But the handsome blond has a secret−he’s really Jordan Carlyle of Carlyle’s Classics, Hogan’s biggest competitor, and he’s determined to prove himself to his family. As Sass and Jordan get to know each other, the depth of the attraction has them falling in love. But a relationship based on lies will only leave them primed for the worst wreck of their lives.



What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
My daughters. They have changed my life and made me a better person. I am also very proud of the fact that I make my living doing what I love. I want to be an example to my girls and show them that it is possible to live your dream.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My grandmother was a voracious reader and often gave me books, like the complete Judy Blume set as well as Anne of Green Gables. As an adopted child, I fell in love with Anne and really identified with her. Like Anne, I’ve always wanted to be a writer and wrote stories and plays since I was a kid.
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
This is a great question because I remember being told that I could never make a living as a writer so for many years I gave up on the dream. Then, when my kids were young, I decided to try to finish the novel I’d started years ago. I wrote every day during their naps and then one day, miraculously, it was done. It sucked. Don’t get me wrong. But simply finishing the book made me feel like I could really do this thing.
What inspires you to write and why?
Everything inspires me to write. An overhead conversation, lyrics in a song (Mustang Sassy was inspired by Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats), a TV show, something on the news, my family and friends. If I don’t write for a period of time, I feel like a dam with ideas piling up and that I might explode if I don’t get them down soon! I’ve started using voice memos when this happens and that helps.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
My favorite genre to write is contemporary romance, hot and spicy! But, I also like writing fantasy romance and write fun fairy tale retellings under the name DL Snow. I like switching back and forth because they’re so different it’s like it feeds different parts of me.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
My local chapter of RWA hugely influenced me once I began to write. I thought finishing the book was the hard part. But I soon learned that it is only the very first step in becoming a writer.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
The most challenging thing is overcoming my own personal insecurities, whether it’s feeling like what I just wrote really sucks or whether it’s overcoming self-sabotaging tendencies, like playing Sugar Crush or Scrabble instead of putting words on the page.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
Yes! Actually, writing is my day job. I have a part-time evening gig as a town councilor for my small town. Hot sexy-time scenes by day, budget and by-law meetings by night. Seems backwards, doesn’t it?
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“Work honestly, meditate every day, meet people without fear and play.” ~ Baba Hari Dass.  This quote is on the window right in front of me, reminding me to strive for balance in life.


  With a degree in archaeology, Daire St. Denis was sure she was destined to be the next female Indiana Jones.That didn’t quite pan out but she still managed her fair share of exotic adventures. Some of her most daring escapades include, skydiving in Canada, being trapped in the Great Pyramid of Giza, searching for tigers in the foothills of the Himalayas, touring Germany by motorbike, scuba diving off the coast of the Philippines, meeting Medusa in the bowels of Istanbul and climbing her way to the top of a number of mountains and crags in Canada and the US. Daire loves to pen erotic tales full of passion and unexpected adventure and her colorful past has provided ample inspiration for her muse. She now lives in the wilds of Canada with her two poorly trained dogs, two insufferable cats, two spirited children and one extremely patient husband.



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  • This giveaway begins February 24 and ends on March 7.
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  1. I've always dreamed of doing what Daire has done I love reading about authors it makes their books become more like reading a friends book

  2. Thanks for having me at Shelf-ish! Hope you enjoy the book.