Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Interview with Robyn DeHart, author of 'For Her Spy Only'

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? 

Going after my writing dream. I never really questioned if I could do it, just jumped in and did my best to hone my craft and become as good a writer as I could be. I’m very proud of the books I’ve published.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? 

I’d say in three major ways. First, my parents brought me up to believe that nothing was out of my reach, if I worked hard enough, I could accomplish what I set out to do. Secondly, my mother never said no when I wanted a book. She’s a reader (and a writer too!) and therefore books were always in our house, she always read to me, I certainly credit her with my love of story. And third, my parents have been married for 50+ years, how do you NOT write romance coming from that?!

When and why did you begin writing? 

I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t write. It’s sort of always been apart of me and my goals.

What inspires you to write and why? 

Partly what I mentioned before about my family – I love story and well, love and relationships are part of our lives. It’s natural inspiration.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? 

Definitely historical romance. I think my voice is most natural there, especially Victorian-set historicals.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? 

Beginnings are really difficult for me. I find it hard to start books because it takes me a while to really get to know my characters. Also the business side of writing is challenging because so much of it is out of your control.

Have you developed a specific writing style? 

Style as in my process or style as in the way my books feel? I’d say yes to both questions. I have many tools in my writer’s toolbox, as I like to call it, and I utilize all of them. Not every method works for every book and I’m always willing to try new things, but for the most part, most of my books are written linearly and I write in drafts, focusing mostly on the dialogue the first round and then fleshing out as I progress. As far as the way my books come out, I think all of them have a definite Robyn DeHart feel to them. Some of my books have more adventure, like my Indiana Jones-esque series, the Legend Hunters, or more suspense, like my Jack the Ripper suspense series, or what I call my Scooby-doo mysteries, just light capers with quirky characters – they all feel like a DeHart book because my voice is there, my trademark characters, humor, etc. I hope one of those answers the question.

What is your greatest strength as a writer?

Judging from my reviews and fan mail, I’d say my characters. People often comment on how real they feel, how refreshing and relatable.

What is your favorite quality about yourself? 

Probably my loyalty. Once I’m your friend, that’s it, I’m yours forever.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself? 

I’m impatient and a bit hotheaded. My temper is quick and short lived, but I can be a bit “intense” as my husband AKA The Professor says. I think it’s just sass.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? 

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” Robert Schueller
FHSO_Final1600Title: For Her Spy
Author: Robyn DeHart
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Pages: 83
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

He'll never forget her--but can he ever forgive her? 

England, 1814 When Winifred is rescued from her snow-stranded carriage by the notorious and reclusive Alistair, Marquess of Coventry, she is instantly drawn to him. Jilted by her betrothed and socially ruined by untrue rumors, Winifred is tired of  paying for crimes she didn't commit and decides to play the seductress London society claims she is. Thinking a night of passion shouldn’t leave any lasting effects, she instead finds her heart marked forever. Six years later, Alistair is working for the Regent as a spy. A search for Napoleon's English supporters leads him to the beguiling Winifred, recently widowed with a young son. He hasn’t forgotten how the unconventional beauty warmed his bed, and the heat between them rekindles immediately. The spymaster is determined to uncover all of plucky Winifred's secrets. Especially the one regarding her son...

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National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras. Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others. When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it's hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it. Sign up for Robyn's newsletter 
Her latest book is the historical romance, For Her Spy Only For More Information

Falling For the Pirate-1600CMYKTitle: Falling for Her Pirate
Author: Amber Lin
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Pages: 189
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

Vengeance is a dish best served in bed...

 London, 1820 After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone—and exquisitely desirable. And now that Nate has saved her life, she's at his complete mercy...Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father's name. Instead, she's been struck with amnesia—unable to recall even her name—and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate. A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very thing he's determined to take...

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Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion. Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled. Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.
Her latest book is the historical romance, Falling for Her Pirate.  For More Information

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