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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Interview with Author Robyn DeHart and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome back to RFTC, author Robyn DeHart. Robyn is celebrating the recent release of her newest book A Little Bit Wicked and has stopped by to answer a few questions. Please give Robyn a warm welcome.

I’m one of those writers who always knew that she wanted to be a writer. It took me a while, however, to figure out precisely what I wanted to write. Reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’ ”A Rose in Winter” sealed the deal for me and I’ve been reading and writing romance ever since. I should have known I was destined for this when my Barbies insisted on hosting elaborate masquerade parties, complete with stolen kisses in the moonlight.

I’m the youngest of three children, so of course I’m the favorite. I was raised in central Texas, in the beautiful Hill Country, right smack-dab between Austin and San Antonio. My parents were high school sweethearts and married a week after my mother graduated – they both needed their parents’ permission to marry since they were so young. So I blame them and their amazing marriage for the fact that I’m a hopeless romantic.

Somewhere along the line, I graduated from college with a degree in Sociology, only after completing an internship with none other than award-winning best-selling author, Pamela Morsi. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life and I learned more about the writing business than I could have hoped.

After college I worked a myriad of jobs: Computer Software Trainer, Recruiter, Administrative Assistant. But no matter what my day job, I come home to my real job and click, click, click away on my computer and get lost in my imaginary world where justice always prevails and the girl always gets her guy! It’s the coolest job in the world.

I’m married to the most amazingly supportive man. He’s so proud of my career, and loves to tell people, “My wife is a romance novelist.” We live in the Austin area, where my husband is a university professor. He’s ridiculously smart, but remains goofy enough to make me laugh every day. We’re the parents of two beautiful and precocious little girls who keep me quite busy during the day. We also have two very spoiled cats who are of no help at all when it comes to my writing, although they sometimes nap in the same room where I sit diligently working.

Places to find Robyn:

First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I’m married to a great man who makes me laugh everyday. We have two beautiful daughters (4 & 2) who definitely keep me on my toes and absorb much of my would-be writing time. I’m a Texan. I love cats! Oh, my husband and I met on an on-line dating site. Um….I think peanut M&M’s are awesome, but have always believed that they should sell plain & peanut in the same bag. Yeah, that’s about it.

Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes and no. Like all kids I had a laundry list of things I wanted to be when I grew up, but writer was always on the list. It wasn’t until I read my first romance novel that I knew precisely WHAT I wanted to write and that made all the difference in the world. I was in high school at that time and so all through college, it was there in my mind – it’s why I minored in History.

What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
Definitely a plotter, though I tend to think of myself as an inside-out plotter. I spend a lot of time working out the emotional development of the characters and the stages of the romance. Then I figure out how the external plot works with all of that.

Where do your ideas come from?
Target. HA! Everywhere, really. A line in a song, a scenario from a news story, a bit of history, something a friend says. Ideas are everywhere, you just have to pay attention to gather them. I have an idea file on my computer and I keep one on my phone for when I’m out and about and something hits me.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Older woman meets sexy younger man who pursues her relentlessly. Sparks fly, conflict ensues, love grows, steamy sex in a hammock. The end.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I love gritty police procedurals of the romantic suspense variety – like JD Robb and Allison Brennan. I also love historicals, they were my first love, it’s why I write them. I have my go-to authors that I always read and I do like to try new authors, but I don’t read them while I’m writing rough drafts.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
Oh, that’s really hard. In my mind I love Kathleen Woodiwiss’s A Rose in Winter because it was my first romance and why I decided to write historicals. I’ve never re-read it because I fear it won’t hold up after all these years, but in my mind it’s beautiful and perfect and everything a romance should be. I really, really love Pamela Morsi’s Sealed With a Kiss and Stephanie Bond’s Our Husband and the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games series and I could go on forever…

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
When I write my bigger historicals I tend to write action-oriented scenes and choreographing those is always challenging. I love writing murder scenes and love scenes (not sure what that says about me) and I also love those dialogue driven hero and heroine banter fests. Oh and I also find challenging scenes that have more than say 3 people in them, keeping up with the characters can be difficult.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
That’s a hard one. I have dinner once a month with a group of published authors that live near me and it’s a great time. So I won’t pick any of them. Let’s see… I’m going to go with Suzanne Enoch because I love her heroes and I bet she’s really hysterical, and Jim Butcher because I love the Dresden books and he has a wicked sense of humor, and then I’d have to go with Jane Austen (you didn’t say they had to be living) because she was a master at creating sexual tension with no touching and I bet she had a lovely speaking voice.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I’m working on a lot of things right now. I just finished up revisions on The Secrets of Mia Danvers which is the first book in my Jack the Ripper series that releases next summer. I’m plotting book 3 in my Forbidden Love series and it should be out sometime in the summer as well. And I’m about to jump into revisions on A Little Bit Sinful, book 2 in the Forbidden Love series. It’s all about Clarissa (Marcus’s younger sister) and that sexy Justin Rodale, the bastard son of a duke who owns a gaming hell.

I’d like to know, what’s your favorite subgenre of romance?

Marcus Kincaid has returned to England after a ten-year absence. His older brother died during that time, making Marcus the Earl of Ashford. Not only that, his younger sister is embroiled in a potential scandal that could ruin her chance at marriage. His aunt has already called in reinforcements—The Paragon.

Vivian March is known simply as The Paragon. She moves through every circle within Society, smoothing out scandals and stopping gossip in its tracks. Everyone in London knows that if she aligns herself with you, Society will forgive you your sins. What they don’t know is that she uses their secrets to cover her own jaded past.

But with every kiss and every touch that Marcus thrusts upon her, Vivian comes to believe life is infinitely more fun when you can be just a little bit wicked…

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1 lucky winner will win a eBook copy of A Little Bit Wicked

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment answering Robyn's question: I’d like to know, what’s your favorite subgenre of romance?
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  1. i do so adore a good erotic romance novel. i find the non erotic romance novels a little dull at times

  2. Regency Historicals are nice -- and I've been a reading a lot of them. ^_^

    Like Laurie, I also enjoy Erotic Historical Romances. ^_^

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. I love Romantic Suspense the best I think but of course I also love the warm fuzzy type books. The suspense lines have a double adrenalin thing going on when there is the lead up to the suspense and the foreplay of the

  4. I adore reading historical (Scotland or England) romance books; especially between 1250 to 1850s.

  5. historical romance is my "first love" & still remains a fave

  6. I love both historical romance & fantasy romance.

  7. Hi

    I go through cycles and recently I have been reading mostly historical romance and contemporary romance.

    Thanks for the chance - looking forward to reading your book.

  8. Right now I seem to be reading a lot of contemporary, but my favorite is historical.

  9. I have read and appreciated all genres however I prefer historical or paranormal. Historical will always be my first love.

  10. I don't have one. I read all subgenres of romance and enjoy them all.
    This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway.

  11. I Like paranormal - vampire, shifters - etc
    also like historicals - highlanders etc
    Picardsmom at yahoo dot com

  12. I love Robyn's books and can't wait to read all the books in both Forbidden Love and Jack Ripper Series!

    I've been "hooked" on Robyn's stories ever since I read A Study in Scandal back in 2006 and I think her only book I haven't been able to find and read is A Marriage Most Convenient which she has on her web page as the 4th book in her Ladies Amateur Sleuth Society series. Since I loved A Study in Scandal, Deliciously Wicked and Tempted At Every Turn I hope that someday I can find a copy! I guess that just goes to show that you don't want to miss picking up her books when they're released!


    1. Jeanne, you're so sweet! You can't find it because it's not out yet. I fully intend to get it to my readers b/c y'all are still asking about it (which I love) and I want to share Charlotte's book. As soon as I'm out of my current deadline fog (which might be in June :-)) I'm going to get that one polished up and ready to go out - so maybe late this year. Fingers crossed!

  13. I love a good mystery along with my romance!

  14. Historical is my personal favorite, but I will read almost any romance. I loved what you said about your husband.

  15. My favorite is the historical romances in England I love them.
    Your book sounds very good I'm looking forward to reading it!

  16. Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm gonna cop out and say I love them all :)

  17. Historical romances are my favorite.


  18. I love historical romance!

  19. I love historical erotic romance. The interview was great.

  20. Mostly Historical whether its erotica or not...
    Enjoy almost all romance books that I find...

    Thanks for sharing the great post ;)

  21. I really love Paranormal Romance, it's my all time favorite. I do enjoy a good Historical though

  22. Historical romance and Historical Fiction are tied in my favorite genres. I also like them when paranormal are strewn in. Examples are time travels and immortals like Clair Ashgrove and her Immortal Templar Knights.

  23. I love it all Historical, erotic, suspense...I don't think I have read paranormal.

  24. I like most genres. My two favourites are historical and romantic suspense.

  25. My favorite subgenre of romance is historical romance. I read all genres of romance, but it is historical that makes up 75% of my reading. Most likely because if I could do it all over again, I would be an archeologist. I love all things history!

  26. I prefer historicals, but also love contemporaries.

    kscathy AT yahoo DOT com

  27. Paranormal. Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. I'm so glad y'all enjoyed the interview, I enjoyed giving it. And what varied readers we have here!

  29. I enjoy so many different genres it is hard to pick a favorite. I love romances and mysteries. They can be contemporary, paranormal or historical. I really enjoy Robyn's books and can't wait to read this one.

  30. Historical Romance is a great favorite.

  31. Urban fantasy romance is my current favorite.

  32. Historicals especially set in Scotland and paranormals

  33. Oh, i love them all, as long as there´s a HEA in the end, i´m there! =) Steampunk, Regency, PNR, Highlanders, Urban .. Too many to mention.
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Monday!
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com