please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
Hi. Glad to be here, thank you. I just turned in the final Dragon’s Lair project for Nocturne and am finishing up revisions on another Warehaven for Harlequin.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
There were two. The ending to a Romance novel that put me over the edge was the first and then a couple weeks later a college prof asked if I’d ever considered writing. The answer was, “No,” but the ending of that book was still bugging me and when I kvetched about it, the dh told me to put my money where my mouth was.
Every writer dreams of getting “the call”. What were you doing when yours came? Who got to hear the good news first?
It was 2:30pm, Tuesday, February 5th, 2002—after over 10 long years of trying, it’s a date I don’t forget. I was in my office working when KimN called from HH. I knew it was her because she’d had to call me back in September (2001) to tell me to go ahead and send the full (I’d received the written request just before 9/11 and honestly didn’t know what to do…send, wait….) and I’d saved the number. Like a good RWA member, I had all my questions, comments written out on a pad sitting right there by the phone. And of course, my brain froze. The poor woman thought I was unimpressed when actually I had my hand over my mouth because I was sobbing. She was thrilled to discover that I was excited, went over everything again and gave me 24 hours to think about it (and get my sh*t together I’m sure). My dh figured it out when he walked into the office while I was on the phone. I called my mom first.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
I don’t remember who it was anymore, it was at one of the Romance/academic symposiums the local RWA chapter did with BGSU Pop Culture Library back in 1997 or 2000 and one of the speakers talked about being story tellers. To ignore the “rules” and just tell a story. It was a pure light bulb moment.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
Perfect? He’d have to have a sense of humor and understand snark speak as a second language—otherwise my family would eat him alive. Tall, dark hair, long legs and a nice deep voice. He needs to know when to pick up the weapon, be able to use it and when to walk away. A surprising romantic at heart. He needs to be everything I’m not – except for the snark, I’ve got that pretty well covered.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
I’ve been a seamstress since I needed a box for the foot pedal of the sewing machine and I sewed my own Barbie doll clothes. Besides clothes, I make custom fitted slipcovers—pics on my Pinterest board here: http://www.pinterest.com/deniselynn02/slipcovers/
I love hiking in the mountains and my collections are endless – dragons, wizards, knights, swords, vintage jewelry and penguins. They’re all over my office in various forms.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Hiking to the top of the Chimneys in GSMNP.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
East Tennessee – as close to the park as possible. Because that’s home to my heart.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
Both actually. Depends on the day I guess. Well, except for any raw fish stuff—just not going there.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
Only one? Wow, that’s a toughie…coffee pot, microwave or blender…I suppose it’d have to be the blender since I can make coffee and cook over a fire if I absolutely have to and everything.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
Snort. I’m easy. Dinner at Joe’s Crab Shack, a 4 pack of wine coolers (not pink), fire crackling in the fireplace, all the 4-legged kids asleep and NCIS on TV.
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
Seriously never thought about it. I’d describe myself as…tired. Right now, my family and friends would probably use the word “MIA.”
And lastly, no interview of a writer would be complete without this question: what is your favorite comfort food?
Right now I’m craving a fresh, backyard grown tomato. Usually it’s something real exotic – seashell macaroni and a can of tomatoes.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
Early spring when everything is starting to turn green and shoots are coming up from the ground and the roses have just started to bud leaves. I love the smell of earth and the feel of cool mud on my hands while doing garden TLC.
“I WILL NOT MAKE A GOOD HUSBAND FOR YOU.”
Such was the warning of Lady Catheryn’s husband-to-be, the powerful warrior who dispatched her dishonorable guardian, unknowingly answering both her prayers and nocturnal visions. And he seemed right. His past was too bleak, his nature too violent. But Baron Gerard also promised to never beat her, to be kind, to care for Brezden Keep and her people, and the spark in his eye was not kindled by bloodlust alone. His strong hands could be gentle and build fires in her. So perhaps the witch and her magic sachet had the right of it. Perhaps Gerard of Reveur was not only a protector but a better husband and a truer love than either of their tortured souls could ever imagine.
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