Good morning, blog studio audience! Can you believe how cold it is? I had to wear my fur lined underwear to keep my tush from freezing this morning! **audience laughs**
Well let's get started. Why don't we warm up the studio by putting your hands together to welcome my guest author for the day...Devyn Quinn!!
CAROL ANN: Devyn, that's a striking book cover. Tell me about your most current release.
DQ: Flesh and the Devil (Kensington Aphrodisia) was just released March 27. I'm so excited, as it's my first New York book and mixes my two favorite genres - vampires and witchcraft.
The blurb: Vice cop Brenden Wallace has walked on the dark side for too many years. Now, newly divorced, he’s smoking too much and sleeping too little, and the empty darkness in his soul is the blackest part of any night—until he’s assigned to investigate an escort service called Exotic Jewels and meets Líadán Niamh. Lushly beautiful, she is the embodiment of seduction and thrilling control. She arouses Brenden’s most feral desires—fierce, bone-deep needs they explore together, mouth to mouth and skin to skin. But Líadán’s hungry kiss is more dangerous than Brenden could have imagined. Women are turning up dead, and every clue leads Brenden back to Líadán—and a raw, brutal passion that could cost him his life…
CAROL ANN: How long does it take you to write a book?
DQ: That really depends on a lot of factors, like job, family and general daily stress. Sometimes it takes me a year to write a book, sometimes I can whip one out in a couple of months. Since being locked into NY deadlines, I've learned to write a lot faster. the usual 5-10 drafts have been cut to 2, max!
CAROL ANN: Writing fast is key to cranking out the books. That's something the bestsellers are really good at doing. What is the first step in your writing process?
DQ: The first step is sitting, LOL. I take a lot of time to think and makes notes about a story before the first word is written. I watch movies, listen to music and just let it percolate in the back of my mind. When I am ready to write, I sit down and do the dirty deed.
CAROL ANN: In talking to you backstage, you told me you are also an avid reader. What are you currently reading?
DQ: Red Carpets and other Banana Peels by Rupert Evertt. A charming biography and thoroughly enjoyable.
CAROL ANN: I alwasy like to learn more about my guests by asking some personal questions. Here's your first. You are on a sunny warm beach. Do you stretch out in the sun or run into the water?
DQ: Eek! Neither. I am severely allergic to sunlight (seriously) and I have to stay in shade as much as possible or my skin turns beet red. My skin is so baby fine that prolonged exposure does months of damage.
CAROL ANN: Oh, that's terrible. Guess I should ask a different question then. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go first and why?
DQ: Having been to England, France, Germany, Holland and Belgium, my next stop is Ireland. I love everything about the Irish/ Celts and their culture. I secretly think I was born Irish and switched at birth, LOL.
CAROL ANN: Lots of people think that, you know. You aren't alone. Okay. You walk into a room where you expect to be alone, but a man is standing in the light of the window. What do you first notice about him?
DQ: Hair! I am a nut for men with terrific hair. If it's black, shaggy and messy looking, count me in!
CAROL ANN: **laugh** If you could be any age at all, what age would you choose and why?
DQ: I would love to go back and be 21, but only if I knew at that age what I know now. I pretty much p***ed off my twenties and thirties with two bad marriages, so I'd avoid those and concentrate more on my education and writing .
CAROL ANN: What does the word romance mean to you?
CAROL ANN: Uh-oh. Remnants of those bad marriages, maybe? So, tell me is the author's life anything like you envisioned before you began the journey?
DQ: Heck no. It's still hard work. Harder now that I am publishing in New York. I still have to work, clean house and keep up with family commitments--and produce publishable writing. If nothing else, it's become ten times more difficult. I no longer have years to potter around with a book. It has to be ready to go at deadline time.
CAROL ANN: And a final question I ask all my authors. Do you believe the pen is mightier than the sword? Why?
DQ: Those who wield the sword are usually the ones who get to write their version of history.
If you are interested in learning more about Devyn Quinn, check out her website.