The Beginning: Midnight December 31, 1999
It turned out that on December 31 1999 the end of the world didn’t happen as some predicted. As Deliah and her sister Myla Jackson pass the time as the clock approach midnight waiting to see what would happen they made a decision that literally changed both of their lives forever. So in short the world rang in the beginning of a new century and Delilah and Myla rang in the beginning to their new futures too.
She is published by Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Spice, Kensington, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing.
I’d like to start by talking about the anthology of Western Romances, COWBOY LUST: EROTIC ROMANCE FOR WOMEN release August of 2012.
Q. What can you tell us about your story in Cowboy Lust, Runaway Bride?
I love it when a man takes charge. In Runaway Bride, my cowboy was left standing at the altar without a single clue why. He’s been stewing ever since. On a whim, he kidnaps the girl he still loves, hell-bent on finding out why, and hoping to seduce her into submission.
Q. Who came up with the idea to put together Cowboy Lust?
Actually, my editor at Cleis Press approached me with the idea. Seems like it should have been instinctual given how into cowboys I am. I loved the idea of it and jumped at the chance.
Q. How were the authors that contributed chosen?
I didn’t choose the authors; I chose the best, most unique stories. It’s true, I had to refuse many really good stories, but I was looking for well-written tales that felt as though they hung together thematically.
Your stories include many genres, BDSM, Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBT, Erotica, Ménage as well as Sci-Fi, etc., sometimes blending genres into one story. When I am reviewing stories such as these, the biggest problem I have is trying to decide what genre to put it under *grin*. This leads me to my next two questions;
Qa: How do you keep the character/relationship central to the story while still combining genres?
By getting as deep inside the character as I can and looking at the world around them through his/her eyes. People are people even when they’re Vikings living on another planet. :)
Qb: Are your books character or plot driven?
A good romance needs to be both. Readers need to love the characters. A plot keeps them from snoring through relational angst because plot forces the characters to change and move forward.
Q. When you completed your novels/series do you breathe a sigh of relief, or do you feel sad the experience has ended?
I don’t ever acknowledge that anything is over. I’m wishy-washy that way. I tell myself I’ll revisit them later.
Q. How difficult is it to separate the author from the person?
It’s not possible. I am a writer because I write. I don’t really have a separate fictional persona. What you sense about me through my writing, or through my Facebook and blog, is exactly what you get.
Q. I often wonder how when dealing with emotional domination and physical pain in a story what is more important? Is it what is more acceptable to the readers? Or, what is significant to the story that really matters? What are your thoughts on this?
Q. You have many series (to see a list go to http://www.delilahdevlin.com/by-series/) do they all have to be read in order or can some be read as standalones?
My Dark Realm and New Iceland series should be read sequentially, because things that happen in the series affect characters in later stories. My Lone Star Lovers series can be read out of order.
Q. How did you transpire to compose such a vast variety of genres that you write in? (Fancy way of asking, what came first the chicken or the egg?)
I get bored writing the same ole things and like to switch things up so that writing feels fresh to me.
*I always like to end interviews with a question just for fun. This is the one I choose for you.
Q. If you could have one superhuman power, what would it be? And Why?
The only superhuman power I’d love to have is immortality because I’d love to see what the future holds. The thought of traveling to other planets is a romantic notion for me, so I’d love to see what it’s really like.
That brings us to the end of my interview with the talented Author Delilah Devlin.
Thank you again Delilah, I hope you enjoyed yourself.
To find out more about the books Delilah Devlin talked about in this inteview be sure to visit her website @ http://www.delilahdevlin.com/