Today, my guest is Daryl Devore', erotic romance author. Daryl is offering a giveaway to one lucky commenter, be sure to read the post to find out how to win.
Penny - Welcome Daryl.
Daryl – Hi, thanks for allowing me to come hang out on your blog.
P – Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself.
D – I'm a writer of erotic romance who likes to create strong, independent and eye-pleasing characters. I was born in December, which makes me a Sagittarius. Once you have a Sagittarian for a friend, you have a friend for life. I'm married and daughter is grown up so I have time to do what I want – which is write.
P – Okay, so tell us about your writing.
D – I have three published books and one work in progress that is stalled – very stalled. I've been writing for close to forever. When I decided to get serious about it, I joined a few critique groups. A fellow writer liked the potential of my first few chapters and offered me a contract. Then the real work began.
P – What do you mean by "real work"?
D – The edits. It always amazes me how many "over used" words sneak into my work. My list is getting long but I'm getting better at it. I try not to have too many body parts floating around. My editor said when I've gotten to a million written words then I'll start getting the feel for this business.
P – Tell us about your books.
D – A Kept Woman is my first book. It is an erotic contemporary and just received a 5 cup review from Coffee Beans and Love Scenes.
Sexy Red Hood – is a fun twisted version of Little Red Riding Hood.
Black Dorn – my latest is an erotic historical set in the 1400's.
My WIP – is a paranormal – untitled at the moment.
I'm experimenting in different genres seeing which fits.
P – Where are your books available?
D – All three are at New Dawning International Bookfair. http://www.newdawningbookfair.com/
They are all ebooks, but A Kept Woman and Black Dorn will soon be available in paperback – by Maiden Head Press. Yay!
P – What do you like best and least about writing?
D – Best – sitting at my laptop and letting the words flow. I can get lost for hours. I like watching my story unfold as my characters lead me along.
Worst – edits. People keep telling me I have to grow a thick skin – but they never tell me how to do that. Cutting words or scenes hurts. I belong to a great critique group and have the honour of having 2 awesome Betas (you know who you are), but that still doesn't soothe the sting.
P – What is a typical writing day like for you?
D – I answer all my emails first, then I hop over to other writer's blogs, then Facebook, Twitter and Google+. At last, I pull up a chapter I'm working on and try to settle down. If the words won't flow, I'll work either on editing it or rewriting. If the words are really stalled, I'll work on a critique. When the words do start to flow, I can get lost in the story for hours.
P – Any advice for beginning writers?
D – I'm not much of an expert. *snorts and shakes head* There's always something every writer can learn. I guess if I had to offer up some advice, it would be to join a critique group. Let me add a qualifier – a good critique group – one that fits you. I've dropped out of at least five, but have belonged to one for over a year. Some can be too restrictive, too many rules and in others, some like to try to rewrite other writer's stories into their own words. I don't do well with rules and I feel restrictions just stifle creativity.
P – What's next for you?
D – I have to buckle down and get that paranormal written or decide to put it on a shelf and start another. A writer's life – write – write – write!
P – Last but not least, where can you be found on the web?
D – Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and my blog – Erotic Notions –
I am giving away a copy of Sexy Red Hood, a fun little twist on Little Red Riding Hood. To have a chance to win, leave your name, email, and I'll let Penny pull the winning name. Good Luck.
Blurb - “Go save your Grandmother.” After learning that her grandmother has booked a cruise with a supposed gigolo and is squandering her inheritance, Esmeralda (Red) Hood boards Emerald Forest cruise ship to protect both.
Once there, Red slips and falls into the arms of Wilhelm Olf, a dark-eyed, continental who makes her body tingle. Stepping out of the elevator, she barges into Andrew Woodsman, a bumbling private school teacher on his first vacation cruise.
With her attention torn between the dissimilar but sexually-intriguing men and keeping watch over tequila drinking, rock wall climbing grandma, Red's cruise is filled with fun and erotic fantasies.
Grandmother's warning of Never trust a wolf in sheep's clothing leaves Red confused. Later, when she wakes up in a utility closet, hands and feet bound and emerald necklace missing, Red discovers the man she suspected is not only innocent but also the one she loves.
D – Thanks for letting me be a guest on your blog.