Friday, June 28, 2013

Interview w/ Robyn DeHart-- to tinsel or not to tinsel?

We've got Robyn DeHart joining us today! Woot! Check out our chat and then leave her some comment love!  ~Anna
A lone witness finds her protector…

Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime.

Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property. But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention.

Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke. Working closely together proves difficult as Mia’s beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire. But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish—a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime…

Morning Robyn! Come on in. Come on in. I thought we'd have some tea and scones while we chat. I can't wait to hear about your new series Dangerous Liaisons. Mia and Alex sound just wonderful.

Since you've gotten to know them what do you think people will love most about each of them?
I think (and hope) that readers will love Mia for her tenacity and her strength. She’s not a victim, despite the fact that life has dealt her a pretty crappy hand at times. For Alex I think it’s all about how hard he falls for Mia even in the midst of trying very hard not to. He’s so drawn to her and I think it’s gratifying watching a strong, arrogant man brought to his knees by her. 
Oh I love when that happens to the hero. lol Any fun behind the scenes facts you can share about their story?

  • Mia’s theme song was Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not by Thompson Square. 
  • I got the idea for Mia being a blind witness while on a walk – see exercise does serve a purpose!
  • The love scene in the dark was one of the first scenes I thought of.

Ooo can't wait to read it! So, Mia is a little different from your average heroine since she's blind. Were there any difficulties or surprises along the way with writing a character that couldn't see?
Oh, you bet! She was a very challenging character to write.  It was very important to me that she not be bitter or hardened so getting her essence just right was difficult. Then there were the obvious challenges, “seeing” scenes through her eyes which forced me to use the other senses. I teased with my critique partner that this was the smelliest book ever because I don’t think I’ve every had to rely on the other senses so much. 
Oh how funny. I bet it'll be interesting to read as well. You've written quite a few books now (yay!) how do your friends and family react? Do they read you? Does it make you nervous when they do?
Well, I’ve been in the business for pretty much the entirety of my adult life so the majority of my friends are other writers. I’m still very close to my BFF from growing up (we’ve been friends since we were 12) and she’s my beta reader. I’ve connected with plenty of friends from high school and college on Facebook and they always have the most interesting reactions. It’s pretty cool. They all think I’m famous. As for my family, they’re all very supportive. My mom reads all my stuff, she’s who I stole my first romance novel from, so she’s a big-time reader and also a writer. Her first book will be out later this month! My sister isn’t a fiction reader, but she pimps me out to all her friends. They’re all very proud of me. Oh and I guess I shouldn’t forget my husband, he’s super supportive and has read most of my books – he’s admittedly behind. But he loved my stuff. 
Aw that's really awesome. And woot! Congrats to the mama on her book! How neat :) Alright, some real quick and just for fun ones before you head out...

I'm so glad I read...?
The Hunger Games. I kept hearing the hype and I had the first book on my kindle for over a      year. Periodically I would try to read it and I was bothered by the point of view she uses so I would put it down. Then before the movie came out, I was fascinated by the previous so I was determined to read it. Once I got into the book, I devoured the series in a matter of days.  
Favorite Texas sayin?
Y’all! My husband (he’s a Yankee) rolls his eyes when our 2 year old says it. *oh yeah we like that one too*
Cats! or dogs?
Best thing you've ever tasted?
My mom’s crab stew (we’re Cajun).
Tinseled Christmas trees or tinsel free?
Sadly tinsel free (see the aforementioned affinity for cats)
Last thing that made you gigglesnort?
We were recently on a LONG family road-trip. We were planning to get up the 2nd day and get on the road by 7am. Our 2 year old got up at like 4:30. We tried to get her to go back to sleep. My husband told her that he needed his rest because he had to drive. She said, “Well, I don’t need that much sleep, I’m not driving.”  *oh how funny!!*
Favorite Man Candy?
Ryan Reynolds! Johnny Depp. Henry Cavill. Oh and so many more…
Well Robyn, it was just lovely chatting with you. Thanks so much for coming by for a visit and for the yummy man candies!
Thanks for having me!

A life-long love of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ's and computer. Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn't be happier for doing so. Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers' Weekly claims her writing to be "comical and sexy" while the Chicago Tribune dubs her "wonderfully entertaining." Robyn is an award-winning author as well as being a four-time RT Bookclub Reviewers' Choice award nominee, and a three-time RomCon Reader's Crown nominee. Robyn lives in Texas with her brainy husband, two precocious little girls and two spoiled cats. 

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