Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spotlight Author with Delilah Marvelle

Today I have Delilah Marvelle sharing the spotlight. She has three great books out right now and is here to tell us about them.

Tell us a little bit about the Scandal series that you have out.

I wanted every book in the Scandal series to have a different feel. From raw to emotional to intellectual. And each book is written in that order. Prelude to a Scandal is raw. Once Upon a Scandal is emotional. And The Perfect Scandal is intellectual. Because in the end, I would hate for my readers to get the same read over and over from me. It wouldn't be fun to read and it most certainly wouldn't be fun to write. All three books are linked, not by characters but by an object. In particular, a red little etiquette book by an unknown author.

Book 1, Prelude to a Scandal has a hero who is a recovering sex addict in 1829 who is about to discover he is stronger at heart than he thinks he is.

Book 2, Once Upon a Scandal, is a Cinderella in trousers story, where our hero is the ultimate romantic who is forever looking for his Princess Charming.

Book 3, The Perfect Scandal features a hero who is a cutter and thinks he's a freak until he meets the heroine.

What makes your writing unique?

I love shining light on topics that most historical romances edge away from due to taboo. So you can call me Taboo Girl. That's me and that's what makes my writing unique.

What are you working on now?

I'm currently working on another trilogy, so yes, I've got three projects under way. Really excited about these books!!! I'm doing a ton of research. Sadly, I can't share anything about them, yet, until I get approval to do so and all contracts are finalized, but let's just say I'm about to dig into a realm that has always fascinated me.

What is your writing process and how long would you say it takes you when a new idea is sparked from sketching out the details to getting to THE END?

I must have three things when I write:1.) A Vanilla Starbucks Frappunico.2.) My research books have to be within reach so I don't have to get up.3.) Complete and utter silence. Meaning no one in the house and all phones and twitter and facebook off. Or I won't be able to focus.

Once all those three things are in place, I write about six hours straight. It takes me about 4-6 months to complete a book from spark to finish. It varies on the sort of project it is.

What is the hardest part about your job?

Not writing, lol. Seriously. I love to write and so the hardest part is not having enough hours in the day to do it. Writing is a neverending project, no matter if you're working on the same project or starting a new one. There's always something to work on, edit, write and fix.

If you had to pick a favorite character that you have created or one that you wish you had created who would it be and why?

One of my favorite characters to date would have to be my retired elderly courtesan Madame de Maitenon from my School of Gallantry series. She was such a firecracker and smart ass I loved because she went through a lot to get to where she was but never let anything drag her down during her crazy journey through men and life.

I was at the Emerald City Romance Writers Conference in 2009. I saw you at a book signing. You looked so cute all dressed up in costume. Is this something that you do at all of your book signings?

LOL, whenever I have an excuse to dress up, I do. And being a historical romance author lends itself to the flare of dressing up. But I pick and choose my battles. I don't ALWAYS dress up. I decide if it's appropriate first. But yes, more often than not, I like to dress up.

What’s one thing that you know now that you wished you knew when you started your journey as a writer?

I have to say I'm glad I didn't know half the things going in or I wouldn't have been so starry eyed and willing to do what I'm doing right now, lol. Writing is fun but there's so much to learn and so much I'm still learning as a published author, it's a lifetime of never knowing and learning.

When you aren’t writing steaming hot romances what do you do in your spare time?

I love kickboxing, running, reading, spending time with my family, hanging out with my writer friends, researching projects, and cooking. I went to culinary school and so cooking is my second love next to writing.

Delilah, thank you so much for being a part of my blog. I appreciate the time you have spent here and wish you tons of success in 2011. Where can we find out more information abut you and your books?

Thanks for stopping by friends. See you Tuesday when I will have Diana Cosby in the spotlight.




Sheri Humphreys said...

Why, why is it always after writing a long message that something goes wrong and it doesn't get posted or saved????? Eeeeeeeeeeee (sound of frustration) Oh well, I'll try again.

I met you at Nationals in Dallas at the Beau Monde/HHRW soiree. You were new to RWA (I think) and very upbeat and friendly. I remembered you. Then, not long after attending a Don Maass BONI seminar, I heard you'd just signed with Don. Wow! I was so impressed. So I've been alert to your name. Recently on All About Romance I read their review of Prelude to a Scandal. What an unusual and unique premise for a historical. That led me to your website where I quickly found I wanted to read all three books in the series! I'm glad I saw Micole's interview, because it reminded me I need to download Prelude to my Kindle. And like Micole, I also enjoy your dressing up.

And now, I will again attempt to post. Sheri

Donna O'Brien said...

Delilah --

Love your name and the very lovely dress in your pic. What fun dressing up! Your series sounds awesome. Can't wait to read it! Thanks for your insight!

Finally...LOL Sheri...that's how it always seems to go!

Hopefully mine will post okay...I tried not to make it too long. ;)


Donna O'Brien