We're getting a little bit wicked with Robyn DeHart today and we're so excited about hosting Robyn for the first time on the blog.
WELCOME TO THE BLOG ROBYN!!!
I’m one of those writers who always knew that she wanted to be a writer. It took me a while, however, to figure out precisely what I wanted to write. Reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’ ”A Rose in Winter” sealed the deal for me and I’ve been reading and writing romance ever since. I should have known I was destined for this when my Barbies insisted on hosting elaborate masquerade parties, complete with stolen kisses in the moonlight.
I’m the youngest of three children, so of course I’m the favorite. I was raised in central Texas, in the beautiful Hill Country, right smack-dab between Austin and San Antonio. My parents were high school sweethearts and married a week after my mother graduated – they both needed their parents’ permission to marry since they were so young. So I blame them and their amazing marriage for the fact that I’m a hopeless romantic.
Somewhere along the line, I graduated from college with a degree in Sociology, only after completing an internship with none other than award-winning best-selling author, Pamela Morsi. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life and I learned more about the writing business than I could have hoped.
After college I worked a myriad of jobs: Computer Software Trainer, Recruiter, Administrative Assistant. But no matter what my day job, I come home to my real job and click, click, click away on my computer and get lost in my imaginary world where justice always prevails and the girl always gets her guy! It’s the coolest job in the world.
I’m married to the most amazingly supportive man. He’s so proud of my career, and loves to tell people, “My wife is a romance novelist.” We live in the Austin area, where my husband is a university professor. He’s ridiculously smart, but remains goofy enough to make me laugh every day. We’re the parents of two beautiful and precocious little girls who keep me quite busy during the day. We also have two very spoiled cats who are of no help at all when it comes to my writing, although they sometimes nap in the same room where I sit diligently working.
I’ve published seven historicals, all of which have received great reviews and a handful of them have won awards. I love to hear from readers,
so feel free to send me an email or you can find me online at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills, or, Peanut Butter on the Keyboard, my newest blogging endeavor that’s all about writing moms or moms who write. You can also find me on my Facebook or my Facebook Author page and on Twitter. I’m everywhere!
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Jamie and Kati: Hi Robyn! Welcome to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.
J&K: Who is Robyn DeHart?
Robyn DeHart: That feels like I should have an exciting answer, but alas, I’m just a regular girl. Let’s see, I’m married, my husband is a college professor and he’s ridiculously smart, but I understand most of what he says. :) We are parents through adoption and have two beautiful little girls, 2 and 4 and they’re both incredibly smart. We have 2 spoiled rotten cats and if we had the room, I’d have more than that. I love cats. I think chips and queso is pretty much the best food ever. Though I do love chocolate, but milk chocolate, please. I can tolerate dark chocolate, but won’t touch white chocolate. I have a serious addiction to diet coke (or diet big red) that I’m perpetually trying to overcome. My nails are always polished, and if I’m home I’m barefoot. I love to go see movies or take naps, but since becoming a mom I don’t get to do either with any regularity. So yep, pretty normal, pretty boring, just a regular girl who happens to love writing sexy historicals.
J&K: Share with us a little bit about A LITTLE BIT WICKED [no copying blurb :)]
RD: Oh I see how y’all are. You want me to have to put things in my own words, which you know is very challenging for writers. The book is about Vivian March, a woman with a fallen past who has worked very hard to hide said past and she’s done so by becoming a master at hiding other peoples’ secrets and scandals or at least diverting attention away. She and the hero come together because of one of these scandals (his younger sister’s) and he remembers her from a brief encounter years before where they shared a heated kiss. He’s fascinated by her prim and proper nature and how that differs from the passion he knows she hides within and he becomes intent on seducing her. Sparks fly and well, you know then there’s a happily ever after. But of course lots of other exciting stuff happens too. How’s that?
J&K: What inspired you to write the character of Vivian and name her The Paragon?
RD: I wish I had an interesting story to go with this. I knew the kind of dynamic I wanted to create for this story – prim and proper vs. rogue. It’s a combination I’ve done before and I love those heroes that live to ruffle feathers. So I had that kind of connection in the back of my mind and I remember I was in bed and “Her name was Vivian March and they called her The Paragon” popped into my head. I grabbed my phone from my nightstand and made a note and then started there the following morning. I hit on that idea of her being an historical “cleaner” and everything kind of grew out of that.
J&K: If your book were to have a theme song, what would it be?
RD: You know I often do have a theme song for my books, though not with every book. In the past I’ve used “Iris” by the Goo-Goo Dolls and “Are you Going to Kiss Me or Not?” by Thompson Square. I didn’t have a particular song for this book, but I did write much of it to the soundtrack from The Princess Bride.
J&K: For those not familiar with your work, which of your books would you recommend they start with?
RD: Well, that’s a good question. To some my books might seem varied since you’ll find I have some with mystery subplots while others, like my Legend Hunters, I have action-adventure subplots. Now with my Forbidden Love series and A LITTLE BIT WICKED I’ve gone back to ballroom and created a book that focuses on the characters as they fall in love. Next year I’ll also have two releases that are in my new Jack the Ripper series that are decidedly historical romantic suspense. So while my subplots tend to run the gamut, what readers will always find in my books is authentic characters, often underdogs or the everyman, people who work hard, are loyal to those they love and overcome much to achieve their happily ever after.
J&K: If you could trade places with any of your characters a la Lost in Austen style, who would it be and why?
RD: Oh well, I’d love to be lost in Austen too, love me some Captain Wentworth. While I’d love to say that I’d trade places with any of my heroines in my Legend Hunters series because hey treasure hunts are cool and fun, but nope, not for me. Too much danger and bugs and whatnot. I have to admit I totally fell in love with Marcus from A LITTLE BIT WICKED. That doesn’t always happen. I always like my heroes, but they don’t often make me feel all gooey inside, especially since well, I’m the one putting words in their mouths. But Marcus was different. He gave me the shivers. The good kind, so yeah, I’d trade places with Vivian and spend a little time being wicked in his arms.
J&K: What are you writing at the moment? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?
RD: At any given moment I’m juggling projects. I just turned in revisions on THE SECRETS OF MIA DANVERS, this is book 1 in the Jack the Ripper series that will come out next summer (but it’s already available for pre-order!) I’m super excited about this book and this series, it’s definitely a story I’ve wanted to tell for a long time. I’m working on some preliminary plotting work for the third book in my Forbidden Love series, tentatively called A LITTLE BIT SCANDALOUS and I’m about to jump into revisions for book 2 called, A LITTLE BIT SINFUL. In it we get Clarissa’s (Marcus’s sister) story and her hero, the sexy Justin Rodale, bastard son of a duke who owns the most opulent gaming hell in London.
1. Alpha or Beta? Neither, I prefer what I heard some author call Theta, a kind of blending of the two. A little dangerous, a lot sexy, but never cruel. (is that cheating?)
2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Definitely the wallflower!
3. Debutante or Spinster? Spinster - my books are full of them! :)
4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Ohhh, virgin widow for sure. Now you’ve got me thinking…
5. Titled peer or Working man? You know I’m a fan of the working man so I often write second sons so that I can give my fellas jobs, but then sometimes they get titles too, unsuspectingly so. Gives me the best of both worlds, I think.
6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Second chances!
7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Pirate for sure.
8. Vampires or Shifters? Vampires.
9. Past, Present or Future? Always the past. I love my history.
10. Writing or Reading? When a story is rocking, I love the writing, and I love the creation stage. But I do love to read.
11. Paperbacks or e-books? Since I got my kindle I haven’t bought a paperback. I still love books though, but I read a lot more and buy a lot more electronically.
12. Plotter or Pantser? PLOTTER!
13. Author’s choice: You get to ask readers a question. Oh, very nice. I’d actually like to use one of your questions to ask back to the readers – if given the choice, do you like the titled gents or the working men?
J&K: Thanks Robyn for sharing your recent release with us!
RD: Thanks so much for having me!
A LITTLE BIT WICKED:
Marcus Kincaid has returned to England after a ten-year absence. His older brother died during that time, making Marcus the Earl of Ashford. Not only that, his younger sister is embroiled in a potential scandal that could ruin her chance at marriage. His aunt has already called in reinforcements—The Paragon.Get Your Own Copy: Kindle | Nook
Vivian March is known simply as The Paragon. She moves through every circle within Society, smoothing out scandals and stopping gossip in its tracks. Everyone in London knows that if she aligns herself with you, Society will forgive you your sins. What they don’t know is that she uses their secrets to cover her own jaded past.
But with every kiss and every touch that Marcus thrusts upon her, Vivian comes to believe life is infinitely more fun when you can be just a little bit wicked…
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