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Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Little Bit Wicked Blog Tour Stop: Interview & Giveaway with Robyn DeHart

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Hello and welcome to my stop on Robyn DeHart's blog tour for A Little Bit Wicked. I'm so happy to have Robyn on the blog today answering a few of my questions as well as being able to giveaway a copy of A Little Bit Wicked. For those of you who don't know about Robyn, here's a little background info:

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!

Author Website: http://www.robyndehart.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobynDeHart
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/288853.Robyn_DeHart
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robyndehart

Hi Robyn, I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for A Little Bit Wicked. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few of my questions!
Thank you for having me!

I like the premise of A Little Bit Wicked, where did the idea for the story come from?
That’s always an interesting question and I wish I had more interesting answers. Essentially my idea started with Vivian. I got this line of dialogue in my head, “My name is Vivian March and I am The Paragon.” I knew I wanted her to be like a “cleaner” only in Victorian times; someone who helps people survive their scandals. I guess kind of like how Hollywood types use their PR people. And the idea kind of snowballed from there.

* Now I'm going to go back and read A Little Bit Wicked just to picture Vivian as a Victorian PR Agent. I never thought of her like that!

Are any of your characters based on people you've met or family members?
Oh, no. I know better than that. Just kidding. A lot of writers pull from people they know to create their characters, but for me, that just doesn’t seem to work.

I'm a huge romance novel fan, I read pretty much every genre with a few exceptions, but I do have a soft spot for historical romance. Do you enjoy other types of romance novels like paranormal, contemporary or erotic, or are you strictly a historical fan? What are some of your favorite romance authors?
Well, historical romance will always be my first love. There’s just something about it that works for me on so many levels. Of course I love history so that helps. But yes, I read other types of books too. I love gritty romantic suspense, the police procedural kind like Allison Brennon and JD Robb. I like a handful of contemporary authors and I’ve read some paranormal, but I tend to like my books with other stuff going on like a mystery or something. I’ve read lots of YA’s that I love and I’m a big Jim Butcher fan so I guess I like urban fantasy too.

What is the worst thing that a romance novel could do to make you stop reading it?
I’m not a fan of love triangles, so I tend to stray from those. And I know some books have had scenes where the hero will have sex with another woman besides the heroine - I don’t like that. Even if he hasn’t met the heroine, it’s not that I don’t want him to have a past, I just don’t want to experience on the page. There’s not really anything else other than that, but if I don’t like the characters I’ll stop reading – life’s too short to read books I don’t love.

* Mine is a weak heroine or an overbearing hero. Mostly a weak heroine though, I can't stand whining, dumb or wallpaper women. They have to stand out in some way and have some kind of backbone. They can't all be Xena Warrior Princess but they do have to have a mind of their own and the will to back it up.

What has been the best experience you've had as an author so far?
I’ve had lots of wonderful experiences. I love to meet readers. Two time stand out in my mind…once I was attending a small regional conference. I put a notice about it on my Facebook page because the booksigning was going to be open to the public. This sweet reader of mine drove quite a distance to bring me her favorite book of mine to sign. I loved meeting her! Another time I was signing at one of the big national conferences and a reader walked up rolling a suitcase behind her, she said, “excuse me,” then disappeared as she knelt to her suitcase and then one-by-one put all of my books on the table for me to sign. And she’d clearly brought similar backlists for several authors. I just thought it was precious!

If you had to cast actors in the roles of Marcus and Vivian, who would you choose?
I always do this, but it’s not so much the actor per se, but more a specific picture that really captures the essence of the character for me. For these two I found a picture of Jake Gyllenhaal and Minnie Driver.

* Hmm, Minnie Driver is an unlikely choice but I love her.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Spend time with my family. I have two little girls (2 & 4) and my husband is my best friend. I also love to read other people’s books and go to movies.

Is there anything you'd like to say to your fans and to people who have yet to read one of your books?
The one comment I get most from readers about my books is that my characters feel so real. They love how relatable they are and how unique they are. So I guess I’d tell people who haven’t read me that if they love books with characters they can root for, they should try me. 

Last but not least, what are you working on right now?
I just finished the final edits for The Secrets of Mia Danvers which comes out in June. It’s the first in my Jack the Ripper series and is what I consider an historical romantic suspense. At the same time I’m finishing up A Little Bit Sinful, the sequel to A Little Bit Wicked. It’s Clarissa’s book and she’s getting into so much trouble, all the good sorts of trouble though.

* I can't wait to read Clarissa's book. She seems like a cheeky little thing.

Thank you Robyn for stopping by! 

Title: A Little Bit Wicked
Author: Robyn DeHart
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 229 pages
Release Date: December 2012
ISBN: 978-1-62266-816-8
Imprint: Scandalous

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.

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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Now for those of you who haven't had a chance to read A Little Bit Wicked yet (you can check out my review HERE), there's a copy up for grabs here. All you have to do is fill in the rafflecopter form for a chance to win!

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