10 questions for Author…
Sourcebook Historical Romance Author
First off, big thanks to Christine for inviting me here today. I look forward to chatting with everyone!
1.What is the secret to staying in love with your characters to see your story through to the end?
Getting to know them better, I think. I have a rough idea of the main characters when I start a new book and then I write the first 100 pages or so. After writing the first third of the book, I have a much better understand of who the characters are and what motivates them. Once they’re more 3D in my mind, I’m hooked until the end.
2. Please share with readers more about CHECKMATE, MY LORD?
Checkmate is the second installment in my historical romantic spy thriller Nexus series. That was a mouthful, wasn’t it?! If you read my debut, A Lady’s Revenge, you’ll recall the heroine’s guardian, Lord Somerton, aka Sebastian Danvers. Checkmate is Sebastian’s story. He’s ruthless, dedicated to his country, attracted to his murdered agent’s widow, and is a magnet for a seven-year-old girl who’s quite horse mad and loves to build castles. J
3. Would you explain more of what inspired to write the Nexus series?
The Nexus series originated with what I call a flash scene, which was nothing more than a glimpse of a woman strapped to a blood-encrusted table in what was obviously a dungeon. From there, A Lady’s Revenge was born and the Nexus series soon followed.
4. Do you remember where you were when the idea for the Nexus series struck?
Oh, I wish I did!
5. What is one characteristic that you give all your heroines?
They’re fearless when it comes to protecting their loved ones.
6. What is a “must” that every hero you write must have?
After he sees the heroine, he’s blind to the beauty of every other woman.
7. What would you claim makes a glorious villain?
A glorious villain is one who does truly awful things and yet the reader can still feel empathy for him or her.
Lecter in Silence of
the Lambs is one of my all-time favorites. Hannibal
8. What is the writing life and day of Tracey Devlyn?
Most workdays begin around . After letting out my rescue Doberman and feeding him, I grab some cereal—typically Golden Grahams or Frosted Mini Wheats—before sitting down at my computer. I spend the next thirty minutes answering email and scanning Twitter and Facebook. Then I take my shower, kiss my husband goodbye, drive forty minutes to my day job, where I spend the next nine hours managing human resources for an environmental agency.
Bored yet? J Weekday evenings and weekends is where the real action begins!
I write everyday. Generally, 3-4 hours during the evenings and 16-20 hours on the weekend. I also squeeze in email, publicity, marketing, social media, website management, in-person events, street team activities, and a number of other things that don’t fit into any category.
Oh, and I hang out with my husband. =)
I love Slim Jims and hate polishing my fingernails.
10. What is it about writing historical romance that you find to be magical?
I’m not sure why, but this is a tough question. There are so many reasons why I love writing historicals, but the one thing that stands out in my mind is all the rules. Rules are great plot devices. They can make a scene proper and sophisticated. They draw the line between aristocrat and commoner. They’re fun to break. ;)
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Series: Nexus series #2
The Stakes Are High, The Players in Position...
Catherine Ashcroft leads a quiet life caring for her precocious seven-year-old daughter, until a late-night visitor delivers a startling ultimatum. She will match wits with the enigmatic Earl of Somerton, and it's not just her heart that's in danger.
Let the Games Begin...
Spymaster Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, is famous for his cunning. Few can outwit him and even fewer dare challenge him-until now. After returning to his country estate, his no-nonsense neighbor turns her seductive wiles on him- but why would a respectable widow like Catherine risk scandal for a few passionate nights in his bed?
Meet the Author
Debut author Tracey Devlyn writes historical romance with a dash of danger. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and a founding member of RomanceUniversity.org, a group blog dedicated to helping writers establish and advance their careers, introducing readers to a variety of authors, and delving into the ever-inscrutable male mind. Tracey lives in the
with her once-in-a-lifetime husband.
Tonight at our online book chat, Tracey Devlyn will be chatting live about her latest release in her Nexus series, CHECKMATE, MY LORD. Running time is from 8p-10p est and you can join us by clicking on the graphic below.
I hope you had a blast getting to know today’s featured author. Tracey Devlyn is heating up the romance world with in her magnetically intoxicating Nexus series latest installment, CHECKMATE, MY LORD. If you are looking for intrigues and high stakes with a desperate mother who falls in love with the spymaster she is forced to betray, then Tracey Devlyn's CHECKMATE, MY LORD is the book for you. =)
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