Author: Robyn DeHart
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Genre: Historical Romance
He'll never forget her--but can he ever forgive her?
England, 1814 When Winifred is rescued from her snow-stranded carriage by the notorious and reclusive Alistair, Marquess of Coventry, she is instantly drawn to him. Jilted by her betrothed and socially ruined by untrue rumors, Winifred is tired of paying for crimes she didn't commit and decides to play the seductress London society claims she is. Thinking a night of passion shouldn’t leave any lasting effects, she instead finds her heart marked forever. Six years later, Alistair is working for the Regent as a spy. A search for Napoleon's English supporters leads him to the beguiling Winifred, recently widowed with a young son. He hasn’t forgotten how the unconventional beauty warmed his bed, and the heat between them rekindles immediately. The spymaster is determined to uncover all of plucky Winifred's secrets. Especially the one regarding her son...
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National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras. Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others. When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it's hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it. Sign up for Robyn's newsletter www.robyndehart.com/newsletter/Her latest book is the historical romance, For Her Spy Only For More Information
Thanks for letting us
you! Can you give us a go-for-the-gut answer as to why you wanted to
be an author?
I’m compelled by story – or perhaps obsessed. I love stories, story songs, books, TV, movies, you name it, I’m addicted to stories. I’m guessing this is the main reason why I started writing.
Tell us (we won’t tell promise!) is it all it’s cracked up to be? I mean what are the perks and what are the demands?
Perks? Well, I get to hang out with other writers all the time, that’s probably the best part. Most of my best friends are other writers and they’re the coolest women in the world. The demands, well, balancing deadlines with being a stay-at-home mom to littles, dealing with bad reviews, trying to make sure that each book is as good or better than the previous, and the list goes on. But I wouldn’t trade this job for anything.
Which route did you take – traditional or self-published – and can you give us the nitty gritty low down on what’s that like?
I came from traditional publishing, sold my first 4 books to Avon, then a series to Grand-Central. Most recently I’ve been publishing with Entangled and NAL. I have one short story that I did self-pub, but for the most part, I really enjoy working with publishing companies. Other writers do a great job of managing the self-pub thing, but so far I haven’t felt the desire or the confidence or whatever is required to go completely down that road.
Tell us for real what your family feels about you spending so much time getting your book written, polished, edited, formatted, published, what have you?
I’m super fortunate to have a supportive family. I was actually dating my now husband when I got The Call so he’s been with me through my entire publishing career – though he missed the first several years of my trying to sell. He’s an academic and also writes/publishes, though vastly different works, but because of this he’s familiar with the demands and whatnot that go into writing. My little girls also came into our lives after I was already published so they’re used to Mommy having deadlines and needing to get work done. My oldest starts Kindergarten this year and I’m looking forward to having a little extra writing time.
Do your pets actually get their food on time or do they have to wait until you type just one more word?
HA! Our cats are very demanding so I don’t think they’d wait for me to type. Our big boy kitty will just come sit on my arms regardless of whether or not I’m typing. He makes sure we know when he needs attention.
In writing your book, how did you deal with the phone ringing, your family needing dinner or your boss calling you saying you’re late?
I’ve learned how to write with the distractions. Life is messy and busy and full of unexpected stuff. You have to just learn how to roll with it. Answer the phone if you must, but then get back to your work.
What was the craziest or insane thing that happened to you in the book publishing process?
Hmmm, I’m not sure about this though once I was contacted by a woman who came across my book because her name was exactly the same as my heroine. She bought the book to give it a try because of the name coincidence.
How about the social networks? Which ones do you believe help and which ones do you wish you could avoid?
I don’t really look at social media as a way to promote though I do put some stuff up on my pages to let people know when I have a book out. But mostly I like to use Facebook as a way to connect with my readers/friends. And twitter is fun when you want a brief break. My favorite social media site though is Pinterest – I’m a totally pinning junkie!
What is one thing you’d like to jump on the rooftop and scream about?
Anytime I get fan mail. I love hearing from readers when my books touch their lives, that’s just the coolest thing ever.
Okay, too much sugar for you today! Here’s a nice cup of Chamomile tea and come on over and sit under the cabana and watch the waves roll in. Now…can you tell us what you love about being a published author and how all those things above doesn’t matter because it’s all part of the whole scheme of things and you wouldn’t have it any other way?
I am all for sitting at the cabana watching the waves – I love the beach, it’s my most favorite place in the world. I love sharing my characters and stories with people who fall in love with them, who go along on the journey. I love giving people a break from the mundane or from their troubles and letting them live through someone else for a while. That’s the very best.
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