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Today we have the lovely Delilah Marvelle with us. Make sure you read it all so you can get info on her contest she has going on. Now enjoy!!!
Delilah Marvelle spent her youth studying various languages, reading voraciously and playing the pianoforte. She confesses that here ends the extent of her gentle breeding. She was a naughty child who was forever torturing her parents with countless adventures that they did not deem respectable. Confined to her room on many occasions due to these misadventures, she discovered the quill and its amazing power. Soon, to the dismay of her parents, she rather enjoyed being confined to her room and finished writing her first historical romance (which was a heart-stopping 800 pages long…) at the age of fourteen. She is a two time Golden Heart finalist and the winner of The Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Sensual HIstorical Romance of the Year. You can visit her at her website at www.DelilahMarvelle.com or her blog, which explores the naughtier side of history, at www.DelilahMarvelle.blogspot.com.
RUMOR series - PREQUEL
RUMOR series, Book 1
Rumor Has it…
Roderick Gideon Tremayne, the recently appointed Duke of Wentworth, never expected to find himself in New York City, tracking down a mysterious map important to his late mother. And he certainly never expected to be injured, only to wake up with no memory of who he is. But when he sees the fiery-haired beauty who's taken it upon herself to rescue him, suddenly his memory is the last thing on his mind.
RUMOR series, Book 2
Rumor has it we are closer to the truth...
Bernadette Marie Burton may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile....or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader.
Hi Delilah, Welcome to Book Lovin’ Mamas!
Thank you so much for having me!
Can you tell us something interesting about yourself that we can’t learn on the internet (can be anything)?
I would say the most interesting thing about myself that people can’t learn about me on the internet would be that I once had a “ghostly” encounter when my mom passed on. To this day I can’t tell you if I dreamed it or if I really had been visited by my mom as it was while I was falling asleep. All I can say is that I will cherish knowing I have one last memory of her before her passing. Be it real or a dream.
What or who inspired you to become a writer?
Life inspired me to become a writer. Every experience finds its way into my books. Writing, to me, is what I call free therapy, lol. I’m able to let every emotion and thought go while piecing together a much bigger story. People don’t realize just how personal writing a book is. There are large slivers of who I am and what I have lived through woven into each and every book. An example of that is my book, Prelude to a Scandal. There is a scene in which the heroine, Justine, witnesses the assault of her friend. It was traumatic to some readers to read it and some even wrote to me asking me WHY I felt the need to write it. Writing that scene was me letting go of seeing my own husband almost murdered. That emotion has to go somewhere. They go into my books. I’ve been doing it since I was eight years old.
What does a typical writing day look like for you?
I don’t write during the summers. Or at least, I try not to, as I enjoy spending the summers just hanging out with my kids. During the schoolyear, my typical writing schedule is to get the kids out the door and start writing at 7:15 a.m. I can’t write whenever there are people in the house. It may sound strange, but I feel like their energy is bleeding into my ability to focus. When writing about history, one has to immerse themselves in a different world and I find it’s hard to do that when you’re surrounded by people who remind you your world is fake, fake, fake, lol. So I basically write from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. I break for lunch, but it’s usually less than 10 minuts and I go back to work. When I’m on deadline, I’ll write as much as 12 hours in a day. But I usually try to keep it to the 7:15 a.m.-4 p.m. schedule. It allows me to unwind and do stuff with my family in between the madness of writing.
Do you have any traditions when you start or finish a book?
When starting a book, I delve into a lot of research books to get me into the mindset of the 1820’s and 1830’s. Other than that, no, no traditions. Finishing a book results in me getting lots of sleep, though, lol.
I know research is a big part of writing, especially with Historical Romance. Could you give us a little peek at your research process for a new book or series?
My research is actually three fold. I own A LOT of research books which are out of print. It’s a passion of mine to collect research books from estate sales and overseas and I keep them all organized by subject in my personal library. There are certain books I go back to again and again and others that are waiting for attention but I know will one day find its use. Between my own books, I also troll the internet. In particular, I hunt for books from the era I’m writing in. Unlike a contemporary author, who can go to a certain location and touch the location they are writing about, I “touch” history by reading books from the era itself. Diaries, newspapers, fictional books, anything that will give me a better understanding of an era that gets muddied by our own modern perceptions. I also travel to the locations I write about. I don’t always get a chance to, but being able to, changes not only my writing but the book itself. It adds a depth I could only have infused by breathing in real history. I usually know the aspect of history I need to research while diving into a book and try to have that research all plotted out and laid out, so all I have to do is write the book and glance at all my notes I can use to weave into the book. I’m one of those writers that can’t place a big X into a manuscript when it’s research related and come back to it later, because I feel like I’m missing a much bigger aspect of the story. So I have to have my research done first as I write or I will altogether stop writing and finish researching if I come across something I don’t know. It drives me crazy not to know, lol.
Your new book Forever A Lady is book two in your Rumors series. Could you tell us a little bit about the series and this new addition to it?
I’ve *always* wanted to write a series centering around historical New York City. There’s just something nostalgic about looking at my own country’s history and digging into it, as opposed to just British history.
Although I love so many historical New York movies like Annie, Cinderella Man and Newsies, I took the storyline from my own childhood. I grew up in a pretty rough neighborhood and the story of not being defined by your social class but by who you are appealed to me. When I came across a newspaper that told the story about a missing boy who re-appeared 30 years later as an adult, back into his family’s life, to me, I knew I had to center a series around it. It called out to me and I wanted to write a historical version of it. My own brother disappeared from my life when I was a young girl and I never had a chance to get to know him and always felt a part of me was missing as a result of it. That lent to the prequel of the Rumor series, FOREVER MINE. The whole series evolves around the disappearance of a 10 year old aristocratic boy. While visiting New York City with his family, he disappears and is never seen again…until thirty years later with a story that shocks anyone who meets him. Every book in the series is a puzzle piece. They can be read alone, but with each book they read, they get a much bigger part of the story that is leading them to the arc of the entire series.
FOREVER A LADY is the flip side of the story people didn't get to see in Book 1, FOREVER AND A DAY. We get to see the Forty Thieves (a gang mentioned in book 1) in action in the bowels of the Five Points and how they came to be in existence, given the story is about its leader, Matthew Milton. Without any doubt, Matthew is what I call a gruff romantic. He loses everything (including the sight in one eye) but believes he still deserves everything, including a woman so high above his social circle, he can't reach the ladder. You think that stops him? Hell no. And that's where the fun begins. He is a refined pirate of the streets while Lady Bernadette is a rich widow who is done following the rules and decides to make a few of her own. It was so much fun writing this story. I got to explore sensuality levels that step beyond the first book.
Who are some of your favorite authors? Favorite books?
Jessa Slade, Courtney Milan, and Maire Claremont, to name a few. There are SO many amazing authors, and I’m fortunate to know these authors personally. My favorite books? I’m old school. I have and will always have a soft spot for Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Children by Edith Wharton. Classics is what I return to and re-read over and over again.
If you could go anywhere, past, present, future, real or fictional, where would you go and why?
Omgosh, I would loooooove to step into the era of the 1820’s in London and be able to document every little thing. From the smells (and I’m sure there were too many, lol), to the food, to the clothes and every little nuance of what I write about but from MY perspective that would real. That would be so freakin amazing.
What is/was your most anticipated 2012 movie?
I have two, actually. Anna Karenina and Les Miserables J
What is/was your most anticipated 2012 book?
Siren by Tiffany Reisz. I’m halfway through the book and it’s just amazing.
If you could be any one of your characters, which one would you be and why?
If I could be any one of my characters, I would have to say my current character, Lady Burton. She’s got the money to do whatever the heck she wants and a man to match it. Now mind you, I got the man, lol, I just need the millions, lol.
Thank you so much for answering our questions today!!!
Thank you so much for having me!!
Delilah is giving away a paperback of Forever and A day AND Forever A Lady to two winners per site - 1 book per winner. To enter please leave a comment below with your email address. This contest will last for 1 week and end on midnight August 19. Don't forget to leave your email so I can reach you. :) (This giveaway is for all)
And make sure you check this out....
WIN A DAY WITH DELILAH MARVELLE
Want to meet Delilah and spend an entire day with her? Here's how!
Delilah Marvelle will fly out to your hometown and spend an entire day treating you like the Lady that you are. From facials to pedicures and wine and dinner, Delilah will also hand deliver an exclusive copy of her December release FOREVER A LORD, which wraps up the Rumor Series.
Contest runs from August 1st to August 31st 2012.
OPEN TO CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES CITIZENS ONLY.