Connor O’Riordan had his heart set on Gillian Matthews the first day she stepped onto his ranch but the only problem was she had a boyfriend. He’d made her promise that if the two of them ever broke up she’d tell him. Gillian is a woman of her word and when Connor finds out she’s now available he’ll do anything to woo and romance the lady of his dreams. The best way to start…invite her to spend Thanksgiving at his ranch.
Tell us about your current release.
It’s called Then Came You and I’m not just saying this because I’m currently promoting it but it’s one of my favorites. I know writers like parents aren’t supposed to play favorites but Connor O’Riordan was a wonderful character to create. He’s a gorgeous sexy cowboy and the perfect gentleman who’s had his heart set on Gillian Matthews, a sales rep since the first time she visited his ranch. As the story opens she’s just finished with her boyfriend and Connor sees this his chance to win her over as his lady. His charming and I had to find a wonderful heroine that was worthy of this sexy cowboy. I hope you’ll agree that Gillian really deserves him and that reading their story will be as fun for you as it was for me to write.
Tell us about your next release.
It’s called Forbidden. It like Then Came You will be published by Total E Bound. I’m not sure of its exact release date yet but it will be December 2011. It’s my first older woman/younger man story. Half of the story is set on the Spanish island of Mallorca where I actually used to spend summer vacations when I was a teenager. Maggie is there visiting her best friend Julie. Julie’s s on is a doctor and Maggie does her best to resist him because he is her friend’s son but he’s so gorgeous, she gives into temptation and they have a very wild fling. I can’t give away the rest of the plot but let’s just say things get complicated when Julie finds out and then Maggie returns home and is in for a huge surprise.
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
I’m an early evening writer. I usually write from 4.30 – 7 p.m. every day, yes, weekends and even some holidays if I’m working on a story that’s brewing in my head. I took a ten year break from fiction writing…unintentional, never thought I’d write again and once I got back to it, I couldn’t seem to stop.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
How much I truly love what I’m doing. It started out as a hobby and now although I still couldn’t make a living on the fiction side of my writing I’ve discovered I couldn’t give it up even if you paid me! Creating characters and writing stories that people tell me they enjoy is a reward in itself.
What do you think makes a good story?
It’s one that you don’t want to finish reading. Don’t know about you but sometimes I enjoy a book so much I get to the last page and think I wonder if I can find another good book like that. They’re the gems where you feel you know the characters, get swept up in their lives and feel everything they go through. They’re not necessary dramas, they can even be humorous but you savor and remember them.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
Yes, I can’t write without music playing in the background although my choice has changed over the years. When I first started writing it was anything in my CD collection, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, U2…basically anything from the late 80s to mid 90s. These days I can’t listen to anything with lyrics so a couple of years ago I switched to New Age and World Music. I have a growing collection and a lot depends on what type of story I’m working on. When I was writing Forbidden I found some Spanish music which was perfect for the story’s setting. I also bought some brainwave music that supposed to tap a part of your brain that controls creative thinking.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
Write every day and I mean every day…even when you don’t feel like it and even if it’s just for fifteen minutes. Read the genres you want to write and continue to learn how to write…even when you hit the bestseller lists. And don’t ever give up. Just keep writing and believing that you can be a published writer. It will happen.
Do you have a Website or Blog?
Yes, it’s www.vanessadevereaux.com and I try and update it at least once a month. You can also find me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vandevereaux I love to hear from readers.
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Bestselling author Vanessa Devereaux was born in London, England but now resides in the US. She writes erotic romances and erotica. A freelance writer during the day, her work has appeared in both US and UK magazines. When she’s not writing, she can be found pursuing some of her hobbies which include cooking, gardening, photography and biking. Prior to a writing career she worked in PR and was a book publicist for three years. Then Came You is Vanessa’s first title published with Total-E-Bound. Her other titles include, Mistaken Identity, The Man Next Door, Who’s The Boss and her Regency Trilogy, Brazen Ladies including What the Lady Wants, Caught in the Act and Double Her Pleasure, and the contemporary erotic romance, One Night With You. Her next release will be Forbidden which will be released in 2012 with Total E Bound.
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