Cerise DeLand

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: August 24, 2011

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LADY STARLING'S STOCKINGS | Regency erotic romance

Lady Solange Starling has a special skill. But catching spies within her cousin's embassy has never presented a challenge.until now.

One moonlit evening in a garden, Solange views a daring man she has not seen in years. A man she has never forgotten. A man, who even in his youth, carved his place in her life and her reverie.

Monsieur Noir, he calls himself. And so he is, a man living in shadows, dark and dangerous to her heart. As the two of them join together to weed out the nemesis who attempts to destroy their fight against Napoleon, Solange and Noir learn at last how rich grand passion can be.

Once more, they fight against cruel fate to win what they most desire. Each other. Free of torment and loss. Free at last to love.

Please tell us your latest news!

Delighted to write in Regency period and contemporary, I am preparing to write another new one with my colleague Desiree Holt. This will be the fourth in our romantic suspense series at EC. The title? UNTIL TOMORROW!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Goodness! I have so many favorites that I have no order--and no reason to their selection, either. For romances, I currently adore Anna Campbell and Loretta Chase. I am wild about mystery authors Jacqueline Winspear and Minette Walters. For non-fiction, my recent rave is Tracey Shiff for her biography of Cleopatra. And my hands down general fiction for this year? The Help by Katherine Stockett. (Drumming fingers on desktop to go to the movie...which I pray is half as good as this dynamic book!)

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

At age 8, I decided I would be a writer. I volunteered to help with a new school newspaper and the rest forms a long resume in which I have written for national newspapers, like The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Austin-American Statesman, many magazines and (in my other life) three print traditional publishers. I have a few awards to show for them and a great deal of career satisfaction!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Sit in the chair. Write for at least 20 minutes every day for a month. Even if you write nonsense, the practice creates the habit. The habit suddenly demands excellence. Excellence inspires self-editing. Self-editing creates a unique Voice.

This is the way to publication by traditional or e-pub houses--and an income that gratifies your soul.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?

HA! My new iMac is my yummy delicious scrumptious favorite thing! Where have I been all these years on a PC???? Yes, I do shameless advertising for the newest techno that streamlines my life. Shameless.

What main genre do you write in?

Erotica Romance

Please describe your writing environment.

I have a wonderful office on the second floor of our home. This was built especially for me and my writing. Surrounded by my favorite books (some of which date back to the 70s, I delight in my daily routine filled with the work I adore and the books that inspire me.

Do you like to mix genres?

I do write straight historical romances (erotica) and straight erotic contemporaries, but also do subplots of suspense and thriller. Mixing up what I write is a mental challenge I crave. I write the story I see, and that means bowing to its demands.

What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?

I currently finish Norwegian author Jo Nesbo's NEMESIS, a rather gritty mystery--and true to my eclectic tastes, I LOVE THE DYNAMIC PLOT OF THIS BOOK!

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

We recently suffered the loss of our dear companion, a mixed breed gentleman we named Prince. He was indeed a prince of a guy, the most superb friend, kind, tender, watchful, agreeable, always ready to go for a joy ride or go for a walk. My husband and I often say we would like to welcome another into our home, but at the moment we still mourn our Prince. I suppose until we no longer conflicted about that, we will remain as we are.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

I would love to have dinner with the new Duchess of Cambridge to learn how she faces all of her newest challenges and what she hopes to bring to her husband and his own challenges.

Thank you for this. I am always delighted to talk about writing to readers and writers. It keeps me grounded and sane. And for any author who lives most of her days inside her head and her heart, grounding is essential!

Thank you!

Cerise Deland

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