Today I’ve got a little interview with Monique DeVere, Candy Hearts author of KISS ME AGAIN, available tomorrow.
Here’s a glimpse into Monique’s writing life. And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this blog for a chance to win a KINDLE FIRE, courtesy of the Wild Rose press.
- What drives you to write?
Monique: I can’t NOT write, or create something. I write because I love people, because I love LOVE, and the idea that God created two people especially for each other. I love happy-ever-afters, and enjoy writing about people who finds theirs with laughter, and sometimes tears, along the way.
- What genre(s) of Romance do your write, and why?
Monique: I write Romantic Comedy and Romantic Comedy/Mystery/Suspense.
- What genre(s) of Romance do you read, and why?
Monique: I enjoy reading Romantic Suspense, Category Romance, and of course Romantic Comedy, but my thirst for knowledge leads me to read more nonfiction.
- What’s your writing schedule? Do you write everyday?
Monique: Early morning is my ultimate writing time, and I try to get my words in early. However, this doesn’t always work out because, more often than I care to admit, I let doubts and negative reviews stop me from writing. This type of funk can last for weeks! I’ve promised myself to do better in 2016! First stop…read NO reviews.
- Give us a glimpse of the surroundings where you write. Separate room? In the kitchen? At the dining room table?
Monique: I have a study where I can thankfully close the door and write. I very much doubt I would ever get a word written otherwise.
- Are you the kind of writer who needs total quiet to compose, or are you able to filter out the typical sounds of the day and use your tunnelvision?
Monique: I only wish I had tunnel vision. It takes no effort at all for me to come up with story ideas, so the slightest distraction can trip my imagination on a new story path, even in the middle of a full-on writing flow. Needless to say: this is my gift, and my curse.
- Do you listen to music while you write, and if so, what kind? If not, why not?
Monique: Sadly no, I can’t listen to music while I write. I need total silence in order to focus on creating a story, to visualize every scene with enough clarity to translate it to the written word. I’m easily distracted, so I tend not to allow any type of distractions. I’ll listen to music before and after writing, but never during.
KISS ME AGAIN will be released tomorrow. Here’s a little snippet about it and then… a little snippet of it!
What can be more romantic than a Valentine’s Day wedding?
A Valentine’s Day wedding on a Caribbean beach!
The last thing Riley Flynn wants is to be present at her ex-fiancé’s wedding—which should have been hers—but she refuses to give him the satisfaction, despite the nosedive her life has recently taken. Now, if she can only find a plus one to prove she isn’t a complete failure.
All Sam Rutherford wants is a peaceful life, but his zany neighbor is making it impossible. The woman is a menace to herself, and anyone in her path—he has the dent in his car to prove it. But when she raises those big amber eyes and confides in him, how can he say no to anything she wants? Soon she’s invading his life and bungling her way… into his heart.
“I’d have to kiss you first before I can kiss you again.” The low intimate timbre of his tone sent a prickle over her, tightened her skin.
To disguise the sudden wired sensation in the pit of her stomach, Riley popped the sweet into her mouth, smiled then shrugged. “Well, there’s that.”
Even from the distance of his desk that separated them, Riley noticed the way his gaze dipped to her mouth then darkened as she crunched the chalky sweet.
“C’mere.” His voice, richer, darker, and sexier caressed her.
Riley gulped against the tension constricting her throat; her heart pounded in anticipation as she swallowed the chewed candy. “I don’t think that would be wise, Sam.”
“I’m not asking you to be wise, Riley. I’m asking you to come over here.”
“Why? Do you need me to look at something in that file you were reading?” She kept a playful smile in place as she thought of a way to ease out of yet another potentially awkward moment she’d created with Sam. She was pretty sure she’d make a fool of herself if she closed the space between them.
“Riley.” Her insides liquefied whenever he said her name with such command. “Come here.” With that rusty edge to his usually smooth voice, she couldn’t help but obey.
She slowly pushed to her feet and, on shaky legs, she moved around the desk toward him. “Sam?”
He stood, closed the remaining space between them. “Say my name again.”
“Sam…” This time it came out breathy and needy.
Monique DeVere is a full-time author of Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Romantic Comedy and Contemporary Romance. She also writes Christian Supernatural Suspense movie scripts. She was born on the beautiful island of Barbados, where she grew up on a large plantation with enough wide-open space to let the imagination run free. She moved to the UK as a teen and shortly after met and fell instantly, and irrevocably, in love with her very own strong-silent-type hero. When Monique isn’t writing or spending quality time with her family, she likes to armchair travel to distant and exciting parts of the world and considers herself to have the best job on earth.
You can visit her at moniquedevere.com where she invites you to join her exclusive Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Readers Club packed full of goodies for her members. Monique loves to hear from her readers, do contact her at email@example.com.
Where to Find Monique:
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17 responses to “A little talk with Monique DeVere 1/12”
Congrats on your release! Sounds like a wonderful story!
Thank you so much, Maureen! Yours does also 🙂
Thank you for featuring Kiss Me Again, Peggy! I’m thrilled to see my little cover on your blog 🙂
No worries – you’re on again tomorrow with the rest of your release day compatriots!
You gem! Can’t wait 🙂
It’s amazing how some can write only with music and others, like you and I can’t. I get so caught up in the music that I lose my train of thought OR so caught up in the story that the music irritates me LOL!
Good luck and God’s Blessings
Hi, Pam. Maybe it has something to do with which side of the brain you’re most dominant. I think it does, anyway. I’m totally right brain 😀
What a cute story! I love your writing, Monique. Can’t wait to read this one. I’m also a writer who needs complete silence. 🙂
You needing quiet doesn’t surprise me, Alicia. With your crazy schedule, I don’t know how you even have time to hear yourself think 😀
Hi Monique and Peggy.
So many things hit home from your interview. Especially, sometimes feeling less than confident about writing. Have jump over it and continue on. But.. Thanks for Sharing. Best wishes for lots of sales!
As always, Peggy, it was a pleasure to visit your blog!
Hi, Tena! Being able to jump over the negativity and carry on is amazing. I’m not there yet but, with God’s help, I’ll get there. Thanks so much for visiting 🙂
I really enjoyed Kiss Me Again. Good luck with your release!
Aww, thank you, Emma. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the story. 🙂
Love this excerpt! Super hot! And the blurb makes it sound like a fun read. Can’t wait to get this one! And I love the cover, too!
Thanks, M.J. I like the cover too. I do hope you get the chance to read Kiss Me Again. It’s set in St Kitts and Nevis. I need my sun fix in winter! 😉
Loved the interview. This book is going right on the TBR list!
Thanks, Marissa! I hope you enjoy Kiss Me Again. Let me know what you think 🙂