Interview with Robyn DeHart; A LITTLE BIT WICKED (Forbidden Love series)
Please welcome author Robyn DeHart to Novel Reflections. Robyn joins us today to talk about her first book of her Forbidden Love series, A Little Bit Wicked.
Please tell readers a little bit about yourself.
I’m married to a wonderful man, he’s a college professor. We have two beautiful little girls whom we adopted through the foster-care system. Right now they’re 2 and 4 and they keep me very busy. I’m a native Texan and a total crazy cat lady – if we had the space, I’d have way more than just the 2 kitties we have now. I love to read, romance novels, obviously. And I make the world’s greatest sugar cookies.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s an interesting question…I wanted to be a writer from a pretty young age and I wrote strange short stories and angst-ridden teenage poetry. I don’t suppose I actually considered myself a writer until after I’d been published a while, I remember reading through some book (can’t recall which one) and everything in the story was coming together. It just hit me, like wow, I did that, I just made all that stuff up and it works, it’s a real story and everything. I still have that feeling every now and then when I’m working on a book – usually at the revision stage.
Please tell us about your latest release.
I’m so excited about this book and this series! In the past I’ve tended to write longer books that have tons of subplots in the adventure, suspense of mystery direction. I wanted to write a series of books that really just focused on the hero and heroine, zeroed in on their developing relationship. I wanted to write a book with tons of witty dialogue and get back into the ballroom, so to speak. When I came up with the idea of The Paragon, a kind of historical cleaner, if you will, a woman who has an impeccable reputation and who is able to make scandals disappear, I knew I was on to something. She became so real to me and I knew she had a secret past, something that if it came out, would bring her world crumbling down around her. And I knew she had to meet the one man who would make her want to sacrifice her past and her secret just so she could be with him. Once I got Vivian and Marcus on the page together, sparks flew. It was the most fun writing I’d had in a very long time.
Was there a character you enjoyed writing the most?
Most definitely the hero, Marcus. I fell head over heels for him while writing this book. He was so wicked, so delicious and just so much fun. Every time he was on the page, he just made me smile. He was the perfect match for Vivian and he pursued her relentlessly.
What is the best part of being a writer? What is the most difficult part?
Most of the time I’d quip that the best part is being able to work in my jammies and that is a cool part. I love working from home and being able to make my own hours. But in truth the very best part of being a writer is getting to create a world where justice prevails. A world where love always triumphs and the bad guy always gets his comeuppance. I can right every wrong in my world, bring everything around to goodness and that is a very cool thing. The most difficult part is the business. It’s very stressful. Everything is very competitive and numbers driven and sometimes great books don’t get the notice they deserve. That can be very frustrating.
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
Kids. I’ve always had a big heart for children. Hurting children. I can’t stand to see kids not have the lives they deserve full of love and security. It’s what led my husband and myself to adoption. The thought that there are tens of thousands of children right here in our own country that don’t have forever families – I just can’t stand that. I wish we had the room and resources to take many more kiddos.
What can readers expect from you?
In Spring of 2013 book 2 in this series, A Little Bit Sinful, will be released. In this first book the set-up involves the hero’s younger sister and a particular scandal she’s involved in…book 2 is all about that scandal.
Can you leave readers with a teaser excerpt from the book?
“Will you help us?”
“I shall consider it this evening and will be in touch tomorrow morning,” Miss March said. She straightened her gloves and patted her hair.
“Is that all?” Marcus asked not quite certain what he’d been expecting but a woman who came, sipped tea, confirmed that yes indeed they were in trouble, then fled, was not precisely the big solution he’d been waiting for.
“I must consider the situation,” she said.
“I’ll walk you out,” he said.
“That truly won’t be necessary.” Miss March made her way to the door.
Marcus followed her regardless of her dismissive tone. He took her cloak from the butler. “I’m offended that you would pretend not to remember me,” he said. He held the cloak away from her, forcing her to turn and look in his direction.
She looked up at him; her warm brown eyes met his gaze. “I beg your pardon,” she said, her voice full of innocence.
So it was a game she intended to play. Well, a game he would give her. He draped the cloak over her shoulders, then bent to her ear. “Just remember that I know the truth. I know you are not the paragon people seem to believe you to be.” There was a sharp intake of her breath. “Until tomorrow, Miss March.”
Book One in the Forbidden Love Series
Marcus Kincaid has returned to England after a ten-year absence. His older brother died during that time, making Marcus the Earl of Ashford. Not only that, his younger sister is embroiled in a potential scandal that could ruin her chance at marriage. His aunt has already called in reinforcements—The Paragon.
Vivian March is known simply as The Paragon. She moves through every circle within Society, smoothing out scandals and stopping gossip in its tracks. Everyone in London knows that if she aligns herself with you, Society will forgive you your sins. What they don’t know is that she uses their secrets to cover her own jaded past.
But with every kiss and every touch that Marcus thrusts upon her, Vivian comes to believe life is infinitely more fun when you can be just a little bit wicked…
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