A chat with Daryl Devoré

Hi everybody!

Today, I have the pleasure of having Daryl Devoré here with me for a little chat.

She’s the author of erotic contemporary novels, erotic contemporary fantasy, and erotic medieval.  

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Here’s the little chat we had about her writing life. 

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Vivi – What you struggle the most with when you write the story? Research, plotting, keeping the people in it at bay?

Daryl – Definitely not research. I love research. Plotting I’d say. I go into a story not having a clue what’s going on and suddenly find my characters have written themselves into a corner and no idea how they got there.

V – Which kind of scenes are the hardest for you to write? Action, dialogue, sex?

D – Sex scenes are difficult to write. You have to get all the parts in the right place and have an accurate count of anatomical pieces. Unless you are dealing with aliens…then 2 of these and 3 of those is ok.

V – What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

D – I love yoga. I’ve been known to take 5 classes a week. I like the peace of the class. It can clear my mind and quite often solutions to plot problems pop up when I’m in down dog.

V – If you didn’t write, what would your job be?

D – I’d love to be a chef. I love cooking. Always having friends over so I can try a new recipe.

V- How long does it take to write a story?

D – From weeks to years.  I think the shortest it took was 3 weeks. I have an erotic medieval fantasy sitting on my computer that’s been there since 2014 or maybe 2013.

V – Pen or computer

D – 95% of the time – computer. The rest is pen. I have a journal with me in case I get an idea. Once I was sitting in an airport lounge and just as they called my flight I had an idea. I grabbed the journal and started writing. Kept writing as I went through the line and to my seat. Sat. Put journal away. Got another idea. Pulled out journal. That happened 3 or 4 more times. But in about 15 minutes I went from plot problem to 1 chapter written and 3 sketched out.

V – Music or silence

D – Has to be silence. No music. No TV in the background. Don’t even talk to me.

V – Alone or in public

D – Alone – unless inspiration strikes.

V – Routine or when inspiration struck

D – Inspiration. I’m a thoroughly undisciplined writer. But when inspiration hits – I charge headlong into writing.

V – Outline or just write

D – Usually just write. But in my last 3 books that are a series, I sort of outlined so I could keep track of who did what etc.

V – What is your work schedule like when you write a story?

D – Get the emails out of the way. Grab a Diet Coke and get to work.

V – If you could have any accent from anywhere in the world, which would it be?

D – What a fabulously fun question. Hmmm – a sexy French accent – or should I say a sexy French ‘ccent – eh.

“My latest release is called Billionaires,” she tells us. “Two of my billionaire stories put into one volume. Pretty cool, eh?,” she tells me. “My first published book, A Kept Woman, Derek Davenport is a cold, impersonal businessman. I had several complaints about him. He wasn’t nice. He wasn’t perfect. Then he meets Arianne. He tries desperately not to fall in love with her and the reader gets to follow along on his struggle. In FL.E.S.H., Peyton Lang, is much more compassionate and humane towards people, but it is life and circumstances that butt in between him and Fuchsia. The twists of the book were fun to write and often unexpected.”

Here are the blurbs for two of her stories, and what the reader say about them.

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A Kept Woman

Erotic Contemporary

Heat rating – 5 hot peppers

Desperately unemployed, Arianne, answers an ad that reads Woman Wanted. With miniscule hours and excellent pay, she accepts the position of courtesan to Derek, a handsomely dashing man, whom she finds out is a billionaire. Engaging in a game of cat and mouse, will they drive each other crazy…or will they fall in love first?

What readers say: 

Her style of writing is multi-layered, making this book plot and character-driven.

Arianne and Derek aren’t predictable protagonists. They always have a surprise up their sleeves until the end.

As Good as Fifty Shades!

Need to get hot and steamy. Read this book. Another one my husband didn’t mind me buying.

 

F.L. E. S. H.

FLame’s Electrifying Sexy Heat

When secrets conflict with dreams, love explodes.

After a mistake by a surgeon’s scalpel shattered Fuchsia Quinn’s dance career, she picked up the pieces of her life and moved forward. As the owner of a small, struggling dance school in a depressed neighborhood she supplements her income with a late night job at a dive bar. Haunted by the fear of humiliation, if her secret is revealed, her life was under control until the night he walked into the bar.

Peyton Lang, having run from a bad neighborhood, lives the lifestyle of a successful billionaire. Frustrated that his current multi-million dollar project is stalled, Peyton drops in to LEATHER-ICIOUS for a simple drink and late night entertainment. What he saw was a beautiful redhead. What he found was he wanted her.

After a lusty night with a hot pole dancer, Peyton and Fuchsia’s worlds are about to collide.

What people are saying about FL.E.S.H.

This is the first book I have had the privilege of reading by Daryl Devore. I’m hooked!! Peyton and Fuchsia’s story was full of heat and love. Their playful banter had me laughing out loud. I would definitely recommend this book to my family and friends.

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And to poke at your curiosity, here’s a little bite from F.L.E.S.H

Scene set – Peyton and Fuchsia were having an argument when she passed out. She wakes up in the hospital.

Crawling up from the depths of sleep, Fuchsia snapped her eyelids open. I fell asleep. Teaching class? What will everyone thin… this isn’t my studio.

She glanced around the hospital room: a door, a wall, a smiling Peyton, a window and… She shifted her gaze back to Peyton.

“Good morning.” He edged his chair closer to the bed.

“Well, that confirms it.” She placed her hand over her mouth to cover a yawn. “I’ve died and gone to hell.”

Peyton chuckled. “Score one for you. Yes, I guess I deserved that.”

Fuchsia shifted on the bed and adjusted the blanket to insure nothing enticing, like her leg or hip, was exposed. “What’re you doing here?”

“Making sure you didn’t die.”

Ouch! “Okay. Score that one for you. We’re even.” She allowed a small grin to cross her lips. “So I’ll try again, in a more reasonable tone. Ahem. What are you doing here?”

“Again, replying with making sure you didn’t die. You hit the ground pretty hard. In case you were wondering, nope, you didn’t bounce.”

She couldn’t stop the smile that blossomed.

The worry etched on his face dissolved. A twinkle filled his gaze. “There. That’s what I needed. To see you smile. Now I know you’re okay.”

She wanted to tell him she was overjoyed he was here and that she hadn’t woken up alone. He was waiting. For her. He cared. But at the same time, he was the enemy. He drove her rent up in an attempt to force her out of the studio and for the ignoble cause of making himself richer. She knew the name Peyton Lang. Most people did. But still, he was here, right next to her bed.

“So, have you decided to tell me to f-off?”

You can download the Billionaires Vol.1 on Amazon. Just click on> BILLIONAIRE and you’ll be directed to the Amazon page.Or, if you click on> Daryl Devoré, you’ll land on her amazing blog.

I’ll see you guys next week for another chat, 

Vi

10 Comments

  1. I LOVE Daryl’s books! If you haven’t read her-run right now and get all of her books! You won’t be sorry.
    You and I write a lot alike, Daryl. Hate those corners, lol.

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    1. Thanks! I love getting in touch with other writers, being part of the community. The best thing is, when you say, "Man, the people in my head are giving me so much grief today!" a normal friend would go, "ooookay…" and change the subject. Another writer would go, "I know." And she/he really does ;D

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  2. I love to research as well. You can discover so many interesting facts. Recently I discovered Lightening can NOT hit you through a pane of glass. I thought it could since I’ve read stories of it doing so, but scientists are adamant that it cannot go through glass. So I guess it’s safe to sit in my solarium during a storm.
    This was a very good interview.. Great job both of you!

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    1. Thank you!I don’t mind research. I’m not a huge fan, but I don’t mind it either. It has the huge upside of being a justified procrastination from that hated first draft….

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  3. Jennifer – thanks for those generous words. There are days I wish corners were round so I could get my characters out quicker.

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