Name – Daryl Devore
Age – lol – over 21 under 100
Where are you from – Ontario, Canada
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m an only child and a definite tomboy. My mom put me in dance classes hoping to bring out the girly-girl. On the way home from dance class, I’d hang my dance bag on a fire hydrant and play tackle football with the local boys. I live in jeans and t-shirt. Neil Diamond’s old song – Forever in Blue Jeans – is sort of my anthem.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have a newly released erotic romance called FL.E.S.H. and will be part of a 7 author boxed set coming out in July.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I just always wrote. Before I could print – I made up stories and told them to my mom. Then I started drawing out the stories and when I learned to print the writer was finally released.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When it was no longer fun. At first, you write a book. Then you have to learn the trade (not over using words, watching the POV, making sure the characters are sympathetic to reader etc.) I went to write something one day and my fingers froze on the keyboard and I thought – this has gotten hard. The urge to quit almost overwhelmed me, but I pushed through.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was written in gr 10. I’d written stories before, but this one was several thousand words, had a beginning, middle and an end. I still have it. It’s horrible.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m an erotic romance author. I don’t stick to one sub-genre – I’ve written contemporary – medieval – fantasy.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
By banging my head on my laptop and wailing in frustration – in other words – I suck at titles. One of my favourite’s – Capri’s Fate – is a double entrendre and it seems people just don’t get it.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love. Love will conquer everything. People will struggle through horrid experiences to get to that moment of love.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Well, since one of them has a dragon (not published yet) not much is realistic. Although I do a lot of research to keep things “real”. In my latest, Flame works in a strip club. I got onto a stripper’s chat group and did some research with them.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Sorry – I just burst out laughing. Some of my erotic romances are scorching hot – I go into detail. I don’t like to think about friends and family in the same situations. So no – everything comes from my imagination.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I don’t think there is one.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Uh – hmmm – I read an Agatha Christie a few months back. Everything else is beta reads. I have read FABULOUS books, but with most of them it was before they were published. I just finished one about an airplane crash romance that is going into a box set.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Can I just say – every author at my critique group. What an incredible bunch of people. Not going to name names because I’d feel horrid if I forgot someone. But You Know Who You Are.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I just finished 2 books – one had been published and the other will be out in July. So I guess my current project is to get back to one of the 2 books that have been sitting on my hard drive partially written.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Uh….? Hm….? No idea.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Not for me. I don’t have the dedication to make this a career. I had my career – teaching – retired. Now I’m enjoying life.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No – I really like FL.E.S.H. I like the way the characters were created and I like how the story plotted out.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Someone handed me a crayon. I was always expressing my thoughts on paper.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Flesh is an erotic contemporary billionaire story about a pole dancer and a billionaire and how fate through them together then life tossed in some roads blocks and how the two characters worked their way around and finally found love.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Since I am a panster – I often write myself into corners. One of the books waiting on my hard drive is in that situation. I know what has to happen next but it’s just coming out awkward.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Agatha Christie – I love the way her books feel like a warm blanket. I snuggle down when I read them and get completely lost in the characters and the stories.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Gee – I wish I did. My travel is done on the internet. I research a lot. My characters have been to New York City, Chicago, Miami, Detroit, medieval England, on cruise ship, Indonesia, Thailand, the Caribbean – but I’m still sitting in my chair in Ontario.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
At first the publisher did, but for the last 2 – Capri’s Fate and FL.E.S.H. – Kayden McLeod did.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The edits. It has taken me a long time to figure out why, but it’s because I was taught to be a good girl and not make mistakes. In school, I excelled and people who excel “don’t make mistakes.” Then I get a chapter back from a cp and there are mistakes – dumb ones I didn’t catch like the word the – typed teh. It makes me feel stupid and bad and my blood pressure goes up. I can’t open a chapter when it’s mailed back. It takes me a while to get my head around it is ok to have mistakes.
Strangely, when I edit someone’s work – I don’t think they are bad because they have mistakes in their work. We are always hardest on ourselves.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn a lot of stuff from my research, but I don’t think I learned anything about myself.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Support each other. Why are we insulting each other because of how we are published? Print books have their place. Ebooks have their place. Authors with big publishing firms have their place. Indie authors have their place. Cutting down an author isn’t going to make the readers suddenly read your books.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Support authors. Buy their books – don’t steal them from pirates. And if you like the book – leave a review. It doesn’t have to be a glowing 5 star review – a simple – I liked this book – will make an author’s day. We put a lot of effort into our books and it makes us feel good when someone likes them. At my critique group – there have been days when a writer was really upset by a totally unfair and ridiculous review. But then there are the days when the author is bouncing because someone loved the book.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Socks. It was about a little kitten who had 4 white paws and his littermates teased them because his paws weren’t the same as theirs. He finds black paint and dips his paws into it so he can be the same. But his mother tells him she loves him the way he is.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Kittens – kittens make me laugh. They are so full of joy and energy.
Stupidity makes me cry. People abusing others or animals – people needlessly killing someone because they don’t like their religion – their colour – the type of shirt they were wearing. That sort of stupidity.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I think Da Vinci would be fascinating to sit down and talk with. The genius of the man – fascinating.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Sweet dreams. It’s what I tell my daughter every time we hang up.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I love to cook. Our friends love to get invites for a dinner party. In the summer, I garden – flowers and veggies.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love happy movies. I won’t watch dramas – like Lincoln – or movies about war or the Holocaust. One of my majors was history – I’ve already studied it – seen the pictures – understand the horror. I don’t want to watch it in a movie. When I watch a movie I want to be entertained. I love sci-fi. Kind of a Trekkie.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Favourite foods – chocolate – anything made with chocolate – anything I can put chocolate on (except liver and onions!)
Colours – purple and red. My bedroom was purple. I loved it. Went I came back at Christmas after my first term at University – my parents had redone my room – good – bye purple room. (sad face)
Music – I love classical music. Tchaikovsky is probably my favourite composer. Having studied ballet for 15 years, I developed an appreciation for classical music.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I’m a retired teacher. So that’s what I did before I became a writer. If I hadn’t been published, I would still be writing. It’s what I do.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
My blog is – Erotic Notions. The link is – http://myeroticnotions.blogspot.com
Buy links for FLESH –
US Amazon link – http://www.amazon.com/Flames-Electrifying-Sexy-Billionaire-Story-ebook/dp/B00UY6M7VK/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427034993&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=FLESH+Daryl+Devore
Short US link – http://amzn.com/B00UY6M7VK
CDN Amazon link – http://www.amazon.ca/Flames-Electrifying-Sexy-Billionaire-Story-ebook/dp/B00UY6M7VK/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427034993&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=FLESH+Daryl+Devore
Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/f-l-e-s-h-flames-s
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/f-l-e-s-h-a-billionaire-story-ll/id981253283?mt=11
Daryl Devore said:
Thanks for letting me drop by.
What a fabulous and in depth interview! I learned so much about you that I didn’t know! And everyone must buy FLESH, it’s a wonderful book! I loved it!
Jennifer Lowery said:
Love Daryl’s books! This one is awesome! Fun learning more about you!
Sidney Edmonds said:
That was one great interview. I feel like I know you even more. We are alike in many ways. Awesome job!