Joyfully Reviewed is happy to SPOTLIGHT Author Virna DePaul and BEDDING THE BIKER NEXT DOOR!
What is your most current work out (include cover photo and who the publisher is publisher, we will put a link and cover photo) ?
I just released Bedding The Biker Next Door, Book 5 in the Bedding The Bachelors Series. I’m also working on the first two books in a new series, Say You Love Me, starring a group of male friends—hot Hollywood heroes and hard-partying rock star bad boys, each on the verge of meeting the woman of his dreams.
Tell us a little about your latest work what inspired you to write it?
My recent release and my upcoming novels in the new series are collectively about a biker, a Hollywood bad boy, and a rock star. The Bedding series is about characters closer to their thirties, while Say You Love Me is a New Adult about twenty-something characters. Some of my favorite stories are about rock stars and actors because I love exploring characters who are caught up in fame and wealth, but in the end must connect to their authentic selves in order to win the most fulfilling relationships of their lives.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
Usually I have a loose outline ahead of time but I almost never visit the outline during the writing process. The outline is more a tool to get to know my characters better. I give myself the freedom to deviate the plot or take the characters in a different direction.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I started writing paranormal and romantic suspense, but I have always voraciously read in the contemporary romance genre. I wanted to write stories that were a little lighter than what I was used to, which doesn’t mean my contemporary romances aren’t deep. I try to infuse meaning and theme and complexity into my all stories. I like to mix things up and challenge myself in general, so that is reflected in my writing, too.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
Cole in Bedding The Biker Next Door was a little tough for me because he was struggling with deep grief at the time he met his heroine, Jill. As such, I needed to balance letting him feel that grief and work through it, while at the same time opening himself to fun and love with Jill.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
For me, the hardest part is pushing through the insecurity and remembering that the insecurity is just one part of the process. Inevitably, it always seems like I’m miserable and I’m not a fan of being miserable. I like massages and facials and aromatherapy and scented candles and peace. So when I struggle with creative block or insecurity, my first instinct is to quit. But even as hard as it is, I always push through. Because that’s what writers do.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I cuss horribly when I’m very angry. Pretty much the only person to have witnessed this is my husband, which is a testament to how much I love and trust him. (He’s an awesome guy to put up with me and help me through those moments. J)
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Romance novels used to be my guilty pleasure. Now, I harbor no guilt about them or anything else I can think of. If something gives me pleasure, I pretty much embrace it! Yay for the confidence and wisdom that comes with age.
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
Right now, Outlander and The Voice.
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
I love musical theater!!
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
Nope. I can pretty much write anywhere. Though an organized office, music, and aromatherapy oils are ideal.
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
I write on multiple projects at the same time.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
Twelve. It was Bonnie Drake’s Lover From The Sea, a Candlelight romance.
Do you have an all-time favorite romance book (not written by you J)?
Too many to list, but I do love One Summer by Karen Robards.
How did you hear about the “bunnies” at Joyfully Reviewed?
I met the head bunny at a conference and shortly thereafter met more fabulous bunnies. Always makes a conference far more fun to see those fuzzy pink ears coming my way.
Thanks so much for interviewing me and for all your support, JR!!
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