Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Interview with Delilah Marvelle (and a giveaway!)

I'm thrilled to share my interview with the hilarious, interesting, and fabulous Delilah Marvelle.  I was completely charmed by Prelude to a Scandal and ended up in conversation with Ms Marvelle about it and the romance genre.  It was so fascinating (and fun), I asked for an interview -- not only did she agree, but she offered a giveaway as well!  Read on to learn a bit about Delilah Marvelle and see the giveaway. 

What was the plot of your very first first piece of fiction?

Heh. Am I supposed to answer honestly? My very first piece of fiction was written when I was about 8. I wrote about how Peter Pan ditched the lost boys and went home with Wendy instead. The movie HOOK totally swiped my idea, lol.

Any rituals or routines for when you write?

I must have three things when I write:
1.) A Vanilla Starbucks Frappunico. I usually drink 2-3 in a day while I'm writing.
2.) My research books have to be within reach so I don't have to get up.
3.) Complete and utter silence.

Once all 3 are in place, I write. As I'm writing, I always read what I'm writing aloud in a British accent to make it feel more authentic. Seriously. Which is probably why I can't have anyone around because they'd think I was a total freak.

You’ve said you can only write when you’re alone, so how do you get your writing done? Do you run away from home or banish your family?

Yup, I can only write when I'm alone. I hear people leaving the house and going to Starbucks to write and I'm in awe of them. Because I can't tune out the world around me. So I have to get rid of it. Including my family, lol. So yes, I banish everyone from the house because there's no way I'm lugging my computer and dozens of research books with me outside the house. I also turn off the phone and make sure my email/twitter and facebook isn't connected to my writing computer or I would never get anything done or be focused enough to delve into history. I usually write when hubbie is at work and kids are at school, which means from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If I'm under deadline and need more time, hubbie takes the kids out of the house for the weekend. He's AMAZING. Of course, he calls me his retirement plan, lol.

Got any writing projects underway now?

I'm currently working on another trilogy, so yes, I've got three projects under way. Really excited about these books!!! I'm doing a ton of research. Sadly, I can't share anything about them, yet, until I get approval to do so and all contracts are finalized, but let's just say I'm about to dig into a realm that has always fascinated me.

Are you ‘out’ to your friends and family as a romance novelist? Was anyone surprised?

I "outed" myself the moment my first editor named my first book MISTRESS OF PLEASURE, lol. I figured there was no use hiding it. No one was surprised. I'm a total romantic at heart and very touchy feely with my husband, so they pretty much felt like it was just a step up into what I really was, lol. They've been incredibly supportive and awesome.

You’re married to a firefighter slash model. Don’t you think that’s a little unfair?

Oh, it's totally unfair. But then life is never fair, is it? Smirk. I have to get my inspiration somewhere while still keeping it legal, lol.

Growing up, were there any heroine(s) you wanted as your best friend? How about now?

What a great question! I was always wanting to be best friends with most of the heroines I read growing up. But the heroine that I totaly wanted for my best friend when I was 12 was Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind. I just thought she was so freakin kick ass, even if she was a total snot. I loved how she didn't put up with people. As for a heroine I want as a best friend now? I'm totally stepping out of literature here and moving into film but I'd say AMELIE. By God, do I love her character. Playful, creative, smart, crazy, yet so adorably shy.

Say you were thumbing through your little red etiquette book on how to avoid a scandal. What piece of advice would best apply to you?

Heh. None of it. I rather like scandal, thank you, lol. But seriously, there is one that totally applies to me. You can find the quote in the third and last book of the Scandal series, THE PERFECT SCANDAL. Here it is and it basically says it all:
"The world is already well practiced in all things woeful, dismal and wretched. There is no need to add to it by shrinking the last of your soul. I recommend practicing the art of happiness and submitting to mastering it. It may take all of life, this author will agree, but oh! To master true happiness would be like mastering the very beat of one's heart. Do that and that is when life will truly start."
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?

I love kickboxing, running, reading, spending time with my family, hanging out with my writer friends, and cooking. Did I mention I went to culinary school? Loved it. But I loved writing more.

Read any good books recently?

YES. Although I read more non-fiction than fiction these days because I'm always doing research for my writing. The last book I read which was AMAZING was How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev. It was so well researched and introduced a fascinating perspective on how the Irish came to America, their treatment by America and what they did to survive.

You can learn more about Delilah Marvelle and her books at her website (go to the 'About Delilah' page for more laughs!).  I highly recommend her video newsletter and her engrossing blog!  Prelude to a Scandal and Once Upon a Scandal are out already and the final book in the trilogy, The Perfect Scandal, will be released February 15!

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GIVEAWAY! One signed copy of Once Upon a Scandal to a US-reader and one copy of Prelude to a Scandal for any international reader!  Entering is simple: becoming a follower of my blog and fill out the giveaway form.  Giveaway ends Feb 25 at 5pm Eastern.


  1. Great interview! After spending the weekend with the MISTRESS OF PLEASURE and the LORD OF PLEASURE (both spectacular) I just started PRELUDE TO A SCANDAL and I love it.

    Is it too much to hope that Lord Brayton will have his own book someday? He really deserves it.

    This is my first visit to this site. Awesome!

  2. @Mary Beth: Thanks for stopping by -- I'm pretty new to romance novels but Ms Marvelle is making me a convert.

  3. Loved the interview. My first Delilah Marvelle book was MISTRESS OF PLEASURE which I had gotten on my iPhone. I absolutely loved it. Since then I've read LORD OF PLEASURE,PRELUDE TO A SCANDAL and ONCE UPON A SCANDAL. Loved those too. And the beautiful covers were what drew me in.

    "I always read what I'm writing aloud in a British accent to make it feel more authentic. " haha. I do that too. No joke. I read all my romance novels aloud(when no one's home of course) in a British accent.

    This is also my first visit to this site. Found it as a link on a re-tweet by Delilah herself.

  4. I'm not big on romance, but I really enjoyed this interview! I write when my husband and daughter are sleeping and upstairs so they don't hear me talking to myself when I'm figuring out dialogue. I can totally relate to that!

  5. Great interview!
    Oh yes the sex addict book, that one I have sure heard about. I have to have a look at those others too

  6. I don't read romance novels generally, but this author sounds so engaging and funny! I really enjoyed this interview :)

  7. I want to wear Delilah's dress! It looks so fun :-)

  8. Are you serious a Firefighter/model? Yes, no fair! LOL!

  9. Great Interview.... :) I just checked on my book it should be here tomorrow... I sure do hope so! :)

    Talk to ya later! Keep up the good work!

    Of course I follow! ;)

  10. All: Thanks so much for popping by -- if you haven't read any of Delilah Marvelle's books, you're so in for a treat -- the sly wit you see here comes out in her fiction as well -- her heroines are a hoot!