I’m a military brat, specifically Air Force. I then turned around and married an Air Force man (but I knew him from high school). I moved a lot as a child and into my adult years. Because of that, I write a lot of ‘fish out of water’ stories. My traveling also allowed me to experience many different cultures, which helps me with my world building. So, I build the worlds and then toss my characters into them and make them deal.
I have two pen names – D. Renee Bagby and Zenobia Renquist. All stories written as D. Renee Bagby are part of my Multiverse, which is a series of seven alternate dimensions that I’ve created. Some of the stories interconnect within their dimension and some cross dimensions. I did it ultimately to give myself a set of rules and boundaries to adhere to so my stories wouldn’t be all over the place. But, as in all things, the best laid plans always get a kink and Zenobia Renquist was born to house those stories that don’t fit into the Multiverse but still insist on being written.
YGR: Eris is your newest release. Can you give us a glimpse into the book?
Siren labeled it a mainstream despite being a ménage because I don’t use explicit language. As well, the book is 160k words (508 pgs PDF) and it’s not wall-to-wall sex. I agree with this course of action and feel the need to warn people so they don’t dislike the book before they’ve even given it a chance.
Likewise, I warn people that this is an unorthodox time travel. Unorthodox because the traveling doesn’t start until half way into the book. There is a reason for that. Everyone will just have to read the book to find out why.
ERIS (Eternal Truths Series, Book 1) by D. Renee Bagby
Fantasy, Mainstream Ménage (m/f/m), Interracial, Unorthodox Time Travel
Buy Now: http://www.bookstrand.com/eris
Read the first chapter: http://dreneebagbypresentsfirstchapters.blogspot.com/2010/06/eris-by-d-renee-bagby.html
Time is on their side and they can be together, assuming the truth doesn't ruin everything first.
Immortals born in the thirteenth century, Lucien Riordan and Ranulf Styr have waited centuries to be reunited with their love. Want for her cemented their friendship through time even as it tore it apart. She changed their lives, made them want better, and they plan to show her that. There’s only one catch—she’s never met them before.
Eris Brue is flattered by Lucien and Ranulf’s attention but they are her bosses. She doesn’t want to get tangled up in an office romance, especially not with two men. Their joint seduction overcomes her resolve and she gives in even though she knows they are keeping secrets that could doom their relationship.
Centuries of planning have finally come to fruition. Lucien and Ranulf have a short amount of time to make Eris love them, because once time has her, everything could come to an end.
YGR: What inspired you to write the novel?
But then, that’s my reason for writing in the first place—to see black heroines in the same wacky and fantastical premises as everyone else. Lacking options at the time, I created my own.
YGR: Is fantasy and interracial the only genre you write? If so why?
As for interracials, I stated it above but I started writing to see a black woman as the heroine and, being in an interracial relationship myself, I prefer to write about them. Every relationship type needs a voice in the romance world without exception. I'm adding to the interracial camp.
YGR: Do you have anything new in the works?
YGR: What advice would you give unpublished writers?
#1 - Read now. You won't have time later. Do as much leisure reading as you can while you are still unpublished. Once you get the call, you have to start promoting and building a name for yourself and working on the next book. Your leisure reading time becomes a precious commodity. Do as much of it as you can while you still have free time.
#2 - Never stop asking yourself 'why'. No matter what genre you write, you should always question everything you write. Not only should you question, you should answer it as well. If you can't answer the question 'why?' while writing a scene, then get rid of it. Why is the hero in such a hurry? Why won't the heroine give him the time of day? Why does this woman keep bugging the heroine? Why? Why? Why? Always ask it and always answer it. The better you know your story and your characters, the better you will convey that knowledge to your readers and bring them more into your world of fiction. You do not have to include all of the answers in the story, but you should at least know them.
YGR: What is your writing process like?
YGR: What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
I'm sure that experience will show up in a book or two at some point.
YGR: Where can we find you on the net?
Blog - http://dreneebagby.blogspot.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/dreneebagby
Twitter - http://twitter.com/dreneebagby
Yahoo - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dreneebagby_multiverse/
YGR: Where can we find out more about your books?