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Friday, January 6, 2012

Welcome Author Deena Remiel

·         Where do you hail from and what do you love most about your hometown?
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. There are a few things I love about my hometown, and if you ever get a chance to visit, you MUST make sure to experience: the REAL soft pretzels; cheese steaks from Pat’s, Gino’s, and Steve’s (yes, all of them); Tastycake crimpets, coffee cake, Tandytakes, and chocolate cupcakes; drive on Roosevelt Boulevard, right by the Nabisco plant, and open your window to smell Oreos baking; drive along Boathouse row during the winter holidays to see all the boathouses lit up along the Schuylkill Expressway; shop along the Delaware River at Newmarket and experience our American history downtown. I can tell you, it was a great place to be when we reached our Bicentennial in 1976!

·         As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your career?
I wanted to be so many things, all of them mostly in the creative arts area. I loved art, drama, and music. But they all turned out to be hobbies. I think being steeped in the creative mindset for so many years, falling in love with love stories in books and on stage, I was unknowingly preparing myself for a career as a romance writer. I was meant for this life. I was meant to tell stories of love conquering all in the face of adversity.

·         Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?

Relic is the second book in my Brethren Series and picks up where Trinity leaves off. Trinity has a definite ending for some, but for Raphael, a Brethren Savior, his story is just beginning. He is shaken to the core by events that occurred during an apocalyptic battle with Evil, and still must go on and complete a mission of importance. He must notify a woman that her brother is dead. Although painful, this sounds easy enough to do. But no. He’s been riddled with guilt over the events of the past and his healing powers have all but shut down. He’s emotionally blocked and dreading delivering the news. Seems the woman he must locate has been having troubles of her own, as well. She’s assaulted and left for dead in Sedona, Arizona. Their paths will cross and neither will ever be the same again.

Elixxir is my latest work. It is the third book in the Brethren Series, and introduces Nathanael, a Brethren Warrior who has issues. Seems the line between Good and Evil is blurring a bit for him.

·         Who is your favorite author and why? What books have most influenced your life?

My favorite author is Sherrilyn Kenyon. She is a master at world-building and the tortured soul, and I’ve learned so much just from reading her books. Throughout my schooling I’ve enjoyed reading many classics that have shaped me as a person and a reader. One story sticks with me, Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton. I’m sitting here shaking my head as I remember the story. The story has such depth of emotion- longing, repression, despair, and irony, all over love. It chokes me up every time.

·         How did you deal with rejection letters?

This is the absolute truth… I ran around the house shouting and whooping it up, saying, “I got a rejection! I got a rejection! Woohoo!” The way I saw it, somebody was reading my work. I was submitting to agents at the time, and I got some great feedback from a few. It’s all good. I found the perfect fit!

·         What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

First and foremost, writer must have stories to tell. That may sound funny, but honestly, I didn’t write novels most of my life because I didn’t have a story to tell. Until one day, I looked at the Superstition Mountains and BAM! There they were. My stories just waiting for me to arrive and acknowledge them. We must also have good command of the English language- the grammar, a vast vocabulary to pull from, and a sense of daring to play with sentence structure. We need people around us who are willing to read our work and give us honest critiques. Finally, we must have… CHOCOLATE!

·         Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?

If I’m not comfortable writing the words necessary for the genre, I won’t. Plain and simple. If gore is called for in a battle scene, I’ll write it. If it will enhance the reader’s experience and bring them deeper into the story, then that’s fine with me. As for sex, it is not the central theme of my writing. It is the natural by-product of the situations my heroes and heroines find themselves in. I prefer to write love scenes that are sensual and steamy rather than explicit, although I did get descriptive with Ghost of a Chance and I really enjoyed myself! I’m not ashamed to say that I’m uncomfortable using the terms expected in erotic writing. There’s enough latitude between my heat level and erotic to keep me happily writing without cringing or blushing.

·         What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

What if I said I go out of my way to research important details of my story? What if I told you I’ve made love with an angel? Gotcha! But that would be amazing wouldn’t it?!

·         Don't forget to give us links to your website etc.
Websites and Blogs I write for:
Links to my video trailers:


2 comments:

Kristina's Books & More said...

Great interview, Deena! <3 Can't wait to get my hands on Relic!

Deena said...

Thanks, Kristina! Can't wait to put it in your hands! :)