It would be redundant of me to tell you how much I love romance. I write it, FFS, and – even more – I use my tiny platform to give my fellow sexy scribes a boost. That said…if I could only read one subgenre or trope for the rest of my days, I’ll always go with the music romance. I love it so much, I wrote two of them!
(That was such a shameless plug, but y’all luh me anyway!)
Anywhoo, this brings me to my guest on the blog today. Deana Birch is dropping her debut novel Faster, a rock & roll romance, in June and trust me – it’s sure to be on your steamy summer reading list! Faster tells the tale of a music producer who finds herself falling for the flirtatious drummer. The novel traces the struggles of the couple as they attempt a long-distance relationship. Add groupies, a tough tour schedule, and a devastating secret and you have all the elements of a read that promises to make your summer hotter than expected!
Read on as Deana spills about why she loves pantsing her novels, how poetry made her a writer, and the creepy (her words!) author who is her mentor!
In a few sentences, tell us a little about yourself.
I am a Midwestern girl transplanted to Europe with no plans of returning. I speak fluent French and eat far too much cheese.
What do you love most about the craft of writing?
I am not a planner or plotter at all. I love the spontaneity of my characters and where they take their stories.
Tell us about your latest project.
FASTER — which releases June 26th— is about life giving you a wake-up call. For Jake Riley, who has finally found success in the music business, he knows he can blow it or pull up his big boy pants and start semi-adulting. When he meets Louana, he sure he’s found the person who can help put him back together from life on the road. But he’s an alpha man child who was previously allergic to monogamy. So he makes lots of mistakes on the way. And career minded Louana has to balance his bulldozing tactics with the fact she’s falling for a rock star.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After college, I wrote horrible French poetry while I was depressed and living in Los Angeles. Maybe then.
What drew you to writing romance/erotica?
I write books with characters that I’d like to read about. And romance and erotica are so much fun!
Which book(s) have influenced your writing style the most?
I love Lauren Blakely’s humor, but I read a lot outside genre as well.
Share a piece of your work that showcases our writing style best.
“Pink! Oh my God. Why didn’t I think of that? Fucking pink!” He planted a palm to his forehead.
I stared at him blankly.
“Your underwear is pink,” he explained. “I was trying to imagine what color it was. First, I was sure it was red to match your dress; then I thought you would never be so obvious.”
As I climbed on top of him, he kept talking.
“At one point, I went through all the colors in the spectrum, but that only confused me and made me think maybe it wasn’t just one color. Maybe it was red andwhite. Or maybe it was a pattern, like flowers or something, and I would never be able to imagine it.”
Even though I was kissing his neck, he paid me no mind.
“So then I decided to go back to red, but I couldn’t imagine you in it. Eventually, I searched through your drawers for help.”
Cue record scratch.I stopped the kissing, pulled away from his neck, and peered at him. “You went through my underwear?”
“Yes,” he said, without an ounce of guilt, and still very much in story mode. “And when I didn’t find anything red, I wondered if it was because you didn’t have any, or if it was because you were wearing them.”
“How much of your day did you spend thinking about my underwear?”
“Literally the whole fucking day, and they were pink all along. I knew they weren’t red!” He glanced back down to my bra.
Name three of your best writing tips.
- Read your manuscript out loud.
- Write for yourself.
- Be kind to fellow authors.
Dead or alive, name the writer you wish were your mentor and why.
Mary Shelley. I want to learn how to write creepy!
What would you say is your own interesting writing quirk?
I write in bed. *eyebrow waggle*
Shout out an indie writer whose work you love.
Meka James!!!! She’s one dark bunny.
Do you have any specific writing goals in your radar?
Just get through this release. I’m in an editing tornado right now and am working on three separate manuscripts in various forms of completion. I’ll start writing a new book this summer.
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