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Author Interview: D. L. Croisette
1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
Life throws us curve balls every now and again. Sometimes those curve balls turn into home runs. Okay, enough with the sports analogies. They are not really my thing. Storytelling is my thing. I wrote Ruby Red – A Romance on a dare. At lunch, a group of my friends were discussing a recent romance story, their disappointment in yet another alpha lead male character. My friend Mina turned to me and said I could write a better hero and a more romantic story. I laughed—I don’t write romance. She dared me too, and I went home that night and wrote the first three chapters of Ruby Red. Two months later, I had a complete first draft of Ali and Sam’s love story. And I was officially a romance writer. I love it. (Pardon the pun.)
2. Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a firstborn, middle or last child, and how does this shape your view of the world?
Well, I write bold and sexy stories focusing on courageous, confident female characters. So, yeah. Firstborn here. Got to break all the rules and charge through every guard rail my parents set up for their children. My baby brother has it so easy. The downfall of being a trailblazer and leader? I expect others to follow my lead and some have called me stubborn. I have high standards for the world around me and tend not to settle for less.
3. Where is your favorite place to write?
I recently added a hammock to my outdoor seating area. Let me tell you, writing in that cocoon, with the lake breeze and solitude of my cottage, I’m in heaven.
4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?
I can NOT let them go. I save everything in a “extras” folder. Down to snippets of dialogue and descriptions of rooms that don’t exist. Some see the light of day, either in bonus chapters or alternate scenes I post on my website for my fans. Others turn into new story ideas. Just because the idea didn’t work for one couple, doesn’t mean it won’t for another. Idea bunnies are real people.
5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?
I’d probably gawk at Jane Austen for a good ten minutes in sheer awe. Once I pulled myself together, I’d take a sip of some strong tea and ask her who inspired Captain Frederick Wentworth in Persuasion. I mean, you know there’s a story there.
6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
I’m a natural redhead but I have a pitch-black streak of hair at the nape of my neck. Only visible when I wear my long hair up. If you know your folklore, red hair might be a sign of a witch, and a black streak in one’s hair might be another. But don’t worry, the only magic I weave is with words.
7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
Sunscreen. I burn in about six seconds under a cloudy sky. And a solar battery pack to charge up my tablet, which of course is crammed with books from Jane Auston to Timothy Zahn. Because stranded on a desert island sounds pretty much like paradise to this introvert.
8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?
The ability to instantly transport anywhere in the world. I’m addicted to traveling but there has to be a better way than eight hours inside a tin can breathing recycling air. Did I also mention I’m a tad impatient?
9. Favorite snack?
I’m all about the sweets. I’m Canadian so love my smarties. And yes, I eat the red ones last.
10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit?
Some people (my parents, my friends, strangers I leave in my dust) tell me I have a bit of a lead foot. Speed demon here. I also have a great sense of direction. I come from a long line of navigators and always know where north is. See – it’s right over there.
by D. L. Croisette
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
One night stands only need apply.
Ali Stinson is having a bad day. Her afternoon tryst was interrupted (before they got to the good part) to discover her investment manager ran away with all her money. Now she has to keep up appearances with her high society friends, find a dress for an upcoming charity event, and not fall in love with Sam, the cute bartender, who insists on helping her. Thing is, she’s 90% sure she doesn’t want help. Adulting is hard.
Looking for work, not love.
Sam Freemont is having a strange day. He was in the middle of the best kiss of his life when his boss walked in and halted the fun, which is not helping with the low profile he’s trying to maintain. Now he can’t get Ali off his mind or out of his dreams. Good thing she’s a regular at the swanky resort he just started working at. Gives him time to find a way back to her lips. Or better yet, into her heart.
Sam sipped the cool juice and licked his lips. His mind filtered back to recent events in the cabana. The taste of the woman’s mouth on his, the sensation as he ran his hands over her silky-smooth skin, the way her body fit when crushed against his.
The moment he’d turned and noticed her sitting on the lounger, he’d been struck with a need to be with the bikini-clad woman. It had been like nothing he’d ever experienced before. He’d almost had to stop himself from throwing her over his shoulder and taking her back to his cave to have his way with her.
What had she done to him?
He gulped the rest of the chilled contents of the glass, attempting to extinguish the reignited fire. One glass wouldn’t do it. He refilled the cup then downed it as well. Poured a third glass. This woman had stirred up a permanent volcano under his skin.
It wasn’t like him to walk away from his responsibilities for the promise of sex, but one look from her and all reason had flown out the window. He couldn’t quite believe what had happened. If his boss hadn’t interrupted them, sex was where they were headed. He was sure of that.
What got him the most was when she’d smiled at him. A beautiful smile. One capable of stopping an elephant in its tracks. Yet, behind the expression, he’d sensed sadness. No, desolation. His longing intensified, shifting to an immediate need to protect her, to do whatever he could to make her better. Even if it involved nothing more than holding her hand.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
D.L. Croisette is a storyteller. She had characters in her head before she had words in her mouth. Now she spins them into romantic stories full of drama and heart. Collector of international friends, avid traveler and always up for a new adventure, she snaps photos to remember each escapade and peppers the best experiences into her stories. Ruby Red is her debut romance novel, and she’s probably at an outdoor café right now, dreaming up a bold new heroine to stir up trouble.
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