Strictly Reviews would like to welcome Destiny Blaine!
Welcome everyone and I hope you all enjoy reading our interview with Destiny.
SR: What was it about the appeal of writing that got you interested in becoming an author?
DB: There’s a certain amount of appeal in doing something I feel I’m supposed to be doing and it’s great to have a career where I can work from pretty much anywhere.
SR: Of all of your wonderful novels... Which has been the easiest to write?
DB: Lying Eyes
SR: Which has given you the most trouble to write?
DB: Winning Virgin Devotion: Hands-down this has been the most difficult to write. My readers will understand why once they read this fifth installment.
SR: What’s one day in the life of Destiny Blaine like?
DB: We keep a fast pace around here. My husband and children get up early so I’ve learned to adjust my schedule to theirs. We’re up at five-thirty most of the time and by seven o’clock, I’m at my computer ready to start the day.
SR: Did you have a hard time when you first started sending out your manuscripts for publication?
DB: No, but the rules didn’t apply to me then, thank goodness. My career began with ghost writing so I didn’t have to wait by the in-box or phone for an acceptance or rejection—someone else did that prior to hiring me. However, those rejection letters eventually found their place in my in-box just like they find their place in every writer’s mailbox. I just didn’t experience them in the beginning, which was nice.
SR: You have another wonderful addition to the Sport Wives saga… Can you tell us more about Damaged Goods?
DB: Damaged Goods releases Thursday, February 25, 2010. A short novella of about 24,000 words, Damaged Goods is Suzy Illiani’s story. She has some serious flaws. What I love about this story is that while Suzy wants to change for Marco Giovanni, she doesn’t make life-changing decisions based on her desire to please him. It’s more or less just something that happens because Marco points out the errors of her ways and she’s the kind of heroine who doesn’t mind to face the truth and plan for change. Best of all, after Suzy takes charge of her life, she really likes the end results.
SR: Now that Damaged Goods is about to be released, are you working on any other projects?
DB: Yes, I’m always working on other projects. I have a western series that keeps me pretty busy. As for Destiny Blaine projects, the Winning Virgin series has my full attention right now. Love’s Unselfish Gift will follow Damaged Goods soon so I’m working on the sixth installment for Sports Wives as well.
SR: Do you have a favorite couple, character from your books?
DB: I love Constance with Gabriel in the Winning Virgin books.
SR: What has changed for you the most since becoming a writer?
DB: Everything has changed. This industry can and will change a person. I’m not the same person I was five, or even two years ago. Whether it’s changed me for the better, who knows. Whenever a person is under constant scrutiny for the work performed, it changes their outlook; their perception of the world around them. I’m stronger than before and my family and friends believe I’m tough as nails so maybe this business made me into someone I should’ve been long before now. Bad reviews and ratings have only made for a more determined writer regardless of the whether or not the review was written by someone with venom in their veins or by someone ready to offer constructive criticism. The good or even excellent reviews are still cherished and used for motivation.
When I first started my career, I didn’t take into consideration that writers are in the entertainment business. Like it or not, anyone writing for profit should realize their lives can become an open book—and the pages within often contain more fiction than truths. I don’t let things upset me anymore and live by the words of Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter, don’t mind.”
SR: What are some of your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
DB: Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and Tahiti.
SR: Do you enjoy watching horror movies?
DB: I used to hate them but I write horror under another name now so I watch some but wouldn’t say I truly enjoy horror movies. When I view any horror movie, it’s for research more than anything else.
SR: What’s the last movie you saw?
DB: Dear John
SR: Do you still get a thrill when you see your book being published on bookstore shelves?
DB: I don’t think so. That part is gone for me right now and the reason is based on the fact that I’m writing under so many names. I’ve even missed a few of my own release date notifications so I don’t always know when my books are out. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy my job because I love what I do, but I’m not biting nails until an e-book is released or another print book hits the shelves. The last time I felt that energy was when I received a GOOGLE alert that one of my real estate titles added to a public library and several more soon followed. Because of the new experience, I enjoyed those moments, but went right back to writing.
SR: Erotic or Paranormal Romances?
SR: (side not.. can anyone say duh from the obvious reason she writes in both these genres. lol)
SR: Werewolf/Shape shifter or Vampires?
SR: Day or Night?
SR: Indoors or Outdoors
SR: Strawberry or Grapes?
DB: Thank you for the interview today. I hope to visit your blog again soon.
Now here's the blurb for the latest Destiny Blaine novel, Damaged Goods:
A no-strings relationship works well until Suzy meets the man who can keep her bound to his bed with minimal effort. Marco Giovanni is young blood, a rookie quarterback with a bright career. Suzy Illiani has a reputation but Marco doesn’t care about her past. He’s only interested in how she fits into his future.
When Suzy discovers Marco is headed to the Dallas Rascals, she makes a strategic move. Calling in favors, she aligns herself with a man destined for football greatness.
Even though Marco’s peers view Suzy as damaged goods, Marco falls in love with a woman he plans to change, but taming a vixen isn’t as easy as it looks. Soon, Marco realizes the only way to win Suzy’s love is to train her for submission. But the real challenge he finds is in the lack of control he feels whenever he’s holding her in his arms.
Interview and Blurb Copyright ©2010 Destiny Blaine
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