Please welcome Robyn DeHart to the virtual offices today! Robyn is here to chat about A Little Bit Wicked, and she’s brought along a digital copy for one of you to win!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Robyn DeHart] Wife to the Professor, mother to 2 little girls, 2 kitties, addicted to diet coke. I love my job, British hist, Johnny Depp & peanut m&m’s.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about A Little Bit Wicked?
[Robyn DeHart] You know authors suck at describing their own books, but I’ll give it a go.
Vivian March is known simply as The Paragon. She moves seamlessly through every circle within Society, smoothing out scandals and stopping gossip in its tracks. Everyone in London knows that if she aligns herself with you, the rest of Society will forgive you your sins. What they don’t know is that Vivian uses their secrets to cover her own jaded past.
Marcus Kincaid has only just returned from leading adventure tours in India to discover his older brother has died and left him the Earl of Ashford. Not only that, but their younger sister has just found herself in the midst of a would-be scandal and clearly something must be done. So what does any aristocratic family in good standing do when facing a potential storm of rumors, they call in The Paragon.
The last thing Vivian needs is to have Marcus walk back into her life. Yet there is he, as dashing as ever, and hell-bent, it would seem, on seducing her.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Vivian?
[Robyn DeHart] Determined, loyal and passionate
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Marcus’s pockets?
[Robyn DeHart] Gloves. Miss Manners Guide. Pocket-watch.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Vivian’s greatest regret?
[Robyn DeHart] She’s a fallen woman and her past is definitely her greatest regret, it’s completely shaped her life and is the driving force in the plot.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Robyn DeHart] Music helps a lot. Reading other great books makes me want to push myself. My sweet husband inspires me to write great heroes. My mom is who introduced me to books (romance novels too) we share the love of writing and reading and that’s inspiring.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Robyn DeHart] I’m of the opinion that if you have writing to do, you just get it done. If you don’t have a computer, write in a notebook, don’t have a notebook, find a sheet of paper or napkin. You make it happen regardless of the situation. That being said, I certainly have preferences with my writing. So in the fairness of answering your question – I need my laptop, my earbuds and the scenes I have to work on for the day sketched out to some degree.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Robyn DeHart] I’ve always loved my critique partner and best friend, Emily McKay’s books. She’s written for HQ Temptation and Desire. But earlier this month her first YA came out, it’s called The Farm and it’s a post-apocalyptic vampire book and it’s just fantastic. It’s gritty and fascinating and pulse-pounding and I just loved it. I didn’t actually critique this book before it went to press so I got to read it like a reader and it was such a treat.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Robyn DeHart] Oh goodness, I actually was a very early reader, my mom says I was reading at 3. I loved books from a very early age. I’d have to say, though, that Judy Blume was a big influence on me as a kid. I loved her books, read them over and over again. So I think it was more an author than one particular book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Robyn DeHart] Read someone else’s book! I don’t get to read as much as I’d like. Much of my non-writing time is spent with my family, my girls are still very young (2 & 4) so they require a lot of attention. So I read a lot of Dr. Suess and other children’s books.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Robyn DeHart] website – http://www.robyndehart.com
twitter – https://twitter.com/RobynDeHart
series Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/littlebitwicked?ref=hl
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the author:
I’m one of those writers who always knew that she wanted to be a writer. It took me a while, however, to figure out precisely what I wanted to write. Reading Kathleen Woodiwiss’ ”A Rose in Winter” sealed the deal for me and I’ve been reading and writing romance ever since. I should have known I was destined for this when my Barbies insisted on hosting elaborate masquerade parties, complete with stolen kisses in the moonlight.
I’m the youngest of three children, so of course I’m the favorite. I was raised in central Texas, in the beautiful Hill Country, right smack-dab between Austin and San Antonio. My parents were high school sweethearts and married a week after my mother graduated – they both needed their parents’ permission to marry since they were so young. So I blame them and their amazing marriage for the fact that I’m a hopeless romantic.
Somewhere along the line, I graduated from college with a degree in Sociology, only after completing an internship with none other than award-winning best-selling author, Pamela Morsi. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life and I learned more about the writing business than I could have hoped.
After college I worked a myriad of jobs: Computer Software Trainer, Recruiter, Administrative Assistant. But no matter what my day job, I come home to my real job and click, click, click away on my computer and get lost in my imaginary world where justice always prevails and the girl always gets her guy! It’s the coolest job in the world.
I’m married to the most amazingly supportive man. He’s so proud of my career, and loves to tell people, “My wife is a romance novelist.” We live in the Austin area, where my husband is a university professor. He’s ridiculously smart, but remains goofy enough to make me laugh every day. We’re the parents of two beautiful and precocious little girls who keep me quite busy during the day. We also have two very spoiled cats who are of no help at all when it comes to my writing, although they sometimes nap in the same room where I sit diligently working.
I’ve published seven historicals, all of which have received great reviews and a handful of them have won awards. I love to hear from readers, so feel free to send me an email or you can find me online at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills, or, Peanut Butter on the Keyboard, my newest blogging endeavor that’s all about writing moms or moms who write. You can also find me on my Facebook or my Facebook Author page and on Twitter. I’m everywhere!