Please give a warm welcome to Seleste Delaney! She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about Gaming for Keeps.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Seleste Delaney] Wickedly evil purveyor of pages both romantic and not. Madly swimming through the insanity of life. Loud, irreverent, & periodically NSFW.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Gaming for Keeps?
[Seleste Delaney] This is the official blurb:
Pen Holloway’s done with men—in real life. Guys in game are so much less drama. But when her partner from Heroes of Fallen Gods invites her to the convention of the year, she panics. What if he’s another jerk? What if he’s not?
Cal Burrows is living his dream of being a spy. One of TRAIT’s misfit spies, but still a spy. It’s the perfect job… until an arms dealer with a taste for blood invades his not-so-secret geek haven. All Cal wanted from ConDamned was to meet his on-line girl. Now, with the threat of mass murder looming, he’s forced to choose between keeping his mission a secret and protecting the girl of his dreams.
Despite their attraction, Pen can’t help but suspect Cal’s hiding something. She also can’t shake the feeling he’s not as much of a stranger as he seems.
Basically, it’s the story of two people whose lives never would have intersected if not for gaming. And it takes place at one of those “we love everything geeky” cons that I LOVE, and it has more pop culture references than I could count. I had so much fun writing this book, that even after reading it about a dozen times through writing, revising, and all the editing stages, I still get bouncy about it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Seleste Delaney] It started with Entangled putting out the call for Geek books. I’d been wanting to write a book about my friends from back in my EverQuest days. This seemed the perfect opportunity. I was able to meet one of my in-game “boyfriends” a couple years ago, and though nothing happened, the chemistry we had while playing actually translated into real life and I found that fascinating. That partnered with my love of mayhem gave birth to the idea of the TRAIT agents and their strange paths to love.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Pen?
[Seleste Delaney] Cute, loyal, geeky <3
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Cal had a theme song, what would it be?
[Seleste Delaney] I will admit to cheating on this. I ran to my playlist for this book and went through the songs. And the winner is…*drumroll*… “Superman Tonight” by Bon Jovi.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Pen is never without.
[Seleste Delaney] A book. She’s an avid reader and works at a library, so it stands to reason whether digital or print, she’d always have something on her to read.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Cal’s bedroom?
[Seleste Delaney] 1) Weapons—with his history, it’s too big a risk to have them close at hand
2) Exercise equipment—as dedicated as he is to staying fit for his job, his bedroom is his sanctuary from that
3) A high-maintenance woman—uh…self-explanatory
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Pen’s greatest regret?
[Seleste Delaney] Probably staying with her ex for as long as she did. She wouldn’t regret dating him because it was part of the path to where she wound up in life, but she would probably regret staying in the relationship because she feels like she let him take advantage of her loyalty.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Seleste Delaney] I am all over the internet. You can find me on my website (it’s getting a makeover soon—this is just the placeholder site), blog, Twitter, Pinterest, and multiple places on Facebook (Page, Profile, and my new street team, The Renegades). And I love talking to readers, so please stop by and chat me up!
Thanks so much for having me, and I’ll be around off and on all day if anyone wants to ask questions or tell me which games I should absolutely avoid because they will suck all the time I should be using to write more books 😉
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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