I am happy to have Deborah here today! She has been able to take time out of her schedule to be able to sit down with us for a small interview!
Before we get started here is a little bit about Deborah:
Deborah Cooke has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies. She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels, and has written over forty romance novels and novellas. She has also been published under the names Claire Cross andClaire Delacroix.
Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.
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Haha! I wrote my first book - which was an historical romance called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE - for the same reason that many writers first put fingers on the keyboard. I’d thought about writing a book for a long time but always been intimidated by the idea. (100,000 words. Yikes!) I read a lot of historical romance in those days because it was a wonderful escape from the grind of my job and one day, I read one that infuriated me. I didn’t think it was very good and I couldn’t believe it had been published. That make me believe that I could do better, and that conviction started me on the path of writing my first book. Writing a book isn’t that easy, I knew that before I started, but it’s very satisfying when it does come together.
There are very few writing challenges that bother me. I love writing. I love constructing stories and developing characters and building worlds and playing with language. What I wasn’t prepared for was the business of publishing, and I still find it hard (after 20 years!) to balance the expectations of authors, particularly in terms of promotion. Like many authors, I’m happiest in my office, lost in my fictional worlds. It takes me longer to do promotional tasks than it should because it’s not my best trick. I want a bumper sticker that says “I’d rather be writing.”
When you work with a publishing house, the process of choosing a title is often influenced by the house. For Dragonfire, I suggest titles to my editor. (http://www.deborahcooke.com/dragonfire.html) She takes the ones she likes to the editor in chief, who then makes additional suggestions. This publishing house is particularly interested in unique titles, so the process can be repeated many rounds before we all agree on a title. I’ve worked with other houses that weren’t so worried about titles being unique - for my fallen angel series (http://www.delacroix.net/angels.html), for example, that publisher was fine with my suggested titles and we used them. That’s unusual in my experience, and I was a bit startled at the time.
No. I really like Brandon and Liz’s book. If anything, the fact that EMBER’S KISS features the first heroine in the Dragonfire series with paranormal powers of her own makes me wonder if I should have planned the whole series differently. I really like how Liz and Brandon balance each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and how they make a strong couple. It’s given me a lot of ideas for the future of Dragonfire.
It would be hard to pinpoint specific titles. Overall, I’ve read a lot and was an avid reader as a kid. I think that probably my obsession with the fantasy genre has shaped a lot of my assumptions when I write paranormal romance. Maybe it makes my books a bit different. (?)
At this point, my TBR pile is so well aged that authors new to me are tried and true to everyone else. I’ve fallen way behind on my reading. I read Cassandra Claire for the first time this summer, for example, and loved her work. That’s old news to all the rest of you! (I don’t even know how long I’ve had that book. The rest of the series is in there, too.)
Part of the reason my TBR pile gets neglected is that I don’t read fiction in the same genre as I’m writing when I’m writing. So all those paranormal romances are just stacking up. Reading in another genre lets me escape into the story and the reading, instead of thinking analytically about the work I’m reading. Right now, I’m reading Chaucer again.
Thank you so much Deborah for stopping by and for letting us be part of your tour!!!
There is a Grand Prize drawing of an autographed set of the DRAGONFIRE series, (that's all 8 Dragonfire novels) over on Deborah's blog. To enter, click the link below:
One man's mission ignites one woman's fire...
Niall Talbot has volunteered to hunt down and destroy all the remaining shadow dragons - who were weakened by the destruction of the Dragon's Blood Elixir - before they can wreak more havoc. Among them is his dead twin brother, making Niall's mission not only dangerous but personal.
Tattoo artist Rox believes the world is a canvas to be made more beautiful. An unconventional spirit who isn't afraid of anything, she doesn't even flinch when a shape-shifting dragon warrior suddenly appears on her doorstep. And as a woman who follows her heart in matters of passion, she makes the perfect mate for a firestorm with Niall...
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Deborah Cooke's Blog Tour for Ember's Kiss
Tour runs from September 24 - October 10
9/24 - RCJReZine Blog - http://rcjrezineblog.blogspot.com/
9/25 - Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies Oh My - http://vampireswerewolvesfairiesohmy.blogspot.com/
9/26 - Books-n-Kisses - http://www.books-n-kisses.com/
The Reading Café - - http://thereadingcafe.com/
9/27 - All The Fun Starts After Dark - http://allthefunstartsafterdark.blogspot.com/
9/28 - Riverina Romantics - http://riverinaromantics.blogspot.com/
9/29 - Reading Between The Wines - http://readingbetweenthewinesbookclub.blogspot.com/
9/30 - Book Lovin' Mamas - http://booklovinmamas.blogspot.com//
10/1 - My Keeper Shelf - http://mykeepershelf.blogspot.com/
10/2 - United By Books (Interview) - http://unitedbybooks.blogspot.com/
10/3 - Under The Covers (Interview) - http://underthecoversbookblog.blogspot.ca
10/4 - Book Monster / Literal Addiction -
Book Monster - http://bookmonsterreviews.blogspot.com/
Literal Addiction - http://www.literaladdiction.com/
10/5 - The Book Nympho - http://thebooknympho.blogspot.com/
10/6 - Book Reader Addicts - http://bookreaderaddictsgiveaways.blogspot.com/
10/7 - Cocktails & Books - http://www.cocktailsandbooks.com/
10/8 - Paranormal Haven - - http://www.paranormalhaven.com/
10/9 - Grave Tells - http://gravetells.com/
10/10 - I Smell Sheep - http://www.ismellsheep.com/