This week's Spotlight is on author Dani Collins and her latest release Vows of Revenge.
Intro- I'm the author of… VOWS OF REVENGE, a September Harlequin Presents
After twenty-five years of writing and submitting around a marriage, kids, and a day job, I made my first sale in May of 2012. I’ve since turned in a dozen Harlequin Presents (Mills & Boon Modern) titles, published a pair of erotic romances with HarlequinE, released four small town rancher romances with Tule’s Montana Born, and put out a medieval fantasy romance with Champagne Books. I also have two indie projects, one of which is a free giveaway if you join my newsletter here (http://danicollins.com/free-book/). I like to say I write anything, so long as it’s romance. I quit my day job over a year ago, I’m still married and we’re almost empty-nesters. I live in a very small town in BC Canada which is a perfect place for an author to live—no distractions!
My earliest influences were Robyn Donald, Linda Howard and Elizabeth Lowell. I adored their sexual tension and emotional angst. I also loved the more complex characters and romantic conflicts in Victoria Leigh’s Loveswepts and India Grey’s Harlequin Presents. If I could write with the depth of Laura Kinsale, I’d be in heaven!
How I write-
I write at my desk in my attic office. It has a slanted ceiling and gets disgustingly hot in the summer, but is quite cosy in winter. I love writing while snow is falling outside!
My desk is often messy, but don’t you DARE touch a thing upon it. I know where everything is and it’s all vitally important!
When starting a new project, I typically write a proposal that includes a synopsis and opening chapters so my editor can keep me from going too far down any wrong roads. Once I’m writing, however, I rarely glance back at the synopsis. I research as I go (thank you internet!) I also revise as I go so it’s often a two pages forward, one back process. On the plus side, I don’t usually have huge revisions on the structure once the manuscript is complete, just a couple of rounds to clarify motivation or bring out character development, that kind of thing.
I sit at my desk every day, but since I juggle different publishers and have something new coming out every couple of months, I wind up juggling a lot of different tasks every day. I might take a break from writing to do art fact sheets or schedule promotion or write a blog post (hi!) etc. Every month or two, I clean the white board then write out all my deadlines and releases, figure out where I am and where I’m going. Writing as a career is a lot more than just writing, but I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to have this job!
I’ve always had stories in my head. The best way to kick them out is to put them on paper. I LOVE writing romance because they always end happily and I never tire of exploring how men and women develop life-long bonds. The world is a rough place and I have found comfort in romance novels at different times of my own life. I love being able to send out that same message of hope and cope to other women. Honestly, if I hadn’t read about so many heroines prevailing through hardship, I wouldn’t have had the guts to persevere with writing after that many years of rejection! But they hung in there so I did and here I am! I hope some of you take heart from that.
Revenge never tasted so sweet…
Satisfying the longing in Melodie's entrancing blue eyes was a glitch in Roman's plan. Convinced she'd been sent by his enemy, he intended to simply punish her! Except it seems that Melodie was innocent, and now Roman's plan takes a different turn… Could his vows of revenge become vows of marriage?