Delta James Author Spotlight
Introduction of who you are:
Sinfully sultry romance - that's the world that International and US best selling author Delta James inhabits and shares with her readers. A world where alpha heroes find true love with feisty heroines. Delta's stories are filled with erotic encounters of romance and discipline. One fan suggested it was best to have a "fan and a glass of water" when reading Delta's stories. Delta has been a highly successful competitor both in horse shows (Arabians, Appaloosas and Paints) and in the AKC and International Kennel Club with her beloved basset hounds.
Section 1: Stuff about you:
What is something unique/quirky about you?
That’s tough … there are so many things to choose from:
I live and love five basset hounds: Goody, Katy, Emma, Roz and Ava – yes the las two are named after characters in a book.
I once sailed from Seattle, Washington to Honolulu, Hawaii with a friend on her sailboat – she’d been sailing less than two years, I’d never been in deep water
I have a penchant for taking rogue horses and turning them into champions
I love interior design – specifically updating/remodeling on a dime
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
In 2018 my first book was published; in April 2019, I quit my day job to write full-time
What are some of your pet peeves?
Telephone trees. I don’t mind an auto attendant that answers the phones, but I HATE having to work through five minutes of press 1, press 2 to get to a human being
People who don’t live up to commitments they made and then can’t understand why you’re annoyed
Where were you born/grew up at?
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but grew up and spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
With my Girls (the bassets), my friends and readers – just talking and trying to help them to accept what was coming. Giving them something that would make it easier for them to go on
Who is your hero and why?
My dad – I once asked him when he was in his 80s if he had any regrets. He told me “Only 1; I should have married your mother a lot sooner than I did.” I’m working hard to ensure that if someone ever asks me that, I can tell them honestly, I have none. I want to live life without regrets.
What are you passionate about these days?
My writing! I love doing what I do. Is it great literature? No. Am I writing the next great American novel? Hell no! But I write to entertain people and I think I do that well. I think I allow people to escape to a world where people are the best they can be …
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Passionate, Loyal, Honorable, Intelligent, Engaged
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my first novel, Harvest Moon Ride (under the pen name Willa Bradley) was released on Amazon. There had been delays and it didn’t go live until about midnight. I squealed with delight and woke up the Girls … they were not amused. When I finally accepted that I was really good at my craft and that I was making a name for myself was when my first novel under the Delta James pen name (Brought to Heel) cracked the Top 1000 in overall sales on Amazon. That might now sound like much until you consider there are about 6 MILLION titles on Amazon.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Honestly? None! They’re pretty steamy and explicit … which is why my readers love them.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
It would have to be the Wolf.
Section 2: Stuff about the Book:
What inspired you to write this book?
My inspiration is always the same – my characters start talking to me and I tell their stories. Sometimes I know who they are and what their story is … and sometimes I don’t. I have had more than one occasion that someone I thought was a minor charater, stepped forward to tell his or her story and became a reader favorite
What can we expect from you in the future?
I think readers can expect me to be me. My first dark romance was Virgin Tribute. Several readers (and my PA) worried that they wouldn’t like it, that it would be too far away from who I am and what I do. All of them were happy to say, it wasn’t. It was darker than I have gone before, but in the end it had all the hallmarks of my writing – an actual plot, well-developed characters and a true romance. As one of them said “the Delta touch”
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
Sometimes when characters step forward, they tell me their names. Sometimes I choose to name them after people I know (that can be good or bad depending on the character) and sometimes I get push-back from the character itself that I haven’t picked the right one. The thing I have learned is to not use “throw away” names (ones I don’t particularly like) on any character no matter how small their part. On more than one occasion, I have then been stuck with having a hero or heroine whose name I didn’t particularly like and that I couldn’t change because he or she was already in a previous book
Who designed your book covers?
I have worked with two cover designers that I just love their end product – Korey Mae Johnson of Stormy Night Publications and Allysa Hart of Allycat Creations
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Always! LOL! Writers never stop tinkering and tweaking books.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I want them to know how very much I appreciate each and every one of them. I especially like it when they take time to reach out to me and give me feedback.
Are your characters based on real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
With the exception of the physical appearance, the charcters are all from my imagination. That’s not to say that real-life experiences and certain qualities or quirks from people I know aren’t integrated into that. For the physical, I often try to find someone (preferably someone I can use on the cover) to base the character on.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?
I like to tell that to myself … and my characters just laugh and laugh and laugh. I was writing Book 5 in the Wayward Mates series when the heroine, Catherine, just sort of mentions in passing “Oh and the kidnapped women? My kid sister is one of them.” Mind you, I was 2/3 of the way through the book so I had to go back and weave that throughout the story.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I can’t; I won’t. The fact is that not every book is a must read for every reader! I will tell you that regardless of the genre, if you want to read a well-crafted, well-developed, steamy erotic romance, you might want to give my books a try. I think that once most people read them, they read the rest of them.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I’ve never submitted a book for publication that hasn’t been published. Are there books currently unpublished? Yes. They are either in the editorial stage, being written or their characters have yet to step forward to have their story told
Section 3: Stuff about Writing/ Reading:
How long have you been writing?
All my life off and on. I didn’t get serious about trying to pursue creating a novel to be published until late Fall 2017.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Oh how I wish they came at the same time or I even knew what all was going to happen in a book. I’ve had more than one character that was supposed to be a minor character step up and demand his/he book or tell me that he/she wasn’t/was going to do something or be with someone I hadn’t planned.
The best example of this is in the Wayward Mates series. In the first book I created the character of Jean-Michel Gautier, the Alpha of New Orleans (one of my favorite cities in the world), as this over-the-top, minor character intended for Lacey. He was having none of it. He wanted, and got, Darby as his mate and his own book. I had to revise the book and create a back story for Darby. Don’t tell him (Jean-Michel) this, but he was absolutely right. He and Darby are usually the favorite of most of my readers.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
All kinds … and nothing at all. I often research specific things as they come up in the story. In addition, I have a dear friend who loves research and I simply turn to her and turn her loose! I have an amazing team.
Do you see writing as a career?
It had better be. I quit my day job in April 2019.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I write one book at a time, start to finish. That is normally the way someone who plots out a book writes. Mostly those who are pantsers (write by the seat of their pants) write scenes as they come to them and then string them together. I am absolutely a pantser in that I rarely know what’s going to happen in a book, but still I write start to finish.
Pen or typewriter or computer?
Computer. I can’t stand to write in long-hand or on a typewriter. I like to edit and tweak a book as I’m writing
A day in the life of the author?
Wake up without an alarm – usually by six or seven every morning. Feed the Girls – nothing gets done before that. Grab a Diet Coke and something for breakfast and then head into my office. I write all day. I will jump on and off Facebook to interact with readers or get things done there and also periodically check email. But I treat writing like a “real job.” I put in a minimum of six hours a day doing nothing but writing. I also talk frequently throughout any given day with my PA and my beta reader – two of the BEST things I’ve eve done for myself
Advice they would give new authors?
Sit your ass in the chair and write! Too many get distracted by other things and then bemoan the fact that they can’t produce a new novel quickly enough to support themselves or their latest one didn’t sell as well as they wanted. Don’t focus on the number of words. Make a commitment of time each and every day to do nothing but write – no Facebook, no email, no research … just write!
In addition, the only way to hone your craft as a writer, is to do it. I’m not saying classes or critiques aren’t helpful, but NOTHING will beat writing, writing and more writing.
To go along with that – reject the idea that your writing is art – it may be – but it has to be art that sells. Lose your ego that makes you want to fight with editors over each comma or word. And don’t think that only authors or other professionals can offer you advice. Readers are often the best source of information about what you need to do to improve your writing and your sales.
Do you try to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. I think I often write unique takes on what is popular or that readers want. I also listen to my readers when they tell me they want something or want to see more of something I’ve written.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
NO FEAR! Go after this. If this is something you want, put your nose to the grindstone and get it done.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Usually two weeks, but sometimes a smidge more. And once in a while, I get almost possessed and write one in less than a week.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
No. I believe it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy that writers use to justify doing other things. Now, that isn’t to say that I’m not sympathetic to those who feel they experience it. Maybe they do. I just know that for myself, if I buckle down and focus my efforts I can power through anything. I may have to go back and revise it or even scrap what I wrote, but at least I got something productive done.
I had a friend that belongs to a writers’ group of which I’m a member. She had a bitter disappointment in her writing career. It absolutely had her frozen. Most everyone else was commiserating with her and telling her inspiration would come again. She asked me as I had a bunch of books published. I told her “Sit your ass in the chair and write.” She wanted to know how many words, I advised her to make a commitment of time not words. Sometimes the words flow … and sometimes they don’t. I believe it’s the act of writing itself that is important. She asked me what to write and I told her it didn’t matter. I told her I didn’t care if she wrote “I hate Delta James” thousands of times … just sit her ass in the chair and write. I had several people tell me they thought I was mean to her. The following month I asked her how it had gone. She laughed and said that had one the trick and even admitted to having typed “I hate Delta James” for the first day and a half. But you know what? That proved to be the dam breaker she needed to start writing again.
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Other Titles from this Author:
Dark SciFi Romance
Taking His Mate
Tamed on the Ranch