Today I have one of my favorite people just where I want her for a change. Deadra is the person who normally whips my manuscripts into shape so its a change to have her under my control for a short time and I'm going to make the most of it. Thanks for coming over to my place Deadra. Right, lets jump straight in with the questions then because I know how busy you are.
1. You write in several different genres. Which one do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy the kind where the woman whips her man until he bows before her. Okay, so maybe that’s not true. The real answer is (before Ann takes a whip to me!), I enjoy the kind where romance is rediscovered in a marriage the most.
2. How do you find balance with your writing and real life?
I don’t! There is no balance. I had such little balance last year, I didn’t write anything. Then my son enrolled in martial arts and I discovered this wonderful hour, twice a week, where I’m free to write as he takes his class. It’s magic!
3. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Don’t wanna know. Oh, that’s not what you meant? Ummm... Eccentric, devious, snarky.
4. What fears do you face with the release of each book?
That I’ll become an overnight millionaire from sales alone and turn into a narcissist. Fine, fine. I guess once in a while, I can open up and be a tad bit of a softy... That everyone who reads my stories are going to be like, “This is such utter *bleep* that I can believe I read it. D. F., you need to *bleeping, bleepity bleep* you *bleep bleeper*.”
5. You said this book was very close to your heart. tell us why.
In all seriousness, because my marriage sucked for a couple of years there. It really angered me that everyone I turned to and expressed my fears and pain to were like, “Well, you’re married. Did you think the passion would stay?” Uh yeah, I did. Who wants a marriage where the love dies and life is co-existing and routine? No one does, if I’m to judge by how many people I talked to who admit they are frustrated in their marriages. So I did something about it. Then I decided to write a whole series based on common marriage problems and couples doing something about it. It won’t help me take over the world, but maybe people will start realizing marriages can still be romantic and sexy.
6. What more can we expect from you and when?
Book 2, Rekindled Desires is currently due to come out in May. Book 3, Defiant Desires is set to release in July. I’ve also got a military short romance, Serving Her Heart, that will be coming out this summer (date set when I finally find a cover model that makes me happy and doesn’t look like a camo-covered stripper!). See, those martial arts classes turned into a blessing for me. ;)
Well you kind of have to take those precious writing minutes when you can, I totally understand that. Thank you so much for your time today and good luck with the next books. Let me know when they come out and we can chat again.
When D. F. Krieger was banned from writing contests at her school, she immediately set it in her head that she would become a professional writer. Since then, she has thrown away her plans of world domination through books, but she still enjoys writing. Her tastes run from classy urban witches to dragons, space pirates to shape shifters. By the time she pens her final book with a hand ravaged by age, she hopes to introduce her readers to many alternate worlds, lines of thinking, and captivating characters.
You can find D. F. on the East Coast, hiding away from the real world with a gleam in her eye and a plot in her head. She resides with her husband, kids, and pets; who all kindly put up with her random bouts of laughter (over things she can't explain) and journal collecting fetish.
Tell us about your current release/or new release?
Red Dust Dreaming was inspired by several things coming together at once. I'd seen an old Sophia Loren/Clark Gable movie and wondered what would happen if I reversed the story line and set it deep in the heart of Australia. Then a friend told me a tale about how her father paid for her education but on the condition she did what he wanted her to do and abandon her own dreams of becoming an artist. AND then I was taken on a tour of an Aboriginal art exhibition that was mind blowingly beautiful. So happened the artists are from a community north of Alice Springs so.....
Do you outline your stories or just go with the flow?
A bit of both really. I know where we're going but not always sure on the route we're going to take to get there. Sometimes the detours can be surprising!
Is there an author that makes you go all "fangirl?
Isabelle Allende - I read her work decades ago and loved it so much. I have no idea what I'd say to her if I really got the chance. Probably get all shy and embarrassed. And at the moment I am hot for Kylie Scott. She can do no wrong in my eyes. My mum is struggling with cancer and pretty well gave up reading. Kylie Scott reignited her passion and Mum has devoured her books. I cant wait to read Deep, the last book in her Stage Dive series.
Where do you do your best work?
Somewhere where there is no one under 3 feet tall!
What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Go to the beach or hang out with girlfriends drinking coffee and gossiping.
You write in different genres. Which do you prefer?
It comes in seasons. Right now I'm into rural romance in a big way. I have several stories jostling to be told. After that, who knows? I am working on a joint project with my husband, G.W. Gibson, incorporating modern twists on ancient fairy tales. Maybe some murder and mayhem might be fun too!
Elizabeth Langtree has her life in order – safe, organised, planned. Sure, she has her troubles, but they are nothing she can’t handle. Then everything is turned upside down when her family send her to Australia to collect her orphaned nephew.
It all seemed so simple in New York, but Australia is nothing like she expected, and she soon falls under the spell of the Outback – the station, the lifestyle, and the seriously sexy owner who has been caring for Luke since the death of his mother.
Elizabeth soon discovers that what seemed simple a world away is anything but, and her duty is at odds with the dictates of her heart. She must choose, knowing that a mistake will not only cost her everything, but destroy the future of a devastated little boy.
“You know it’s wrong to put those ideas into Luke’s head, don’t you?” Elizabeth hissed at him from across the table.
“Don’t look at me.” He raised his hands in mock surrender. “All of that came from your sister.”
“New York smells and there are no horses?” She folded her arms across her chest and glared at him with those blue eyes.
“Okay, so that bit was me,” he admitted.
“And I bet you think it’s all very funny, don’t you?” She glowed with a strange kind of beauty when she was fuming.
“You’ve got that wrong, sister. This isn’t a joke to me. This is war. You’re trying to take Luke away from the only home he’s ever known to give him to people who his mother spent her life trying to get away from.” He leaned towards her, palms pressed flat against the table.
Elizabeth pushed her chair back and stood up. “You’re the one who’s got it wrong, buddy. And if you cared so much for my sister and her son why didn’t you marry her and adopt him?”
Caden’s chair scraped loudly on the floor as he rose to his feet. “My relationship with Angela is none of your business. She lived her life the way she wanted to.”
Elizabeth gasped in outrage. “What are you implying?”
“Implying? Nothing at all. I’m not implying anything I’m saying it plainly. She ran away from your dysfunctional family and made a new family here with us. We’re Luke’s family, maybe not by blood but sometimes blood just doesn’t matter.” He noticed he’d walked around the table to face her. When had he done that?
“I live my life the way I want to.” She narrowed her eyes, her fists were balled up at her sides. Unless he was mistaken she was sizing him up.
“Right, sure you do. You did whatever Mummy and Daddy wanted. I bet life is just peachy. Well it wasn’t, to hear Angela tell it.” Caden really hadn’t meant to start this fight. If he could take it all back he would but the words just kept pouring out of his mouth uncensored. He had to stop before they both all went too far.
“My childhood wasn’t so great either but I made the best of it. Angela rebelled every inch of the way and look where that got her!”
“What exactly are you implying?”
“I’m not implying anything. I’m calling it as I see it. She ran away to hide in this godforsaken place and left me to face our parents on my own.” Her hands were on her hips and her cheeks were flushed. Damn she looked pretty! And that particular fact only fuelled his anger.
“I can’t stop you from taking Luke to New York. Believe me if I could I would. Just ask yourself this question, if New York is so damned good why did Angela run so far? Why did she deny your parents their grandchild? Why didn’t she tell you she was dying? She had a choice and she exercised it. She chose freedom. Do you really want Luke to wind up as uptight and miserable as you are?” He’d gone too far now. His words whirled about their heads like a flock of startled sparrows. Caden’s heart pounded in his chest. In some strange way he was having Angela’s argument for her, the one she never got to have. He’d heard her side of the story a thousand times and part of him justified his cruel words in defence of Angela.
Elizabeth looked as shocked as if he’d slapped her, and in some way he had – verbally. His bravado evaporated as he looked into her eyes. Fury and pain lurked in their blue depths. He’d ignited both tonight.
“I am not uptight,” she bit out between clenched teeth. She looked so angry, so small and alone in his kitchen there was only one logical thing to do.
He took a step closer, inhaling her scent of sultry summer flowers. “Oh really,” he said before crushing her to him and kissing her with everything he had.
Buy Link –
Escape Publishing: http://bit.ly/escapepublishing
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1AsLmBd
Amazon Aus: http://bit.ly/1BIa3wj