SOOO happy to have you here, lovely Vonnie! We have been online friends for...lordy, YEARS and still don't seem to have enough time to catch up. Hope you enjoy your visit with me and wishing you oodles of sales and success with your upcoming release, HER SURVIVOR...
1.) What is the strangest talent you have?
Gee, I had to think long and hard on this one. My first thought was playing the accordion. Something I haven’t done since my early teens when my chest started to develop and kept getting caught in the billows. Now there’s a title for a book—Boobs in the Billows. Instead, I’d have to say losing my luggage on trips. I once went on a Caribbean Cruise, flying from Baltimore/Washington Airport to Florida to catch the ship. My luggage flew to Santo Domingo. I was on a cruise for seven days with no clothes. The cruise line did replace my luggage and give a stipend to buy new things. Coming home, the new stuff got lost, too. I flew to BWI and it flew to Texas. When we flew to New Orleans, our luggage flew to Alaska—honest to God. On our last trip to Paris, we flew from the City of Lights to Berlin to spend a week with my husband’s son and wife. Our luggage went to Romania. I think the suitcases have logged more air miles than we have.
2.) What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
I bought faux fur and made a Cowardly Lion costume from “The Wizard of Oz.”
3.) Are the titles of your books important?
Yes, but I must be horrible at it. The publishers keep changing them.
4.) If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?
I used to keep two or three books going at once, each one a different sub-genre of romance. So if a contemporary was giving me trouble, I’d hop over to a romantic suspense and work on it for a few chapters. The break in style would open the channel for me. Now, I have deadlines before the books are written, so I have to stay more focused on one book. I often go back to the beginning and start reading over what I’ve written. Perhaps there’s a reason I’ve gotten myself in this mess. I go looking for it.
5.) Do you prefer dog, cats or none of the above?
I’d love a dog, but we travel too much or just spend the whole day at our favourite writing spots. We currently have no pets. We had a cat, but he passed of cancer. It was hard to get used to the empty house. He was our baby since our children are grown.
6.) Who’s your favourite author? Why?
Oh wow, this is impossible to answer. I’ve learned a lot about comedic timing from William Shakespeare. I love his plays. So put him at the top of my list. As for contemporary authors, I have so many auto-buys: Lexi Blake, Sarah Grimm, AJ Nuest, Tracy Wolf, Rachel Brimble (don’t recall where I’ve heard of her…), Kelly Moran, Maeve Greyson, Mackenzie Crowne, and Linda Lael Miller. Why? They either make me smile or smolder.
7.) Do you have a pet peeve?
8.) Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning?
If it’s a new hero come to introduce himself, yes, I remember in great detail down to his attitude. I usually dream in colour. When I’m not satisfied with what I’m writing, I dream weird snippets that make zero sense. That’s how I know my mind is truly muddled.
Thanks for having me as a guest, Rachel. I hope your readers will check me out on my amazon page -- http://www.amazon.com/Vonnie-Davis/e/B0059HUKMC/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1456164914&sr=1-2-ent
I’m working on my second series for Random House Loveswept. Here’s the cover and blurb for book one releasing in July.
Vonnie Davis welcomes readers to Wounded Warrior Falls! In this sizzling contemporary series, broken heroes meet women worth fighting for—and discover the healing power of love.
Navy SEAL Dustin Franks can handle physical pain; it’s his soul that needs mending. After losing part of his leg in an explosion, the panic triggered by his PTSD nearly drives him over the edge. So Dustin retreats to the Eagle Ridge Ranch, a charming hideaway tucked into the Hill Country of Texas. There he finds solace in the arms of a shy beauty who reawakens desires he thought he’d lost forever—and who makes him want to lose control, just when he needs it most.
Kelcee Todd sees beyond Dustin’s scars to the real man beneath: fiercely protective, strong yet tender. She wants nothing more than to feel his battle-hardened hands on her body. However, Kelcee is not the ordinary small-town girl she appears to be. Her brother is a killer with ties to the Russian mob, and after her testimony put him in prison, he’s out and eager for revenge. Now Dustin is her best defense, even if it could cost him everything. Kelcee could never ask him to make that sacrifice . . . but she can’t stop him, either.