Interview with Deena Remiel

May 28, 2013 Feature, Interview 0

burning sagePlease tell the readers about yourself and the books you write?

I would love to! First, I am a mother to 2 teenage girls- 13 and 16, so I am accepting condolences, thank  you.  Insert snort right here. But really, they are great girls. I’m married for 20 years now to a super man, literally. During the day, I teach English to middle school kids, and the rest of the time is spent writing and connecting with world. I write primarily paranormal romances and urban fantasy. But I won’t stop a contemporary romance from slipping in here or there! I write in a variety of lengths- novel, novella, short story. My novel series is called, The Brethren. They are angels manifested on earth to protect the human race from evil. I have another serialized novel series called, The Book Waitress. A librarian is marked by Satan as a child and he’s back to claim her and the world. Just who gets the upper hand plays out across a 13-part series. I also have a short story with Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand line called, Ghost of a Chance. Remy and Susannah are both “ghosting” through their lives. Madame Eve affords them a second chance at life and love by bringing them together.

Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?             

My latest book, Burning Sage, is the first in a series called, Love Among The Ruins. This series belongs to a new line from Decadent Publishing called, TEASE, where sweet occurrences and vivid fantasies begin.  This story is about Sage Wilcot, a volcanologist, who has always been fascinated by one site in particular- the island of Santorini. During her sole expedition there, she will be forced to release her grounded beliefs in science. But just how that happens and what consequences it brings is for you to find out.

What inspired you to write Burning Sage?

The answer to this question is rather simple, and yet complex. The simple answer is that I was asked to write a story. Now, most times a child might ask to tell them a story about princesses or dragons or soldiers fighting battles against an army of aliens. At least, they give us a topic. In this case, my managing editor, who I adore, asked me to write a story. No premise, no prompt. The only thing she asked of me was to make sure I had my signature alpha male in it. So here comes the complex answer. I usually start with a setting. I need to know WHERE I am before I can begin any story. An image popped into my head. A photograph of whitewashed, cliff-hugging homes sandwiched between deep blue skies and seas. I researched and quickly discovered I’d been thinking of the island of Santorini.  I knew I loved writing immortal characters. So that part was easy. But what KIND of immortal character, I wasn’t sure about. Santorini inspired my decision with its lore about the lost city of Atlantis being underneath. I now had my immortal alpha male. And so, the magic of writing this story began.

How do you describe your writing style?

I’d describe my writing style as part plotter, part organic. I plan my setting, write my characters’ backgrounds and bios, and I write a paragraph to myself, a very brief synopsis, of what the story is about. I don’t spend too much time on this. I just want some loose idea. Then, I sit with my laptop before me and watch the story emerge as if watching a movie. It’s this movie in my head that I convert to words. Events happen, and people interact in a very organic way. If something is meant to be, I let it.

When writing who is in charge you or your characters? How do you deal with bossy characters?

My characters and I have a mutual understanding. I create them and they live their own lives. So, that means once they’ve been formed by me, the story is written by them. Well, they do let me write the in-between parts…

Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

The beginning of every chapter is daunting to me. I want to make sure the first lines are as impactful as the last few of the previous chapter. So, when I finish a chapter, I usually type in the next chapter heading right away, take a breather, and return.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

I was most surprised that I had these stories inside me to begin with! For most of my life, I had been doing one thing, teaching. But to know there are stories to be told inside me, and that I’m able to write them down and have others enjoy, well that’s just the most wonderful surprise.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Here are a few must do’s:

1. Write every day. Doesn’t matter what kind you do. Just write.

2. Connect with other authors in person or in yahoo groups and such. You are not an island.

3. Finish your projects. Having a lot of ideas and writing them down is great. You must make sure that you are not a serial WIP writer. Finish those manuscripts!

I could go on and on, but those are my top three.

Now for a fun question, what is in your TBR pile?

I’m a huge Laura Wright fan, so I have her Bayou Heat novella series at the top of my list. My other fave authors have new releases, so I’m chomping at the bit to read Jayne Anne Krentz and Karen Marie Moning.

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? About five years ago the writing bug bit me hard.  Was your family and friends supportive?

They have always been supportive of my writing career. I’m so lucky!

Who (if anyone) has been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?

A lot of my inspiration comes from Sherrilyn Kenyon. I read her Dark Hunter series and fell in love with her world-building and character development. I strive to write stories and build characters in that way.

What are you currently working on? Anything you can share regarding your current Work in Progress?

I’m currently working on the second story in the Love Among the Ruins series. This story will take place in Cliff Palace, an ancient ruin in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Its working title is Immortal Dance, and the story is a loving tribute to my favorite musical, Brigadoon. And now, I zip my lips!

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