Today it gives me great pleasure in welcoming my friend and fellow author at Total E Bound Danielle Lisle to the team sheet for ‘On the Bench’- I was lucky enough to catch up with Danielle last time I was in Darwin – we shared a bottle of bubbly and the odd cocktail!
Living in the remote part of Australia called the Northern Territory, Danielle conforms to the typical Aussie persona. That is, if you think the typical Aussie sits around the BBQ with a beer in hand, dressed in a singlet, shorts and ‘pluggers’ (rubber thongs) thinking nothing of the 35 degree celsius heat with 100% humidity and ignoring the snapping handbags (saltwater crocodiles) swimming nearby. Yep, Danielle is certainly that typical Aussie on weekends, but during the week, she is somewhat different.
Transporting herself to a place of history, intrigue and fornication, Danielle writes historicals laced in scandal, lust and desire, with no thought to propriety or what’s socially considered ‘proper’. She adores the handsome rogue or the wild rake that refuses to acknowledge to the possibility of love or monogamy. What woman doesn’t like the allure of the wonton tempter, with his tightly fitted breeches and devilish smile? *swoons!*
Danielle believes there is something hugely gratifying about taming that wild gentleman, and is kind enough to haul us along for the ride.
What was the first book you had published?
The first book of mine that was published was, The Rose’s Bloom, book #1 in my Rogues of Deception series. It was actually the first historical novel I attempted to write and also my first ever attempt at an erotic romance. It did not turn out too bad, even if I do say so myself. 😉
What was your initial reaction when offered that first contract?
Shock, surprise and then a full on freak out! The Roses Bloom was the first book I ever attempted to submit for publication and Total eBound was my first submission. They picked it up straight away and I think that was why it was more a reaction of a shock then anything else. All the other authors I spoke to said they received rejection and rejection first up, and expected the same. I’m yet received one, but I’m sure I’ll cry when I do.
Of the books you have written is there one that hold a special place in your heart and why?
Yes, there is. It is called Leading Hand and it was the first story I ever attempted to write. The heroine is me in so many ways and I think for that reason I will never attempt to clean it up for publication. It is so special to me that I do not think I will ever be able to share it.
Are you a disciplined writer or do you have to wait for the muse to arrive? Do you have a ritual that gets you in the mood?
I would never say I am a disciplined writer – not at all. I only ever write at night, in my darkened room, after a nice hot shower, the air-conditioner on, the covers pulled up and my laptop cradled in my lap. I need to have no distractions when I write so it does become hard to get much achieved with a 3yo in the house.
What was the last book you read?
Sharon Sala’s Gentle Persuasion.
What are you working on now?
Book #2 in my Scandals of Nobility series. It is annoyingly unnamed at this stage but it is Lord Headline’s very own story. I am really enjoying writing it and can’t wait to see how he finds his “happily ever after”.
What genre would you like to try and write that is different from your own?
Paranormal romance. I’ve been working on something but it is very hard to step out of ones comfort zone. Time will tell if I get the transition right or not.
When you receive edits are you Teary and Disillusioned or Feisty and Focussed?
Neither, really. Granted, I’m very close to my characters as I’m writing them, but once I finish the story, typing the words “The End” seems to separate me from story and the people in them. I’ve written their story, so I move on. Yes, it feels strange when I come to edit the story, but I never feel too emotional at all as I cut sections or rework scenes. All of what we do in an edit is to make the story stronger, so I sink my teeth into the task with pleasure! 😉
Now for some hard hitters with an Aussie flavour!
A sport /sportsperson that you watch? (C’mon there must be one) OR An embarrassing sporting memory.
Rugby League – what girl doesn’t want to be tackled by a big, sweaty prop. *dreamy sigh* Oh Willie! (Mason) I’m over here!!! *waves seductively* (D-Of all the players you could pick you chose this one!)
Favourite Aussie Author/Actor /Musician?
Callan Mulvey – I loved Heartbreak High when I was younger. Teen crush that has never really gone away.
Your view on Vegemite?
Yummy. Why does anyone say anything different? *raises eyebrows*
Formal dinner party or backyard barbeque?
Backyard BBQ – anytime!
Adventure holiday or relaxing by the pool?
Why – can’t I have both?
What is the one thing in your books you’d like to try?
….Donna, I write erotic romance, so I’m not sure if you are trying to get my in trouble here? Are we talking sexual related? 😉 I’ll pretend ignorance. (D- Boring Ms Lisle, I expected more from you!)
Well, as I write historicals, I think the main thing I would like to experience is simply living as they did – the upper class that is, and lack of plumbing aside. I am a avid horsewoman, so the idea of riding everywhere sounds wonderful – again, aside from the storms, dust and comfort on a long ride.
I suppose you can see if like the idea of it more than the possibility of living it in reality. 😉
Find out more about Danielle Lisle and her books at http://www.daniellelisle.com/
The Virgin at Goodrich Hall – available at Total eBound and more good sites!
Thanks for playing this week Danielle – I’m looking forward to sharing our next bottle of bubbly 😀