Deadly Valentine Guest: Denise Agnew (And Giveaway!) Back to Blog
Update: The winner is…Missy V!
Today I’m interviewing multi-published author extraordinaire Denise Agnew. Denise is a great lady who writes in a variety of romance sub-genres. Denise, thanks for participating in the interview!
1. Why did you become a writer?
It’s simply in my blood and I’m compelled. I’ve been writing stories since I was fourteen.
2. Of all the books that you’ve written, which one was the hardest to write? Why?
I think all my books are hard to write on some level. There will always be those times when I feel like I haven’t a clue what I’m doing and want to chuck it into the trashcan. The hardest books, though, are the ones where I’m deep into researching, and I’m more concerned with historical accuracy, etc. One of the most difficult I think was Meant To Be, because when I first wrote it close to fifteen years ago I was more concerned with conforming to category rules and I was writing it for a category line. I don’t do that anymore.
3. Now let’s flip it…was there one book that just poured out of you because the pages came so quickly?
No. I have spurts. In every book I will have these sections where the first run/draft is going so well and easily and then at some point, I’ll run into a rough patch that I have to find my way around.
4. What’s next for you? Please share any projects that will be releasing soon.
The next story out for me that is already scheduled is the June 2011 release of BEFORE THE DAWN at Samhain Publishing. It’s a historical. HOT PURSUIT may also be out between now and then. It’s the last story in my Hot Zone military romance series at Samhain. In the meantime, I’m writing a trilogy that is definitely romance, but not like anything people have seen quite before.
5. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
After you’ve listened to all the conventional advice, realize at some point it is your career and it’s got to feel right to you. Follow the rules to a point, but remember this is your career in the end and not anyone else’s.
6. Tell me about the darkest book you’ve written—why is it so dark?
The darkest book is actually coming up. I’m almost ready to start it. It’s set in 1918 and deals with a hero who has experienced shell shock/PTSD in World War I, and a nurse that’s also had her experiences seeing war in France. But they’re also in an asylum that has a haunted legacy. This is the second book in a series. It also deals with the influenza epidemic that occurred at that time and it’s dark because it was a particularly horrible time in our history that many people have completely forgotten about. Most people are totally unaware that it killed such huge numbers of people. I’d say second to that is Dark, Deadly, Love (Samhain) which is my tale set during the Jack The Ripper murders in 1888 London. I have more POVs in this book than I do in others, and the prostitutes who were murdered are a larger part of the story than people would normally expect in a romance. These books I’m describing are definitely romance…never fear.
7. Let’s lighten things up now…will you share your ideal Valentine’s Day?
A secluded resort cuddling with my hubby after a delicious gourmet dinner. There’s probably a bottle of champagne or wine in there somewhere.
Thanks, Denise! Now…what’s *your* ideal Valentine’s Day? Share and one commenter will win an e-copy of Denise’s book, FOR A ROMAN’S HEART (I’ll send it to you via Amazon.com so it will be the Kindle edition. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can use the Kindle for PC program–I’ve used that program so many times!)