We are so excited to feature author Deborah Bladon today! Becky and Amy are big fans of her books. She has written some amazing stories and has managed to create a wonderful world of characters. We are so excited for her newest release, Haze, which comes out on Thursday! Read on for her answers to our questions.
New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Deborah Bladon, has never read a romance hero she didn’t like. Her love for romance novels began when she was old enough to board the bus, library card in hand to check out the newest Harlequin paperbacks. She’s a Canadian by heart, and by passport, but you can often spot her in New York City sipping a latte and looking for inspiration for her next story. Manhattan is definitely her second home.
She cherishes her family and believes that each day is a gift for writing, for reading, and for loving.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. It was a dream of mine since I can remember.
Are you a full time writer? If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”
I am indeed a full time writer. In my “previous life” I owned (and still own) an online marketing company.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
The advice I’d give my younger self would be to believe in yourself. Negative voices will always be part of the picture and that’s all they are – a voice in the background.
Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
I always have multiple storylines that I’m working on at any given time.
Let’s play favorites! Who is your favorite character you’ve written?
My favorite character is Dane Beckett from the EMBER series. I adore him. He’s the epitome of the man I love so he’s incredibly special to me.
Have you experienced any of your stories personally?
I have, yes. I feel that there’s a little bit of my life experience in each story I write.
What are your biggest distractions?
The news. I’m a CNN addict so I tend to wander off to check out what’s going on in the world a few times a day which unfortunately can pull me away from my focus very quickly.
What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
I don’t have a least favorite part. I feel so blessed to be able to share my work that I embrace every part.
Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?
I enjoy it immensely. It’s wonderful to dive into the mind of my male characters.
What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
Spending time with the people I love is a joy to me. I try to have dinner with my children at least a few times a week. I also have found a new love for traveling and exploring new places.
Do you have a favorite author or book?
It would be too difficult to choose just one. I’m a big fan of so many authors.
Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
I haven’t run into that problem as of yet.
Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?
If I ever feel stalled, I tend to switch to another book that I’m in the process of writing. That tends to help a great deal.
Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?
I do that all the time! I’ve taken to using the notes feature on my phone to jot down ideas now.
What does your writing workspace look like?
I have a beautiful office. I keep the most important things in my line of sight including pictures of the people I adore, a collection of cards from flower deliveries, a memento from high school, and some framed inspiring quotes.
Sharing your work with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
I value each review. I believe that if a person is going to invest their time in reading my work and then put the effort into write a review that they are likely as passionate about romance as I am. Negative reviews and opinions are part of the journey when you write. It’s important, when you’re a writer to remember that any critique of your work is just that – a critique of your work, not you as a person.
Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?
I see all of my characters in my mind’s eye when I’m sharing their story through the writing process. I don’t seek out visuals in the form of images.
Can you tell us what you are working on next?
I’m working on a new standalone novel titled TORN about a musician. I’m also currently working on my next series, HEAT, which features a celebrity chef.
What is in your purse right now?
My phone, my wallet, my watch, a package of gum, a necklace my son gave me, a journal my daughter gave to me, and a roll of candy which the man I adore bought me a few days ago. (They’re my favorite. I love candy – like LOVE candy!)
Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?
I do. There’s a scene in the EMBER series where Dane asks Bridget if he can see the portraits she has created for the first time. She’s hesitant but she opens herself up and makes herself vulnerable in order to show them to him. I just love the dynamic between them in that instant. They spend their days in such different ways – he’s a fireman and she’s a waitress/artist but he values her work as much as she does. It’s a beautiful dynamic to me.
Books by Deborah Bladon