I met Dee J. about ten years ago. She’s a fellow LARA member (Los Angeles Romance Authors) and we’ve gotten to know each other well over the years, sometimes through serving on the LARA board, occasionally over a beer, or bad karaoke, or at the RWA National conference where she helped me quell my nerves about pitching to agents and editors.
Dee J: Me too! We’ve known each other for most of my writing years and I’m so thrilled to be sharing this day with you. I think if I smile any broader, my head might explode.
Robena: Excited much? LOL.
Dee J: Don’t even get me started!
Robena: Tell me about your writing journey. Who has influenced your career the most? Do you have critique partners, or do you write alone? Are you a plotter, a pantser, or a bit of both?
Dee J: I’ve been writing for eleven years. I’d have to say my biggest influence has been Suzanne Brockmann. (I picked up one her books after I wrote my first and it was a revelation for me.) I have two wonderful critique partners who keep me honest. I’m usually a plotter, but I did pants one book and it’s one of my favorites, so I guess I’m a mixture of the two. It all depends on the story and characters.
Robena: You work a day job and have a family to care for. How do you work in writing time?
DeeJ: It isn’t easy. I usually write at night and don’t get much more than a couple hours. But because I work in show business, I do have certain flexibility in my schedule. We usually work three weeks then have a week off. And between seasons, we have several months off. My goal is to write a book during those off months. And if I don’t have a show, then I’ve got loads of writing time. The past few years, I’ve been busy so it’s been a juggling act. I can usually write while I’m waiting at my daughter’s sports’ practices, but again, that depends on my work hours.
Robena: Dangerous Race, is published by Carina Press. Who was the editor? How did you enjoy working with them?
Dee J: Melissa Johnson is my editor. I can’t speak highly enough of her. She is smart, funny and very patient! Anyone who can boss me around and make me laugh as they do it gets big pat on the back from me. Or a hug. Or chocolate. Or all of the above.<G>
Robena: Awesome. Okay, now about the book. We know there’s going to be a speedway, some exciting races, and maybe a few crashes, but what about the naughty bits? How spicy would you say this story is? And can you give us a quick blurb?
Dee J: I’d have to say the book is pretty steamy/hot. I juggle two romances so it’s twice the naughty. And because my hero and heroine take a little while to warm up to each other, I thought it might be good to get the pages burning with my secondary couple first. So far the response has been great.
Here’s a taste of the secondary couple, Chelsea and Matthew:
The intensity in Chelsea’s brilliant blue eyes seemed tempered with shyness. The contrast turned him on. He took both of her hands in his and walked backward toward the bedroom, slowly pulling her with him. A vein in her neck pulsed in a steady rhythm.
He stopped, had to kiss her again, and his lips crashed down on hers. He tasted the mints from the bar and smelled her honeysuckle perfume. Honeysuckle had never turned him on before. It sure as hell did now.
A voice in his head told him to tread carefully. One false move might find her backing away again. Of course, she couldn’t run if she wasn’t on her feet. He lifted her in his arms and continued to her bedroom, then set her down next to the bed.
Matthew couldn’t remember the last time he’d anticipated being with a woman this much. He eased one red strap over her shoulder, along her smooth skin. “You are so soft,” he murmured.
Her goose bumps returned.
That his simple touch affected her so plainly aroused him as much as her kiss. “I like when you do that,” he said, his voice husky.
Testing his theory, he traced a finger across her collarbone. “That,” he said, when he got the same reaction.
A nervous giggle bubbled from her lips. “I don’t really have a choice,” she replied. “It happens when you touch me, or say something nice.”
He moved the other strap and more goose bumps rose under his touch. His gaze shifted back to her eyes before his lips brushed against hers. Slowly, he pulled down the zipper of her dress. His fingers grazed her spine and a low, throaty moan vibrated in her throat.
He trailed his mouth to her neck and collarbone, kissing and tasting. “You are amazing,” he murmured against her skin. He took a gentle bite of her shoulder, and she gasped. Matthew lifted his head. Her gaze skittered around the room before she looked at him.
“I’m a little nervous,” she breathed.
Smiling, he grazed his thumb across her jaw. “So am I.” And he didn’t know why. Something about her just blew him away.
Robena: Yum. Will there be a second book?
Dee J: Absolutely! Danger Zone will be released February 20, 2012.
Robena: I know you can’t sit still, so I won’t keep you here for long. But do come back and answer questions or chat throughout the day. How can people obtain your book?
And for those who like to listen to their books on tape, Audible will be releasing it as well.
Robena: Thanks so much, Dee J, and I wish you amazing sales and a fabulous career.
Dee J. Adams was born in El Paso, Texas, and always had a wild imagination. After graduating high school, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Her longest running success was a series of Tide commercials in the late 90’s. For twenty years, she acted in television before transitioning behind the scenes as an acting/dialogue coach for sitcoms. Writing happened accidentally after a vivid dream and the urging of her husband to “just write it down.” Three weeks, fourteen hours a day, and four hundred and fifty (long hand) pages later, she had her first novel. Dee J. loves writing books filled with action, mystery and love. (Not necessarily in that order.) She is the wife of a wonderful man and mother to a fabulous daughter. She’s a dog lover all the way – due in part to a deathly allergy to cats – with a fondness towards Boxers and Pit Bulls.
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