Bernadette Walsh, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, The Devlin Witch.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Cover artist: Valerie Tibbs
Heat rating: hot
Tagline: The Devlin magic can bring your heart's desire...but at what cost?
Anne Marie Devlin has given up on finding true love. She'd rather just hide out in her opulent apartment on the Upper East Side. Then her grandmother is violently killed. Forced to leave her safe world, Anne Marie must survive a hot, persistent cop, her cousin Rita's hysterics and her grandmother's confused ghost.
Rita has everything: a loving husband, a beautiful house, exotic beauty, and she's a partner at her law firm. Having a baby would make her life complete, but it's not to be. Or is it? When she and Anne Marie find the ancestral Book of Magic, with powers beyond their imagining, all things become possible.
But someone else in the family wants the Book of Magic too, and they'll do anything to get it. Even kill. Can Anne Marie and Rita win the struggle for their legacy, becoming the next Devlin witch? There can be only one, and should they fail, not just their lives are at stake--their souls will be lost for eternity.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Anne Marie is a divorced legal secretary in her mid-thirties and her cousin Rita is married lawyer also in her thirties.
How did you get your start in the industry?
Six years ago I turned 40. After I drowned my sorrows with champagne and chocolate, I made a list of all the things I wanted to do before I die. Morbid, I know, but number one on that list was write a novel. I said to myself, yeah, I've really got to do that, and continued to munch on the Cadbury's chocolate that Dear Husband thoughtfully supplied.
Two years went by. I didn't lose the day job, no mean feat given that the debacle that was 2008. I continued indulging my interest in (some may say obsession with) reality TV. Not a word was written.
Then on a Sunday afternoon while Dear Husband was taking a nap, I came up with a name: Kate Ryan. Before I knew it Kate had a husband, family, friends and one big problem -- she and her husband had lost their high powered jobs and their savings. Her husband loses his mind and high tails it to Australia. Kate loses her mind and joins the cast of a local cable channel's reality TV show.
I had a blast writing GOLD COAST WIVES! I wrote what I wanted how I wanted. Then reality sank in. I joined a local writing group, figured out that I made about 100 basic writing mistakes, rewrote it, rewrote it again, entered it into various RWA chapter contests, wrote it again and after two years submitted it to some publishers. In December 2010 I got the best Christmas present ever when Lyrical Press offered me a contract!
What websites do you visit daily?
Goodreads; Television Without Pity; Yahoonews; and Facebook
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
As a nice Catholic girl I had the hardest time writing any type of sex scene and in my first book, GOLD COAST WIVES, the sex scenes were beyond vanilla. That book is a light, fun, fluffy humorous romance so I think I got away with it. However, I decided after that I needed to get over my little problem if I wanted to be a successful romance writer. I think downloaded ten of the filthiest --OK, I know as a romance writer we're not supposed to refer to spicy romance as filth, but I have to be honest, these were filthy and would put FIFTY SHADES OF GREY to shame. After my dirty book reading binge I was able to write sex scenes without blushing and even began to have fun with them. Each book in my paranormal romance series, the Devlin Legacy, got hotter and hotter and hotter!
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
RELAX!!!! I was a type A overachiever and if I could give myself any advice it would be spend more time having fun and less time in the library.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
I have enough stress at my day job. I write romance ultimately because I love it. Because it's fun! I refuse to complain about something that has been such joy into my life. So I guess I deal with writer stress by denying it exists :)
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
A very bad waitress and hopefully a better lawyer.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
Sunscreen, my kindle, a pair of sneakers, my husband, and more sunscreen.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
Drinking in a dive bar with my fiancé (now husband).
What do you like to do when you're bored?
Helloooo?? Working mom here. I haven't been bored in years--but I'm looking forward to it.
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."
Please complete the sentences
I love pizza with sausage
I'm always ready for gossip
When I'm alone, I read
You'd never be able to tell, but I was an Irish stepdancer.
If I had a halo it would be crooked
I can never tan because I am the palest girl in the world.
Gold Coast Wives
The House On Prospect
Devil's Mountain (Book 1 Of The Devlin Legacy)
Devil's Shore (Book 2 Of The Devlin Legacy)
Devil's Daughter (Book 3 Of The Devlin Legacy)
Books Coming Soon
The Devlin Witch, Book 4 of The Devlin Legacy (Releasing Sept 1)
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