Adrienne Davenport Interview

I am delighted to be speaking with author Adrienne Davenport today. Thanks for chatting with us today Adrienne and welcome to FAR!

To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current release Dishonorable Intentions?
Sure. Dishonorable Intentions is a historical romance set in 1800's England and Scotland. The heroine, Jezebel is an independent Scotswoman who has been living her life disguised as her brother so she can take care of her estate without having to deal with the problems a woman living in that era would have been faced with. Aiden, the hero of the story, is a rich English duke who decides he wants to marry her. Jezebel however, wants nothing to do with him or marriage.

Eventually Jezebel surrenders to Aiden's charm, only to find herself suspected of attempted murder. Over the course of the book Aiden and Jezebel struggle with their trust for one another, while the true assassin continues to hunt them both. In the end it's the very trust they fight to resist that may mean the difference between life and death for both of them.

What was your inspiration for Dishonorable Intentions?
I always loved romance novels, historical, contemporary, you name it. Ever since I read my first one at age thirteen, I have wanted to write books like those I read. I attempted to write a contemporary romance once and I did a decent job, but my son was just a baby then and parenthood took the place of writing. I let things slide for a year after that. One day, getting ready for bed (That's when all my best ideas seem to pop up. Go figure. ) this character just appeared in my head and so the idea of Jezebel was born. Dishonorable Intentions is really the product of two book ideas combined into one. It took a few more teeth brushings and face washings for Aiden and her to find each other, but once they did it was a match made in heaven, or so I thought. Once I started writing the book it was almost like reading a good novel, you couldn't wait to see what was going to come next. As firsts go it wasn't the easiest, but I can honestly say now I wouldn't choose any other profession.

What is a typical day like for you?
What is your definition of "typical"? :) I have a three year old son who keeps my life from ever being completely routine. Things have evened out somewhat since he started school. I roll out of bed around 6:30 and get him ready for school. Coffee is always first. That definitely never changes. After I get my son off to school, I write for a few hours until it's time to go pick him up. It varies from there. Sometimes he'll take a nap (According to my sister I'm lucky in that respect.) and sometimes we'll just hang out. I do manage to get some house work done in the afternoon most days. In the area of doing two things at once I prefer house work and hanging out with Julian to trying to write and doing either of the other two.

When did you decide to take "pen in hand" and write with the intent to publish?
Not that long ago, actually. I have always meant to make a career out of writing, but I never had the ambition to see it through. I kept saying to myself, "I just need a really good idea." With Jezebel and Aiden I finally was satisfied with the one I had. After that, it was just a matter of finishing what I had started. I have always told people that my stubbornness is my best and worst quality and in this case, it turned out to be a really good thing.

Do you have any special rituals to help you get in the mood to write?
Coffee, no surprise there I suppose. Before I write I always make myself a cup of coffee to sip on while I work. It is my one downfall and I will probably suffer terribly for the amount I imbibe one day, but it gets the job done and secures that my editor will get emails that actually have an attachment when I say they are going to.

Do you have any bad writing habits?
Oh yeah. I am horribly disorganized. I'm, very slowly, improving. I was the person who rather than by a separate notebook, I would write poetry on the back of my math assignments. Consequently, I had many displeased math teachers. To some degree that still stands true today. I generally have three or four piles of note and I have to go through them at least once a day because I don't remember where I put what.

Do you have a character that is especially close to your heart?
That's a hard one. They are each special in their own way. If I really had to pick one, I'd probably say Alexander Ashcroft. He's one of the characters in Dishonorable Intentions. His book is in the works now, but I just haven't found the perfect situation to place him and the heroine in. I like Alexander because he is such a mix of characteristics. He is cynical yet concerned and though it doesn't show much he has a small gallant streak. Because of that he finds himself always in the middle of trouble of some sort or another. Thankfully, he also has the nerve to see through whatever dilemma he finds himself in.

What is the biggest misconception about being an author?
That books magically appear on shelves. People don't grasp how grueling the marketing end of the business can be. Right now the release date for my book is June of 2011. I've been working on getting as much done as I can so that when that time comes I'm a step ahead. Two books and a lot of websites later I am still learning a ton.

What's one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
Please feel free to contact me! I love hearing from readers and other writers and I will make it a point to return every email I get.

Everyone has a different perspective on "getting away from it all" and a good book often helps to satisfy an escapist urge. As a reader or an author, what are the essential elements for you in good escapist reading?
A romance that has a little suspense mixed in, in one form or another, and strong characters are the best kind of books for me. The suspense is essential because it adds a good dimension to the romance.

Congratulations! You just won a year off from work to travel anywhere in the world and write the story of your dreams. Where do you go, what type of book do you write, and what's the title?
The first part is easy. I would ten times out of ten go to Scotland. I have heritage there and the country and culture has fascinated me since I was in sixth grade. As for the kind of story I'd write, it would all depend on my inspiration at that time. A lot of times it's almost like the characters come to me so whatever happened to be in my head at that point in time would be what I write.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My current work is a contemporary romance titled Stranger by Morning. It's about a thief who, two find a murderer, enlists the help of a reporter. The only problem is that the report is tracking him. She also happens to be the girl he left high and dry ten years earlier. She grudgingly agrees to help him, believing that the gun he has is loaded and that he will kill her if she doesn't. Also, he has information she needs. The adventure that follows takes them from America's big cities to Europe and India. What started as a means to an end becomes a search for the truth behind a string of international heists and murders.

Do you have a website or blog where readers can learn more about you and your works?
Yeah. My website is here. I also have a Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter page. My webpage has links to all of those. I am also working on webpage called the Vermilion Quill. It is a resource for new authors. Right now it has a list of publishers. I intend for it to eventually have a list of editors and articles as well with links to all of the sites listed. The address for that is here.

Is there anything else you would like to add today?
Watch for Dishonorable Intentions to be released around June. If you have any comments or questions, or just want to check out what's new please check out my webpage. I look forward to reading any comments and questions you may have.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for us today Adrienne!

Interviewed by: Tammy