What was the first book you ever wrote and what inspired you?
It was The Celtic Fan, and as far as inspiration, I have no idea. It just started forming and I got it all typed out in a 48-hour period where I neither slept nor ate. My daughter was in Australia for ten days and I knew that once she got back, I’d go back to being a mom and it would never be finished, so I soldiered on. Then I lost the file. I found it last Halloween, 13 years after I’d written it.
Can you tell us about your work including titles and share your amazon links?
The bulk of my work is erotic romance or erotica; The Celtic Fan is the only book that’s not quite as steamy as the rest. Buy links for all of my books can be found on my website, http://www.deanndrahall.com.
The Love Under Construction series consists of The Groundbreaking (prequel), Laying a Foundation, Tearing Down Walls, and Renovating a Heart; Planning an Addition, the fourth and final novel in the series, will be out on November 1. Centered around a large Italian-American family and their construction business in Louisville, Kentucky, there’s romance, intrigue, suspense, crime drama, and plenty of wild sex and sarcastic humor. And the majority of the characters are over 40 years old.
The Harper’s Cove series is Karen and Brett at 326 Harper’s Cove, Becca and Greg at 314 Harper’s Cove, and Donna and Connor at 228 Harper’s Cove, with more titles to be added. Each book in the series visits a different couple on the street and finds out the one thing their nosy, drunken neighbor wants to know: What kinky, naughty things are they doing behind closed doors? They’re erotica with a touch of romance.
The Celtic Fan is a stand-alone novel about a journalist in search of an elusive author, the widow he finds at the author’s address, and the book the author wrote that became a bestseller. It features characters over 40 as well.
Adventurous Me is a stand-alone novel that, due to reader interest, will be turned into a three-book series. In the funny, hot, heartbreaking, and heartwarming book, a woman scorned sets out on the adventure of a lifetime, only to find herself paired with a man who can’t stand her and the guilt and pain he’s carrying. Her adventure with him could very well be fatal. This is yet another book that features characters over 40.
What drew you in to the romance genre?
Nikki, the female protagonist in my first Love Under Construction novel, Laying a Foundation, had been with me, in my head, for at least twelve years. I’d been trying to figure out where to put her and what to do with her when my partner challenged me to write something better than “that popular trilogy written by a British author.” I wanted them to be characters everyone could relate to, and the series was born.
Is romance your favorite genre to read as well as write?
Yes! It wasn’t before, but now it has become so.
Can you tell me something about yourself that may surprise your readers?
When I was in seventh grade, I sat first chair in the flute section of our high school band. I can still play and I still have my old Gemeinhardt flute, although it’s in total disrepair and not worth fixing. I have a used Bundy that I bought a few years ago, and I actually have a crystal flute!
Are you excited to be a part of the upcoming Ropin Romance event?
Well, of course! I love doing things like this to help others celebrate, and this looks like a good time! And anyone who’s ever been to one of my takeovers will tell you: I rock the takeover. Everyone has a good time when I’m in the house!
What do you do to help with writers block?
I don’t have writer’s block. I’m not lying. I never have had it and I guess I never will. For the NaNoWriMo 50,000 word event last November, I wrote 130,000+ words. I’ve been known to write 10,000+ words in a day. When I asked my partner why he thought I could do that, he said, “You never sit down and wonder what you’re going to write. You always know before you ever start.” And that’s true. I’ve got 14 books waiting for me to finish them right now, and more ideas every day. I’ll never run out of material!
If you had to choose three words to describe what type of writer you are what would they be?
Fearless, crazy, and fun.
What is your author pen name and do you have more than one?
Deanndra Hall is my pen name. It’s the only one I’ve got. It’s not that I don’t want people to know who I am (although I don’t know why they’d need to); I have a pen name because my real name is long and difficult to spell and pronounce.
If you had to pick a favorite author who would it be?
I just answered this question the other day, and I think it would be Sue Monk Kidd. I love her conversational writing style and her character development. And no, oddly, it’s not romance. Sorry.
Many of the readers who will be seeing this interview and participating in the takeover will be new fans. If you had to describe your writing style and books in a single sentence what would it be?
Readers tell me the characters become so real that they could be your family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers, and you start to believe you’re really in the story.