Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Daryl Devore answers some questions about life and talks about her book FLESH!

So excited to be here.

  1. Tell us all about yourself and what makes you tick and what do you like doing when you aren’t writing!
I take yoga and Raks Sharqi (belly dance). In the summer, I like to kayak with hubby on St. Lawrence River. I have a large flower garden and a vegetable garden that keeps me busy. In the long cold Canadian winter, I cuddle next to the woodstove and let my imagination come out through my fingertips.

2.  Tell us about your family – married?   Kids?   Where you live!

Let's start with I'm female. With a name like Daryl – you probably guessed I'm not. The gender of the name is based on how you say it. (Daryl rhymes with Karl.) I'm married to a fabulous man – 33 years this September. I have a grown daughter who has flown the nest and is a science teacher. I live in Ontario, Canada. If you look at a map, find the Ontario-Quebec border (near the St. Lawrence River) and move west a smidge and that's where I live.

3.  If you could travel anywhere in or out of this world, where would it be?
I would go into space in a heartbeat! Maybe not that one way journey to Mars that people applied for, but to step on the moon – what an incredible adventure. Hubby and I are Trekkies, but not to the level of dressing up at Comicon. Hubby has a dome with a large telescope in our backyard. Space is a fascination.

  1. What is your favorite all time movie?
The Bird Cage – Robin Williams, Nathan Lane. The movie just tickles every funny bone in my body. I've watched it 50 times easy. When a joke is being set up, I'm giggling waiting for the punch line. If I'm really down in the dumps and can't shake it – a bowl of buttered popcorn, a Diet Coke and The Bird Cage and soon all is right with the world.

  1. What about weekly TV show?  Why?
NCIS – any one of the 3 – NCIS – NCIS:LA and NCIS:New Orleans. I love the characters and the way we get to see into their personal lives and then their jobs. (Kenzie and Deeks – that's all I have to say!) The episodes are well-written and acted.  There is thought and care put into the productions. (Although my guilty pleasure is – ready for it – Say Yes To The Dress.)

  1. What is the most scared you have ever been?
Wow – tough question – I can't think of one. There have been plenty of super nervous moments, but scared??  I'd have to say any moments that were close to scary must have been related to my daughter; normal mother fears.

  1. If you could have any fantasy, what would it be?
To have one of my books be made into a movie.  FL.E.S.H. would be a fun romantic romp. Does anybody have Stephen Spielberg's phone number????

  1. Now, Tell us about your book?
FL.E.S.H. is a steamy contemporary billionaire story. Here's the blurb
FL. E. S. H.
Flame's Electrifying Sexy Heat
When secrets conflict with dreams, love explodes.

After a mistake by a surgeon’s scalpel shattered Fuchsia Quinn's dance career, she picked up the pieces of her life and moved forward. As the owner of a small, struggling dance school in a depressed neighborhood she supplements her income with a late night job at a dive bar. Haunted by the fear of humiliation, if her secret is revealed, her life was under control until the night he walked into the bar.

Peyton Lang, having run from a bad neighborhood, lives the lifestyle of a successful billionaire. Frustrated that his current multi-million dollar project is stalled, Peyton drops in to LEATHER-ICIOUS for a simple drink and late night entertainment. What he saw was a beautiful redhead. What he found was he wanted her.

After a lusty night with a hot pole dancer, Peyton and Fuchsia's worlds are about to collide.

  1. Where did you come up with the idea for your story?
I don't. My stories just happen. Somewhere in the back of my brain an idea is born and when it's ready it nudges me to my computer and I open Chapter 1, put my fingers on the keyboard and see what happens.  And that is pretty much exactly what happened with FL.E.S.H.  Sometimes I have a framework I have to deal with. An earlier book, Sexy Red Hood, had to be based on a fairy tale – so I chose Little Red Riding Hood. The story has my version of Little Red, her mother, her grandmother, the woodsman and the wolf. And an up and coming book is part of an anthology, so I had to fit within the markers that the group set. That was fun. The idea was handed to me. I just had to write the story.

  1. What is your favorite thing about writing?
Getting to talk to readers. I got an email the other day from a reader that made me laugh. She "complained" that she was terrified they (hero and heroine) wouldn't get together and all the roadblocks I put in their way about gave her a heart attack. Then she said she was getting the next book to see what else I wrote.
That's like me on a roller coaster – I scream for the entire ride then run around to get back in line.

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve about writing?
Book Pirates – don't even get me started. Authors put a lot of time and effort plus some blood and sweat and yes – tears – into our books. And someone has the audacity to hack the book, put it online and charge someone to buy and yet not compensate the author.  To save a three page venting – here is a great link that discusses the myths around authors and pirates.

  1. Where can people find you?
GoodReads Author Page -

  1. Most important – where can we buy your story?

Yes – that is the most important question –
US Amazon short link -

Excerpt – G rated
Scene set – Fuchsia, billionaire Peyton and dog, Spartacus are hiking along a trial in Alaska.

But whatever this was between them, it was different. Fuchsia wasn't the same as the women he met at dinners. Their forced interest and bored demeanors were pitiful attempts at snagging his attention. Fuchsia simply talked, and he willingly listened.
Spartacus stopped and whimpered. He lifted his nose. Fuchsia griped Peyton's arm. Pride flowed through him. She wanted his protection. He stood still and listened. He heard nothing.
"Stay here." He looked at the dog. "Spartacus, lie down. Stay." Fuchsia sat on a nearby log and tapped her thigh. The dog glanced at Peyton. "Okay." Spartacus raced over and lay against Fuchsia's leg, pinning it to the fallen tree.
Peyton moved off the path and headed in the direction of the cliff's edge. He knew it ran parallel to the path, but he wasn't sure how far away it was. He'd give it no more than five minutes. He wasn't leaving her alone long enough for her to get into trouble. And after listening to her escapades as a child, he knew she attracted trouble like honey drew a bear. He glanced left and right, maybe that wasn't a good analogy for the wilds of Alaska.
The cliff's edge appeared sooner than he expected. He crouched low and peered over it, looking into the ravine. At the bottom he saw a mother black bear and her two small cubs. No wonder Spartacus whimpered. He hurried back to Fuchsia. When he was close enough for her to hear, he shouted, "Come here." He waved, indicating she should join him. She stood, picked up the backpack and walked toward him. Spartacus stayed beside her.
"Keep your voice low." He reached into the pack and pulled out a leash, which he clipped to Spartacus's collar. "When I say get low, crouch down. I've got something pretty cool to show you." He held her hand and led the way back to the cliff. "Okay down. Look. Over there."
Fuchsia knelt next to him. "Oh my God. Is that a bear?"
"Black bear. But it gets better. Wait for it."
The two cubs waddled around their mother and sniffed at something on the ground. Fuchsia squealed. "Babies."
"Baby cubs."
Close enough.


  1. Love baby cubs, except every time I see them, Jess is with me and barking away. And I'm looking around to see if Mom is going to kill us. Book sounds fabulous.

    1. Be careful! Glad Jess is with you. Mommy bears can be a bit grouchy.

  2. I have a black thumb, lol. Can't grow anything and end up killing all the plants in the house. I loved this book! And you know Spielberg is waiting for my fav story of yours ;)

    1. I just have to get that fav story finished :-) then we'll call Speilberg.

  3. Speilberg used to come to Telluride (CO) a lot. Maybe I could bump into him! Ha!

    1. He could make a few westerns - I know an author with some books he could use - hint hint D'Ann.

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  5. I think each time a reader sends me a note, I grow wings and fly around the room. It makes me so happy to know I've connected with someone! Another great interview! Congrats on this book!

  6. Good morning! Wow, I'm gone for a day and miss all the conversations! Thanks to everybody for stopping by but especially to Daryl. I loved having you as my guest on Penny's Tales. The book looks fabulous, not to mention the cover!!!!