This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Delilah will be awarding a handmade pendant (made by her—examples here: http://pinterest.com/delilahdevlin/things-i-ve-made/) and a signed ARC of the prequel book, Shattered Souls to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.
Delilah chose to share five things with us that are not common knowledge... I hope you enjoy her list as much as I did!
Five? Hmmm... Let me think...
1) Well, I’m ex-Army. Did you know that? I spent over 14 years active duty and then another 7 in the Guard. I was in the Middle East during Desert Storm. I entered the Army on a whim—and because a really cute Captain sat with me in the student union and flirted with me long enough to get me to sign up for some ROTC classes. I was hooked—on the uniform and the adventure. What other college kids got to rappel and orienteer on weekends? The fact I was really good at everything helped keep me hyped. I was an expert marksman, top of the class in academics, and I was made the battalion commander of our unit—the first female ever to make that rank. When it came time to sign on for real, I said I’d go active—if they sent me to Europe. I did grow up, eventually. War and hard work can take the shine off the adventure, but I’ll never regret everything I learned.
2) I’m a hoarder—of all things supernatural/mythological—books, paintings, toys, statues, fortune-telling teacups... I have to have my “props” around me when I write.
3) I dabble in everything I read about. I read tarot cards (takes me forever!), interpret runes, read tea leaves, scry, draw down the moon, cast spells... If I can’t make it real for me, how will it feel real to you? And I love to learn and try new things. I’m a perpetual student of the occult and all religious persuasions. I’m “eclectic” that way. What I try and enjoy or gives me a “spark” becomes mine, whether it’s Asatru or Buddhist. Oh, and my tarot cards are The Sun and The World. When I hold an entire deck and ask for just one card to tell me where I am, those are the cards I pull most consistently.
4) I live in alternate worlds.
I used to be married. I think the thing that killed the romance for me was one day when I mentioned how hard I found it to concentrate at work when my other world came knocking. My husband gave me this sharp-eyed look and asked me what the hell I meant. I told him about the daydream I’d been having for a week. Walking between meetings, I’d sink into that other world. Driving home, I was always surprised when I pulled into the driveway—because I’d been somewhere else. He told me he thought I had a screw loose because he didn’t daydream—at all. Unless he was walking through a problem in his mind, he wasn’t pulled into his imagination. I never knew that there were people who didn’t live in alternate universes.
5) I work in a basement office with no windows—and I love my writer’s cave. It’s filled with everything I need—my props and my coffee pot. Books fill the shelves on two walls. Office supplies (a fetish of mine) fill another wall. My corner desk is large and cram-jam-packed with pens, my snail collection, an ushabti, a crystal ball, a gemstone skull, white rabbit bookends that enclose the books on my current must read list, my purple leather Filofax, my Pez ménage (Snow White, Iron Man, Cinderella) and my carnelian tree (for creative energy). My coffee cup tree is overfilled with cups that mean something to me and my filing cabinets is decorated with magnets from places I’ve traveled. On top of the filing cabinet is my dancing James Brown doll, who sings “I Feel Good” at the tap of a button, a paper-mache shark swallowing a man (or woman, sometimes, I think she’s me!), and an assortment of candles and incense burners. My cave resonates with energy. All I have to do is breach the portal in the morning, and my mind is jettisoned to another place.
Now are you convinced I’m crazy? I think writers have to be in order to be intensely creative. We’re schizophrenic in a productive way. :)
Fan favorite Delilah Devlin delivers her second paranormal romantic thriller featuring unforgettable heroine, Caitlyn O’Connell. This time, the psychic PI joins her police detective ex-husband to find a demon pulling women into the past to commit their murders in a seedy Memphis hotel.
Private Investigator Caitlyn O’Connell is tapped by Memphis PD to discover who has been using a Memphis hotel as his killing ground. Women are going missing, and their bodies are found inside the walls of the hotel. But the bodies themselves? They appear to have been murdered in the distant past. With ghosthunters and cops crawling all over the crime scene, Cait and her detective ex-husband Sam Pierce race to find the demon responsible before he kills again.
Until recently, award-winning romance author Delilah Devlin lived in South Texas at the intersection of two dry creeks, surrounded by sexy cowboys in Wranglers. These days, she’s missing the wide-open skies and starry nights but loving her dark forest in Central Arkansas, with its eccentric characters and isolation—the better to feed her hungry muse!
For Delilah, the greatest sin is driving between the lines, because it’s comfortable and safe. Her personal journey has taken her through one war and many countries, cultures, jobs, and relationships to bring her to the place where she is now—writing sexy adventures that hold more than a kernel of autobiography and often share a common thread of self-discovery and transformation.
Delilah Devlin is a prolific and award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing deliciously edgy stories with complex characters. Whether creating dark, erotically-charged paranormal worlds or richly descriptive historical stories that ring with authenticity, Delilah Devlin “pens in uncharted territory that will leave the readers breathless and hungering for more…” (Paranormal Reviews) Ms. Devlin has published over 100 erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths.
She is published by Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Spice, Kensington, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing.