Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Author Interview: Roni Denholtz

Roni Denholtz
author, Setting the Stage for Love

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I was born in New York City but grew up in NJ.  I have one brother and one sister.  I went to college and became a teacher, and was writing on the side—children’s stories, articles and “confessions.”  I stayed home after having my children and eventually spent more time on what I love to read—romance novels.  I love happy endings!
Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.
I don’t like heroes who are too “alpha.”  I like heroes and heroines who are realistic, and not super people who can do everything.  But my heroes and heroines really care about others—and about animals.
Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your "must read" list?
Right now I am reading “Hot Cowboy Nights” by Carolyn Brown, a  contemporary western; and ‘Trail of Dreams” by Merry Farmer, a historical western.  (I’m in a western mood).  I read a lot of contemporaries, cozy mysteries, and regency romances.  Two of my favorite authors of sweet romances are Gina Ardito and Shelley Galloway.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?  
I visited Greece once and loved it.  I would go back any time!
What is your favorite genre to write?  
I love writing all kinds of romances.  
What is your favorite genre to read?  
Probably contemporary romances, but I do read all kinds of romances except dark paranormals.  I also won’t read horror.
What is one silly fact about you?
I love music from the late 60s and early 70s and can usually “name that tune” within a few notes if I hear a song on the radio.  
What got you started on your writing journey?
The Nancy Drew books!  Once I read those (starting at age 9) I knew I wanted to write similar stories.  Of course I branched out, but I have written some children’s mystery books.  And it started me on writing down the stories in my head.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  Do you write steamy romance as well?
I enjoy writing romances with strong emotions.  Many sweet romances concentrate on the emotional aspects of a relationship.  I have written more sensuous romances, but not erotic romances.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?
I have a novella coming out soon too in the Kindle “Blame it on Texas” world.  That one is sexier.  Then I am revising a Victorian historical romance which has ghosts!  I also have two more “clean” romance novels which I have to revise.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?  
Being able to tell the stories in my head; and having people say they read them, and it touched a chord in them.
Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
I love getting emails from readers.  I don’t have a particular favorite.  Someone just wrote me that she loved Brooke and William’s story!
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
A lot of my own experiences do end up in stories, even in a minor way.  For example, there is a cat in the book.  I was on the board of my local animal shelter for 8 years, and I know how often cats and dogs are abandoned, so I did want to show that they can make wonderful pets when they are given a new home.
Where do your ideas come from?
All over!  I use the “what if” technique—what if this happened, then that happened?  For Brooke and William’s story, I loved their characters when they appeared in “A Taste of Romance” and decided they needed their own book.
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
I have written over 10.  8 have been published with another one coming out soon.
What are the elements of a great romance for you?
Great characters, an interesting situation, and plots that have twists and turns.
Tell us about your book.

Brooke is the sister of Jeremy from “A Taste of Romance.”  She runs into her first serious boyfriend in Taste but I also show that scene from her viewpoint in Setting the Stage.  She thinks he’s just a friend, and that this is what she needs for now.  But she gradually discovers their relationship is something more!
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
Brooke comes from a famous family but is really pretty down-to-earth and sensible.  William is a pretty practical and upbeat guy. They never quite forgot each other, and when he gets the opportunity to pursue the adult Brooke, he does.  And quickly realizes his feelings are not a teen’s, but that of a grown man.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
It’s a fun, positive story about two people who start as friends but fall in love.

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