Thank you so much for having me! A little about myself? Heh. I’m a historical romance writer and have to say I love what I do and feel blessed to be able to live my dream. I still can’t believe I’m getting paid to fantasize about history and men, lol.
No. Unless my husband and two kids count, lol. I absolutely love animals but I also know with a full time career, two kids who haven’t made it college and a husband who is working 2 jobs, it wouldn’t be an environment where an animal would have received much attention. Which is why I opt not to have
Where did you grow up?
I actually grew up in Chicago in a pretty rough neighborhood until I was about 13 and was fortunate to be moved into a better school system and neighborhood. Up until that move, though, I saw a lot, learned a lot and have had many stories to tell ever since :)
Do you have a degree? Is so, in what?
I have two degrees. One in English Literature and one in the Culinary Arts.
Culinary Arts? Wow! What is a typical day in the life of Delilah Marvelle?
I heard that you speak Polish fluently. How did you learn it?
I’m first generation Polish. So I actually learned how to speak Polish first, from my parents who only spoke to me in Polish since I was born. It’s the best and only way to learn any language. When you’re young. I even went to Polish School every Saturday, which not only elevated my Polish but taught me to learn to love history in the way American Schools weren’t. In Polish School we learned about world history in a way they weren’t teaching it in American Schools and it opened my eyes into seeing a different and more fascinating side of history.
Any hobbies, interests or special talents you'd like to enlighten us about?
I played piano as a child. My stage fright was so bad that my mother could see me shaking from the audience at my recitals LOL. How long have you been an author, and what is your genre of choice?
I have been a published author since 2008 and my genre of choice is Historical Romance. Or my version of it anyway, lol.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Loved that movie! How long did it take before you got your first big break?
What was the first book you ever published?
Mistress of Pleasure. And I had so much fun writing it! The premise is that it’s about an elderly retired courtesan who opens up a school to educate aristocratic men on the topic of love and seduction. It’s all tongue and cheek and a nod to Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones.
Are you a full time author or do you do it on the side?
I am a full time writer. I’m fortunate I was able to be a full time writer even when I was trying to get published because my husband supported my both in my dream and financially. It was a great way to stay home with my kids, too.
I get endless support. My husband is *amazing*. He always goes above and beyond to ensure I’m following my dream. My kids are the same way. They all have to make sacrifices to enable me to write. My husband takes the kids for the weekend to let me write, too, when I’m under deadline. Without the support of my family, I wouldn't be able to survive this business. It takes so much out of you mentally sometimes that you really need to surround yourself with incredible and supporting people to pull you through.
Where do you do most of your creative work, and how do you get into your creative zone?
I do most of my creative work in my writing room or in my vacation home. All I need to get into my creative zone is two things: my computer and silence. My mind just focuses better in the silence. In particular, when I’m alone. I can’t focus unless I’m alone. Part of it is that in creating a historical world, you have to pull yourself out of the modern world and that’s hard to do when you've got people walking around you, reminding you it’s a modern world.
I do an incredible amount of research. It’s what I love to do most. I try to travel for my research, and go to the actual places I’m writing about, but when I can’t, I dig into libraries (The New York City Library in particular) and dig into my collection of research books. I always google for books that came out in my era as I believe it will give me the closest glimpse to the historical reality I’m looking for. I’m particularly fascinated by the naughtier side of history and even have a whole blog dedicated to it called A BIT O’MUSLIN. I post anything and everything having to do with sex and history. And yes, I am always shocked and surprised by the things I continue to learn. The biggest eye opener for me when I first started researching sex and history was coming across the history of the dildo and that it’s much older than people think. The oldest dildo in the world (that has been found, that is) is 28,000 years old. I never learned that in school! LOL.
I want my readers to walk away from my books knowing no matter what a person goes through, there is always love and a happily ever after waiting. Always. Love is what gets us through the bad times and enables us to better understand ourselves and those we love.
Aside from finishing the Rumor series this December with FOREVER A LORD, I’ll also be finishing up the School of Gallantry series. The series centers around a retired elderly courtesan who educates aristocratic men in the art of love and seduction. Not by taking them to bed, but by shoving them into a real classroom. It’s very tongue and cheek. I have received so many requests pertaining to my first series, and seeing there were still three books left in the series that have yet to be told, I’ve decided to finish the series. LADY OF PLEASURE, book 3 in the series, will be released March 1, 2013. I’m really excited about re-visiting this series!
Thanks so much for stopping to chat with me Delilah! Before I let you get back to your writing, could you please let my readers where to go to learn more about you?
Thank you so much for having me! They can visit me at my website (www.DelilahMarvelle.com), where I post 28 random facts about me and they can visit me at my BIT O’MUSLIN blog (www.DelilahMarvelle.blogspot.com) and learn more about my dirty sense of humor and history. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.
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Lady Augustine Jane Ascott longs for a man who will do more than offer on her hand in marriage. She wants a husband she can trust, someone who will shield her from the darkness of the world. Her heart was broken when her younger brother was kidnapped years earlier, and she still carries the pain of his loss.
When the handsome Duke of Wentworth makes his feelings for her known, Augustine's past demons warn her away. Besides, every woman in London knows he's devoted to the memory of his late wife. But is it possible he cares for her after all -- and that their love can bring them the peace they both crave?
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Forever and a Day (Rumor #1)
Rumor Has it…
Some memories really are unforgettable...
Roderick Gideon Tremayne, the recently appointed Duke of Wentworth, never expected to find himself in New York City, tracking down a mysterious map important to his late mother. And he certainly never expected to be injured, only to wake up with no memory of who he is. But when he sees the fiery-haired beauty who's taken it upon herself to rescue him, suddenly his memory is the last thing on his mind.
Georgia Milton, the young head of New York's notorious Forty Thieves, feels responsible for the man who was trying to save her reticule from a thief. But she's not prepared for the fierce passion he ignites within her. When his memory begins to return, her whole world is threatened, and Roderick must choose between the life he forgot and the life he never knew existed...
Rumor has it we are closer to the truth...
Two different classes, One common desire...
Bernadette Marie Burton may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hoards of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile....or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader.
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