Friday, March 18, 2011

Interview with Deena Remiel

I’d like to welcome our guest today, Deena Remiel. It’s a pleasure having you come visit us at Much Cheaper Than Therapy, where chocolate is plentiful and advice is free. So grab some chocolate and a lounge chair. Your therapy session has begun.


Did somebody say chocolate? Oh yes, chocolate is much cheaper than therapy, and the taste is simply decadent! ;-)

I understand you have a new release which comes out March 22nd called Trinity, A Brethren Novel. Can you tell us a little bit about your fabulous new book?

Sure thing! At the heart of Trinity rests the fierce love of a mother for her daughter. They are thrust into a war between Good and Evil and only one can protect them. An angel. An immortal. A Brethren named Michael.

Trinity is a very interesting title. How did you arrive at that name?

Well, it is very much tied to a prophecy realized in the story. To say any more would give too much away.

What made you decide to write in this genre?

I must have romance in my life! I love happy endings, and even more, the trials and tribulations the main characters must go through in order to reach their happy endings. I enjoy watching characters change from closed-minded, skeptical, distrusting, and cynical people to open-minded, open-hearted, risk-takers. I have always been drawn to reading and exploring paranormal realms and possibilities. Paranormal romance writing seemed the perfect marriage for me.

Where did you get your idea for this particular book?

I have always been fascinated by the possibility of other realms co-existing with our own. I also enjoy the tug-of-war between Good and Evil. Creating a whole new world within our own was such a huge draw for me, I couldn’t resist.

What are your favorite paranormal research books or sites, and why?

Research for me began with reading. I read paranormal romances from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jayne Ann Krentz, Heather Graham, Christine Feehan, and Nora Roberts. Then I moved on to websites and reference books whose focus was solely on ancient religions and angels. These authors have a wonderful way of building believable worlds within worlds, so not only do I love reading their work, I consider them mentors.

Which character did you like writing about the most, and why?

I absolutely loved writing Emma. She encapsulates every mom I know, including me. She is fiercely devoted to her daughter and her well-being. Without hesitation, she would sacrifice her soul for Hannah. As a young woman, she has all the flaws and inconsistencies that we all do, but Emma is also a fighter through and through, as you’ll see when you read Trinity.

Tell us about how you develop your characters. Do you create character sheets, do interviews, that sort of thing? How does your research and/or world affect your character development?

I first think generally about who I need in the story, and then I begin to craft their personalities, warts and all, and physical characteristics. I keep character sheets in a computer file that has your standard information, and then I go deeper. I create back stories for all of my characters. Whether my characters are mortal or immortal, lead or supporting, they all have origins, baggage, and issues that must be developed and exploited. I love that part!

How do you go about building your world if you use one? Do you use maps, charts or drawings?

My world is our world, just a little different. You see, angels, known as the Brethren, walk among us. So when it comes to world-building, I have to feather these men’s lives seamlessly into our own. I had to get them to assimilate to their new home, Earth. That happens before Trinity ever begins. I write an online serial that explores the Brethren’s origins and the compelling stories before Trinity. Brethren Beginnings ~ Rise of the Brethren handles it all.

Do you have any authors that inspired you?

Sherrilyn Kenyon inspired me to be the world-builder that I am. My favorite romantic suspense authors, Linda Howard, Kay Hooper, and Allison Brennan inspire my evil dude development.

What do you feel is the most effective promotion you have done for your book?

When I participate in the wonderful events The Romance Studio, Coffeetime Romance, Romance Junkies, and other websites have to offer, I get to talk with the readers and get to know them. I can see major spikes in my website views and subscriptions, and my daily readership has been consistently higher every day. I also think writing my online serial has drawn a faithful audience, which in turn has built genuine interest in the novel series.

What do we have to look forward next?

Well, the second book in The Brethren Series is called Relic, and that will be coming soon from Decadent Publishing. After that, Elixir will be on its way. Three more novels are planned to round out the series, and then a spin-off is planned.

Thanks, Deena!

She will be around all day today. I'm sure some of you have questions or comments for her, so please ask away...

Bio. - My name is Deena Remiel, and I am an author of paranormal romance and poetry. I also teach language arts to middle schoolers. Curiously, I find myself being called upon to write all sorts of correspondence for my family and friends, but they are everything to me, and frequently serve as fodder for elements of my novels, poems, and posts. They take it all in stride, though, and with good humor. So, it’s really a perfect give and take relationship!

I belong to RWA national and the Desert Rose Chapter of RWA, where there are outstanding people writing fabulous stories. I can now say I’m a published author! I have poetry published in the anthology, Hippoetry, coming soon. My first paranormal romance, TRINITY, A Brethren Novel, releases March 22nd, as will RELIC, the second book in the series! Thanks, Decadent Publishing!

I grew up in Philadelphia, home of the most amazing soft pretzels, oh and the Liberty Bell. My husband and I began our own family in New Jersey, and just a few short years ago, Arizona called to my spirit and tempted my husband with much better weather! We moved our family, and the rest is history, or the present, as the case may be!

These are a few of my favorite things: writing and reading of course, chocolate, music with lyrics or melodies that speak to me, soaking baths, singing in the shower, dancing with my buds, romantic dancing with my hubby, scrapbooking, watching my girls enjoy what they love to do, and laughing at jokes because Lord knows I can’t tell one!

Check out author’s websites at www.deenaremiel.com and http://brethrenbeginnings.wordpress.com/

Buy at http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=234&osCsid=qhuc4gbau5e6tjhd74e6giprm0

18 comments:

Kim Watters said...

Good Morning Deena. Congratulations on your upcoming release. Wishing you many sales. Your chocolate will be ready as soon as I wrestle it away from the kids. The idea of other realms intrigues me, too, as well as the thought that 'others' walk among us. Blending this with good vs evil sounds like a real winner. What was the biggest challenge for you in writing this series? Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day with us.

Deena said...

Good morning, Kim. The biggest challenge I see is creating all the laws the govern the Brethren and remaining consistent through out each book. I actually have a file dictating what the Brethren can and cannot do which I refer to for both my online serial and novels. Thanks so much for having me here today! What a lovely placw you have here. ;)

Judy said...

In what format will it be available? ereaders only or will there also be a print version? Congratulations, Deena!

Maureen said...

Gak! Yeah, the all important series bible, that says what can happen and what can't happen according to the rules you laid down as the author! I tend to wait and write this after a few books, then realize...oops! I violated my own rule!

It's tricksy!

Erin Quinn said...

Hi Deena and congratulations! May your books sell like cold lemonaid on a hot summer day. :) Your stories sound wonderful!

Deena said...

Judy, Trinity will be available in most formats that are used today. You can download it direct from Decadent Publishing to your computer and put it on your kindle! Or you can wait a couple of days and buy it straight from Amazon, B&N, etc.
Thanks! And, uh, remember to read the acknowledgements! wink,wink

Deena said...

Maureen, I did the same thing with my "bible"! I had to wait for a few installments of my serial and Trinity before I settled on some absolutes. :)

Deena said...

Erin, thanks so much for your kind words. I eagerly await Haunting Desire! What a wonderful role model you are to me. You know how much I love your style. :D

The Sweater Curse said...

Congratulations, Deena. Echoing others by wishing you the best of success with your new book.

Deena said...

Thanks so much, Leanne! I love our Decadent Publishing family! So glad you came by today. :D

catslady said...

You are a new to me author but I always enjoy interviews that lets us in to what the author is all about. I love all the same authors that you mentioned and paranormals are one of my favorite genres. Your first book sounds like the beginning of an intriguing series (enjoy reading about angels :)

Estella said...

You are a new to me author and your stories sound awesome!

Deena said...

Hello Catslady, and thank you so much for your kind words and interest in my new series. I hope you can say in a few years that I'm an old favorite of yours. :)

Deena said...

Estella! Thanks so much for having an interst in my story. It's a favorite of mine. ;-)

hugs,
Deena

Kathleen said...

I can't wait to read Trinity. I love the way you describe the story.

A mother's love and devotion for her child is something we can all relate to.

Huge Congrats!

Deena said...

Thanks, Kathleen! I can't wait for you to read it. Then... I can't wait to read yours! :D

Robert C Roman said...

Hey there Deena! Great interview! Can't wait to read Trinity!

Deena said...

Hey there, Robert! Thanks for stopping by. Look forward to sharing the book with ya!
Hugs!