Welcome to the HOUND DOG - Vol. 4 of the Savannah Rossi Chronicles Book Tour featuring author Deliza Rafferty
The "Savannah Rossi Chronicles" is a series of erotica/erotic romance short stories that pave the way to an eventual full length novel. Each story is a stand alone and follow the steamy adventures of sexy, independent, musically-gifted singer/songwriter Savannah Rossi, who is teetering on the verge of national success. This is no spoiled brat pop princess looking to be saved. Confident, driven, intelligent and unabashed in her sexuality, Savannah has created her own success and enjoys a vibrant sex life on her own terms with men of her choosing. Is it possible that any one man could tame such an independent free spirit? Who says she even needs to be tamed?
In 'Hound Dog', volume 4 of the series, Savannah lands a major studio gig singing for one of the music industry's hottest songwriter/producers. However, she is blindsided when she shows up to to the job to find that the only man she ever gave her heart to - the one who also demolished it several years prior - is the sound engineer on the recording sessions. As painful memories are revisited, Savannah and Jax struggle to behave professionally in spite of the deep-seated hatred and intense desire they still hold for each other. Time does not necessarily heal all wounds -- and new ones can still be inflicted...
*Contains graphic sexual content, language and mild violence.*
About the Author
Currently she is focused on writing The "Savannah Rossi Chronicles," a series of ten erotica/erotic romance short stories that pave the way to an eventual full length novel. Each story is a stand alone and follow the steamy adventures of a musically-gifted singer/songwriter named Savannah Rossi as she navigates her burgeoning career and love life.
Deliza means "gives pleasure" and Rafferty means "rich and prosperous." With a name like that, what else could she do? Like...legally?
I had the lovely chance to interview Deliza. Please continue down and read our interview:
1. Please tell the readers a bit more about you.
Well unfortunately if I told you, I'd have to kill you. I have a super secret pedestrian identity that I cannot give up lest all of mankind be placed at risk.
2. What types of books do you write?
Erotic romance primarily. Spicier than traditional romances, but none of those whips and chains and such. One day I would love to dream up my own Harry Potter or Vampire Chronicles, though. Or Grapes of Wrath (or another great American novel that I've actually read). Why not?
3. Who's your main audience?
All the desperate housewives and soccer moms who never get a day off from their underpaid, under-appreciated jobs! I write to give them mini brain vacations...and if I'm doing it right, a few ideas to kick things into gear a little. ;-)
4. When it comes to writing- what are your strong points? What are your weaknesses?
Strong points - I think I have the ability to make the reader feel like they are the character, or at least I try to. I take great care to describe emotion and reaction, how it would physically and mentally feel to be in the moment as those people. I like to paint as vivid a mental picture as possible.
Weaknesses - I struggle with great story arcs. I have never been the greatest at coming up with concepts. I have no idea what the story of the full length novel that closes the Savannah Rossi Chronicles is yet. All I know is she finds "the one" and that's it. I'm hoping she will tell me at some point in these short stories!
5. What do you think of this term- Writer's Block? How do you overcome it?
I think it absolutely exists and I have it a lot! To overcome it, I step away from it. The fortunate thing is that I have a creative "real" job and lots of creative interests, so when I get stuck and I can put my head into something else, clear it out and approach it again later.
6. How many books have you written?
Just four short stories so far. Oh...well...that's a lie. I've written two hideous novels that will never EVER see the light of day.
7. How many are published?
Oh I see what you did there! Sneaky. That would be four.
8. Are you self published or traditionally published?
Indie all the way. :-)
9. What's the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Again, story ideas. I can write vignettes for days, but a fully fleshed out story is a lot of work for me. Sometimes I think I should've been a television writer.
10. What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I will try almost anything, really. I do steer away from hardcore Sci-Fi because reading needs to be an escape for me and sci-fi makes me feel like I'm solving equations all the time, lol. But otherwise, as long as there are interesting characters and a riveting story, I'm good. But the combination of both has to be there. I recently read a book where the story itself was interesting but I didn't give two rips about anyone involved. It was a completely missed opportunity and it made me sad.
11. Who's your favorite Author?
12. What's your all time favorite book?
Oh c'mon! There's just no way. LOL. I'll give you a few:
Interview With The Vampire (Ann Rice)
Family Linen (William Faulkner)
One Door Away From Heaven (Dean Koontz)
Any of the Harry Potter books (J.K. Rowling)
The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
The Windflower (Laura London, aka Tom and Sharon Curtis)
The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
The Monster At The End Of This Book (Jon Stone)
13. How long does it take you to write a book?
Well, since I'm just writing short stories right now and I have to work it in around a full time career...I don't really have an answer to this question. Hound Dog took a good two months, Little Drummer Boy took a week; but there's also a 14,000 word count difference between them. Sometimes it just depends on if I have a self-imposed deadline or not as to how long it takes.
14. Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite? Why?
Well since I'm focused on Savannah and I'm a new author and she's about it so far, I have to say her. Probably because she's possesses quite a few qualities I wish I possessed. I melded together the best parts of all the many amazing female musicians I know, women that inspire me and whom I think other women might aspire to be more like.
Then again...there are all those smokin' hot men in her life...
15. What is one of the most surprising things you've learned as a writer?
That I fall a little bit in love with every one of my heroes in my stories. Even Jax, my Hound Dog, who is a son-of-a-bitch. Maybe especially Jax because I'm a headcase and nowhere near as self-actualized as Savannah.
16. What does your family think of your writing?
Hahaha...GREAT question! Only my sisters and mother know I'm doing this. The sisters are behind me all the way. Mom however whined up a storm about the kind of stuff I was writing until I promised I wouldn't write under the family name and embarrass her. LOL.
17. What does your writing schedule look like?
What is this word, "schedule"...? Does...not...compute...
18. Do you manage to write every day?
No. It's too draining and I think I'd get suicidal. Also, other things sometimes take priority.
19. What's the latest news you'd like to share?
This question makes me feel like I'm supposed to announce my pregnancy or my intention to run for president, LOL!
20. Do you have any advice for new writers?
I wish I had advice for me! I'm new! I suppose I would say the same thing I would say to my clients in my day job in the music business: Find what you love, study the craft, go for it guns a-blazing and leave anyone who makes you doubt yourself in your dust.
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Download my books on Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/
Thank you so much! ♥
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