Interview with Britt DeLaney

Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury (the greatest writer of all time), Robert Heinlein, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Erma Bombeck, Cassandra Clare, Julie Garwood, Jayne Ann Krentz, Diana Gabaldon and a good hundred others.
What do your fans mean to you?
Are you kidding? They are my lifeblood. Seriously. Every comment (even the critical ones), every review, every time they jump in excitement over a plot twist that made me squeal as I wrote it - it's all so affirming and so wonderful. My fans are the best.
What are you working on next?
I have a four-part novel series that I'm putting together next, and I have several more novellas in the pipeline. As of July 1, 2015, I'll only be publishing the novellas and free reads here on Smashwords.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Pure, mindless fantasy. I have a long commute to my day job, and I spend a lot of it daydreaming. I started entertaining myself with this story, playing it out in my head until I finally realized it needed to come out. Once I started channeling it through the keyboard, it took on a life of its own and really blossomed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Not knowing where it will take you. I've had an entire book planned out in my head, painstakingly outlined on paper, plotted out in great detail with multiple references on the computer screen, and suddenly a wild idea will come along and reroute the whole thing, opening up a stream of brand-new possibilities. I also love it when I reread a draft of something and my character reminds me that he or she would never have said or done this. That gives me the opportunity to find a better way to do it, or write in some new motivation that would make them say or do it. It's a fascinating process and I never get tired of it.
If you couldn't be a writer, what would you choose to be?
I actually have a degree in Theatre, and love being on stage, so I'd probably choose an actor's life. That, or I'd really love to be a cultural anthropologist. People are fascinating all over the world, and all across time. Everyone has a story, and I love to hear them.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up with a parent in the military, so I spent my early years traveling the world. When my Dad retired I spent the rest of my growing years in the desert Southwest (USA). I'm now in a different part of the country where it's greener. I developed a love of writing and journaling early on in my life. When you move every two years, it's not always easy to make friends right away. My journal and my characters in my stories became the support system that got me through a lot in my life.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have always had a lifelong love of Sci-Fi, but I also read a lot of YA novels. I frequent a half-dozen or more good blogs, and I am a die-hard Redditor.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm lucky in that I have a wide and varied internet presence on several different platforms that has really helped me get the word out. I write a lot of FanFiction, and offering coupons to my readers there has been beneficial, as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kindle is just another extension of my arm, I swear to God.
Published 2015-07-01.
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Books by This Author

The Witching Hour
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,420. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Tasha is a witch, imprisoned by a curse that prevents her from leaving her house on all but one night - All Hallow's Eve. From dusk to dawn she can indulge in the pleasures of the flesh after entirely too much deprivation. But will the mysterious man she meets be a tasty treat? Or a trick she never anticipated?
Sobriquet
Price: Free! Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Svetlana "Lefty" Leftorovich looks like she could be on the cover of any fashion magazine, but don't let those smokey gray eyes fool you - she's a lot more than you bargained for. (Trigger warning: potential triggers for sexual assault)
Shall We Gather
Price: Free! Words: 3,260. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
With the end of the world nigh, the Pastor and Deacons of the New Zion Abundant Life Church agree to meet to discuss the matter. When humanity is at stake, is it wise to leave it to the humans to decide who's worthy to live on?
Savage Eats
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Dave Savage is a world explorer and television host of the wildly popular "Savage Eats." He travels to the Amazon to film a segment on native cuisine, and bites off a little more than he can chew.
Auld Lang Sin
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,160. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Lauren prides herself on being a professional woman with one hard and fast rule: don't ever date anyone you work with. That all goes to hell the minute Ross strolls in the door. From the company holiday party to a New Year's Eve masquerade ball, Ross teases and torments until Lauren decides to send the old year out with a bang. A really, really good bang.
Atrophy
Price: Free! Words: 2,360. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(Short Story) When an ancient creature tries to steal your last breath, the consequences can be...severe.
Hard Labor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,900. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Lexa Bradley got the beach house when she and her husband split. The problem is, the thing needs a lot of work. She hires a contractor that can give her what she needs – in more ways than one. She soon discovers that Jake is very good with his hands and when it comes to satisfying a woman, he knows how to get the job done.
Nimbus
Price: Free! Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Look through the eyes of a child who is more than he appears to be, and discover that there are indeed superheroes among us.
Someday In Dublin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,350. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Amy travels to Dublin on a whim, desperate to escape her life. With the help of a friend, she assembles a list – an Irish ‘bucket list’ of sorts – for her whirlwind weekend, planning every single detail…except for Michael. When they connect at a crowded pub, sparks fly until a secret changes everything between them. Can they find their way back and find what they need in each other?
Captured By The Hunter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,150. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Drella is on the run from an arranged marriage. Her groom engages a Hunter to track her down – and this is no ordinary Hunter. Jodan is from a race of people who have special sensory skills – skills that make him a formidable foe…and a complete force of nature when it comes to bedding women. Can he bring her back to face her wedding day despite their overwhelming attraction to each other?
Ready In Red
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
It's Valentine's Day, and a girl shouldn't be alone with only Netflix for company. Val gets pulled out to a bar by a friend in need, only to find a hot and friendly bartender who makes her very glad she remembered to wear her matching red lingerie that morning. She's primed and ready for a steamy night, and Zach more than delivers.
Central Perk On 5th & OIympus
Price: Free! Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
What happens when the Gods get together over coffee? Hilarity, that's what. It's not easy walking among mortals, but it's even rougher having to spend an eternity with people you just can't stand. Short story.
Naughty Or Nice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,010. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Olivia just finished working a long retail shift on Christmas Eve, and all she wants for Christmas is to get off her aching feet - and to get off. Being single at Christmas can lead a girl to desperate measures, and when Olivia makes her wish to the Santa at the Mall, she gets fulfilled like she’s never been before. Will Santa find her naughty or nice? Mature readers only.
Eight Nights At Sea
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,250. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Zephyr Jamieson is a pirate, sailing the seas of a magical realm. He encounters Rina, a woman with a body that sets him aflame and a secret she cannot tell. Rina barters passage aboard Zephyr's ship for herself and her secretive twin brother with the only thing the pirate captain appears to be interested in. Can eight nights at sea lead to more? Detailed sexual content; mature readers only.
Cashing In
Price: Free! Words: 1,960. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Why run from death when you can make a deal? A short story about a woman who's looking to make an exit on her own terms.
Under The Rainbow - A St. Patrick's Day Story
Price: Free! Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Caren is trying to get her life back together after a devastating diagnosis. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Aengus, she realizes she's stumbled upon a world of shamrocks and magic in the middle of her harsh reality. He offers her one wish - and it's not for gold. Will Caren finally get lucky? Adult content - mature readers only.