Interview with Deanndra Hall

What sets your work apart from that of other authors in your genres?
I think the biggest difference is that most of my characters are over 40. I got very tired of reading books in which the protagonists were sexual experts – and only about 25 years old! I know that’s much “prettier,” but it’s not very realistic. My characters are mature people, men who know how to please a woman and women who know how to turn a man on and keep him turned on.

And for the record, men have read my books and said that they have "something for everyone." They have more than red-hot sex - they have drama, suspense, and a crime element. And they're fun!

Other than that, when I started in these genres, I heard three main complaints:
1) “What happened to Jack? I really liked him, but I’m reading the third book and he’s nowhere to be found.” My characters don’t do that – they hang around. Most of them are friends and relatives to each other, so it’s not too hard to accomplish that.
2) “The book was so poorly written (punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc.) that I couldn’t finish it.” I was a creative writing/literature major – I try to put out quality work, and I hope it shows.
3) “I paid $3.99 (or sometimes more) for this book and it only took me 30 minutes to read it. Where’s the rest of the book?” If I write a novella, I’ll tell you it’s a novella, and it’ll only be $0.99 – otherwise, it’s a novel and it’s going to be hours of entertainment for you. I don’t shortchange my readers – ever.

I hope readers will take the time to check them out - there won't be any disappointment.
When did you first start writing?
I can't remember a time when I didn't. It's just as natural to me as breathing, and it comes so easily to me that it seems a shame not to!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest, due out October 31, is a continuation of the story of the Walters family and their friends in Louisville, Kentucky. Nikki, whose life is half of the foundation of the Love Under Construction series, has been with me for over 12 years. I just didn't have a place to put her or anyone to leave her with. This novel series allowed me to finally give her a home. The new book is the story of Tony's cousin, Vic, and one of Steve's employees, the paths they took to where they are, and how they'll move forward. They've both had extreme difficulty in their lives; I'm no stranger to difficulty. My path has never been easy. Watching the two of them grow and heal was cathartic for me, just like Nikki and Tony's story in the first novel. I'm looking forward to the next one - it'll be just as good. It's due out spring of 2014.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had the lovely privilege of spending an evening sitting next to the Tennessee state poet laureate. A friend introduced me to her and told her that I am a writer. She asked in which genre I wrote, and immediately asked who was going to publish my work. I told her I planned to publish it myself; she told me that is the advice she gives ALL authors. I've seen too many people give away their hard work and have it tied up in contract clauses, not to mention that they've given it away, but they still have to do their own marketing, promotion, and publicity. I'm simply not willing to pay someone to do virtually nothing for me, and I WILL NOT give up rights to my work - period.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting a story out there and letting others enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
What are you working on next?
I have another series I'm getting ready to roll out called The Neighbors of Harper's Cove. They're nasty little erotica novellas, and they're a ton of fun to write and to read. At $0.99, they'll be in everyone's budget, and I hope people will hang in there and read them between the novels.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Clyde Edgerton, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O'Connor. Barbara Kingsolver is high on my list too. For erotica and erotic romance, I like Shayla Black, Lexi Blake, Red Phoenix, and Kallypso Masters.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My three weird little dogs. They want to eat. I have no choice but to get up and feed them!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad. I go out to the swing in the backyard and take along my "stack." It's my bluetooth device on top of my smartphone on top of my iPad on top of my laptop. Yes, I'm a technology whore. I'll admit it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Excuse me? When I'm not writing? Huh. I can take time off? I must've missed that memo.
Why should readers buy your books?
Because they're awesome! No, really, because I spend a great deal of time crafting a well-written story with a plot that leaves you hanging and makes you want to come back. My characters are rich in personality. When you pick up one of my novels, for $4.99 you have something that will entertain you for hours. And I try to address the three most common complaints of readers (see the first question).
So what's next?
The third novel in the Love Under Construction series, Renovating a Heart, will be out spring of 2014, and the last in the series, Planning an Addition, will be out fall of 2014. There's also the possibility of spinning a short series of two or three novellas from the Love Under Construction series, their protagonists being characters who were minor in the main series. The Harper's Cove series will continue. Two independent novels, Adventurous Me and The Celtic Fan, will be out before May 2014. And a new series (sorry, can't divulge details yet) will begin the latter part of 2013. There may be more work coming that I don't foresee yet, so I'm open to any ideas that come along.
Published 2014-01-19.
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Books by This Author

Laying a Foundation: Bonus Volume including The Groundbreaking
Price: Free! Words: 192,300. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A wealthy, successful, but emotionally-destroyed businessman and a lonely, childless widow begin a relationship that exceeds any expectations they could've had. But just as it seems fate has smiled on them, a secret-fueled threat threatens to destroy their lives and possibly even kill them. It will take everything they have to hang on - and stay alive.
Love Under Construction: The Complete Series
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 633,000. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Enjoy the best the Bluegrass has to offer in the complete collection of the Love Under Construction series. Join the fun, over-the-top-sexy Walters family of Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, as they live, love, and try to stay alive in a series that'll hook you and keep you reading from beginning to end. Well over 20 hours of reading pleasure.
One Broken Promise
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,080. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Hayden Patterson's first assignment with his new employer is to guard a wealthy teenage girl who's being bullied. It doesn't take Hayden long, however, to figure out who the real bully is and, in the process, to meet a woman who just might make him break a long-held promise to himself to never sleep with the same woman twice. With two people he cares about in danger, Hayden has his hands full.
One Poor Choice
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,580. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jared Calhoun only wants to play with Bernadette Guillory, but when he realizes the predicament she's in, his heart is bent to help her out. As they grow closer and love blooms, Bernie makes a choice so horrible that she's plunged into a hell no one could imagine. Jared will have to decide if forgiveness is something he can manage to offer her, but it won't be an issue if she can't be found.
One Simple Mistake
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,620. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » General
Doug Benton is crushed after a misread threesome. Vivian Norton's been dumped so many times she's lost count. The young Dominant and the decidedly vanilla, naive young woman almost succeed in forging a strong relationship until one small slip of the tongue causes the entire relationship to come apart at the seams. And Doug's about to find out that some mistakes can't be undone.
Planning an Addition
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 163,110. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Wounded veteran Peyton Stokes is surprised when smart, beautiful, and considerably-older Molly Walters asks him out before he can ask her. And soon, Molly has a secret: She's seeing Peyton and his best friend, José Flores. Things fall apart when Peyton finds out that he's not the only one Molly loves. But when danger threatens the three, Peyton has to decide if he can drop his labels for love.
Incredible Us
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,650. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Dave Adams is surrounded by women at his BDSM club, Bliss, and yet goes home alone every night. But a chance encounter when he's taking out the trash leads him to Olivia Warren, a young homeless woman who's been abused in the cruelest of ways. Unsure if their May/December romance could work, Dave forges ahead, only to have near-tragedy make him rethink the relationship and drive her away.
Unforgettable You
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,170. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
A popular Dom at the area's premier BDSM club, Bliss, Steffen believes love has passed him by. But that's before he meets Sheila, a beauty with a painful past and trust issues. As their relationship blooms, they learn to believe in each other. But Steffen learns there's no real difference between telling a lie and not telling the whole truth when a nightare from his past comes to find him.
Renovating a Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,720. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Steve and Kelly find each other through a local fetish club, but when Kelly tries to help Steve heal his past, her efforts are interpreted as betrayal. As Steve banishes her from his life, a demon from his past is roused by her actions and tries to exact revenge against Steve through Kelly. Can Steve find forgiveness in his heart and reach out to Kelly before it's too late?
Adventurous Me
Price: Free! Words: 63,160. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
When Trish's husband leaves her because she's "boring," she sets out on an adventure in the BDSM lifestyle with a man who can't stand her. Even though they grow closer, Clint's secret keeps him from forming a strong bond with Trish, and one serious misstep almost takes her life.Can she forgive him in time to find the man she's been looking for? More importantly, can he forgive himself?
The Celtic Fan
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,790. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When four friends set out to find the elusive author Nick Roberts, only one stays the course. He has no way of knowing that he's already found Roberts, and that discovery will change his life forever. As Roberts' story and Steve's intertwine, one question remains: Now that Steve's found Nick Roberts, will he tell?
Tearing Down Walls
Series: Love Under Construction, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 178,050. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
A broken man. A maimed woman. A crazed killer. And too many secrets. Vic Cabrizzi has everything - including a secret that assures he'll always be alone. Laura Butler's secret would kill most people. But with a lunatic trying to shut her up before her secret can come out, she's doomed - unless she can trust the right man. Can they rid themselves of their secrets before it's too late?