Interview with Delta Monroe

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a Texas girl & have spent most of my life here. I've lived all over Texas, if your not from here that doesn't make sense, but trust me there is a world of difference between east and west Texas!
When did you first start writing?
I've always loved writing. I was "that kid" in college that was happy to when a professor gave a blue book test instead of multiple choice. It also helps that I have the gift of gab, in fifth grade I won an award for the fastest mouth in the west!!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I left upper management / corporate America early 2015. I had achieved my professional goals on that front and frankly was burned out. Additionally, I wanted to stay home with my sons as they were getting older and time with them was passing me by.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That's a two part answer.

First freedom and control of my time and days, this is so important to me. I work constantly on my writing, promotions, fighting with my printer (that's more true than you know-ask the dog) but I dictate my hours.

Second, I have all of these stories that just want out, they want an audience to be told to...I have no idea how the world will judge my stories, but I'm going to tell them!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. It's amazing and humbling that someone I've never met enjoys my work.
What are you working on next?
Part two of A Band of Saviors. This is a four part series (though my friends think it should be five). After this series is done I have a couple of other outlines ready to go so I'll jump right into my next project
Who are your favorite authors?
EL James
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't want my dogs to pee in the house. Pretty simple motivation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not cheering one of my sons on at some type of sporting event (between them they are starters in 9 different sports & are honor roll students) my husband & I love going to wineries. I'm also an avid reader, whizzing through a full length novel in a matter of hours.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Depends on my mood, it's always romance but sometimes it might be about aliens or mafia hit men or historical...all over the place. So whatever I'm in the mood for I'll enter in a few keywords and start reading descriptions. Sometimes i spend an hour or more looking for a book to read.
What is your writing process?
I just write it out, I try to put my quotes, commas, etc in as I go, but it's not important at that point, I just type. My goal is to put the whole story out there. Then I have two people who start looking at it, at the same time I'm going back and filling it in, the book will almost double in word count at this point.

Lastly it goes through 6 reviews (3 people doing two edits each) before a final version is done. All the while I put tidbits up on social media, find artwork, & fight with the printer.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm so picky because thus far (& yes I have the next book(s) covers), I've selected men to grace the cover.

The risk an author runs, & I know this because as a reader it's happened to me, the person on the front doesn't match the description in the book or how they look in my minds eye.

So when I pick my cover I try to pick just enough to kick start what you see but for the whole of the characters appearance to be completed by the readers imagination.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance with strong alpha males and females with spunk! The story has to have an original plot for me to really like it. Boy meets girl, they fight, have sex, she questions whether she's hot enough so she runs away scared, he finds her tells her she's awesome, they have sex again, bam -HEA...overdone. I want an original plot & idea.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
I move around my house...most of the time I sit at the bar in my kitchen since its centrally located and I can see everywhere. I keep everything off so it's very quiet unless the dogs start snoring.

I do have a desk, the evil printer sits on it, & extra paper for the printer to spit out onto the floor in a mess.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, I've always written stories, I would bet it was something corny for my mom.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I do remember the first story that I fell in love with though, "The Box Car Children" by Gertrude Warner. I was completely absorbed with the story. I could completely imagine my cousins and I living, albeit a much more glamourous life, in a box car and all of the adventurous we would have.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There is no way for me to do that, I'm all over the place from Cinderella, to 50 Shades of Grey, to The Haunted Mesa by Louis Lamar, back to a poem about football one of my sons recently wrote. My favorite book changes constantly, which is a big reason behind my desire to write. I want to produce someone's favorite book even if they are like me and will have a new favorite book in two months.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still learning and have yet to figure out the magic combination.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have several books started, all are just products of my imagination and none are inspired by real life events, truly fiction if you will.

The reason I started with His Hail Mary was simply by vote. I had a couple of folks read a couple of WIP's, just the first parts and choose what book I would start with.

His Hail Mary is a four part series that I'm so excited they picked, but I'm excited about the other stories that are sitting out there ready to be told also!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I believe they will by have a diverse market to sell to, I'm brand new to Smashwords but I'm excited to see where this will go.
As a romance author, have you ever had a moment that took your breathe away?
Yes. I was in college in a bar in Acuna, Mexico one New Year's eve with my boyfriend at the time and a bunch of friends. My friend said to me, "Hey look at that cowboy, oh my God he's hot!" I looked at where she indicated just as he looked at our table where we were and made eye contact with me and the world just stopped. The man was gorgeous, dark hair, dark eyes with long eyelashes, great body, and he was staring back at me. He raised his beer at me and then for the next hour he came and went in this small bar before just disappearing. I was disappointed when I didn't see him again as I felt such a connection to someone I'd never spoke to.
Flash forward almost 25 years to today, I found him, actually just a few months later. We've been married for almost 19 years and have two teenage sons. He's still takes my breathe away.
Published 2015-10-01.
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Books by This Author

Hear My Prayer
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,430. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Kase & Chan's story continues in Part II, will Kase be able to save her? Odds stack against them when homicidal world leaders, international kidnappers, and crazy exes target the Farrell family. Not all will live, alliances formed, friendships tested. Hear My Prayer is full of heat and passion, twists and turns, it's a dark path to travel to HEA. Told in dual POV. 18+ read His Hail Mary first
His Hail Mary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,180. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
NFL player Kason Farrell and his estranged wife Channel Rudd as they work to repair their marriage. They both have demons from the past that continue to torment them and sabotage their attempts for a HEA. Their chemistry is off the charts but can they overcome all of the obstacles that continue to be thrown in their path? If life & love isn't enough of an obstacle, did I mention two kidnappings?