Interview with Lila DiPasqua

Jen: This week we welcome Lila DiPasqua to Romancing the Book. Lila, will you please share a short bio with us?
Lila: Sure! Here is my official bio: Lila DiPasqua writes wicked & witty historical romance for Penguin/Berkley. She lives with her real-life hero husband and three children and is a firm believer in the happily-ever-after. She loves history and enjoys traveling. She has been to four continents so far. Her novels, Awakened by a Kiss, and The Princess in His Bed are featured in Doubleday as well as Rhapsody Book Clubs.

Jen: Tell us about The Princess in His Bed and where it’s available.
Lila: The Princess in His Bed is available in bookstores everywhere and online where ever books are sold. The Princess in His Bed is the second book in my Fiery Tales series (Berkley Sensation). Like the first book, Awakened by a Kiss, it’s a collection—three classic fairy tales scandalously retold. In The Princess in His Bed, I took The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Ducking and The Princess and the Pea renamed them and gave them my own steamy twists in, The Marquis’ New Clothes, The Lovely Duckling and The Princess and the Diamonds. Yup, that means you get three hot historical heroes in one book!

The Marquis’ New Clothes—Tall dark and sexy, Adam de Vey, Marquis de Nattes has a penchant for fine clothes and beautiful women. And an abundance of both! Unknown to him, he also has a stolen ring in his pocket. Aimee de Miran must get it back. In order to search his pockets, Aimee must get very close to Adam and intends to seduce the libertine. She doesn’t know Adam has wanted her for years. And that he has a seduction of his own planned!

In The Lovely Duckling, I didn’t take a heroine who just needed some dressing up. The fire that claimed the lives of Emilie de Sarron’s parents, left scars on her body. Emilie has put up with horrible taunts and cruel names all her life. Worse, at her introduction into society, she was horribly teased and publicly humiliated—the hero, Joseph, regrettably a part of this fiasco. It was the final straw. For ten years, Emilie withdrew from society. Now she’s back and she’s determined to grab a bit of bliss—albeit strictly physical. Believing love and marriage are unattainable, she’s convinced that at least a physical encounter is doable. How? Well, she’s going to use the anonymity of a masquerade—orgiastic—ball in order to find a willing lover, and indulge. She never expected that the very man she gives herself to is none other than Joseph.

Mathias de Tesson, Marquis de Montfort (The Princess and the Diamonds)—is a former gambler. A man who’d always enjoyed vice. Now a spy for the Crown, he is working on enforcing the ban the King has placed on Basset—a card game that has brought about the ruin of many noble families. The problem is, he can’t seem to unravel the mystery surrounding the lady who keeps showing up at the gaming den, gambles with pea-sized diamonds and dresses as a man. He sees through her disguise. He knows how to melt her icy façade. Too bad he doesn’t know the woman, whom he has deliciously debauched, is none other than the King’s own daughter.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Lila: I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember. I think my first book was written at age eight. It was an adventure story with sea turtles. (I’ve come a long way since then. *smiles*)

As to The Call, I actually got The Email. LOL My agent and I had been emailing back and forth that day about various projects. Then about mid-afternoon my agent sent me another email. I opened it, read it and screamed. It was summer vacation (2009) and my kids where home. Startled, they came running into my office. After assuring them that I hadn’t fallen, seen a spider or lost my mind – I reread the email three more times before I was sure I’d read it correctly. Berkley was interested in my historical romance Awakened by a Kiss! It took a few more days until the deal was finalized. I officially sold to Berkley the day before I was to attend the Romance Writers of America conference. I packed, jumped on a plane, and arrived in Washington still reeling. I had an amazing time at the conference. It was such a thrill getting to meet my wonderful editor and agent in person!

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Lila: Steamy. Witty. Historical.

Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Lila: Yes. First, get a coffee—a must! (Starbucks makes a fortune off me.) Then I power up my computer, turn on classical or new age music and write until my muse decides to abandon me. (She’s such a fickle creature). I try to write a certain number of pages per day. I do most of my writing when the kids are at school. If I’m under deadline, I may write in the evenings and on weekends. Insert visits to Facebook and Twitter throughout the day…and that’s my routine. 🙂

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest?
Lila: The most challenging aspect is: Fighting with my muse when it’s giving me a hard time. Sometime books will flow out of you. Other times it’s like pulling teeth. The easiest aspect for me is editing. The work is done and that’s when I get to polish and see the final product!

Jen: What’s the most rewarding aspect?
Lila: The fans of my work! I love hearing from them and interacting with them on Facebook/Twitter or on blogs. Their feedback means the world to me. And I love it when they tell me they got enjoyment from my books.

Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
Lila: I use different sources. Baby Name Books are great and, since my characters are French, I use a wonderful site that lists French noble names. Also, Fake Name Generator is fun to use.

Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
Lila: I think for now, I’m sticking to historical romance. It’s my first love and I’m having a ball writing these novels!

Jen: Do you do anything special to celebrate a sale, new contract, or release?
Lila: My husband, kids and I go out to dinner. And dessert is a must—with plenty of chocolate. Dark chocolate is my favorite.

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Lila: I think the most interesting—not to mention totally wonderful—comments I receive were from readers who told me they’d never read a historical romance before, yet after reading my books, fell in love with the genre and wanted to read more historicals. I’ve also received awesome comments about the different and totally fresh setting of my Fiery Tales novels. Hearing comments about how much readers loved the setting and the characters puts a big smile on my face.

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Lila: The list of my favorite books would be very, very long! Some of my favorite authors are Elizabeth Hoyt, Cheryl Holt, Kathryn Smith, Loretta Chase and Lisa Kleypas. Currently, I’m reading a book I picked up at the Romance Day signing event I did about a week ago in Kentucky at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. I sat beside fellow Berkley author, Maya Banks and bought her latest, The Darkest Hour.

Jen: What’s next for you?
Lila: In August 2011 the next in my Fiery Tales series hits the shelves—A MIDNIGHT DANCE. It’s my first FULL LENGTH historical romance. A steamy retelling of Cinderella—as it’s never been done before! It will be just as romantic and steamy as Awakened by a Kiss and The Princess in His Bed with one sinfully seductive rake and a strong smart heroine who will make her prince lose his heart. Or his silver. Whichever comes first. Here is a small blurb:

A MIDNIGHT DANCE
(Berkley Sensation)
Out Aug. 2011

Inspired by the tale of Cinderella, Lila DiPasqua weaves a steamy story that offers a glass slipper, a dangerous deception, and an impoverished beauty determined to find her handsome prince…and make him pay.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Lila: You can find me on the web here:
Website: www.LilaDiPasqua.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lila-DiPasqua-Author/138300309541247
Blog: http://liladipasqua.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @LilaDiPasqua
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/liladipasqua
Yahoo Newsletter Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LilaDiPasqua_News/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3234450.Lila_DiPasqua

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Lila: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF HERO? Rake? Vampire? Alpha? Beta? Shape-shifter?

Jen: Would you like to share details about your contest?
Lila: Yes! This is my final stop on my Princess Blog Tour and I want to do a special giveaway! Answer my question above and one lucky commenter will win my special prize(s)!

GIVEAWAY: Today I’m adding some extra, totally fun stuff to my giveaway!! YAY!
One lucky commenter will…

1. Not only win a copy of The Princess in His Bed

2. You also get a copy of Stud Muffins (the tagline to this book reads: Luscious. Delectable. Yummy…and Good Muffin Recipes, too!) This book is a total treat! *grins*
3. Oh, and that’s not all….in celebration of the holiday season, I’m also adding a Christmas ornament—a pretty Cinderella slipper for your tree…Did I mention I’ll be signing the ornament?

Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.

Jen: To enter the contest, you first need to leave a comment with your answer to Lila’s question (What’s your favorite kind of hero?). Then you must leave your email address in your comment to finish your entry. The winner will be chosen on Thursday, December 2. Good luck!