Janelle Denison is
the award winning author of over 30 romances, with many more to come. She writes super-sexy stories for Harlequin
Temptation, red-hot reads for the new Harlequin Blaze line, and erotically charged stories
for Kensington Brava, and is known for her sinfully sexy heroes and provocative stories
that push the sensual envelope of category romance. According
to reader and reviewer response, the name Janelle Denison is synonymous with sizzling love
stories that are packed with sexual tension and emotional conflicts that keep readers
turning the pages. Janelle is the recipient
of the prestigious National Readers Choice Award, was a 2000 RITA finalist in short
contemporary, and has garnered many other award and accolades in the romance writing
-- Welcome Janelle, to The Road to Romance. I
know youve been with us lots of times before, but this is your first as a single
title author! Congratulations on WILDE THING,
coming in July, 2003 from Kensington Brava.
Ok, just how
excited are you right now?
-- Im thrilled that my first single title release is FINALLY out in bookstores! WILDE THING was definitely a labor of love, and
since it is also part of my Wilde series, the book is even more special to me. After writing category romances for nearly six
years, this departure into the single title market is very exciting, but nerve-wracking,
Sue -- WILDE
THING is the first in a series about the Wilde brothers.
Tell us about the brothers, the series, and what we can expect when.
-- The Wilde series started with the youngest brother, Eric Wilde in Something
Wilde, which was part of the I BRAKE FOR BAD BOYS Brava anthology that
was out last November 02. In his story,
I introduced his brothers, Steve and Adrian, and just knew that they had to have a story
of their own, as well. All the brothers have
bad boy qualities, but they are also honorable men who ultimately respect and adore the
women they end up with. Steve Wildes
story is next in WILDE THING, out this month in July 03, and finally Adrian Wilde
will get his own story in THE WILDE ONE, a novella in the Bad Boys to Go Brava
anthology, out in November 03.
The Wilde brothers
and series is proving to be very popular with readers already! In WILDE THING Ive introduced four Wilde
cousins, four men and one woman, and they are all getting stories of their own, too! My next Brava single title will be about one of
the cousins, Scott Wilde, in THE WILDE SIDE, which is scheduled for March 04. And for those readers who want to know about Mia
Wilde and Cameron Sinclair, theyll be happy to know that theyll be getting
their own story in an upcoming Brava anthology in 2004!
-- What are some of the things that are different with this book, other than it being
longer in length, than with the Blazes you usually write?
-- The sexual tension in WILDE THING is definitely hotter and more erotic. My Temptation and Blazes have always been hot, so
it was a fairly easy transition to the longer format for Brava but there are some
things I did in the Brava that probably would have been too erotic for a series book. The plot of WILDE THING focuses around a phone sex
operation that they need to infiltrate, and as a result the two of them have to establish
a connection through Lizs job as a phone sex operator, and the phone sex gets pretty
hot and steamy between them. Especially when
they take those fantasies theyve talked about on the phone and make them into
-- Are you still going to be writing series romance as well?
-- Absolutely! This month I also have another
book out, which is a novella in the Harlequin Blaze INVITATIONS TO SEDUCTION anthology
(along with Carly Phillips and Vicki Lewis Thompson).
And in October I have a HQ Temptation out entitled PURE INDULGENCE. Im still contracted to write two more
Temptations, and at least one more Harlequin anthology, so its safe to say that I
will continue writing series romances as well!
-- You had been writing Harlequin Romances, which are quite tame. How did you get into the Temptations, then Blazes?
-- Funny thing before I became published, I was targeting my writing for
Superromance and Special Edition, which are much tamer lines to write for, at least
sexually. But everything I wrote for them was
rejected! So, I decided to try my hand at
Temptations because I enjoyed writing the hotter books, and at the same time I was
revising those rejected stories to try and sell them to the Romance line. After selling two Temptations, six months later I
sold two books to Harlequin Romance, and for the next few years wrote for both lines
one steamy books, and the other more traditional stories! I finally came to realize that my strongest books
and stories were the Temptation and Blazes they just came more naturally to me. So, instead of writing for two very vastly
different lines, with two very vastly different readerships, I decided to streamline my
career into writing the sexier books. The
decision has worked well for me, and also led me to writing the Brava books, which I enjoy
as well. So, no more sweet, traditional
stories from me!
-- Did you see yourself in this position in the present, sometime in the past? Is this jump a planned career move or a wow!
I cant believe this is happening! thing?
Or can you plan a career in a profession that so depends on editors
preference and reader trends?
-- As you read above, I think it was more of a I need to streamline my career
kind of move, and one Ive been very comfortable making. Once I made the decision to write for Temptation,
Blaze and now Brava, everything pretty much tied together for me as an author. Most readers, when they hear the name Janelle
Denison, think of hot, sexy books that are packed with sexual tension and emotional
conflicts. Yes, I do think you can plan a
career in the publishing industry, so long as youre willing to promote yourself and
what you write and gain yourself a good strong following along the way.
-- Speaking of trends, the erotica stories are really popular right now the ones
even hotter than Blazes. How do you explain
such a sudden interest in more erotic stories when it seems like only a short while ago
they werent acceptable?
-- I think women are becoming more open about their own sexuality, and enjoying it, too. Hot, steamy sex within a committed relationship is
what most women crave, and the erotic stories fulfill a lot of fantasies and make women
feel as though they dont have to hide their more sensual cravings. I hope the trend continues to grow!
-- I know you and Carly do a lot of self-promotion, to the point of holding lectures about
it. What do you think is the most important
thing an author can do to promote herself with the number of authors and writers out there
trying to get the readers attention?
-- The most important thing an author can do to promote herself is to establish a brand,
and work hard to build it such as, Janelle Denison, author of wild and sexy
romances. Wild and Sexy Romances
is a strong branding concept, and one readers immediately understand and when they
see the Janelle Denison name, they will automatically relate it to wild and
sexy romances. Another important (and
must-have) promotional tool for an author is having a website! Readers are so savvy, and the first thing they do
when they discover a new author is search for a website to see what else is coming out,
what books theyve missed, and other tidbits on their new favorite author. Without a
website, many readers may miss upcoming releases or lose touch of that new author.
-- You go to some conferences how important are these to authors? Are they work or play? And how can authors and readers use them to their
-- I attend the Romance Writers of America conference on a yearly basis, and use that
opportunity for networking, with other authors, editors, agents, and
publishers. The RWA conference is more of a
business conference, though I enjoy meeting up with friends that one time a
year, too! Ive also attended the
Celebrate Romance conference, and enjoyed meeting and mingling with readers. I think conferences are a great way to get your
name out there, and also allow readers to put a face and real person with the
name of the authors they read. Its
always such a positive experience, and Ive met some of the most wonderful readers
through these conferences.
-- You admit to your first book being stuffed in a box in the garage rafters. Do you ever pull it out and read it? Can we?
-- Those books have been up in the rafter for YEARS.
I havent read them in years, and no, you cant read them either,
LOL. Those stories will never see the
light of day, but I cant bring myself to throw them out, either. Each one of those manuscripts were a stepping
stone to learning and honing the craft of writing romances, so they definitely served a
-- What is something that no one knows
about Janelle Denison? Something theyd
be surprised to find out?
-- Wow, tough question. I dont have a
lot of deep dark secrets, LOL. I think the
most surprising thing about me is that I barely passed English in high school. And I do mean BARELY. Even though I always loved to read, It wasnt
one of my better subjects and now being a writer Im sure a lot of people
would find that shocking, since so many of the fundamentals of what is taught in an
English class would apply to my current career. Though
when I first decided I wanted to write a romance novel, one of the things I did do was
take an English/writing class at a community college, LOL!
-- Janelle, thanks for talking with us today and congratulations on WILDE THING! Its wonderful to see our favorite authors
moving into new areas but not giving up on the stories we love to read.
-- Thank you, Sue! Id like to
take this opportunity to let readers know that I always have something fun and new going
on at my website at www.janelledenison.com.
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