Bio: Known the world over as The Oldest Living Erotic Romance Author, Desiree Holt
Has won an EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and many other awards. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail and numerous other national and international publications
“Get out the ice water and fan…Desiree Holt delivers smoking hot alpha heroes and red hot romances.” Lea Franczak, USA Today Happy Ever After blog
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Q: At what point did you decide to make writing a profession? What got you started in the industry?
A: I think I’ve wanted to be a writer all my life. I even had stints working as a reporter and writing publicity materials. But in my chaotic, busy life I never had time until after I retired. Finally, finally I was able to sit down at my computer and put down the story I’d been plotting for several years. Big secret: that wasn’t the story I wrote!
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I began writing in 2005 and sold my first manuscript in 2006. I have been writing full time since then.
Q: What is your genre?
A: Mainly contemporary romance although I also write several subgenres such as action/adventure, paranormal, romantic suspense and erotic.
Q: If you could write in any other genre, what would it be?
A: I’m actually really happy where I am, especially since I get to tackle a lot of subgenres to satisfy my many interests.
Q: Where do you get your plot ideas?
A: Everywhere! My stories are all character-driven, so I start with either s character that interests me, build their personalities and see where that takes me. Or find a subject I like then building a character who lives in that world and go from there. I have one book that resulted from a Letter to the Editor in the local paper. Another came from one line of dialogue I fell in love with. So almost anything trips the trigger in my brain.
Q: Who or what inspires you?
A: See above. People inspire me. Scenery inspires me. Music inspires me. One of my novels, Aftershock, was based on one verse in a song. It’s hard to pin it down.
Q: Do you have a favorite “brain food,” a.k.a. snack food, when writing?
A: Um, well, sorta, although it can change. Right now it’s hummus and pitachips.
Q: How do you approach a difficult scene? Do you tackle it head on or take time to mull it over?
A: I go at it head on, but I’ll rewrite it several times. The important thing for me is to get the skeleton of the scene down and work from there. I keep a notebook on my nightstand and as ideas pop into my head I write them down for the next day.
Q: In general, how many drafts and edits do you go through per novel?
A: That’s hard to say, because I rewrite as I write. Sometimes, like in my current WIP, I will rewrite a chapter five times before moving on to the next one. Or maybe even go back to it then pick up where I left off. But once it’s finished, it goes to my wonderful beta reader and she sends me edits before it goes to my editor.
Q: Because the writing process is all-consuming, how do you re-energize yourself and gear up for the next novel? Do you take time off?
A: I watch a lot of television and movies, read constantly (I’m a readaholic), spend time with my kids and – get this, my cats, who energize me on a daily basis. During the last six months of the year I energize with football, my biggest passion next to reading.
Q: What book(s) do you currently have for sale?
A: I have so many books for sale I’m not sure what to list! Here are a few you are sure to enjoy!
Line of Scrimmage
Sometimes it’s not about winning…
One bad tackle. That’s all it took to put wide receiver Jake Russell in a cast for the rest of the NFL season. From being a high school all-star to getting drafted by the Austin Mustangs, football has been Jake’s life for as long as he can remember. It’s what defines him—because he has a secret he never shares. But now that he’s laid up in bed with a nurse displaying a lot of distracting bedside manners, he’s discovering life on the sidelines might have its perks. . .
One last paycheck. That’s all Erin Bass has left to her name when the resort she works at shuts down. Desperate, she agrees to be a caregiver to hardass jock Jake Russell, who also happens to be a memorable one-night stand. Before long, caring leads to daring new ways to catch up in bed, especially with Jake still in a cast. But with football on the sidelines, this time the game is serious. . .