Author Spotlight: Denise Rossetti
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
Unlike many authors, I wrote no fiction once I left school. I had a vague idea that yes, one day I’d write a novel, but career and kids and general busyness got in the way. It wasn’t until a significant birthday coincided with a pretty bleak patch in my life that I decided I’d give it a go. Best thing I ever did!
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
When contest judges told me they enjoyed reading my work and my friends kept badgering me for the next chapter. What an amazing feeling! It took me four years after that.
Tell us a little more about Yours to Desire:
The ES Siren is a few months into the long voyage to the new world of Solitaire when Master Sergeant Connor Madison, the ship’s quartermaster, realises that someone is stealing drugs from the ship’s stores. He’s furious – not on his watch, by god! He suspects Doctor Lily Kwan, and with good reason – because yes, she is using stolen drugs. Finding the antidote to the date rape drug called sexmeth has become Lily’s obsession. She’ll do whatever’s necessary to succeed – and incudes lying to Con Madison and using herself as a test subject…
Yours to Desire is set in the year 2202 on-board the Earth Ship Siren and features Doctor Lily Kwan who has developed an antidote for the aphrodisiac rape drug, Sexmeth. What inspired such a dramatic setting?
First of all, Mel Teshco invented a truly revolting date-rape drug called sexmeth. It was so profoundly horrible, I couldn’t bear for it to travel to the new colony and pollute life there as well, so I decided that Something Had To Be Done! Obviously, whoever developed the antidote would not only be deeply motivated, they’d have to be a brilliant scientist as well – enter Doctor Lily Kwan. Mel and Shona had explored the relationship dynamics between officers and prisoners, I thought it would be fun to see what happened between a civilian and a military man, especially if they came from wildly different social classes. So Connor Madison, the ship’s tough-as-nails quartermaster, is a former gang rat from the slums of a dying world, while Lily is a pampered daughter of the Elite.
As it would happen, the antidote that Dr Lily has developed has no effect on her attraction to quartermaster, Connor Madison and attractions sizzle. But it’s not as easy as simply falling in love, with Connor’s past as a former gang member compromising Lily’s future—must you make love so hard for your characters, Denise? 🙂
Yep! *evil cackle* Seriously though, romance is all about love facing obstacles and not only surviving but conquering and coming home to the last page in triumph. For me, the dynamic between the hero and heroine is the first essential. If I can ‘see’ that relationship, I know how their story plays out and how they come home together in triumph on the last page.
What one character trait will most endear Lily and Connor to readers?
Lily might have a brilliant intellect, but everyone can identify with her lack of confidence and admire her courage. Con’s grew up on the mean streets. He’s gruff and tough and incredibly capable, but he’s also truly kind. He’s a good man. As Lily thinks to herself – Con Madison was the guy you called when the air-purifier died at midnight and the baby’s cough had you in a flat panic. All that competence and calm. It was compelling.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
Some of the most brilliant writers in the world work in this genre creating fabulous stories that grip our imagination. They are extraordinarily accomplished, by any measure, including literary.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Reading or knitting, or both.
Biggest accomplishment to date:
Two beautiful human beings of whom I am very proud.
What’s next for you?
First, there’s Mine to Keep, book #5 in the ES Siren series. It’s out in November and I can’t wait! After that, I want to finish the next book in my Phoenix Rising series, a male/male romance this time. I’m about half way through and having a fine time!
Favourite snack whilst writing?
Lollies. I’m a sad, sad case.
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
There are times when it pays to think before speaking.
What do you find easiest to write? And, the hardest?
I find villains the easiest – which is a bit of a worry. The hardest for me are the deeply emotional scenes. I have to dig dip for them.
Favourite travel experience?
Snorkelling off Lord Howe Island.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
I’d love to go on safari and see big cats and elephants and rhinos in the wild. Sometimes, I think about sky-diving. Then I stop.
Milk, dark or white chocolate? Dark, every time!
Red, white, bubbly? Bubbly, followed by red, followed by white.
Salty or sweet? I have a terrible sweet tooth. Sigh.
Beach or mountains? Mountains, but I never say no to a beach view.
Give or receive? Receive. Yeah, I’m shallow. Sue me.
About the Author:
When Denise Rossetti was very small, she had an aunt who would tell her the most wonderful fairy tales all original. She grew up, as little girls do, but the magic of story still dazzles and enthralls her. In person, she’s small and noisy and tends to wave her hands around a lot, which can be unfortunate if the tale she’s telling happens to have explosions in it! Reviewers describe Denise’s books as “darkly intense, warmly romantic, and blazingly erotic”. She’s a proud recipient of the Australian Romance Readers Association award for Best Erotic Romance and a two time winner of the Passionate Plume award from Romance Writers of America. Denise is currently obsessed with knitting socks and learning maths. She’s much better at one than the other.
Yours To Desire
A man more potent than any drug.
It’s 2202 and on board ES Siren, the brilliant Doctor Lily Kwan has worked in secret to develop an antidote for the aphrodisiac rape drug, sexmeth.
She’d be overjoyed if it wasn’t for an embarrassing problem: the antidote has no effect on her extraordinary reaction to Connor Madison, the Siren’s tough quartermaster. Scientifically, it should be impossible, but the man’s a raging fever in her blood. If a single dark glance sets Lily on fire, a kiss might kill her dead – but what a way to go!
A former gang rat from the slums of a dying world, Con came up the hard way, so when geeky Doctor Kwan tops his hit list of possible drug runners, nothing’s going to save her—not her family’s money, nor her clever mind.
Not even the smile in her eyes.