AUSSIE MONTH with Delwyn Jenkins
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I have a BA (majoring in Literature and History) and a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. I also worked for a while as a freelance editor. I’ve been writing for years but when I joined RWA five years ago things got serious.
Tell us about Claimed By Earth:
This is book two in a four book series. Our heroine, Mycah, is a modern day woman who happens to be a witch. She’s take-charge firecracker who cares for those she loves with fierce protectiveness. But that outer shell masks some terrible traumas and underneath it all she feels like she’s irrevocably broken. Enter our hero, Sebastian, understands Mycah enough that he intends to woo her long and slow. Until she turns the tables on him and screws up his plan.
What inspired this novel?
In a lot of paranormal, witches get a bad wrap. I wanted to do something that challenged the stereotype and show rituals that were much closer to those used in the old religions. Of course, once I started writing it morphed into something else (as is often the case). This series has good guys and bad guys, dark moments and triumphs, but at its heart it’s about family of choice – and finding the one person in the world who totally gets you.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Lorelie James. She’s written a fantastic series about cowboys (woohoo) but her new series is much darker – and there’s rope-tying that has nothing to do with farm work. The Mastered series is a new direction for her but I really like it.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Gosh, where to start? I’ve always wanted to go to Russia, so I think that would be my first pick.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Everything! Decent healthcare, access to education, professional police and defence forces, personal freedom and great weather. We have a diverse population and landscapes unlike anything else in the world. And this time of year I get to watch cricket for five days straight (even though it kills my word count).
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Don’t let people make you feel bad because you read it. It’s not pulp, or fluff, or any other derogatory word people like to use. At its core, romance is about relationships and that’s relevant to everybody. Some people want to be in a relationship, some people wish they weren’t, others swear off them entirely and others seek them out like a drug. Human beings are relationship oriented, so it’s no surprise to me that the romance genre outsells every other genre combined.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2015?
I’ve just signed for another two books with Momentum publishing, so book three and four in this series should be out next year. I also write for Ellora’s Cave as DJ Michaels, and I have a six book deal with them so I’m going to be busy.
What were your big achievements of 2014?
My first book was published in April, and that was the culmination of a dream for me. It was such a thrill to see my name on a cover! I now have two books out with Momentum, and working with them – particularly the editing department – really made me feel like I’d shifted from amateur to professional status. At the RWA conference I received my ‘first sale’ ribbon and I participated in my first ARRA signing. It was very, very cool.
Claimed By Earth
Mycah Dunleavy has two goals in life: to protect her friends and to defend the World Below. In order to take her fight to the enemy she must become the most powerful witch she can be. But that power comes at a price.
In fulfilling her first goal, she committed the cardinal sin of using her magic to harm others. And to attain the second, she must combine in a ritual with a Watchtower Knight … despite the fact she can’t bear to be touched.
Despite Mycah’s defensive armor, Sebastian wants to claim her as his own and he intends to woo her long and slow. Then Mycah comes up with a crazy plan to gain more power and he becomes nothing more than a means to an end—a role he has no intention of accepting without a fight.
But there are bigger threats to deal with in the World Between. Mycah’s life is threatened, four Witches are kidnapped, and once again the enemy is knocking at the door. Time is running out, and if Sebastian and Mycah don’t find a way to work together, both of their worlds could be lost.