Seduction at the Chateau comes out tomorrow! Delphine was kind enough to answer some questions for us.
You can get your copy of this delightful historical romance HERE!
Did you always know you wanted to be an author? What is the first story you remember writing? How did you get from there to where you are today?
I’ve always had a very vivid imagination and often daydreamed as a child, so creating stories in my mind came naturally. I was also an avid reader and simply viewed writing as imitating books I loved. The first story I wrote when I was eight or nine was about three girls being shipwrecked on a tropical island filled with beautiful flowers and friendly animals.
When I was a teenager, I discovered fanfiction thanks to the wonders of dial-up Internet and it was like entering a whole new world of endless possibilities. After many years of writing fanfiction, I felt ready to write original stories. I write both in English and in French and I first published fantasy in France before I tried my hand at romance in English.
What drew you to the era you write in? Is there something about the time period you think most people don’t know about? What do you think would be the most difficult part about living in that period?
I’ve always been a big fan of 19th century art, literature and aesthetics. The fact that a lot of historical romance is set in that century is part of what drew me to the genre. I chose to set my stories in the very first years of the 19th century in France, because the country was rebuilding under Napoleon after the chaos of the Revolution. It was an era of great social upheaval and morals were quite a bit loser than they were a few decades later. Paris was bursting with political, intellectual and artistic activity that pushed new boundaries. I think most people don’t fully grasp the extent of the trauma that the Revolution and the Terror caused on the entire population and the years of turmoil that followed.
It makes a great setting for a romance, but nonetheless I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to live in that period. For me, asides from the political instability, the most difficult part would be the lack of modern medicine.
What are your favorite kind of characters to write? Do you have a specific trope that you’re drawn too?
I like writing strong, assertive heroes torn by inner moral dilemmas – I don’t know if you would call them alpha, but they definitely have a dominant edge in bed. As for heroines, I like them to be outspoken and driven by higher ideals, always trying to do the right thing. I’d say my very favorite character dynamic is wallflower and rake, I’m an absolute sucker for that trope and that’s the one I chose for my very first historical romance, Seduction At The Chateau.
Other tropes I particularly love: marriage of convenience, beauty and beast, “touch her and die”, enemies to lovers, unrequited crush.
Do you write better in the morning or evening? How do you handle the distractions of working from home, especially if you’re sharing the space with others?
I can write at any time of the day, but I think that’s more out of necessity because between raising a toddler, my job, spending time with my husband and other essentials like working out or taking care of the home, I need to squeeze in writing sessions whenever I can (sometimes that means getting up at 5am to write).
It’s tough to find focus when the days are so busy. Music helps me concentrate and inspires me. Another thing that’s a lifeline for me is having a writing partner who holds me accountable and beta reads my stuff. Anne and I met writing fanfiction over twenty years ago and when it comes to writing she’s my rock. Writing doesn’t have to be lonely and a partner you trust is so incredibly precious to get work done!
From all your books, who is your favorite hero and why?
I only wrote three historical romances so far but I’d say my favorite hero is Jerome, from Obsession At The Opera, the second book in my series. He’s a straight-laced hero trying to act in what he perceives in an honorable way, which is very relatable to me, and it was so much fun to put him through the wringer and pair him up with a feisty heroine who provides constant temptation (Stella is also my favorite heroine of the series).