August 10 – Dylann Crush

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Dylann Crush is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I started writing books as an escape during a very challenging period of my life. Writing became my therapy. When I discovered I could make people laugh and make them forget their own troubles, if only for a little while, I knew I’d found my calling.

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Oh gosh, I wish I could say I’ve bungee jumped off the Eiffel Tower or something equally as impressive but I think the most courageous thing I’ve ever done is run my own business. I started at the age of twenty-three and was able to sell it several years later.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

Because life can suck sometimes and there are no guarantees. But with a romance you’re always going to get a happy ending.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.

One of the most romantic things my husband has ever done for me was hide a note in my suitcase when I went to my first big writing conference—RWA in New York. I was feeling guilty about leaving him at home with three young kids to pursue a dream that might not ever happen and his note told me how much he believed in me and how proud he was of me for following my dreams. He’s a keeper, y’all. :o)

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

To hold on, that good things are on their way… that light always finds its way through the darkness. Oh, and that no matter how hard you try, you’re never going to have a thigh gap so go ahead and enjoy those Peanut Butter M&Ms.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

So many things… so many things I probably shouldn’t write about here! Um, let’s see… I had to do some research on snakes for the first manuscript I wrote. I got so into it that we ended up getting a corn snake as a pet. She was pretty small and we named her Twinkie. The kids thought it was great until Twinkie slithered into GlitterBee’s shirt and we couldn’t get her out. After that they were terrified of her. Watching her eat was both fascinating and a little gross. Twinkie has moved on to braver companions and I’m glad to say we no longer have to keep mice in the freezer.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)  

I tell them sit down, shut up and take a number. When I first started writing I was so afraid I’d run out of ideas. Now I’m afraid I’ll run out of time before I can write all of the books I want to write.

 

If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

This is such a hard question because the possibilities are positively endless. I guess I’d either take over one of those over-the-water bungalows in Bora Bora or Tahiti and spend my time reading and writing or swimming with dolphins OR I’d figure out a way to travel through time and get my hands on James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser before Claire shows up. (You didn’t say it couldn’t be a make believe time, right?)

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

I’m amazed and humbled by how supportive and encouraging people have been. Strangers have sent me emails telling me how much they’ve enjoyed my book. Other authors have promoted my book without expecting anything in return. I’ve connected with readers and other amazing writers who have become true friends.

 

Dylann recommends:

 

I’ve got to recommend my fellow Romance Chicks!

Christina Hovland is an amazing critique partner and even more awesome friend. Her debut “The Honeymoon Trap” comes out from Entangled on August 20th, followed by her first indie book “Going Down on One Knee” on October 15th. She writes my favorite kind of humor, deep dives into delicious banter and I’ve got a major crush on her badass biker hero.

Christina Hovland   –    www.ChristinaHovland.com    –    @Amazon

Renee Ann Miller reignited my love for historical fiction with her Infamous Lords series. Two of the lords are ready to romp now… Meet Hayden Milton in “Never Dare a Wicked Earl” and Simon Marlton in “Never Deceive a Viscount.” I can get lost in Renee’s writing… it’s witty, a bit wicked and a whole lot of fun.

Renee Ann Miller     –     www.ReneeAnnMiller.com    –    @Amazon

Jody Holford is the fastest writer I know. She can whip out thousands of words—and they’re great words—in just a few hours. Her books have all the feels. Her ability to write emotion would make me pea green with envy if I didn’t love her so darn much. “Let It Be Me” is her most recent book that took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. She’s also got a cozy mystery “Deadly News” coming out soon that’s a little lighter on the romance and a bit heavier on the mystery. Whatever she writes, I’m reading it! www.JodyHolfordAuthor.com

Jody Holford    –    www.JodyHolfordAuthor.com    –    @Amazon

 


Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle and sass. A romantic at heart, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in Minnesota.

Although she grew up in Texas, she currently lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids, a clumsy Great Dane, a lovable rescue mutt, and a very chill cat.

She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila. You can find her at www.dylanncrush.com.

 

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Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

(more to come…)