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Please welcome Author Deanna Jewel onto the Road to Hell. Deanna is the author of Never Surrender, a time travel romance. Other books written by Deanna are No Turning Back, Whispers at Ghost Point (sequel to NTB) and Unleash Your Inner Strength.
Now, it’s time to create a little hell and get to the good stuff by revealing all of Deanna’s wicked secrets while on the Road to Hell. LOL Yeah, you wish! ;-D
Grab your favorite drink, sink your teeth into something decadent, sit back, relax and enjoy getting to know Deanna…
GRACEN: Tell me three things about yourself that we cannot find on the internet or in your bio?
Deanna: Gracen, thank you for having me as your guest. I can’t wait to chat with your readers! I love paranormal shows, I’m afraid of the dark (LOL), I hate spiders!!
GRACEN: What hobbies and interests do you participate in when you’re not writing?
Deanna: I enjoy working in the yard, especially when I get stuck in a scene while writing. Get outside somehow reconnects me to my characters and they talk to me again. Maybe that’s their way of telling me it’s time for a break.
GRACEN: Do you have any writing quirks or certain things you MUST have or do before beginning the writing process?
Deanna: I prefer to be alone when I write and since hubby and I are usually the only two home, that works for me!
GRACEN: If you were plotting to take over the world, how would you do it?
Deanna: Put women in charge of things, first off! We organize our homes, bills, family and usually know what needs to be done before anyone else. I’m sure I’d have a few men interspersed in there somewhere...one would be my husband…we work very well together!
GRACEN: If you could make one statement that the entire planet would hear and remember, what would it be?
Deanna: Oh shit…my thoughts aren’t that profound but something along the lines of thinking about what you want to achieve in life and make it happen. I’m a firm believer in the power of positive thinking! We can change our lives by changing our thoughts!
GRACEN: What genre do you write and why that genre?
Deanna: I’ve made sure not to get locked into just historical, or time travel…each of my books so far is in a different genre. I’m working now on the sequel to Never Surrender, which will be my second contemporary.
GRACEN: For those who are not yet familiar with Deanna Jewel, can you please give us some details about the book and/or series?
Deanna: I wrote Never Surrender when I visited my brother when he lived in Dubois Wyoming, 9000 feet up in the Rockies near the Shoshone Indian Reservation. I’m not sure how to explain it other than the characters began playing out the book as though it were a movie in my head and I just wrote it all down! It was pretty amazing for the writing of that book.
GRACEN: Do you have any new stories in the works and can you tell us a bit about it/them?
Deanna: Readers have been wanting the sequel to Never Surrender ever since it was released back in late 2009. I’ve now had time to concentrate on that book and am loving that the characters are talking to me again.
GRACEN: If you could describe your writing with one word or brief phrase, what would it be? Please delve into the core of your writing to tell us what word or phrase you want readers to take with them when they’ve finished reading your story.
Deanna: Love can happen a second time! I think that seems to be the theme for all of my books. Perhaps because it happened for me when I wasn’t looking for it and I couldn’t be happier right now. I’m married to a man who is always making me smile and also pushing me to write more books!
GRACEN: What, in your opinion, makes your story unique and what makes it stand out from other stories in your genre? Think of this as a pitch to convince readers to pick up your books.
Deanna: Never Surrender is about souls traveling through time, to show that it IS possible for souls to reincarnate into current bodies. I’ve heard from a few readers who disagree but I’ve heard from many more who know this is possible. I had a Native elder call me from our town where I live to tell me it is definitely something that DOES happen. Talking with him was amazing.
GRACEN: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
Deanna: I’ve stayed at a haunted hotel in New Orleans to research for the writing of Whispers at Ghost Point and stayed in Wilmington NC, which is where the story takes place. My husband also went with me to stay in Savannah GA before I released Whispers at Ghost Point.
GRACEN: Of all your books, which character did you have the most fun creating and why?
Deanna: That would Taima, my blue eyed warrior in Never Surrender. He was fun to write and he always gave me insight to his character. He’s a one-woman man…I can’t say more or it will spoil the story line. But his beliefs get tested in the story.
GRACEN: If you had the opportunity to meet just one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?
Deanna: I’d love to meet Nathaniel Clairmont from No Turning Back. He’s a duke in London, a captain on his own ship and owns a castle (passed down through his family) at the top of a precipice overlooking the sea. Sailing with him as he stands at the wheel would be an adventure, not to mention more fun at night!
GRACEN: Which of your characters would you never want to meet under any circumstance and why?
Deanna: I wrote a villain in No Turning Back, Langley, and he is a nasty person, hates women who are strong-willed, and tries to control too many situations. I’ve also written him into Whispers at Ghost Point, but readers will have to figure out on their own which character he is.
GRACEN: If you were interviewing yourself, what is the one question you would ask yourself and please give us the answer to that question?
Deanna: Are you an old soul? I think I am because I think I’ve lived before. Perhaps that why I have such a love for the English historicals. I started reading them as a teen and have been lucky enough to correspond with Virginia Henley…one of my favorite authors!
GRACEN: Thanks so much for joining us, Deanna! It’s been a treat getting to know you better!
Deanna: Gracen, thank you for having me this week. I can’t wait to read questions or comments from your readers. I also have a contest below so do be sure to get your entries in for a $10 gift card!
GRACEN: My pleasure to have you!
Is it possible for souls to travel through time and reunite more than one hundred years later? Does the soul continually search until somehow, it finds the one true soul mate even through time? Anything is possible when one believes in soul reincarnation. A half-breed warrior has entered into Kate’s dream, in search of her as his soul mate and doesn’t let her rest until she is reunited in time with her true lover from a past life. Kate and Taima endure personality clashes, jealousy and shape shifters before they understand what the Great Spirit has planned for them.
Deanna Jewel lives in the Pacific Northwest and has been writing multi-genre romance since 1991. She is married to a retired captain of the fire department. He’s also owned his own businesses for 23 years. They have two Siamese cats: Zoie and Sinbad, who keep them entertained. Deanna has enjoyed reading historical romance novels for over thirty years, camping with her family, and traveling.
She writes to draw the reader into the story to experience what the characters feel, to show both the hero's and heroine's points of view, and to take the reader away from their every day stress to a place not yet visited.
A trip to Dubois, Wyoming, south of Yellowstone, inspired her time-travel novel. The landscape and town locations described in NEVER SURRENDER are real. Jon Daley, a professor at Boise State University, translated the Shoshone language that you will find in the book. This novel won an Honorable Mention in the 2008 Quill Awards at Writing.com.
NO TURNING BACK, her historical romance, takes place in England, 1778, was released in April 2010, and is available in print, eBook and iBook for download to your electronic readers.
Her newest novel, WHISPERS AT GHOST POINT, released in late December, 2012. Whispers takes place at an abandoned lighthouse in Wilmington, NC and is the sequel to No Turning Back. The characters are reincarnated into the present. Join Dana as she learns about her past while working toward her future. The dangers that lurk at an abandoned lighthouse pull her into a past she was unaware of but also involves a man she's never met...in this lifetime!
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