In terms of her writing, I'm not the only one who thinks she's amazing. Rocki is a New York Times bestseller AND this year she is a finalist for a RITA (the Oscars for romance writers) for her first book in the Guardian Angelinos series, Edge of Sight. Go, Rocki!!! Please welcome Rocki to Behind the Book. She's giving away an autographed copy of the second book in the Guardian Angelinos series, Shiver of Fear to some lucky commenter. So, get on the ball and say Hi. I promise she'll answer you.
What was the initial spark that put this story in your head? Please describe the event or series of events.
Devyn Sterling, the heroine of Shiver of Fear, first appears in the opening scene of Edge of Sight (the first and only book so far in the Guardian Angelinos series), as the wife of a man who gets assassinated in the first few pages. I knew she had nothing to do with the crime, but her character intrigued me. I described her as a cool socialite and that tag stuck in my head. Is she...or isn't she? She never appeared again on the page, but Devyn lingered as a possible heroine for me. When it came time to lay out the next story, I wanted to explore Devyn Sterling...well, I wanted Marc Rossi to explore her. I knew she had inadvertently given her husband information about her biological father that got him killed, so that led me to wonder about her biological mother...and send Devyn on a dangerous hunt to find her. Well, she certainly can't go on that adventure alone, can she? Enter Marc Rossi, a man who has everything she wants...but believes she can't have.
It seems that most authors use something from their own lives, or the lives of people they know as an integral part of the story. Is there anything in this story like that? If so, what?
Only the very end! Devyn longs for a big family and Marc's Rossi & Angelino crew simply makes her ache with envy. Early in the book, he casually mentions a Christmas Eve tradition and rather than get the point of his story, she sort of gets lost in the fantasy of a being part of a family like that. Of course, she ultimately is. (Hey, it's a romance! There's an HEA!) So when I describe the festivities, I'm taking it right from my real life -- my husband is Italian and the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve is our family tradition, too.
There are a few, of course. Toward the end of the book, there's a scene that, for me, is deeply heartbreaking and also quite sensual, when the heroine is vulnerable to the breaking point. In addition (this is probably some sort of writer's sin!) I love every scene with Vivi Angelino, the hero's cousin who is working behind the scenes, especially when she interacts with FBI Agent Colton Lang. Their chemistry warmed the keyboard, and positively fried my computer when I wrote their story, Face of Danger - out in just four weeks!!
I admit to loving your Bullet Catchers world and when I knew you were leaving it to start a different series, I really grieved. But now I'm madly in love with the Guardian Angelinos and the more flirty/snarky characters. Are there more to come in this series?
In a month, you can gobble up another Guardian Angelino - Vivi's story is totally delicious book candy! And all I will say is this...neither series is over. I don't have an exact date or title or information, but both the Bullet Catchers and the Guardian Angelinos will be back. There is a huge hint in the last scene of Face of Danger (Tease!!!!)
You have an extensive backlist of stories. If readers want to to go back and read some of your other books, are they still available? Where might they find a good list and descriptions?
Oh, yes, every book I've ever written is available as an ebook for any ereader. Check out amazon, bn.com, wherever ebooks are sold. And all of the Bullet Catchers are still in print, though they might need to be ordered (any bookstore will order them) or found on the romance shelves in the chain bookstores, like Barnes & Noble. A complete list (in order) is on my website: www.roxannestclaire.com on the "Book List" page. There are also biographies and photos of all the Bullet Catchers and Angelinos, a free read, and excerpts of every book.
What's next for you? Can you tell us about any upcoming releases? Will you be traveling in the next few months where readers can find you?
There are tons of opportunities to "cyber meet" and win a set of Shiver of Fear and Face of Danger!! Watch my website, where I'll be posting a full list of a 40+ stop blog tour I'm doing in April. What's next after that is a whole lot of writing. One of the projects I'm most excited about is my debut in the Young Adult market. DON'T YOU WISH (tentative title) is set for release in the summer of 2012. I love the book so much and had an absolute blast getting into the teen head to write it. (I live with two of them, so I'm qualified!!) Adding to the thrill of my first hardcover, my first light paranormal, and my first YA is the fact that it has been optioned for my first film deal! My dream director, Garry Marshall, has paired up with a fantastic family-fare friendly producer, Jeff Franklin (creator of Full House), to develop the screenplay based on the book, and begin the long and excited process of movie making. *Deep breaths, Rocki, deep breaths.* No matter what the outcome, the journey just this far has been incredible! Honestly, I guess the same can be said of my whole writing career!
Thank you for joining Behind the Book, Rocki. It was truly a pleasure for me.
Thank you so much for having me, Maggie! Don't forget I'm giving away an autographed copy of Shiver of Fear to one commenter. Ask a question (I'll come and answer!) or leave a note and be entered!
Being such a fan girl, I had already pre-ordered both Shiver of Fear and Face of Danger. I want to be sure they are delivered to my Nook the moment they become available. I strongly recommend all my readers to the same. Rocki's books are available in print and ebook for all platforms. Links to some booksellers are below. If you prefer print books and want to support your local indie bookstore (something I always recommend), please know any of them can order Rocki's books and get them to you VERY quickly.