Protecting His Heart by Dana Volney Interview & Giveaway
Protecting His Heart Synopsis:
When a mission goes sideways and leaves seasoned spy Arabella Nox with valuable information and a terrorist on her heels, she seeks out the one person on earth she hopes won't betray her: the husband she hasn't spoken to in years.
Felix Ibarra thought he'd put his past behind him, so he's shocked when Arabella shows up naked in his bed, warning him of an imminent threat. Then, to make things worse, she gets a job with his firm, Wyn Security, behind his back. It's clear there's more to her story, but trust doesn't come easily to either of them.
Can Felix and Arabella work together to banish a mutual enemy, or will the deep emotions that tore them apart the first time be their undoing once again?
This sexy cat-and-mouse game between former lovers will keep you on your toes all the way to the surprising ending.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
Dana Volney Bio:
Dana Volney lets her imagination roam free in Wyoming, where she writes romances and helps local businesses succeed with her marketing consulting company. Surrounding herself with good friends and family, and boating on the lake whenever she can, she thrives on moments and memories created with loved ones, especially on sun-filled days. That’s when Wyoming’s charm really sinks in. Dana is bold, adventurous, and—by her own admission—good with plants, having kept a coral cactus alive for more than one year. Find her on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/DanaVolney , Twitter: @VolneyVentures, Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/DanaVolney and Instagram: https://instagram.com/danavolney/
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve enjoyed reading since I can remember and when the romance genre was introduced to me in my 20s that was it, I was hooked. I read the greats like Jennifer Crusie, Suzanne Brockmann, and more, thinking that maybe someday I could put an entire story together, but I didn’t do more than write a couple starts to stories. Years later, when my sister saw a class on advanced fiction writing in our local community college brochure, she prompted me to sign up. And, although the class was way out of my league, I stuck with it and haven’t looked back. It doesn’t hurt that my ever-spinning imagination on the subject feeds my need to write. I write romance because I *love* romance, from the sorrow to the tingles. I’m completely intrigued by the chemistry, dialogue, emotion, and interaction that make up the entire experience of falling in, and out, of love.
How long does it take you to write a book? It really depends on the book—novellas of course don’t take as long—and my mood, the story, the time of year, and probably more effect the time it takes me to write. Right now I average about three weeks to complete a novella and three months for a full length. This year my goal has been to cut the time of my full length manuscripts down to two months. So far I’ve been unsuccessful.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing? I am a marketing consultant by day (I work for myself). I also teach sometimes and do other odd projects which take up my time no matter if I’m currently writing a manuscript or not. Luckily, I’m a night person so most of my writing is done after 8 p.m. up until two or three in the morning. In an attempt to cut my writing time down, I’m experimenting with different writing times and tweaking my schedule accordingly. It’s too early to tell, but I’m hoping the change makes a positive difference.
What do you like to do when you're not writing? To relax I love hanging out with my family playing board games (we take gaming pretty seriously), going to movies, reading, and catching up on tv (shout out to fellow binge-watchers!).
What does your family think of your writing? They are very supportive and I am thankful for that. I was a bit worried when I first started out – because some of the books are on the sensual side – but they are supportive of my dreams and are always encouraging. They’ve been truly amazing.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? That there is a lot to the pace of a book. Making sure the scenes aren’t boring and staying in the action can be challenging. I’d never really thought about that in books, movies, or television shows before. But you don’t really see people eating breakfast, walking the dog, or driving to work unless it is pivotal to the plot and action.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? My 8th book just released – Protecting His Heart – and to date that is my favorite. The background of Felix and Arabella as a couple, their struggles to reconnect, and their happily ever after, has been my favorite journey so far.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they? Always keep learning. Don’t give up if things don’t work out at first. Use the feedback or rejection as an opportunity to learn. Take classes, join groups, read craft books, but always keep learning. This industry is huge and ever changing—there’s always more to glean.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted to be a teacher all the way up until my first week of college. I used to “teach” my sister after school by asking my teachers for their extra copies of worksheets (I’m 3 years older mind you). I also liked to play librarian and thanks to my mom’s ample book collection I had quite a catalog.
What would you like my readers to know?That I love them! Over the last four years there have been ups and downs (as there is with the publishing industry) and one of the things that makes hard days better and good days more wonderful is when I hear from readers, read good reviews, learn from constructive reviews, and get to interact with other authors as a reader (I have some embarrassing fangirl moments of my own). The support that is provided to women in general through the romance genre has been invigorating and I am thankful to be a part of the community.