Friday, 17 June 2011

Interview with Stella Deleuze

Happy Friday, everyone! I am so ready for the weekend. And with that in mind, let's put our feet up, relax, and indulge in a nice interview with a fabulous author. Say hello to Stella Deleuze, whose book NO WINGS ATTACHED was recently released.

Hi, Stella! Tell us a bit about yourself.

First off, thank you for having me. About me, well, I'm a German living in London, sharing my flat with a big aggressive, but rather gorgeous green iguana named Zorro. I love to laugh, to cook and weird enough: to edit; I hate dishonest people and waiting, oh waiting is really not for me.

And I just love this connection, with me being an American living in Germany. We've come full circle! So tell us, how long have you been writing?

Technically since my early teens, but I started to take it seriously about two years ago, when I wrote my first novel.

Tell us about the fabulously titled NO WINGS ATTACHED. What’s the story about?

It's about Celia, who has had her fair bit of battles in life and now just has some modest wishes on her list; and Tom, who is a wish consultant, who failed in his last case and has to earn his skills back by helping Celia to make her wishes come true. In the beginning they can't stand each other, but it comes as it has to come in a romantic comedy: they fall in love, but not without consequences or difficulties.

Sounds great, I'd love to read it! How did the idea of the story come to you?

Honestly? I don't know. It started out as a complete different book, but it didn't work. I did some brainstorming and well, I do order from the universe and thought how can I make this into a story, and suddenly, it was there.

I understand this is a series. Can you tell us more about it?

Yes, No Wings Attached is the first in the Branded series. It's a bit like Bridget Jones meets Charmed; funny and romantic but with a bit of mystery around it. Tom has his orders to help people and Celia will have to rescue people from the dark side. The dark side and their people reminds of the demons in Charmed. There is a constant battle to keep the balance between the good and the bad energy. I've planned a lot of twists and turns which is so much fun to write.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

Often the detailed plotting. I always have a rough outline, without it I wouldn't even start writing, but the details, the loose ends...oh they can be a nightmare, also the staring at an empty screen for ages, forcing myself to write at least something. Other than that, I think writing is wonderful.

Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

My mp3 player, fruit, chocolate, tea and most important: the view onto the iguana. I love taking tiny breaks to look at him.

Awesome. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Making wishes come true, even mine. Imagine how much good you could do? I'd wish for world peace, no more wars, that would be so wonderful. And I could make all my close friends happy, or happier :-)

Excellent answer! Quick writing test: Use the following words in a sentence: barbecue sauce, tutu, and diplomat.

The diplomat knew he lost his status when he saw the picture of him, in a tutu, drinking barbecue sauce straight from the bottle.

Hahaha, I love it! Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

Oh there's many: My friends Piddi, Bobby, Marcos, John, Emmy, Jenni, Niels, Fifi, Gayle; the lovely Karen and Lynn, Susan, Mark, Dixon, Laura, Violet, Rachel, Michelle, Sessha and many many more. I got and still get a lot of support which is really wonderful and heart-warming.

And finally, where can people find you and your books online?

My books are available on smashwords and kindle. Best would be to go to my blog as Excuse me, where is the exit? and No Wings Attached are both on it with excerpts and links to all platforms.

Stella, thank you so much for letting us get to know you. Your book sounds amazing, and I wish you the best of luck with your writing career. Keep us posted when the next one comes out! :)


Zoe said...

This sounds like a neat book, and the title's really clever!

Dorothy Dreyer said...

I agree, Zoe. And yeah, I love titles that word play like that.

Anonymous said...

Just saw this. Oh dear. Naughty me. Thank you for the compliments. I had several titles for the book and one night, it just jumped at me. Don't even know why :-)