Contest!!! Brenda's giving one Lucky Commenting Bella a Masters of Time t-shirt and DVD of both Masters of Time trailers!
Brenda Joyce's Devlin O'Neill, hero of "The Prize," is one of my favorite heroes of all time, and the type of guy many of us here at RBtheBook affectionately and unabashedly adore for his Old School "bastardliness." And his bro, Tyrell de Warrenne of "Masquerade" ain't deliciously far behind. They just don't/can't write em like that any more -- and Brenda just might have somethin to say about that. Yet today, Brenda's here (yippeee) to celebrate the release of her new paranormal time-travel series, "Masters of Time" with a subject near and dear. So won't you grant her a warm Monday buongiorno...
Come this May, in one more month, I will have been published as a romance author for NINETEEN YEARS. I take this business very seriously, but I love what I do. In fact, and after thirty-six books or so, I love what I do more than ever!
I am in a position where I could retire if I chose. Why on earth would I do that? I have a BLAST telling love stories, no matter which genre I write in. I vanish in the creative process. Every day I sit down at my desk and I time travel. If the phone rings, I am disoriented and confused, having been in medieval Scotland or some such other wonderful place, and it’s a moment before I know what year it is, and even what season it is.
Forget knowing the day! Even when its 110 degrees out here in Arizona I have wandered the grocery store in a total daze. I also become my hero and my heroine, in turns. I live every bit of dialogue and I experience every moment of tension, conflict, anger, joy, love, hate and passion, just as my hero and heroine do. Needless to say, I am exhausted when my first draft is done.
When I first got into the biz, a rumor was going around that Brenda Joyce was a man. I was pretty insulted, but when I write from the hero’s point of view—sometimes even in love scenes—guess what? I am the hero, and there is no way around it. (And it can be damned hard getting into his head, too.)
But I am a woman and I fall in love with every hero I create. This is a real problem in my personal life! No actual flesh and blood man can compete with Devlin O’Neill or Malcolm of Dunroch. Long ago I gave up on my hopeless infatuations with my own fictional creations. I need my heroes, and my life would be a bore without them.
I also don’t get why some readers prefer contemporary heroes to historical ones. Of course, I adore history (and have pure mainstream historical fiction on my agenda for the future.) And maybe my lack of real interest in contemporary men has to do with my having been a wild bachelorette in NYC for quite a few years; I have had my share of big egos and CEOs.
I will take an oversexed, medieval Alpha male who thinks the sun rises and sets on his time clock over an FBI agent any day. I only figured out why the other day. The more powerful, the more macho, the more Alpha the hero, the greater the challenge for the heroine—and the greater the struggle between them.
Do you prefer a contemporary or historical hero and why? I have other more personal reasons, which I will be glad to share, and I would like to hear yours.
Please visit Brenda and the MOTs at MastersOfTimeBooks.com !