I currently live in the mid-Atlantic - Southern Maryland. There's a big Naval base here, and my husband is in the military. I grew up in Fresno, California.
Do you have siblings? Where do you fall in the pecking order and do you think it’s influenced your life?
I have one older brother. He's about 18 months my senior, though for most of my life people assumed he was younger for some reason. (I guess I'm just SO mature.) I was definitely used to being the baby for a long time...I'm not sure that being the youngest has had any real lasting impact, however.
How did you meet your best friend?
I have a few... but the friend I've been close with the longest - since like 7th grade - was just a girl I knew at school. We were more acquaintances than friends until high school when we began to find that we a had a lot in common. We stayed close through college, though we were at different schools, and soon realized that we were leading completely parallel lives. We would be in relationships at the same time -- with frighteningly similar men...we'd break up at the same time... it was frankly weird. She was the maid of honor in my wedding, and we've kept in close contact since!
When did you begin writing?
I don't even know the answer to that. In the womb, maybe?
What has surprised you most about the process of being published?</^pb>
The closeness of the writing communities I've found, and the willingness of authors to help each other out. I guess that's not really a publishing thing...
Is writing your “day job”? If not, what else do you do?
It depends on what you mean... I'm a tech writer in my "day job"... so yeah, writing is my day job. But I'm not a full-time author. Yet.
What Jelly Belly flavor is your favorite?
If you sat down at a bar at this moment, what would you order to drink?
Ketel One martini, dirty, with three olives.
What was the last book you finished?
Reading? Speak Easy by Melanie Harlow.Writing? Men and Martinis (the first book the Girlfriends of Gotham series, publishing with Swoon Romance this fall)
What has been your favorite writing project to work on?
Probably Men and Martinis... It's slightly autobiographical - mostly in terms of the setting. The story takes place in Manhattan in the late 90s... which is just when I happened to live there. So there's a bit of reminiscing going on as I write those books.
Are there any characters – yours or another author’s – that have stayed in your head after you’ve finished their book?
I definitely hear my M&M characters in my every day life. They're a group of close girlfriends and they all have really distinct voices and very strong opinions, so they are constantly weighing in on things! As far as other author's books...I couldn't forget the little girl in Markus Zusak's The Book Thief.
What performance would you drop everything to see if it came to your town? (Band, artist, opera, ballet, whatever…)
The Rolling Stones
Give us a couple of your favorite lines from your WIP…
The WIP is called Redemption Red. It's the second book in the Wine Country Romance series.
She sat back on his thighs, breaking off the kiss, and unbuttoned the crisp white shirt she wore for work.
Tyson’s eyes focused on her fingers, his face flushed and his breathing heavy and uneven.
She fumbled with the bottom button, and ended up pulling the shirt up over her head instead of slipping it off in the sexy way she’d imagined herself doing. And it got hung up on her chin. She had forgotten to unbutton the cuffs, and now was essentially trapped inside her shirt, pulling uselessly with her arms as it hung over her head. She stopped struggling to hear Tyson chuckling.
“Seriously?” she asked him. “You’re laughing at me?”
“No,” he said quickly, his voice still full of desire. “I’m laughing with you.”
“Maybe you’ve noticed that I’m not actually laughing.”
“You would be if you could see yourself right now.”
“Think maybe you could lend me a hand?”
“Oh, I’m planning to,” he said.
She felt his warm hands sliding up her back toward the clasp of her bra.“Tyson!”
“Just kidding,” he said, his voice low and deep. “Let me help you.”
His fingers found their way to the button that had her head caught, finally allowing the shirt to slip off her shoulders, caught only on her wrists. He pushed away the fabric until he could free her hands, and pushed the shirt off until it lay in a heap on the floor.
“Well, that didn’t go quite the way I’d imagined,” she told him. Had she completely killed the mood? She sat on his lap still, wearing only her basic flesh-toned bra. She hadn’t really planned the evening for a romantic interlude.
Tyson grinned at her then. It was the most relaxed look she’d ever seen from him. His eyes lightened and glowed, and his face took on a boyish look. “That was awesome,” he said, still chuckling.
“Shut up.” She was laughing too, though she was still embarrassed by her failed strip-tease attempt. “I’d like to see you try to be sexy with all this pressure.”
“Oh yeah?” The grin was still there, and Audrey’s heart was melting. The Tyson she’d met before was gorgeous and ridiculously sexy in a hot and tormented way. This Tyson, this guy with the carefree smile who was unabashedly laughing with her — this was a guy she could see spending some real time with. He was adorable and sexy all at once.
About Delancey Stewart
Delancey Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She's been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a wine seller. Despite lots of other interests, she has always been a writer.A military spouse and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts from her current home in Southern Maryland.Delancey Stewart is the author of Through a Dusty Window: New York City Stories 1910-2001 and A Rare Vintage, the first in her Wine Country Romance Series. Men and Martinis (Swoon Romance) is the first book in the Girlfriends of Gotham series, and publishes in Fall 2013.