Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hi there! My name is Deena Remiel. I’m from Philadelphia PA, and I write PNR and Romantic Suspense.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
Since I am a schoolteacher, I’m always writing samples for my students after giving them their writing assignments. One spring break, I decided I wanted to write a story. I sat down before my laptop and one week later I had eleven chapters of a story! I continued to finish it, wrote another book, and then decided I ought to be publishing them. I got picked up by Decadent Publishing, and the rest is history!
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
Right now, I have a manuscript in the hands of my agent. It’s quite the story. A dual narrative where the past and the present collide. As far as new releases, I do not have any at the moment, as I am steeped in teaching my gifted 7th and 8th graders and taking care of my health.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
Honestly, I feel the stigma others try to impose on us is the most challenging part. I try not to let it bother me, but it’s hard not to cringe inside, waiting for the eye roll or snarky remarks to fly after being asked what I write by those who don’t typically read genre fiction.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
I research the setting down to its smallest detail, like how a character’s hair might behave given certain climate considerations. I use psychology books to craft a character’s personality. My current book, Of Mist and Consequence, had me researching life in 1855 Savannah, Georgia. I read maps, old newspapers, historical websites that focused on slavery and the Underground Railroad. I sought out images of houses and clothing, as well.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you?
The most important thing an aspiring writer can do is complete a project. There are few more suggestions I have, too. I think it’s important to have a mentor author or authors that an aspiring writer can study for their style. For example, I love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s masterful world-building and character angst. I adore Ray Bradbury’s use of metaphor and descriptive language. Finally, research publishers and literary agents before signing with anyone! Money flows one way, from publisher to author, and never the other way around.
What do you love the most about the month of November?
I love the weather in Arizona in November. It’s cooling down and finally feeling like autumn!
Alpha, beta, or both? ALPHA
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel? ANGEL
Wine, whiskey or punch? WINE
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other? THANKSGIVING
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? BIKER BOOTS
Top, bottom, or against the wall? HOW ABOUT LEANED OVER THE SIDE OF THE BED?!
Biceps, abs, or buns? BICEPS
Love Among the Ruins
Paranormal ~ Ghosts ~ Celtic ~ Time travel
Time travel, an Anasazi princess, a fabled Irish sea god and a vengeful Italian ghost - four stories that prove love knows no bounds and lasts forever.
Burning Sage - Volcanologist Sage Wilcot’s heart has lain safely dormant until she meets Emmanouel, the immortal prince tasked with redeeming a vanished civilization—and who is set upon igniting passion in her body and soul.
Immortal Dance - During the summer solstice, true love crosses space and time to find an ancient Anasazi princess who must choose between him and her people’s ancient traditions.
Fiona's Choice - A modern young woman on the coast of Ireland, widowed too soon by the death of her sailor husband, is visited by the fabled Irish sea god Lir...and true love.
Haunting Solace- Haunted by a vengeful ghost in Siena, Italy, Stella will find her seemingly eternal torment exchanged for love by a handsome visitor.
More About Deena
Deena spends her time playing in the Garden of Good and Evil as she writes paranormal romance and suspense. She’s been known to have downed a few beers with her angels and even put Satan in his place a time or two. She’s fascinated with the concept of immortality and all its implications. As a Writer in Residence for Mesa Public Libraries, she was fortunate to work with many aspiring writers, nurturing their craft. Mesa, Arizona, is where she calls home now, but the Superstition Mountains will always be home in her heart.