Our Feature this week is on author Dani Collins. She also has a new book out this month, Innocent in Her Enemy's Bed.
Award-winning and USA Today Bestselling author Dani Collins thrives on giving readers emotional, compelling, heart-soaring romance with some laughter and heat thrown in, just like real life. Mostly she writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Presents and Tule’s Montana Born, but her backlist of fifty books also includes self-published erotic romance, romantic comedy, and even an epic medieval fantasy. When she’s not writing—just kidding, she’s always writing.
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Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
That’s an interesting question. I think we all feel strongly about something so it’s a matter of writing about what makes you feel passionate. It’s also a matter of choosing which audience you want to appeal to. For example, there are readers who love Heartwarming style books that are not sexually passionate. There are readers who love a cozy mystery that is not deeply perilous. If you don’t feel you can write strong emotions, you can still write a compelling story that will appeal to certain readers who respond to that type of story.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I don’t think I fully understood the power of words until I had made some very big mistakes by *not* recognizing they had power. I try to be more careful now, especially when those words are written down. Written, published mistakes are far more permanent.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Some people are very good at distilling themselves into another form. At different times, I’ve wondered why I have never earned a nickname or created a clever online name or found a tattoo that would suit me. In some ways, it’s like trying to find my writing voice. In the early years, I tried to write like this or that author and never pulled it off. I had to learn to trust that whatever is inside me is good enough. I’ve come to see that I’m unique in my own way and that I have to be me, flaws and all, otherwise I’m losing the one thing that I have that no one else does. So I don’t have an avatar unless maybe a mirror?
Tell us about your book…
Innocent in Her Enemy’s Bed is an enemies-to-lovers, marriage of convenience throwback to the Presents I have always loved. Leander is a ruthless Greek ready to destroy virginal Ilona’s business to exact revenge against her family. He quickly learns she has been as ill-used by them as he has! They don’t trust each other, but they’re stronger together so they agree to marry. There’s a terrible villain, betrayals at the altar, irresistibly hot sex, and a very clever heroine who turns the tables at the last minute. I hope you love reading this one as much as I loved writing it!