Delphine Dryden

Tell us about your recent Riptide release. What was the inspiration behind it?

TOP TO BOTTOM is a kinky f/f set in the Escape universe. It features loss, laughter, intrigue, women supporting (and sometimes lusting/pining after) other women, love, and of course, kink!

I'd had this story in mind ever since writing "Roses and Chains," the book that would eventually be revised and re-released as "The Unicorn." Amie and Dru have stayed in my mind for years, and I was thrilled to get the chance to finally give them a book of their own! It was also great to write an f/f romance, as I feel there aren't enough of these around.

What can readers expect when they read a story from you? What would you like potential readers to know about you and your books?

Generally speaking, readers can expect a certain amount of nerdiness/geekiness, jokes at inappropriate moments, stories that are more about what's going on in the characters' heads than in the world around them. Kinky sex, but not usually extremes. The characters may happen to be kinky, but it's not the most important thing about them.

That...pretty much sums me up personally as well.

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while writing your latest release?

I wasn't sure I could write f/f well--which is sort of ridiculous, since I'm bisexual, have been with both men and women, and am currently in a serious relationship with a woman (in fact, we're moving in together this month! Hooray!). But it turned out I didn't have anything to worry about, and I hope to write more f/f again soon.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Gosh, it really depends. Usually only a few months at most. Sometimes much longer, depending on the type of book, the length, the research involved, and--this is the really big factor--whether I'm struggling with a bad bout of clinical depression/anxiety disorder or not. I have completed books while depressed, but it's pretty torturous and never fast.

Describe your workspace.

It depends! I write on a laptop, mostly, so that's a constant. It might be on my desk (which is my late dad's old student desk), on my lap on the couch, in a coffee shop...

But wherever I am, I typically have my laptop open, my planner (currently a bullet journal) next to that, an array of writing implements for the planner, a cup of hot tea, and a glass of water. Sometimes I will have another device as well, for music/podcasts, or even TV on Netflix (I can't listen/watch while I'm writing, but I do while I'm working on promo stuff, social media, etc.).

Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to cure it?

I usually do not get writer's block, or at least not that lasts more than a few days at most while I'm figuring out what happens next in a story. And usually, I try to write through it, or shift gears and spend some time on a white board, or Corkulous, playing with the big-picture pieces of the story for awhile until I get back on track.

But... remember the thing I said earlier about depression? I recently suffered a horrible case of writer's block, not because I was depressed but because of the medication I was taking for depression. It was a new med for me, and it is very effective for the depression and anxiety, but among the side effects were short-term memory issues, attention span issues (because I'd literally forget what I was trying to say within a few paragraphs, have to re-read, try to pick up the thread, then go through that again in another few hundred words), and a general evaporation of creativity. It took me a few months--during which I blew through a deadline and the revised later deadline, something that had never happened to me before--to realize the meds were to blame.

Once I realized, I went to the doctor, got the dosage tweaked, it worked great, and within a few days I sat down and wrote a few thousand words in a sitting just like I had never stopped. So I guess the moral of the story is, if you feel blocked, consider whether your physical health and/or medications are possible culprits.

What can readers expect from you in the future?

Kinky dude ranch! I'm writing a (mostly het, sorry) series set on a dude ranch that starts out innocent and ends up hosting a monthly kink gathering deep in the heart of Texas. So many shenanigans ensue!

Do you have a favorite quote?

these leaves are Thingish with moondrool
and I'm ever so very little afraid

that's e e cummings, obviously. I will never get over "Thingish with moondrool".

Delphine Dryden  probably should have gone ahead and  become an English professor like she planned. Instead, she took a detour through law school, another detour through the wonderful world of working in special education, and took an extra fifteen years to end up where she belonged: writing kinky romances.

Del's writing has earned an Award of Excellence and Reviewers’ Choice Award from Romantic Times Book Reviews, an EPIC Award, and a Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence.  When not writing or editing, she can be found binge-watching television shows with her girlfriend, playing tabletop games, and tweeting to excess.

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