Friday, October 11, 2013

Yolanda Renee Spills the Beans

Hi, Yolanda! So glad to have you at Spilling the Beans, where we can learn a little bit about you, and your book. Grab a cappuccino and let’s chat. Unless you have another favorite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?
Thanks for having me over today, Cate, I'd love a cup of green tea it's my go to drink.

Coming right up! Fur or feathers, petwise?
Patches, my Boston terrier is my love and constant companion, but years ago, I had a blue parakeet named Peppermint Patty. I loved her chatter.

Aw, we used to love our 'keets too. Any pet peeves? One thing that really burns your biscuits?
Politicians – the snake oil salesmen we elect but who fail to do the job they're elected to do. Instead, they line their pockets and the pockets of their friends on the backs of the people who've elected them. But the worst, even when they are exposed for who and what they are – we keep electing them! Makes you wonder who the real idiots are!

Many feel the same as you these days, I’m sure. :( What’s your guilty pleasure?
Food – Coconut Cake
Movie – The Phantom of the Opera
Music – Anything Josh Groban
When not writing – A long, long walk

Favorite quote?
The secret to happiness in your work is to find a job in which your neurosis is constructive. ~Jeanne LaMont, MD

Ha, love it. What’s your ideal day like?
5:00 AM a beautiful quiet morning, a cup of green tea, two hours of non-stop writing, and then a one-hour walk, breakfast and two more hours of non-stop writing. The rest of the day spent with family, and friends, and the day ends with more writing.

If you could live out any fantasy, what would you do?
I would go to Alaska to finish my third book. I'd love to travel the journey that Detective Quaid takes to solve his next mystery. From the Brooks Range to Prudhoe Bay and to the Aleutian Islands, I would recapture the sense of place, atmosphere, and most importantly the adventure.

Beethoven, Beatles, Foo Fighters or Keith Urban (what type(s) of music makes you rock out)?
I enjoy listening to Josh Groban, Adele, James Blunt, Alison Krause, and even Patsy Cline. I guess I'm a quiet rocker!

Yay, another eclectic music lover. Does music influence your writing? Do you have a music playlist for your book?
I do listen to music when writing, but honestly, I shut out the world when in the zone – including all sound. But yes, it does help to get me in the creative mood, and my playlist includes all of the above!

Which of your characters would you most/least want to hang out with, and why?
I would love to hang out with Leeann Thomas, she's Sarah Palmer's best friend. Leeann travels to Hawaii several times a year and is married to a man who gives her everything. (My hubby gives me everything – well almost!)
I would not want to hang out with any of the criminals in my books; their evil is too well hidden behind a smile and a kind word.

While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
I was surprised by my ability to kill the victims in my stories. They are innocent people who die in brutally horrid ways, and then I was surprised by how hard it was to kill 'my darlings'!

Where can readers find out more about you?
You can find me here:  Defending the Pen ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Goodreads

Thanks for spilling the beans today, Yolanda!
Thanks Cate, for allowing me to discuss Murder, Madness & Love, re-released on August 19, 2013 and Memoires of Murder released on October 4, 2013. You make a mean cup of green tea – never had it with brandy before!


Decades ago, the seeds were planted …
Today, dark, fathomless eyes rake the image before him. One final task and the transformation is complete. Steady fingers screw intricately carved horns on each side of a stiff brow, and a gargoyle suitable for Notre Dame scowls from the smokey mirror in satisfaction.
A jagged smile rips through his smooth, hairless face, and inked, reptilian scales caress his naked body.
A laugh of hideous resonance emanates from his gut as the demons of hell welcome Lucifer into their fold.
In a dungeon-like chamber, his Lilith awaits. The kidnapped daughter of a nun, groomed to fit the final piece in the complex puzzle for world domination. Will Lucifer marry his bride, on the summer solstice?
Only two things stand in his way ...
His greed ...
And ...
Detective Steven Quaid.

Read an Excerpt HERE!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You are a quiet rocker! My music would scare you.
Coconut cake? I bet that's rich.

Yolanda Renee said...

Alex, thanks, yeah a quiet rocker, but hubby loves the hard stuff! And I had a bit of coconut cake the other day that was heavenly - not too rich at all. LOL

Hey Cate - seriously, thanks for the green tea, was that blackberry or peach? A lot of fun - truly!

Cate Masters said...

Yum, coconut cake sounds delish. :)

Come back anytime for tea, Yolanda!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Love your disciplined writing schedule. I'm still working on figuring one out. Love coconut cake.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I love The Phantom of the Opera too Yolanda! I have a mask and playbook and have seen the play twice. Great interview Cate!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Good interview. Yah, I'm with you on the political peeve!
I'm the only one in my family that likes a moist white cake (they all like that part) with coconut frosting (they hate that part). I have to go visit mom to enjoy it. Probably should make it as cupcakes and then the guys could have the frosting of their choice.

When I'm in the mood, I love to listen to singers whose focus is their voice and a story.Both Adele and Josh have beautiful voices.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

Yolanda Renee said...

Susan, I sometimes go overboard with the dedication. I wrote for 6 hours straight yesterday, ignoring everything else, and then did the same today, after doing the dishes, the toilets and the floors. It always feels right when the house is in order too! LOL

Maurice - you make me smile - I've seen the Phantom movie too many times to count but not in the theater - a real shame, but hubby won't take me to NY.

Sia, thanks for stopping by, I do hate politics, but especially politicians - and yet have to keep up with what's going on, even when it sickens the heart. And yes Adel and Josh - truly blessed! Coconut cake, yum, next time I visit I'll bring you one!