Para-RT13 with Seleste Delaney

Thursday, April 18, 2013

  • Introduce Yourself to our readers
Hi all! *waves frantically* I’m Seleste deLaney, and the short version of my story is I’m a former lab rat turned high school teacher turned mom who finally gave into her lifelong passion for books and became an author. I write urban fantasy, a few flavors of romance (contemporary, steampunk, and paranormal), and I also occasionally write young adult as Julie Particka.

  • Is this your first RT convention? If you've been to one before any tips for us newbies?
I am a bit of an RT veteran—this is my fourth year. (In 2010, I didn’t have a writing credit to my name, and I truly think RT was a big part of what changed that.) As far as tips, I have a lot of those actually…

  1. Hydrate—first and foremost, stay hydrated. It’s really easy to not think about this and then you end up weak and tired and cranky (and that’s before the drinking). Keep a water bottle on you at all times.
  2. Don’t forget to eat! I’m notorious for this. When I am busy and having fun, I will forget to eat. I’ve learned to pack protein bars so I can shove one in my bag when I leave the room in the morning. That way when I finally realize I haven’t eaten in hours, I have a quick healthy(ish) snack that I can munch between panels.
  3. Don’t be a wallflower. I’m naturally an introvert, so this was hard for me, especially my first year. I was lucky in that my roommate was really outgoing and then I met another really outgoing author at the pitch sessions. Between the two of them, they wouldn’t let me wallflower. There are thousands of people at RT, even if you only meet one new person a day that you can talk to, it’s one more than you knew the day before (Note: the bar is great for meeting people.), and odds are they’ll introduce you to one or two of their friends.
  4. Don’t judge people because they sin differently than you. Some people’s idea of a good time is a little more loose and carefree than others. This is okay. If you aren’t comfortable in that atmosphere, find a spot where you are comfortable, but let them have their fun their way.
  5. Try not to be intimidated by authors. Most authors are extremely excited to meet and talk to fans and potential new fans. It’s why we’re there! So talk to us—about our books, our costumes, the toilet paper stuck to our shoe…
  6. Oh yeah, shoes—bring comfy ones. Yes, bring cute ones for the parties, but you will be walking a lot (think a day at Disneyworld with a six-year-old), so you’re going to want to be sensible during the day. (Also, back to hydration…drinking water helps keep you from retaining water which means the cute shoes should still fit by the end of the night.)

  • Where can we find you at RT? Are you on any panels going to any parties etc.
I will be at all the parties—hello, I’m a party girl! As far as panels and where I’ll be easily found:

  • Wednesday (3:45)—I’ll be moderating Steampunk: Setting the Stellar Steampunk
  • Thursday (1:30)—I’m one of the hosts for the Steampunk Clockwork Tea (if you are curious about steampunk, this is a great introduction—because interest often starts with the clothes…it did for me)
  • Thursday (4:00)—I’ll be signing at the E-Book Expo (print copies of Kiss of Death will be available, as will all of my digital releases)
  • Thursday (8:30)—I’ll be part of the Entangled Publishing contingent at the 30th Anniversary Party
  • Friday (11:15)—I’m one of the hosts of Hero Speed-Dating (This is a new reader panel and should be a ridiculously fun time, hope to see you there)
  • Friday (7:30)—I’ll be at the Entangled Candy & Spoons party (This was a standing room only event last year, so get there early!)
  • Saturday (8:00)—I’ll be at the Carina Press Cocktail Party (Last year they gave away an iPad 2, I think. I’m sure there will be something equally awesome this year!)
  • (And somewhere in there, I’ll sleep :P)

  • If we seen you at the bar what drink would be in your hand?
I’ll be two-fisting. One hand will have water (see hydration :P) and the other will likely have something fruity with a lot of vodka in it. Unless I can convince the bartender to make me a Sex with Captain Tightpants—then it will be more than just vodka ;-)

  • Since this event is for paranormal authors, can you tell us more about the paranormal in your book?
We’ll start with my Blood Kissed series. This series is about a war within the vampire population spurred by the ascension of the Blood Kissed—a human whose blood-line was “gifted” centuries earlier to give birth to the one who could destroy the vampires…or rule them. Most of the vampires want to kill Jocelyn before she can do them any harm, and the others are doing everything in their power to keep her safe until she can take over. There are a couple prequel short stories available digitally: Of Course I Try and The Ghost of Vampire Present. Those set up Jocelyn and her introduction to the vampire world (and are very sexy). The novels start with Kiss of Death, which takes us deeper into the world of the supernatural and our heroes path toward war.

I also am the creator of the Cupid’s Conquests paranormal/contemporary romance series. The basic gist is this: Cupid’s been kicked out of Olympus for not doing his job. He’s banished to earth until he rights the sorry state of love here…one couple at a time. This is a multi-author, shared-world series where each of the novellas stands alone with Cupid’s presence and machinations being the thing that pulls them together. They’re quick, fun, sexy reads.

  • How is attending a convention as an author different than as a reader?
It requires me to be a lot more conscious of what I do. Not only do I have certain bits of my schedule that I have to meet, but people actually recognize me (by both names) so I need to be aware of anyone trying to get my attention (as a reader, it was just my roomie and the few friends I met there). Authors also need to be a little more aware of how they present themselves. RT is pretty chill as far as conventions go—and most people won’t balk at most things—but you need to be more…conscious of your decisions. Sure, you can dance on the table, but make sure you really want to first. That sort of thing.

  • Who are you bunking with?
I’m staying with NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Katee Robert. She’s also my critique partner and one of my best friends in the whole world. Having said that, her work is amazing. You should all totally check her out.

  • Is your RT experience all planned out or are you more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type person?
I only plan certain things—particularly the panels I have to be at and parties. Everything else, I take as it comes. I will circle stuff in my agenda that I’d be interested in going to, but I also try very hard not to push myself more than necessary because it’s easy to burn-out at a busy con like RT. And no one wants to meet an author when they look like they’re about to cry from exhaustion…not that I’d ever do that. *shifty eyes*

Too many years of killer vamps have triggered the curse of the Blood Kissed. They've awakened the bloodline that can alter their world, because her blood has the power to control them all--even make them destroy each other.
Jocelyn thought her troubles with vampires were over when she drove a stake through her boyfriend Max's heart one year ago. Even though she's engaged to Chad, she's never really forgotten him.
Now Max is back, and Chad is taking her into the heart of the vamp community--and they're the ones trying to keep her alive. The ones who love her and each seek to claim her for their own. Because once the elders know who she is, they're all going to want her...or want her dead

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  1. I love getting to know more about one of favorite authors. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. LOL, i'm loving the "Sure, you can dance on the table, but make sure you really want to first. That sort of thing." comment. Advice to live by :) As to the shoes, I'm thinking I'm gonna carry comfy flip flops around in my bag for when my feet decide they hurt. Anyhow, I'm excited for RT, see you there! Sure, you can dance on the table, but make sure you really want to first. That sort of thing.

    1. LOL I'm the girl who ended up NOT going to a con once because the person in charge basically said I needed to act like a professional at all times. Uh...I don't really DO that. So I bowed out. Never regretted it. And good call on the flip-flops :)

  4. This is a new author for me but I loved the interview and I think I will check her out in more depth after this. Thanks again. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com


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