Varina Denman is a native Texan who spent her high school years in a rural Texas town, so writing the Mended Hearts series has allowed her to reminisce about her small town memories. She and her husband live near Fort Worth, where they enjoy spending time with their five mostly-grown children and their elderly Pomeranian.
Q: When you are writing, what treat do you like to keep you going?
A: Chocolate! Lots of it!
Q: Tell me about why/how you chose the genre you write in and what about it appeals to you?
A: That’s a funny question for me, because I’m not sure how it happened. My first book didn’t fit neatly into a genre, and it took me quite a while to figure-out how to market it to agents and publishers. With much help from friends, I finally decided on “Women’s Fiction with Strong Romance.” Even though I never set-out to write in that genre, the stories that land on the keyboard definitely fit.
Q: If you were to pick one character out of your books that could materialize and become a real live person, a friend, who would it be and why.
A: Milla Cunningham, from Jaded. She’s not a main character, but rather, the hero’s mother. She’s about my age, and I think we could be good friends. However, Milla is the kind of woman who radiates wisdom and thoughtfulness, so I get the feeling she could teach me a thing or two.
Q: What do you do to get into “the zone” when you are writing?
A: It depends on which stage of the writing process I’m involved in at the time. If I’m still plotting my draft, then I do a lot of mindless housework and long walks. If I’m cranking-out the first draft, then I need absolute quiet and no interruptions. If I’m doing the months and months of edits … I’m not sure. There seems to be no efficient way to find the zone then. I usually sit in front of the laptop a while, then surf Pinterest, then clean the desk, then shuffle through my notes. After a few hours, I sometimes find myself in the zone, and then I edit like a crazy woman before the mood evaporates.
Q: Please give me one fun fact about yourself that readers may not know.
A: I am “blessed” with naturally curly hair that I have fought my entire life. I’m currently growing-out the bangs I’ve had for two decades, and I’m not sure I’m going to survive this one.
Melony, thanks for inviting me to your blog. I’ve enjoyed being here!
Connect with Varina on her website: varinadenman.com