Two weeks in a row, I’m hosting one of my Drunk Writer Talk pals! How awesome is that? I’ve known Stephanie for several years through our mutual friend Molly O’Keefe. Stephanie’s always too modest about her career, so I’ll add to her bio below that she’s had twelve books and one novella published by Harlequin—across several lines—and is an incredibly talented writer and storyteller.
Stephanie Doyle is a dedicated romance reader. She began to pen her own romantic adventures at age sixteen. She began submitting to Harlequin at age eighteen and by twenty-six, her first book was published. Fifteen years later she still loves what she does as each book is a new adventure. She lives with her cat Lex and two new kittens who have taken over everything. When she’s not daydreaming about heading to the beach, she’s thinking about her next idea.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Fresh on the heels of their disastrous date, Dr. Camille Lawson is none too pleased to find Dr. Wyatt Holladay darkening her doorstep. But a mystery ailment is claiming her patients – and just maybe the gorgeous doctor can help her get some answers. What should be a simple investigation of medical causes quickly reveals a very real threat. Someone is targeting Camille by killing her patients, one by one.
Surrounded by suspects and unable to convince the authorities crimes are being committed, Wyatt is the only person who can keep the infuriating beauty safe. With everything on the line, he must protect her reputation, her life… and her heart.
Romantic Times – Top Pick – “Wonderfully wounded characters and edge-of-your-seat excitement make this a great read you won’t put down.” Page Traynor
GET TO KNOW STEPHANIE DOYLE
MAUREEN: What’s your favorite holiday?
STEPHANIE: Thanksgiving… because I don’t have to cook. Which means none of the pressure of gift buying and all the fun of eating.
MAUREEN: Where do you most like to read and how often?
STEPHANIE: This might make a lot of wives and moms jealous - but one of the perks of being single and childless is I have all the time in the world to read. I have a chaise lounge, a couch and a leather recliner all designed for comfort reading. I can spend a Saturday or Sunday on the couch reading for hours and hours. I love it.
MAUREEN: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
STEPHANIE: A good one. Just give me a great story and I will sink so far into it that I won’t move for hours.
MAUREEN: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
STEPHANIE: Beauty and the Beast. I’m not Beauty but I always saw myself with more of a “beast” type guy then a Prince Charming.
MAUREEN: Hiking boots or high heels?
STEPHANIE: High Heels.
MAUREEN: What sound or noise do you love?
STEPHANIE: Water. It’s crazy but I love all the sounds of water. A bath running, a faucet, the ocean, a creek. All of it.
MAUREEN: What was the first story you remember writing?
STEPHANIE: The first time I started writing was basically Star Wars fan fiction. I was obsessed with Leia and Han. But my first completed book was an historical about an Irish revolutionary fighting against the English… and of course she was a woman. All my stories feature really strong women.
MAUREEN: What really scares you?
STEPHANIE: Snakes. Snakes scare the hell out of me. Whenever I’m stressed about something or worried I’ll dream and then I’ll see a snake in the dream. It’s how my subconscious interprets anxiety. Crazy I know… but me and Indiana Jones. The difference is I NEVER would have gone into the tomb.
MAUREEN: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and why?
STEPHANIE: Oh wow… this is a tough one. If time-traveler was a position I would so apply for that. I would go back to Philadelphia in 1776. I would head for the American west in the 1800’s. I would love to be a Templar Knight – but before they started killing all of them…. So many times and places.
MAUREEN: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?
STEPHANIE: I would invite every one of my heroes – obviously I’m in love with all of them. Of course they would also probably tick me off… but still.
MAUREEN: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
STEPHANIE: I don’t know how interesting it is but I mix up common sayings all the time… I say things like… “We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it” or “He really threw a monkey at my wrench with that one…” My co-workers not only make fun of me for this but have started writing them down.
MAUREEN: Hilarious. I had a friend in high school whose dad used to say, "Black duck of the family." It became a thing with us.
MAUREEN'S GOTTA ASK:
What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday afternoon?
STEPHANIE'S GOTTA ANSWER:
Sleep in until the crack of eleven… breakfast at the diner which includes eggs and pork roll (NJ delicacy). Followed by two hours of quality writing. Then a long walk possibly followed up with a nap. Then a couple of hours of reading followed by dinner, a glass of wine and a good HBO show or movie. Wait – that is “typical” Sunday. You wanted my perfect Sunday… nope, same Sunday.
Stephanie is offering a copy of THE DOCTOR'S DEADLY AFFAIR to one lucky commenter randomly chosen!
Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Stephanie!
Readers, make sure you comment for a chance to win, and stop by tomorrow when Jill hosts Carolann Camillo **UPDATE** Winner of THE DOCTOR'S DEADLY AFFAIR is.... Chicks of Characterization!