Summer Fire... in Winter

I'm so excited to have Deniz Bevan here today talking about her new release, a super hot short. Summer Fire is packed full of all the good stuff in delicious quick read.

Tell us about yourself and how you got into writing. 

Hi Tara! Thank you for having me here.

I’m a writer from Montreal, Canada, currently living in Switzerland. I’ve been writing stories for as far back as I can remember, since I was 5 and wrote about a boy looking for his cow, who turned out to be on the moon. I don’t really remember what sparked my drive to write, though it had something to do with my first grade teacher. Thank you, Mrs Allan!

It was only after I read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series over 10 years ago, and joined the Compuserve Books and Writers Community, that I finally started focusing more on the editing stages of the writing process, and began trying to polish some of my stories and novels with a view to publication. It feels like the end of a chapter to know that the Community will be permanently shut down before the end of the year.

 (side note from Tara: It's still rather surreal that all those years of writing/posts/houseparties will just be going poof in a week. And sad. So sad. But I am immeasurably grateful for all those years of writing and friendship, especially for all the bonds I've formed and kept outside of the forum.)

Favorite author/s and why?

Tolkien, for the language and the history and his impressive level of continuity. But I love and reread many authors, from Canadian YA and MG authors such as Margaret Buffie, Jean Little, and Kit Pearson, to historical romance authors such as Jo Bourne, to contemporary authors such as Kait Nolan and Talli Roland/Leah Mercer.

What is Summer Fire about?

“Ayse had resigned herself to an interesting—but in the end unromantic—trip visiting family in Istanbul. Great-aunts, touristy sites and endless meals…until she meets fellow doctor Hakan.

All tanned skin and defined muscle under his polo shirt, his kisses cut off her breath, making her dizzy. His every touch is a thrill.

Ayse wants all of Hakan at once. His sweet mouth, the heat of his body against hers, their heartbeats slowing together.

A holiday romance might give her some blazing memories come the lonely winter, but maybe, just maybe, the fire between them doesn’t have to be as fleeting as the summer.”

Where did you get the idea for this story?

A dream! I'm surprised by how many of my ideas come from dreams. They generally involve a scene of high tension, such as a spy being uncovered or a great wave engulfing a boat, and then I need to work out who the characters are, what they were doing there, and how they will come out on the other side of the event.

I wrote the original version of this story in one day in 2012. I edited and modified it a bit here and there over the next few years, as I submitted it to at least two different anthologies in its earlier forms.

How did you go about submitting this one?

I was actually submitting a novel, when I saw the open call for the Dirty Bits line from Carina Press, and submitted Summer Fire on a whim. I nearly fell of my chair when I got an email expressing interest.

Tell us a little about the publishing process.

Pleasantly smooth so far, though slower than I expected -- which has made for a nice learning curve. One round of edits, one round of copy edits. I think the fact that Carina is a mostly digital imprint helps -- the staff are all online and accessible in many ways, and quick to answer any questions!

Are you planning on doing more for this Carina line?

I'd like to! There's another open call for stories featuring tropes, and I have a novella that might fit the bill. The heroine is Ayten, whom I think one of your characters knows well!

What else do you have in the works? 

Two novels at the moment. Editing the first one and starting to edit the sequel. I ought to stop calling it a sequel, though, because they're both meant to be romantic suspense, and they can each be standalones in terms of the romance. They simply happen to feature the same couple.

Here's the blurb I first wrote for The Charm of Time:

“A man and a woman meet at a garage and fall in love. Theirs is a whirlwind courtship 35 years in the making -- they've been waiting all their lives, without knowing it, to finally come together, all thanks to a broken down car.

Sounds like a happily ever after. Yet three days after they've met, during a weekend getaway in the Alps, the world-famous chef at their hotel is found dead.

Suicide of a celebrity? A personal murder? Or something more...As threats to their lives come swifter and closer, the couple's new found love is put to the ultimate test. How well can we know another human being? How long does it take to establish trust?”

Of course there's an HEA!

That one sounds fantastic, Deniz. And you know I'm all about the HEA.

Thank you so much for being here and sharing your journey to publication.


Jennifer Lane said...

How awesome Deniz got inspired by Outlander! An awesome series.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

How cool to have dreams worthy of inspiring the plot for a novel. My wacko dreams are way too over-the-top. (Hmmm, maybe I should file a formal complaint??? HA)

Seriously, best wishes with your new book. Sounds... toasty. :)

Patsy said...

I don't think I've ever had a dream that would make a good story.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bet you're glad to took that whim of a chance!

Elephant's Child said...

More booky temptation. Thank you. I dream in conversations rather than images. I suspect any story from them would border on the surreal. A radio play perhaps?

Pat Hatt said...

So much can happen when you take a chance, watch falling out of the chair though, that can hurt lol

Jemi Fraser said...

Yay! Deniz is awesome!
Love how you've developed the stories from snippets of dreams! :)

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Congrats to Deniz on the new book! And a holiday romance, especially like the one that she describes in her book, would definitely make the holidays more interesting, rather than the kind of holidays that are stressful and make you think, "I can't wait until they're over."

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks, everyone! And thanks again for hosting me, Tara!
I'm surprised I actually have that many story dreams. Usually it's just a feeling that must be explored, but it is crazy to get entire novels out of it. My current novel grew out of one dream image of a woman walking up the stairs at a garage, and meeting the owner, and there was this intense rush of good feelings...

Lidy Wilks said...

I'm the same, most of my stories were inspired by a dream I had. Congrats on the book!

Denise Covey said...

Congratulations, Deniz. I'm enjoying reading your book. It all came together for you. Well done. I'm sorry Louise Penny didn't get a mention---LOL! All the years of hard, dedicated work are paying off. Interesting about the dreams.

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks so much, Denise!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I wish I could get an idea of a story from a dream. I can't remember my mine and sometimes wonder if I even dream. Glad Deniz has found the publishing process to be a smooth one. Congrats on the book!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks so much, Natalie!

Kelly Steel said...

Congratulations on this new book, Ceniz!

Kelly Steel said...

Congratulations Deniz! Summer Fire sounds exciting!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thank you, Kelly!