Vera Roberts ‘The D’Amato Brothers’
I had the great pleasure of interviewing the remarkable Vera Roberts. She was born and raised in Palm Springs, California. Vera began her writing career on the popular fanfiction.net site, and now we can’t get enough of her stories. From the S&M Scott & Mariana to the D’Amato Brothers series.
1. Out of all the works you’ve written, which one is your favorite, and why? Hmm…that’s a hard one. I think it’s a toss-up between the S&M serial (Scott & Mariana) and To Love and Obey. Even though both books are BDSM-based, it’s the relationship between the hero and heroine that fuels the story. It’s about discovery and finding your worth and I think any woman can relate to that in some form.
2. What books and authors have inspired you? I’m a huge fan of Sidney Sheldon and all of his books. I think I’ve read just about every one of them at least twice. Terry Pratchett and John Grisham are others. I also love Nora Roberts. You would think I would be inspired by romance novelists but honestly, I hardly read romance.
3. What inspired you to start writing? I’ve always written something when I was kid and I just kept writing and writing. I stopped for a long while and picked it back up again when I was reading fanfiction. I thought, ‘I can write something better than this’ and gave it a shot. Haven’t stopped since.
4. Do you ever experience the dreaded writer’s block? Oh most definitely. Whenever that happens, I just read. I have so many books on my TBR pile, it’s nice to make a dent. I never try to force the words out and instead, just let it come naturally.
5. What made you sit down and actually start writing? To stop the voices in my head, LOL. The feeling I was about to burst. Sometimes you hear a lot of creative people saying that they do their passion because if they don’t, they have all this pent-up creativity inside of them and they go nuts because it’s not being released.
6. Do you write short or full-length novels? Both. I started writing short books but I didn’t like the feeling of being limited to a certain word count. So whenever I sit down and write a book, even though I might have a word count I want to hit (e.g. 35K words, 50K words), I always say, ‘let’s see where this story goes.’
7. How do you pick your characters names? This is something many of my readers don’t know about me. I have a thing for names that end in ‘ah’ so a lot of my heroines will have that ‘ah’ name – Tiana, Mariana, Alyssa. I usually choose names from close friends and family – Zerrin is a perfect example of that. And then, when all else fails, I look up baby names. Seriously.
8. What was the easiest and hardest part of writing this book? The easiest part is writing it, LOL. The hardest part is making sure it makes sense, which would be editing and revising. When you’re writing the book, you’re in a zone so you’re only paying attention to what’s in front of you. It’s the tunnel vision. Stepping away from it for a few days to come back to it and seeing what could be changed, now that’s difficult. I often had to shred chapters from books because they made no sense otherwise.
9. What’s more important; character or plot? Actually both. The characters drive the plot but the plot should also drive the characters. As the story grows, the characters should evolve as well. I hate looking at a story and seeing the character at the beginning is the same at the end – okay, what the heck did I just read then? In life, you’re not the same person you were even a week ago.
10. Where do your ideas come from? Anywhere, everywhere. Songs, TV, movies, overheard conversations, news reports. There’s always a story somewhere, it’s just a matter of if it’s worth pursuing.
11. How long does it take you to write a book? Anywhere between a week (short books) to several months.
12. What are you currently working on? Several projects! The final, final book in the S&M serial, the sequel to Where I Wanna Be titled Love and War, and a couple of sample free reads to bigger stories that will be out soon.
13. What was the last book you read? Negotiating Skills by Laurel Cremant. I’m currently reading The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois.
14. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
My website is www.veraroberts.com
My Facebook is www.facebook.com/ms.vera.roberts
My twitter is: https://twitter.com/eroticamistress
My Amazon author page is http://www.amazon.com/Vera-Roberts/e/B00557QH3W
My GoodReads page is https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1782364.Vera_Roberts
Tiana Morris is the queen of the financial world with her investment firm, monthly articles, and television appearances. When she comes home to find her husband in bed with a woman half his age, the events turn her world upside down and she swears off men and dating forever. But when the owner of a high-profile child care service makes a visit to her home, Tiana gets more than what she bargained for.
Kieran D’Amato has seen it all and been through it all: the socialites who would rather be on TV than play with their children; the athletes who are busy traveling everywhere to care for their children; and the enormously powerful and wealthy who were just too busy for their children. So when he dropped by to see his newest client, Kieran might have to break a personal rule.
The Nanny is an erotic/sensual romance novel that explores the issues of wealth, keeping up appearances, and how public perception can interfere with personal happiness.
Nicholas D’Amato is one of the best and hardest professors at NYU, always encouraging his students to do their best. He’s also very popular with some of his female students, rarely turning down an offer for a blow job. But when his professional life gets blurred with his personal one by a new grad student, Nicholas must get to the root of the problem—and become her personal instructor.
Zerrin Campbell is struggling to maintain. As a grad student in New York University’s famed English program, she doesn’t have time for a boyfriend or even a one-night stand, much to the chagrin of her girls. It’s not that she doesn’t want to date; she doesn’t know what guy would be able to handle what she wants to explore—a submissive in training. However, a chance encounter with Nick one night opens the consensual exploration that benefits both of them.
To Love and Obey is the second story in the D’Amato Brothers series. It is a sensual/erotic book which deals with the complicated nature of a D/s relationship, BDSM, and overcoming obstacles to achieve personal and professional happiness.
Eliodoro “Eli” D’Amato had the perfect life: a beautiful wife, an adorable son, and a growing family business. His perfect life was a problem—it was mundane and routine. He knew Thursdays were pizza nights. He knew Mondays were Netflix nights. He knew Sundays were family dinner nights.
Eli also knew… he was unhappy.
When an old girlfriend, Simone Harris, pops into Madre’s, she and Eli get a chance to reconnect with each other. She had traveled the world, loves salsa dancing, and loves cigars. Most importantly, she’s sexy and very available. She makes Eli discover everything he wanted to have and was missing in his life: excitement and passion.
Eli finds himself in a peculiar situation: does he remain committed to his high-school sweetheart or does he pursue what could have been?
Where I Wanna Be is the third story in the D’Amato Brothers series. It is a sensual/erotic book that deals with the problems that arise with marriage, commitment, and trust.
Joseph “Joey” D’Amato isn’t trying to settle down. He has a great career being the president and COO of Madre’s floral chain, lives in a very nice apartment in the world-famous TriBeCa district, and entertains a fleet of women all over New York, labeling himself as the Italian Hugh Hefner. But when he meets his brother’s assistant, all those plans go out the window.
Zoe Mitchell has big dreams. She moonlights as an assistant/part-time nanny to her boss but what she really aspires to be is a fashion designer. While her parents and sister support her business aspirations, they also pressure her to finally find a nice young man to settle down with – something Zoe is not remotely interested in. But when she makes a trip to New York to make good on a bet her boss has made, she finds out love and fate often have their own plans.
Can Joey convince Zoe to give up her California dreaming and make a permanent move to New York? Can Zoe convince Joey that he truly is a one-woman type of guy?
All I’ve Ever Wanted is the fourth story in the D’Amato Brothers series. It is a sensual/erotic book that deals with long-distance relationships, trust, and commitment.
Three couples. Three stories. Valentine’s Day. BDSM.