Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, I began writing at an early age and can’t recall a time when I wasn’t creating in some artistic form. My life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write, the American West, Victorian England, cowboys, a passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other endless love affair in my life is Italia and all its magic, beauty, and dazzling culture. That passion spills into all aspects of my life.
My first major fantasy novel is AS FATE DECREES. (Available in bookstores everywhere, and on Amazon’s international sites.) The novel relies heavily on Greek Mythology, and is set in Ancient Greece and modern Athens. If you enjoy a tale of Gods, Destiny, and the battles of an Eternal Champion, this is the book for you! (Less than six months after publication, it was a finalist for the 2008 Aurora Award.) Not surprisingly, there’s a touch of romance throughout, of course!
In the past half dozen years, I’ve signed with over a dozen publishers, and have released books in all lengths and genres, and it’s something I hope to continue to do for many more years. A visit to my website will show the diversity of what is currently available, and the mixing of genres and styles that will be employed in many up-coming projects as well. (All my social site links, etc., are on the About Me page.)
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Holly: Hi Denysé! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Denyse Bridger: I’m Canadian, which comes as a surprise to many readers. I’ve been writing for most of my life, but only as a professional since 2004, when I won my first contract via a contest. In the 8 years since then, I’ve published approximately five dozen books with over a dozen publishers. I’m dedicated to writing good stories that entertain people, and I hope to continue doing that for many years to come!
Denyse Bridger: I love history, watch virtually no television, and listen to all kinds of music. I’m in love equally with all things Italian, and Ryan Gosling! ;)
Holly: Your life is an action/suspense novel; your stuck on a ship and it’s about to blow. If it was just you, you would jump overboard and get away fast, but there are a few people that were being held captive on the ship too. What do you do?
Denyse Bridger: Easy one, get as many people to safety as possible.
Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your book, Hunters’ Game?
Denyse Bridger: Hunters’ Game is a reworking of one of my first books, a supremely decadent and sexual look at a night out with a pair of vampire lovers who indulge in their immortality, their blood thirst, and their depravity. I don’t generally write “nice” vampires, and the pair in this short novella are dark and alluring. The erotic element is the defining genre for the story, and it’s ingrained in every scene, always there guiding the tale forward. The early reviews from readers have been amazing!
Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?
Denyse Bridger: Approximately fifteen years ago I was visitingGoth bars and clubs in the downtown district. The club in the book was a real place, and the entire sub-culture was compelling. As we went from place to place that evening I was like a sponge, just absorbing the atmosphere – and being a great amusement to my friends! Hey, this was a whole new world for me, wasn’t it? LOL At the end of the evening, I was challenged to take the experience and turn it into a story. Vampires were a perfect fit, if somewhat obvious, and within 24 hours I had the first draft of a story called The Hunt. It was published back in 2004, and again in 2007, with little change. When rights came back to me, I decided it was time to rewrite it into something a great deal more powerful.
at a convention. One of my dearest friends is
best-selling vampire author Nancy Baker, and we met up with her one night
before I was scheduled to fly home again. The small group of us decided to make
a night of it, exploring the many Toronto
When New Dawning Book Fair offered me a contract for the revised and much expanded version of the story, I was delighted. Even more when my editor there made me work and work hard to make it a truly intense and sensual story. I think this version is something that will appeal to anyone who likes a vampire tale with a darker edge, and passion that is blatantly sexual and deadly.
Holly: Where can we purchase Hunters’ Game?
Denyse Bridger: At New Dawning International Book Fair (publisher):
Barnes and Noble:
Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2013?
Denyse Bridger: Absolutely! I have a new title coming from Ellora’s Cave, a short novella called Reckless Assignation that will be released under their “Breathless” line. Also, Eirelander Publishing will be issuing a short Historical Western called Return To Love, as an eBook and simultaneously on audio – which is a first for me that I am very excited about! If I can get it finished soon, I’ll be venturing back into fantasy romance before the end of the year, as well, with a story called Arabian Knight, in which the hero is a genie.
Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?
Denyse Bridger: I’m always working on multiple projects, and at the moment I have three new novels in the works, and several shorter works. I’m in the process of polishing a new Western tale for Eirelander; the djinn tale for New Dawning, two more for Ellora’s Cave, and the novels which are not promised anywhere just yet. Two of the novels are fantasy romance, one set in
that involves gargoyle, a second one that is less
romance, and is a vampire tale. The last novel is closest to completion and
it’s a beautiful sensual romance set in Sicily . I hope to find good homes for each of these books! Rome
Holly: What is the easiest part of writing in your opinion?
Denyse Bridger: The easier part of this job for me is the writing part, the rest is the real work. First draft, polish, read through – those are the easy bits. It’s the promotional aspect of the books that is the real work, and it’s endless. Anyone who believes that their publisher is responsible for getting attention for their book lives in a dream world – this is a tough business and the only way to get your product to the people is to bring it to them yourself.
Holly: Can you tell us a few do’s and don’ts for aspiring authors?
Denyse Bridger: The most important pieces of advice I’d give are actually all related. First, write the book, don’t talk about it – do it. Once it’s done, consult readers who are not your best friend or your family, because if you truly want an honest opinion you need to take your work to impartial eyes. I say this over and over, your family and your friends will not want to hurt you, and in fact may not even know what to look for that could be of help to you. Clearly READ and adhere to the guidelines of any publisher you submit your work to, they don’t put that stuff on their websites just to look good. When the book is done, leave it alone. If you continue to go back and rewrite over and over hoping for a perfect book, you’ll never get beyond that first book, will you? You also need to accept that no matter how many years you write, no one ever produces a perfect book. Learn that early on and you’ll be a much happier author, believe me!
Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Denyse Bridger: Whatever your dreams are, pursue them and believe in them, because when you least expect it, the opportunities will be there for you to seize. Every book is a journey of the heart, fueled by dreams and hopes – and every time someone reads a book and sends a comment, it’s the most amazing reward in the world!
Holly: What is your take on editing your work (pre-edits I suppose before it gets passed to an editor)—do you hate it? Is it a strong point for you?
Denyse Bridger: For me, editing is the best part of the entire process, I love it! This is where you get to dig and work with your words, making them count and work to create the strongest story you can. Good editors are your best friend, because they are there to make your work the best it can be – anyone who takes offense to their editor is doomed, honestly. You don’t have to love everything that’s suggested, but you really DO need to listen with an open mind, and be prepared to work with your editor. I value the opinions and suggestions of all of my proofreaders and first editors, I take into consideration all of the comments and improvements they suggest. Once the book is submitted, accepted, and assigned to the editor – that’s when I really look forward to the work! Everyone is an invaluable part of the process.
Holly: When do you prefer to read?
Denyse Bridger: Late evenings always work best for me, once I’m done with my own work, it’s a great way to relax, reading the authors I admire and respect.
Holly: Vampires or Werewolves?
Denyse Bridger: Both, but I write vampires, and read werewolves. Haven’t written a wolf story yet, though there is one in the works! A werewolf prince who is half Russian and half Italian, and resides in
Holly: Ebook or hardcover/paperback?
Denyse Bridger: Paper for ALL guides and craft books, research, etc. I still buy a pretty even mix of paper and eBooks. For shorter works, I love eBooks.
Holly: Favorite book?
Denyse Bridger: Depends on genres, but overall it has to be Gone With The Wind!
Holly: Favorite genre to read?
Denyse Bridger: Romance, and all its sub-genres.
Books by Denyse Bridger
ALL currently available titles, print and eBooks, are listed here by title and genre
Awards and Recognition
- Finalist: Aurora Award for excellence in Sci-Fi Fantasy (AS FATE DECREES)
- Eppie Award Finalist (MIRAGE)
- Amber Heat Award (A SAFER HAVEN)
- Readers Choices Awards for fantasy stories
- Fan Q Awards for excellence in Fan Fiction before writing professionally.
- Predators and Editors Poll
- Author of the Year 2012
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