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21 September 2011

Meet Delia Latham

About Delia

Born and raised in Weedpatch, California, Delia Latham moved to Oklahoma in '08, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. She's a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She loves Dr. Pepper and hearing from her readers. Contact her through her website or e-mail delia AT delialatham DOT net.

Interview with Delia

How do you pack emotions into your writing without going too far?

I'm assuming you're asking about emotions having to do with passion, since that's where an inspirational romance has to draw a line. I haven't found staying on this side of the line difficult at all, probably because, in my humble opinion, romance is so much more romantic at the stage just prior to physical consummation. The delicious shivers of expectation, the humming of emotion through one's entire being, the anticipation of more to come. And there's something so sweetly romantic about a man and a woman being willing to save that peak of passion for their wedding night, and to me as a reader, I love when the author is able to take me right to the bedroom door, but then leave me and my imagination to write between the lines. I stop the scene when my heart tells me I'm pushing the limits of what should be taken behind closed doors.

What is your favorite genre to write and what do you love about it?

Romance - but I love adding little touches of the supernatural. Angels seem to find their way into my books without my invitation...but that's OK. Apparently God has a reason for that, and I'm certain He knows more about it than I do.

What has your experience been as a staff member of Clash of the Titles?

I'm very, very new as a staff member, but I'm truly loving it. Everyone is helpful and encouraging, and I think we all share the common goal of wanting to see COTT grow and become a force to be reckoned with in the blogging arena. I love having the opportunity to get an inside peek into the lives of the authors - some of whom I'm familiar with, as well as those who are new to me. I didn't realize exactly how much work went into a site like COTT, and I'm extremely impressed with the dedication and teamwork involved, among the entire staff. I feel blessed to be a part of it!


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4 comments:

Gail Pallotta said... Wednesday, 21 September, 2011

Hi Delia,

I enjoyed reading more about you and your writing. Congratulations on all of your books. I'm so glad to see you here.

April W Gardner said... Thursday, 22 September, 2011

Hi Delia! You said " in my humble opinion, romance is so much more romantic at the stage just prior to physical consummation. The delicious shivers of expectation, the humming of emotion through one's entire being, the anticipation of more to come." That's my stance too. I love it when a writer draws out second leading up to a kiss, and if she leaves me hanging for that kiss until another scene, all the better! Once they've kissed, it's sorta down hill from there, as far as I'm concerned. Lol! Not really, but that's what I read a romance for--that first sweet kiss and the expectation of it.
We're so delighted to have you with us at COTT. Your talents and enthusiasm make us that much better! :-)

Katie McCurdy said... Thursday, 22 September, 2011

Hey Delia!! Yeah, I totally agree with you, and April. After marriage is great...but I think before, with all the expectations and growing love, its just as sweet and heartwarming. I always look forward to reading how the characters will experience their first kiss. ;-)

Delia Latham said... Monday, 26 September, 2011

Hey, everyone! I'm playing catch-up after ACFW, so just reading all of this. April and Katie, I'm so glad we're in agreement. I think the first time I saw (or at least noticed) one of those amazing "pause-and-anticipate" scenes on a movie was in Smokey and the Bandit. Just before Burt Reynolds kissed Sally Field for the first time, he stopped just a fraction of an inch from her lips. The anticipation was delicious! I loved it, and enjoy trying to paint that same feeling into my romance scenes. SOOO much better than just slam-bam-thank-you...oh, I believe I'll stop right there. Pretty sure you know JUST what I mean! :D

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