MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DELILAH MOHAN
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi! I’m Delilah Mohan. I write romance books.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I have a book called Obscured Love, which is a brother’s best friend trope. It’s about a girl (Lotus) who just can’t find the right guy, and then her brother’s best friend (Beckett) moves back to town. Beckett unexpectedly ends up being Lotus’ roommate and from there it’s all chemistry, sarcasm, and a bit of love.
I planned the story based on a single idea, and then just blindly wrote it from there.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I love happy endings, and what’s more happy than love.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Mostly, I do a lot of google consulting. Sometimes I will group message a few other friends from my writers group and ask opinions, but mostly I wing it.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Monday through friday, I try to fit in writing while my youngest is napping. I have a desk setup with all my post it notes covering the wall and it works amazing for keeping my facts straight. During the weekends, I work retail so I usually don’t get much writing done. I usually try to do 5,000 words a week when I can.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
At the end of this month, I have my second Novel, Eluding Fate being released. I Just finished my third book, Ricochet, which I plan to release in January as well.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I usually tend to pick common names for secondary characters or characters that aren’t meant to be liked. My main characters I pick names I love, or names that are slightly more unique than seen in most books.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from one random thought or an image I see that suddenly has me building a whole story around it.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I currently do romance books, but at some point i want to try adding to that with mfm or reverse harem. I think i would also love to dip in the paranormal world as well.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part besides the time, is the self doubt. It’s so easy to doubt yourself or let one negative review affect how you perceive your ability.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think they are amazing, but I personally don’t have one. I’m not against it in the future, but i barely find the time to interact on facebook and instagram, so I think creating a trailer might take me awhile.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I think each time I write my last sentence of a book, that becomes my best accomplishment. There is a vast range of emotions and time that goes into writing a book, that a person who doesn’t write might not understand. Before I became a writer, I had no clue how hard the indies world is, but the struggle is worth it.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best thing about being an author is when someone loves your book, or gives you a five star. It’s nice to feel the validation that you aren’t a failure at something you love.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Gosh! I’m just trying to make it to next week, haha. In ten years, I hope I’m still writing and that each story continues to bring joy, ansty, heartache and love to my readers.
Have you always liked to write?
Not always, but I think that is partially because I had a time where school was a struggle and writing was encompassed in that. I went to college, got my BA, but as soon as college ended, i suddenly had ideas I needed to write about. I have a file from 2012 with so many half finished ideas and stories, but it wasn’t until 2016 when i actually sat down and got serious enough to finish a book.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
I don’t know if I have much advice since I’m still trying to figure the world out, but I do know that if you don’t try, you will never know if you will make it. It’s hard work, but so worth it.
Oh, and also, please please please screen your editors. It could really harm you when published with ratings.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Something where i could be a recluse, haha. I’m an introvert, so I live in my own head a lot. I definitely would find a creative outlet somewhere else as a job if I wasn’t a writer.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read reviews, and I’ll be honest, every time I get a new one it will either make or break my day. I am fortunate to have received mostly good reviews, but the few negative reviews have hurt a bit. Authors are people too, and constructive criticism is welcome, of course, but occasionally you get the review that is pretty hurtful and unconstructive.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Ugh, I go through a whole bunch of emotions when I send my baby to the Beta readers. But, i think the absolute worst part of the writing process is the blurb writing. My husband was like, “Babe, you wrote a whole book, but you can’t write a few paragraphs.” Uggggh, he doesn’t understand! Blurbs are like the biggest book report of your life. If your blurb sucks, no one will want to read your book.
What are you working on now?
Editing of Eluding Fate
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
This is a hard one, haha. I just finished a book last week, so my current work in progress is less than 3,000 words, but here it is, a little chunk of my 3,000 words from Five Seconds to Love.
I’m damaged, fucking broken, and it’s impossible not to feel it. Not to feel everything that haunts me from my past, every body I’ve watched fall, every life I’ve taken and not choke on the inside with emotion. Impossible.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I believe in a happily ever after and the power of love, so it was impossible not to gravitate to my genre. (Cliche I know)
Where did your love of books come from?
I actually didn’t even know how to read until I was about eleven. So, i wasn’t always a fan of books, but after high school, I lived in New York for a while, and reading on the subway became a normal.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have so many! My current obsession is the Blood Duet by Maria Luis. I’m also a huge fan of Cora Brent’s Gentry series.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I have to say, I’m half in love with Augustus (Gus) from my book Ricochet, that I’ll publish in January. But, his best friend Maverick, who is the man behind the story In Five Seconds to Love (current WIP), is definitely a close second.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It depends on the day. I like to add a dose of the feelings to my book, and sometimes the emotional scenes are harder to write and wear my out.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to stay true to myself, because if I’m not happy with my work, my readers most likely won’t be. I tend to keep to my own originality, verse going with the popular trope at the time.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I think the author I talk to most often is Tee Smith. Everything about our writing styles are different and that makes it easy to get another point of view. Also, she pretty much walked me through my first publication, and she’s fun to joke around with, too.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I’m going to pass, I don’t think I could answer this without some sort of inappropriate language.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
So, believe it or not, I’m new to all this savvy following sites, so I just set everything up about two weeks ago. My fans could follow me via Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram (delilah.mohan) and my readers group Delilah’s Darlings.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️