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Interview with Deanna Roy, author of Forever Innocent


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“Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again.”

Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.

Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.

When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.
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Forever Innocent is the story of a young couple who fell apart after the death of their newborn, and how they try, after four years apart, to find that love that was once the mainstay of their childhood and coming-of-age.

What genre is it?
New Adult Contemporary Romance

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Those who love a heartbreaking love story about people with real problems.

We love the name Corabelle. Tell us about her.
Corabelle is a brainy only child who dreams of being a teacher, partly as a way to fill the hole in her life left by not having siblings or many childhood friends.

How much of your personality did you infuse Corabelle with?
My characters always have a piece of me in them. In this story, though, I wanted to really explore the way a relationship fractures after tragedy. After my own baby loss, my husband and I managed to keep it together for about five years, but I have been surrounded by friends whose great love affairs blew apart after a loss.

We’re really sorry to hear about your loss. That explains why the pain is so raw, so real in your book, and your interest in the subject.
I have run the web site since 1998 and the loss of my first baby. I am a passionate advocate for women who have lost babies, and most of my work will touch on this subject.

We’ve interviewed you in the past and know that. Tell everyone else about your other novels.
If the love story is your favorite part, I also have Stella & Dane, another new adult romance. If the baby loss element is important to you, then I have Baby Dust.

Oh, we just realised that we forgot to even ask about your other lead character, Gavin.
Gavin is a hot-headed boy who feels his only luck in life was to have his tumble-down house back up to an alley across from middle income row houses, one of which has a girl his exact age – Corabelle.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?

How easily do new storylines come to you? If we give you four random words – Man, Woman, Airport, Darkness – can you give us a brief storyline?
Hannah knows she’s already in labor when she dashes to the airport to meet her estranged husband, who isn’t the father of the baby she carries. After four live births, she knows the drill: Don’t go to the hospital until contractions are five minutes apart. She has time to say hello, take him to their house, and let him reunite with their children before she manages a solitary labor with a baby she isn’t sure how to love — the product of a terrible one-night stand she will forever regret.

But when the power goes out and the airport locks down due to a
security breach, Hannah will have to rely on the man she betrayed to
see her through the most terrifying night of her life.

Ha! That was fun! I think I’ve seen too many Die Hard movies.

We can see it right now: Die Hard 6: John McClane Delivers a Baby!
What’s next for you?
Forever Loved is the sequel to Forever Innocent. It comes out Jan. 10, 2014 and the fans are already going nuts! I’m sending out excerpts as I write it to my mail list subscribers.

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