Friday, January 21, 2011

Meet Historical Author Delilah Marvelle - Bloggiesta Ole

Around three years ago, I met the beautiful Delilah Marvelle at a Reader/Author Conference (Celebrate Romance) which was held in Portland Oregon.  She is absolutely beautiful inside and out plus charming.  Since then we have connected at luncheons sponsored by the Portland Romance Writers of America and in Seattle at the Emerald City Writers Conference.  Her workshops are amazing, full of insight and humor.

Meet Delilah Marvelle and 28 facets about her from her website:

1.) Delilah is her real name.

2.) She actually met a guy named Samson in her lifetime. It was back in college. He even wore his hair shoulder length. She had to show him her picture ID with her name on it when they first met because he refused to believe her name really was Delilah. She never tried to date him. She knew it wouldn't end well...

3.) She speaks Polish and English fluently. And while she took four years of French in high school and can still understand quite a bit of French, she hasn't had much practice. Please do not send her emails in French unless you include a translation.

4.) She is married. Thank God.

5.) Her favorite authors are all dead. They include: Edith Wharton, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Henryk Sienkiewicz, the Bronte sisters, Chaucer, Henry Fielding, and Hemingway.

6.) Her favorite living romance author who got her hooked on reading the romance she sought to write: Judith McNaught.

7.) All of the heroes in her books are based on her husband. Which is why her husband refuses to read any of her books. He is a model and a firefighter. No, she will not post pictures. If you ever wish to see Mr. Marvelle in person, Delilah recommends you come to a book signing. Taking photos of her husband will cost extra.

8.) The etiquette book she is holding (in the right hand picture) is from the year 1881. It inspired her to write the scandal series featuring a red little etiquette book by an Unknown Author. It was used in the scandal series book trailer and is now sitting on her writing desk.

9.) She can type 90 words per minute. She thanks the Lord every day for signing up for that typing course back in high school. She did it to avoid taking chemistry. She still had to take chemistry the following semester. She was not happy.

10.) She cannot write without having at least one Starbucks Frappucino. She intends to sue Starbucks if they ever discontinue making Frappucinos.

11.) She is not as young as she looks. This is a good thing. She hopes it lasts.

12.) Her favorite food is sushi.

13.) Her favorite color is red. Can you tell?

14.) She loves animals but does not own any.

15.) She has always secretly wanted to be a race car driver.

16.) She has a culinary degree. She even won a national cooking contest for the most original cookie, winning $10,000. Despite this, the only real chef in the house is Chef Boyardee because Delilah's writing is keeping her out of the kitchen. Her family does forgive her every Thanksgiving when she goes all out and makes everything from scratch. Even the gravy.

17.) Delilah was born and raised in Chicago.

18.) She now lives in Portland, Oregon. The rain ensures she is always writing. She usually takes the summers off because that is the only time the sun ever comes out.

19.) Her favorite movie is Amelie.

20.) She once walked in the jungles of Belize in her flip flops at night to go to the bathroom. When these black things were skittering beneath her feet, she stupidly asked the locals what they were. Tarantulas. She never wore flip flops in the jungle again.

21.) Her grandmother calls sex "poom-poom." Seriously.

22.) Delilah is not decedent of royalty. She wants to be. BUT...her great-great-GREAT grandfather was knighted by a King. Sadly, he was poisoned shortly afterward. This is, in fact, true. Unless her relatives are big fat liars. Which would explain where she gets her incredible story-telling skills.

23.) She loves kickboxing and running.

24.) Her favorite sinful snack is salted dark chocolate.

25.) Delilah cannot write when there are other people around. She cannot even have anyone in the house and must have complete silence. Why? Because she talks aloud in a British accent as she is writing. It helps her characters come alive but she knows if anyone heard her doing it, they would think she is a freak.

26.) She was involved in theater for four years.

27.) She played the pianoforte for 10 years and competed regionally for about 5, taking first place several times. She also took five years of ballet.

28.) Delilah is impressed that you made it this far. You are either really freakin nosy or a real fan. She hope it's the latter.

Delilah Marvelle loves writing historical romances with scandalous twists she digs up from history. She is a two time Golden Heart Finalist, an RT Reviewers Choice Nominee and a double finalist in the Bookseller's Best Award. You can visit her at her website at or visit her blog, A BIT O'MUSLIN which explores the naughtier side of history at

The Official Scandal Series

Delilah's latest release Prelude to a Scandal

Lady Justine is willing to trade her good name, her reputation and her place in London's gossip-hungry ton to secure her father's release from prison. But when the notorious Duke of Bradford counters her offer with a proposal of marriage, the stakes grow higher still. For while the smoldering lord is famous for his conquests, the man is oblivious to both her devotion and her charms. And Justine is soon afraid she has wagered all for naught….

A recent fun interview from SOS Aloha

I purchased Prelude To A Scandal today and I'm going to offer it to US Residents Only.  To win a copy,  go Delilah's Facebook Page and tell her what you liked about this post.  Come back, post a comment and your email address.  For a second chance to win, follow this blog.  Winner will be announced January 24th


Vanetta said...

OMGosh! I loved it all! Especially about the "poom-poom" :)

Yes I was "freakin nosy" I had to read it all! :)

Good Luck with the Scandal Series!


Sharon Lathan said...

Delilah, You are so beautiful! Love the cover. Congrats on it and on everything else. I hope to see you in NYC!


Kelly M said...

Poom Poom... that is CLASSIC!!!!!

Marilyn, thank you for sharing Delilah with us.. I was very fortuante to meet Delilah this last week... She is totally FABULOUS.. I look forward to reading more of her work...

OH, PS Don't include me into you contest. I already have this book and would like it to go to someone who does not...

Thank you again for sharing...

Kelly M

Mageela Troche said...

Great list and crazy fun life.

Paty Jager said...

Fun info and post! Loved all the interesting things you've done. I already have the book so don't include me in the contest.

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Sharon Lathan, you're the winner. Just sent you an email. Thanks all. I loved doing this post because Deliah is such a special lady. I've attended several conferences with her and she's always so much fun. If you see her in NYC, give her my love.


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