Sin: Devil’s Den #3 – An interview with Violetta Rand


Sin proves that passion goes beyond smoldering desire when hearts dance to their own special beat.

Every woman at the Devil’s Den strip club has a story to tell, and Macey Taylor is no exception. Smart and self-reliant, she’s got a chip on her shoulder, a broken heart, and no patience for a sexy new manager with an Ivy League pedigree and a strict set of rules. Macey prefers to break rules, something she lets Joshua Camden know from the start—even as he ignites a fire in her that goes beyond the hottest club in town.

Joshua is working the Devil’s Den for all it’s worth, learning everything he can about the adult-entertainment game before investing in a place of his own. Macey is a surprise: a woman as strong-willed as she is gorgeous. Joshua wants to get inside her world, to see through her eyes. But he soon discovers that seduction is a two-way street—and expecting redemption without risking his heart may be the greatest sin of all.

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An interview with Violetta Rand

How long have you been writing romance, and what inspired you to get into this genre?

SINI penned my first historical/Viking romance in 2012 and was offered a contract right before Christmas. I can’t claim a singular source of inspiration, I’ve been writing since I was very young. As far as the romance genre, I did light research to see what genres didn’t adhere to strict formulas. Of course the HEA is a must, but beyond that, I realized I’d have some creative freedom in romance and randomly chose four romance books to read at the book store. Intrigued by the storylines, I wrote my own.

What gave you the idea for this book?

The Devil’s Den series (Sin is the third installment) are based on true stories from the almost twenty years I spent working in the clubs. I met fantastic people who had incredible histories to share.

Who are some of your favorite romance writers or other literary inspirations?

Great question. In romance, Diana Gabaldon, Karen Marie Moning, Jodi Ellen Malpas, and Kathryn Le Veque. Other literary inspirations: Anita Diamant (The Red Tent), James A. Connor (Kepler’s Witch), Ken Follett (The Pillars of the Earth), and from my childhood—Marian Cockrell (Shadow Castle).

Describe your typical writing routine. Where do you usually write? How many words/pages per day? Do you keep set hours? What does your workspace look like?

My favorite spot is at my dining room table looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows on my east-facing wall. I get lots of sunshine and mountain views in the winter. Quite honestly, my workspace is cluttered. I’m surrounded by reference books, notepads, and anything else I need. As for a set routine, sometimes I work twenty hours a day, sometimes just a few. My average daily word count is 2,500 to 3,500 words. I wrote one of my novels in two weeks.

Do you have any favorite foods or beverages that help keep your creativity flowing?

My treats have nothing to do with creative flow, LOL. I consider them pure indulgences. Goldfish crackers and a few chocolate mints are highly favored.

Do you have any writing superstitions or rituals when starting (or ending) a new book?

None. But I always give high fives to my husband and call a few friends after I type THE END.

What do you think takes a romantic story from good to great?

Intimate storytelling—when readers can sense your own personal experiences and emotions translated into the story.

What’s your favorite euphemism for genitalia?

Geez… I catch some grief for this one, LOL. I like snatch. I remain baffled why some readers consider this more offensive than the P-word or C-word. Best lesson: mix it up, use all the fun names.

If you were in charge of adapting a scorching summer romance for the big screen, what book would you like to see made into a movie, and who would you pick to star as the male and female leads?

Definitely This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas. Jesse Ward played by Chris Hemsworth and Ava O’Shea played by Zoe Saldana or Mila Kunis.

About the Author

ViolettaRaised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Violetta Rand spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy as an undergraduate before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as an environmental scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments.

Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska and spends her days writing evocative New Adult romance and historical romance. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.

You can connect with Violetta on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and her website,


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