To marry or not to marry Connor J. Barrington? That is the question Roxy Drake faces one hour before her wedding, when she discovers her handsome fiance may have murdered his first two wives. Did Connor kill Annie and Charlotte, or simply let them die? Does Roxy become wife number three, or the runaway bride from hell? Find out in the darkly funny Honeymoon Roulette.
When and where do you prefer to write?
In a hotel room in Vegas, on a Sunday afternoon while watching back-to-back episodes of Downton Abbey
Do you have a certain ritual?
No. I’m always a bit nervous. I have literary stage fright. It’s hard to get started sometimes, but once I dive in, I’m okay.
Do you like a drink or something to nibble on while you write?
Maybe a cup of tea, but that’s about it. When I’m done, if it has been a strenuous day, I have a chocolate-peanut butter protein bar.
Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?
I started out with a humor novel, then wrote two dramatic ones, then went into dark humor with Honeymoon. It’s fun to switch around. It keeps you challenged and stimulated. My novels are either dramatic and spiced with dark humor, or humorous and full of drama. So, whatever the genre is, I’m basically the same and my style is basically the same. But the genre is so important for marketing, so you want to keep that in mind from the get-go and establish that it’s humor or serious and go from there.
What is/are your favourite book(s)?
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Enter Talking by Joan Rivers.
Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Yes and no. I do, but I exaggerate them so much that they turn into someone else.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Joan Rivers. A funny, talented comedian who faced many challenges, hung in there, and made it.
Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No. I carry a notebook and pen in my purse and jot things down sometimes.
Which genre(s) do you not like at all?
Science fiction. Horror.
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Ireland. Great food; fantastic, funny people; beautiful place, wonderful literary legacy.
Thank you, Irene Woodbury and Pump Up Your Book
About the author
Luckily for all you fans of romantic fiction, Irene Woodbury knows that what happens in Las Vegas doesn’t have to stay there. The Denver-based author has captured the heart and soul of Sin City in four colorful, suspenseful novels.
In the gritty, engrossing Romeo Stalker (2021), a Vegas showgirl’s life is plunged into stalker-hell when her ex returns from prison and learns she has a new boyfriend. Love and Payback (2021) is a dark, dramatic look at a married woman’s mysterious death in Sin City, where she has gone to meet an Internet love.
In the darkly humorous Honeymoon Roulette (2021), a bride goes rogue after learning her handsome fiance may have killed his first two wives. And A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis (2021) is the vibrant, funny story of a mixed-up newlywed who goes to Vegas for a girls’ weekend that never ends.
Irene, a successful travel writer whose favorite destinations are London and Las Vegas, is currently working on another novel.