Author on the Couch: Denny S. Bryce

This week I’m conducting a session with…

Denny S. Bryce



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Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

Denny: This is going to sound a bit silly, but it was watching a TV show, specifically Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wouldn’t be writing today if it wasn’t for that show. Now, most folks would point to the books they’d read and fell in love with – I love reading, but writing wasn’t my passion until I watched a BtVS marathon on FOX in November of 2003. That’s when it started and I was hooked. So, it will be no surprise when I say I started writing fanfiction, and wrote fanfic exclusively until 2010.


Me: What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

Denny: My independence. Most of the time, I operate in my own, private bubble. And that works for me. I am outgoing when the time arises (I do love, people), but otherwise, I enjoy being solitary. And part of that has to do with my independence. Something I haven’t always had.

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Me: What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

Denny: I’m a perfectionist. That word alone should strike fear in an author’s heart. Writing is about putting aside the perfect page in the quest of the most absorbing, daring, emotionally satisfying story for the reader. A perfectionist can get lost in the weeds.

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Me: What was your high point as a writer—a time when you were happiest, on cloud nine, flying high? What happened?

Denny: Well, there are three times so far and I can’t put one on top of the other. My first Golden Heart® final was awesome, and winning the 2014 Golden Heart® in Romantic Suspense for CHASING DAMN, was surreal. Two years later, I was a finalist in the Historical Romance category, and I credit that final with bringing me together with my agent, Nalini Akolekar at Spencerhill Associates. We’d been dancing around each other for a couple of years, I like to say, but at the 2016 San Diego RWA National Conference, we sealed the deal.

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Me: What was your low point as a writer—a time when questioned your path, a time when you felt really crappy about your writing? What happened? How did you get over it?

Denny: Every other day. Seriously. Writing is an up and down affair. Some days, I’ve got it covered – writing and me are in sync. Then the next day (if I’m lucky, versus the next hour), I’m staring at a computer screen screaming, why?!!!?

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Me: What’s the secret to your success?

Denny: My definition of success, as it’s been all my life, I believe, is that I look at the process. Each stage of anything I’ve attempted (and succeeded in), I live in the moment of that process. Yes, I understand the importance of planning and working toward the long-game. But if I get ahead of myself too quickly – and bluff – I’m doing myself a disservice and it will fall back and bite me…


Me: Tell me a bit about your Romantic Suspense novel Chasing Damn.


Nikki Chase, an emotionally scarred computer analyst for the FBI, and her one-night stand, Ray Taylor, a determined private security consultant, are forced to work together to investigate a cyber thief seeking more than data—he wants revenge.

An edgy, sexy romantic suspense that examines what happens when white-collar crime, cyber blackmail and murder test a woman’s faith in loyalty and love.

I am pre-published, but the excerpt above is from my 2014 Golden Heart® book, which won the GH category in Romantic Suspense.



Me: Share with us a favorite paragraph or two from Chasing Damn. Why do you love this paragraph? What makes it special to you?

Denny: It’s the first romantic suspense I ever wrote and was the second time I’d ever entered the Golden Heart®. So, I never expected to final, let alone win.  The entire experience was a blast, and best of all I met the DREAMWEAVERS! The 2014 Golden Heart class of crazily, wonderfully, talented women authors!



“Can I help you?” The deep male voice sounded familiar. “Would you like to order a drink?”

Nikki lifted her gaze to see his face, but a wicked streak of sunlight messed with the agony behind her corneas. She shielded her eyes with her hand.

“Excuse me, ma’am, are you okay?”

Oh, yeah.  The waiter from the foyer. Mr. Hot Diversion. Was he a bartender, too?

“Sorry,” she said, using her hand as a visor. “I feel like someone’s jabbing knives into my eyeballs.”


She nodded very slowly.

“A cup of coffee? Or maybe two cups of coffee?”

“Sorry, I can’t look up.” Still shading her eyes, she looked down at the front of his tailored white shirt and the hard lines of muscle that clung to the fabric. “I have a killer headache.” 

“Still, recommend coffee. Wait a sec.”

He turned, providing a narrow view of his backside.

Nice ass. She separated her fingers. She might have to give him another nickname. Mr. Hot Diversion didn’t fully appreciate his attributes.

A minute later, his finger tapped the bar. Her hand remained glued to her eyebrows.

“Here you go,” he said.

A cup of coffee scooted into her line of sight.

“You still in there?” he asked.

“I’m here.”

The crowd had followed the announcer’s instructions. There were only a few stragglers left in the atrium and the deejay had killed the loud music. Thank God. She wrapped her hand around the mug. It tasted thick and bitter and lovely.

“Is there something else I can do for you.”

She swallowed. If he only knew. She wiggled in her seat. “No, I’m good.”

“Sorry,” he said, “Did I embarrass you? I didn’t mean to.”

“I’m not embarrassed.” Did he notice the lust stamped on her forehead or what? She lifted her chin, but the sun still haloed his head. Her gaze slid to his belt buckle. Now, she was staring at his crotch.  “I can’t look at you.” That hadn’t come out right. “I mean at your face.”

That wasn’t the sentence in her head either. “You’re standing in direct sunlight.” Christ. “I should keep my damn mouth shut.”

“I understand. Headaches can be a bitch.”

“I know. I’m an expert.” Oh, my God. “At headaches, not at being a bitch.” She swallowed her nerves. “Forgive me, I’m rambling.”

“It’s okay. Everyone needs a good rambler now and then.” The smile in his voice was cathartic. She rested the cup on the bar. “What’s your name?”


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99 comments to “Author on the Couch: Denny S. Bryce”

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  1. Ryan - September 13, 2017 Reply

    nice interview – buffy was a good show!

  2. Anna Pry - September 13, 2017 Reply

    Love how you got a love for writing from Buffy 😉 Enjoyed the interview, thanks!

    • kim charlton - September 13, 2017 Reply

      I really love this series!!! I hope there are more soon!!

  3. Azeem - September 13, 2017 Reply

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  4. Kathy D - September 13, 2017 Reply

    I think my son would love this book…. Looking for good reads for Christmas

  5. Juanita May - September 13, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Jodi Hunter - September 13, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the post.

  7. Terri Quick - September 12, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for this giveaway.

  8. Brandi Dawn - September 12, 2017 Reply

    What an interesting start to your career. My good friend is a perfectionist too…he rewrites and rewrites…Its never good enough until one day it just is.

  9. Eric M - September 11, 2017 Reply

    Your book looks good Thanks for coming today and sharing it with us

  10. Melonie - September 11, 2017 Reply

    Fabulous post! So true about the ups and downs coming daily, and sometimes hourly!
    Can’t wait to hear more good news from you soon, lady! Til’ then I’ll be following your Outlander updates 😉

  11. Jamie Mazzanti - September 11, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for sharing your Interview. I LOVE Buffy the Vampire Slayer 😍💖. I watched EVERY Episode & then also went on to watch Angel with it & still watch it EVERY once in awhile when I can find the channel it’s on & if I’m awake.
    THANK YOU for offering such a PHENOMENAL GIVEAWAY as well 💐💖😍 Your AMAZING & AWESOME 💚

  12. Lujuana Miller - September 11, 2017 Reply

    Interesting interview but great! Love ❤️ Buffy the Vampire Slayer!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this! 😁 👍

  13. Maria Smith - September 10, 2017 Reply

    One of these days I’m going to have to watch Buffy! I’ve heard so many people say great things about it.

  14. sherry F butcher - September 10, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the post, love to read this.

  15. Heather D - September 10, 2017 Reply

    Sounds like a good read. Perfect to go with a nice bubble bath.

  16. julie murphy - September 10, 2017 Reply

    I love that you love what you do.

  17. Richard Brandt - September 9, 2017 Reply

    Let’s hear it for Buffy fan fiction! Whatever puts you on the right road.

  18. Julie Terry - September 9, 2017 Reply

    I love the interview thanks for sharing

  19. Nikolina Vukelic - September 9, 2017 Reply

    I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  20. Dina S - September 9, 2017 Reply

    hi Denny, you are new to me, nice to meet you

  21. Rushell Tuggle - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Love reading interviews from my favorite authors and learning more about them and what inspires them!

  22. Gabrielly - September 8, 2017 Reply

    I love the interview.

  23. Cindy Merrill - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Fascinating interview. As a Food Historian, I am wondering if food or beverages are mentioned at all, and if so, are these items you personally prefer??

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 9, 2017 Reply

      Such an interesting question. And yes, food is a wonderful way to give readers a sense of the time you are writing in. My historicals are set in the jazz age in America, and some of the foods that were popular…ham and carrots and peas, boiled. Canned pork and beans. Also the evolution of mixed drinks to mask the “taste” of the bootleg hooch:)

  24. Lacey Waters - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Great interview, thanks!

  25. Paula - September 8, 2017 Reply

    excellent interview & thanks for the writing excerpt

  26. Linda Moffitt - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Great excerpt thanks for sharing this with us 😁

  27. Suzanne Pierson - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Great interview

  28. Joye - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the information. I am always looking for new authors to read.

  29. sandra - September 8, 2017 Reply

    I like the dialogue preview

  30. Ashleigh Hack - September 8, 2017 Reply

    You are amazing!!

  31. bina edwards - September 8, 2017 Reply

    I too loved buffy, and I have enjoyed reading the interview. I’ve read a few buffy stores as well

  32. Sue MacKenzie - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Always nice to hear about how authors started

  33. Mark - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Great interview. More of this sort of content please!

  34. Becky Richardson - September 8, 2017 Reply

    I really enjoyed the interview!

  35. LDC - September 8, 2017 Reply

    I don’t always enjoy interviews but this one was really interesting, thanks!!

  36. Sue A. - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Being a perfectionist must make it hard for an author. Too many re-writes and one could end up with an entirely different story from the one you started. Glad you found a balance and make that trait work in your favor!
    I also enjoyed Buffy and Angel! And Spike was a fun character.

  37. Cindi Knowles - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Loved the interview! It’s always cool to hear what motivates an author to begin their journey into writing. My father was a writer and was very talented. He never got published. I was left all of his work to put together to eventually publish. Btw… We both loved Buffy!

  38. Jolanda - September 8, 2017 Reply

    Great interview!

  39. Amber Terry - September 8, 2017 Reply

    I really love that excerpt–I’m already hooked 🙂

  40. Bilqees Bano - September 8, 2017 Reply

    really enjoyed your interview

  41. Karen H - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Another new-to-me author. Thanks for the introduction. Oh, another lover of Buffy the Vampire Slayer…one of my all-time favorite programs. I watch it periodically on Netflix. Your book sounds like a very good story.

  42. Terry Trahan - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Great interview! Romantic Suspense is my all time favorite genre to read.

  43. Pamk - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Enjoyed the interview and blurb sounds intriguing. Love romantic suspense

  44. Christina Gonzalez - September 7, 2017 Reply

    I really enjoyed learning more about Denny and her process. Thank you for the chance. 🍀📚💰

  45. Ashley Kendall - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Loved the interview! I’m a perfectionist as well. I can’t leave things a mess, I have to pretend that my dishes aren’t there or there isn’t something for me to put away so I can sleep at night lol.

  46. Beverly Laude - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Enjoyed the interview & meeting you, Denny!

  47. annie - September 7, 2017 Reply

    thanks 4 the chance

  48. Karen Belden - September 7, 2017 Reply

    I really enjoyed this interview. I especially liked the part about you being a perfectionist. I would really love to read a book from you! I subscribed to your newsletter. Hopefully, I’ll be in the know when your book comes out!!

  49. verna - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer was one of my favorite shows to watch as a teenager. I loved it! I also loved Angel with it came out, but I always wanted him with buffy lol. Your book sounds intriguing.

  50. Missy Noecker - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Loved Buffy the vampire slayer growing up. I will definitely be checking out your work since your new to me.

  51. Suz_Glo - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for sharing, Denny. I like learning about an author’s inspirations behind a story.

  52. Lori Byrd - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Sounds so good. Congratulations!

  53. Jacob LaFountaine - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Do you ever feel like expanding and writing outside the current romance fiction space you are in?

  54. Susan Wilkinson - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Great show for inspiration. What a fun excerpt, can’t wait to read the book. Feel for the character as I have migraines, good for saying interesting things.

  55. Sarah - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Buffy was still on with new episodes my dad would rush home from work so we could all watch it. Yes this was before dvr’s lol. Spikes my favorite.

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      Yes, I wrote Spike/Buffy fan fiction for years and years. I loved all things Joss Whedon, but Buffy got me started:).

  56. Didi - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Always up for new (to me) authors and checking their backlist!

  57. Sally Gearhart - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Nice interview, so interesting that BtVS started her writing! Can’t wait to check out her books. Thanks so much for sharing.

  58. jodi marinich - September 7, 2017 Reply

    I used to love watching Buffy..had to love Spike!!!

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      I LoVe ❤️ Spike. I even met James Marsters the actor who played him a few times, too:)…

  59. Tracy Brody - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Great interview and blurb. Looking forward to seeing you on the shelf!

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      Hey lady! Thanks for stopping by. We’ll all get in that shelf soon! Let’s make 2018 our year:)!

  60. Patricia Blair - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Love finding new authors to add to my pile. Thank you

  61. Pintip - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Love this interview, Denny & Abbie! And love the excerpt! I really have to watch Buffy at some point…

  62. Juana Esparza - September 7, 2017 Reply

    I am a fan of Buffy (Angel/Spike) too. I am looking forward to reading your stories.

  63. Lisa Queen - September 7, 2017 Reply

    I really enjoyed reading the interview. It was very interesting. The excerpt was great!

  64. Reese - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Firstly, this is a really interesting interview, and I’m so, so pleased to see someone (especially a book writer) who isn’t dismissive of TV and/or fanfiction.
    Also, the book sounds cool because the main characters seem like they’ll have that sort of relationship that’s got a bit of friction, and I love that because it makes them have more heat and reveals things about them as people, too.

  65. Gwendolyn Jordan - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Sounds great

  66. Latifa Morrisette - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Looking forward to reading your books

  67. Lois Welsh - September 7, 2017 Reply

    OK I admit it I watch Buffy also before I go to bed, I am also an Angel fan. so you are not the only one. Thank you for doing this contest Denny.

  68. Tara Davis - September 7, 2017 Reply

    New author for Me! Looking forward to reading Denny’s books.

  69. Yoselin Godinez - September 7, 2017 Reply

    The excerpt for Chasing Damn was so interesting and now I can’t wait to read it! Great interview by the way 🙂

  70. Audrey Stewart - September 7, 2017 Reply

    I would like to thank this blog for my intro to Denny. Good job…both of you.

  71. Diane_D - September 7, 2017 Reply

    I feel you re. perfectionism. Great interview overall. I’ll check out your bookz.

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      Thank you! And yeah, perfectionism…sounds good, but in reality, a crazy place to dwell.

  72. Laura Trentham - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Great interview! Confession: I’ve never seen Buffy. *runs and hides*

  73. Shelly Chalmers - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Great interview, Denny!
    Buffy might not have led me to writing, but it certainly led me to the paranormal genre – and the humor! There was something very special about that series, wasn’t there? I loved seeing that hit of humor in your exerpt, and hearing about your process and CHASING DAMN. And I will have to learn to be more like you and enjoy being in the process – I’m definitely always getting ahead of myself (and usually worried about three steps ahead too, LOL!) I look forward to the day I get to read more of your work, and wishing you all the best. Go DWs!! 🙂

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      Hey, Hon!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! This has been a lot of fun! But yes, Buffy got me into writing fan fiction. That’s the way/reason I started writing “original” fiction when one of my fan fix buddies, Alicia Rasley, introduced me to RWA:). And yes, always, hooray DWers!

  74. christina purvis - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Looking forward to reading Chasing Damn. Loved the interview!

  75. Nan Dixon - September 7, 2017 Reply

    This is post is so fun! Can’t wait until you are published Denny!

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      Hey Nan, me and you both on the publishing thing:)! But thank you for dropping by and commenting.

  76. Carrie Padgett - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Denny and Abby, I love this post. Denny, thank you for the reminder about being in the process. I needed that today! And I love your excerpt. I can’t wait to read that book when it comes out one day hopefully soon.

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      I hear you about the book coming out one day:)…but it will…and yeah, the process is the thing. I used to jump to “the end” and learned I wasn’t getting stuff done in any kind of logical order, so now, I am a fan of how is as important as when…

  77. bn100 - September 7, 2017 Reply

    fun about Buffy

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      Buffy is everything:)! Still, love all things Joss Whedon!

  78. Erika Kelly - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Hi Denny, when are we gonna dance again?

    Sorry, that was Sam. We’re snuggling on the couch reading this interview, and we’re SO damn impressed with you. I am totally with you on the process and on the every other day thing. That’s just the nature of this beast. But as frustrating as it is, there’s nothing so satisfying as pushing through the bad to get to the good. Some days I hate the work, but in the end I thrive on the challenge.

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      I just knew you’d mention my boyfriend:)…in fact, I’m sitting in front of my computer now, writing up the recap for the first episode of season 3. And let me say, it’s shaping up to be the best season yet:)…I think you’ll love it.

      And oh, I learned the hard way about the process being king–that’s where the blood and sweat and tears of joy help keep you moving forward. So, yeah, I’m all about process, because then you’re also always ready to keep moving forward.

  79. Piper Huguley - September 7, 2017 Reply

    I so loved getting to read about you here, Denny! You are awesome!

  80. Sheri Humphreys - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Hi, Denny. I love this excerpt of Chasing Damn and can’t wait to read it! And I love that you shared your Dreamweaver love. They make me feel no matter what happens, with their help, I’ve got it covered. I feel blessed to be part of a group of these incredible women.

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      I know. I am rather obsessive about Dreamweavers love. And I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt from Chasing Damn:)…the book/series will see the light of day eventually.

  81. Sarah Andre - September 7, 2017 Reply

    LOVE finally getting to read a blog interview about YOU, Denny! Can hardly wait to hold one of your books in my hands–what amazes me is how busy you are in all aspects of this industry and your romance chapter. Seriously, I’ve never met someone who gives of their time quite like you.
    Thrilled you have some recognition today!

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      Fingers crossed that a Denny S. Bryce book in hand happens some day soon:)! And thank you…:)…

  82. Allyson A. - September 7, 2017 Reply

    Hi Denny,

    That’s very interesting that Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a show, got you interested in writing. That’s not something, one expects to hear! 🙂 I found myself laughing at Nikki and stumbling over her words to Mr. Hot Diversion. I love when an author can make me laugh out loud. Chasing Damn sounds like a great read, I will be looking for it.

    • Denny S. Bryce - September 7, 2017 Reply

      Thank you so much for dropping by and reading. I appreciate it:)! And glad you enjoyed my gal in Chasing Damn.

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