Here on Diane Capri Reveals, we’ve featured some of the biggest names in our genre, including my friends and colleagues Lee Child, the father of Rambo, David Morrell, my colleague at the Bar, Steve Berry, the dynamite writing duos Maxine Paetro (and James Patterson), Grant Blackwood (and James Rollins), and more. You can check out those posts by clicking HERE.
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No mystery/suspense/thriller fan alive has failed to read Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca at least once. Most of us have also seen the classic movie directed by the master, Alfred Hitchcock, and staring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. Most of us have done both — several times. The marriages featured in Rebecca were, not only tense but quite unusual.
Why bring this up now? Because today, it’s my pleasure to feature the dynamic writing duo husband and wife team Alicia and Roy Street who are recipients of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
This, too, is an unusual marriage, albeit in a completely different way. Not only do they write together without haunting each other, Alicia and Roy Street share backgrounds in the performing arts and spent many gypsy years living and working in the different neighborhoods of New York City and Philadelphia. Alicia as a dancer, choreographer and teacher; Roy in theater, visual arts and standup comedy. These two are delightful entertainers, to be sure.
Why bring this up now? Read on and you’ll see the relevance right away!
Diane Capri: Are you two competing on TV’s Dancing With The Stars?
Alicia and Roy Street: *laughs* In a way, we are! Our Dance ‘n’ Luv contemporary romance series shines a spotlight on women of the dance world. Not just the stars, but unsung heroines, the dilemmas they face and the men who capture their passions. Our stories take place in the North Fork, a rural part of New York on Long Island’s windswept eastern tip with its quiet farming hamlets, vineyards and fishing villages.
Diane Capri: How many books are there in the series so far? Three?
Alicia and Roy Street: Yes. Kiss Me Dancer, Touch Me and Tango, and Snow Dance, the short story which is a prequel to the two novels. They can all be read as stand-alones. We’ve done a ballroom dancer, an ex-Broadway dancer, a dance teacher with a youth group that performs hip-hop, and our latest has a ballerina protagonist. We’re working on the third novel in the series, Stars, Love and Pirouettes. Our projected release date is November 20! Yikes! While the books feature dance, they are of course about the lives and relationships of the characters.
Diane Capri: What is the hardest part of writing your books? Practicing the choreography?
Roy: The first ten pages. They are a bugger. But once we cross that line, the book starts to write itself. While we often leave the beginning in a raw stage, knowing we will go back and fix it, if it’s too rough around the edges I feel like we’re sailing in a leaky boat.
Alicia: My biggest problem is that I’m a chronic editor. I have to fight my tendency to rewrite before I get the ideas down fully.
Diane Capri: Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
Roy: I’m a night person and Alicia is a morning person. Years ago when we lived in a studio apartment in NYC that could be a good thing. Now that we write together we need to take full advantage of the window period where we’re both awake and alert.
Alicia:I have to sleep, but Roy has a lot of energy and is always a bit wired. Although neither of us is too keen on sitting forever, when Roy gets frustrated with a slow section he goes into Rappin’ Roy mode as seen in the picture. Don’t ask.
Diane Capri: I am a total foodie and many Licensed to Thrill readers are, too. Tell us about your favorite restaurant. Why do you love it? Why would we love it?
Roy: Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton, New York. Wood burning grill, scrumptious chicken and fish, and ORGANIC produce, mostly from the local farms. And just outside the door and down a picturesque stretch of winding country roads are the beautiful dunes of Long Island’s East End and the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing tops that.
Diane Capri: Sounds like an invitation to me! Come on, everybody! Roy’s buying! But before we get there, if you’d like to connect with Alicia and Roy Street you can find them on their website: AliciaStreet-RoyStreet.com or Facebook: AliciaAndRoyStreet.authors