About Delwyn Jenkins
I like radical career changes. After serving in the Australian Navy for ten years (and being exceptionally disciplined) I switched to full-time university Arts student (where getting out of bed before 11am proved traumatic). I’ve worked as a teacher, an editor, and now write full time – a career I plan to stick with for as long as anyone wants to read my stories.
I’m an avid reader and movie-goer, an average bellydancer, and a disinterested cook. I live on the beautiful south-east coast of Australia where the changeable weather suits my mercurial nature.
I also write erotic romance as DJ Michaels.
1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in a small country town (population 5,000 - there aren't even any traffic lights!). When I left school I joined the Australian Navy where I served for over ten years. It was quite the eye-opener in so many ways, but I thoroughly enjoyed my service. When I left the Navy I went to university as a mature-aged student. Getting a degree was one of those buckler-list things, and receiving my Bachelor of Arts (Literature/History) was one of my proudest moments. I worked in a range of jobs after that, but now I write full-time. I live on the beautiful south-east coast of Australia, right next door to the Great Ocean Road (google it and have a look at my back yard)
2. You have had several career changes. Which dreams did you have when you were a little girl?
I think I wanted to be an author since I understood what a book was - but it was a dream too far from reality (it was more like a Bewitched thing - if I could only wriggle my nose and have that crazy wish come true). When I was growing up, girls from small country towns were secretaries, teachers or hair dressers - all of which were on my radar at some point! Truthfully I didn't dream big - my mind was far too practical - so it's very cool now to be living the life I would have wished for myself had I had the courage.
3. For ten years you have served in the Australian Navy. What do you miss the most about those years?
Like any job, being in the military has it's good and bad moments, I loved serving my country, I loved knowing I was part of a deep and proud tradition, and that - in my small way - I was carrying those traditions forward to the next generation. But what I really miss is the people. The friends you make become family in a way that doesn't translate into civilian life. There's a depth and surety to those relationships that does't seem to exist outside the military.
4. On your website I read that you also were a teacher. What did you teach?
I taught Professional Writing and Editing at tertiary level - which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also learned a lot, mostly from my students. I was also involved in training when I was in the Navy. And - just for fun - I taught bellydancing for almost ten years.
5. If you could change anything in the world what would that be and why?
Stop the hate - that would be my first thing. The violence, prejudice and extremism that exists out there is staggering. But so is the love, compassion and care - I'm hoping at some point the light will outweigh the dark - but we're not there yet.
6. As D.J. Michaels you write erotic romance. Why did you choose to write these under a different name?
I chose a pen-name for two reasons. One, because I didn't want the readers who like my Delwyn Jenkins books to have a heart-attack when they pick up the erotic romance! The other reason is I have a teenage niece and it's part of my job to protect her.
7. Could you name three movies we all have to see and why?
Gosh, I'm terrible for movies. I like the popcorn-eating block-busters so you won't get any recommendations for deep and meaningful movies from me. Movies are my escape, so I'm not that fussed on provocative or uncomfortable cinema. I will tell you that the movie that changed my life was the original Star Wars movie. It was my first time in a big, surround-sound cinema, and when the music started and that space-ship rolled into view my heart leaped completely out of my chest. It began my long love affair with imaginary worlds (and Wookies)
8. Who is your favorite writer?
Ack! That's like asking who is my favourite child? My go-to authors include (but are not limited to) Cherise Sinclair, Riley Murphy, Nalini Singh, Elizabeth Hoyte, Anne Gracie and Lorelie James.
9. In your first book of the Watchtower Chronicles: Called by Fire, the group of witches are very close and good friends. Are these girls created by role models from your own life?
Yes. I'm blessed to have a sister who is also my best friend, but when I joined the Navy and moved so far from home, I had to create an 'away' family. As I've grown older I've seen so many people with dysfunctional or unhappy relationships with their blood families - and I've also seen plenty of people create their families of choice. Family is really important to me, and I love the idea that if you don't get along with the one you have, you can create a family from the people who do lift you up and support you. One of my favourite quotes is from Oprah Winfrey - 'the definition of family is having people you can rely on'. I have a blood sister, but I also have 'soul sisters' - just like the women in my books.
10. Do you have a special routine when you write a story?
It's going to sound a bit woo-woo, but when I write I light incense (white sage) and I take a moment to connect with my version of the divine, I set my intension to write from the heart - then off I go!
11. What are your plans for the future?
My fourth book in the Watchtower series comes out in March, so I'll be editing that off and on for a while. I have a new erotic romance series bubbling away in my head, so I plan to write three or so in that series (I tend to write shorter length for the erotic romance). Once that's done I'll be writing a full-length contemporary romance that's been pushing itself forward. I think that will keep me out of trouble next year!
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Review by Anniek
Claimed by Earth is the second book in the amazing Watchtower Chronicles. Mycah is the earth witch of her Quatre. The other witches are Kam who has the element fire, Charlotte who is their water witch and Amelia who completes the Quatre with air. The four of them are a force to be reckoned with. They are powerful witches on their own, but together they are unstoppable.
Mycah had to use offensive magic to save her Quatre and the Knights. It haunts her and makes her physically sick. Witches are not meant to do harm but Mycah would do it again in a heartbeat as because of it she was able to save their lives. Sebastian wants to be her anchor, her safe place to rely on, but a traumatic happening from her past prevents her from trusting men.
After being banished for two hundred years the Watchtower Knights are fulfilling their job once again. They work side by side with their witches and will stop at nothing to keep them safe from harm. Sebastian wants to do anything in his power to keep Mycah safe but first he needs to earn the trust of his stubborn witch.
Mycah is a feisty young woman. She fights for it if she wants something. This has gotten her into trouble plenty of times. Her Quatre means everything to her and when old enemies resurface again they will need all the power they can gather. The only way Mycah knows how is to provoke a Quickening ritual. In this ritual a witch and a knight will become a pair and the two of them will complete each other. Mycah will need Sebastian for this ritual because she can't imagine being touched by anyone else but him.
After reading the first Watchtower Chronicles book, Called by Fire, I was hooked. I absolutely love this series. Delwyn Jenkins knows how to pull you in and she won't let you go. I found myself reading every spare minute I had, even when I could only read a few lines. The witches are strong powerful women who can hold their own. I laughed out loud at the images I had about the Knights who have to deal with this feisty Quatre. The danger felt so real and horrible. I was hoping that they would kick his evil backside. This magical story makes you feel like you are a part of their world. It's a world you won't want to leave behind.
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