We are so pleased to welcome Diane Kelly today. Her books have been awarded the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award and a Reviewers Choice Award. Currently she is the president of Romance Writers of America.
Tell me about your work as a former tax advisor and how you went from that to becoming an author.
I inadvertently worked with white-collar criminals.So I wouldn’t end up in an orange jumpsuit, I decided self-employment would be a good idea. My fingers hit the keyboard after that and thus began my“Death and Taxes” romantic mystery series.
My first book in that series was Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure released in November 2011.Eleven books have been released in that series. Book number twelve, Death, Taxes and a Satin Garter, will release in August of this year.
Diane is also a graduate of her hometown’s Citizen Police Academy and writes the funny K9 Cop “Paw Enforcement” series.
A Sappy Love Story is a short story inspired by my breakfast of banana pancakes and maple syrup one Saturday morning. Occasionally, you’ll hear someone call a love story “sappy.” The play on words with “sap” and “sappy” popped into my head, and developed into an idea for a romance centered around a maple syrup business.
Was it fun to write?
Definitely! I performed a lot of research on how maple syrup is made. It’s an interesting process. And since I live in the south, it was fun to virtually venture into the snowy northern woods with my characters.
How long did it take to write?
Only about ten days, since it’s a shorter story.
Is there a purpose behind it?
To entertain and warm a reader’s heart, much like the spiked hot cocoa the hero and heroine drink in the story.
Where did the idea for a series with police dogs come from?
After I began my IRS agent series, I realized how much I enjoyed writing female characters in law enforcement. The idea of a female cop came to mind, so I signed up for my town’s citizen police academy to learn more about police work. The night a handler did a demonstration with his K-9 partner, I was hooked. I’ve been a dog lover since my family got our first dog when I was an adolescent, and I have three dogs now, each with their own quirky personalities. I realized how fun it would be to write a female K-9 team, especially when I could write from both the police officer’s and dog’s points of view.
What kind of research did you have to do to write this series?
I attended a conference for K-9 handlers in law enforcement and also interviewed police K-9 handlers in my hometown. They gave me all kinds of great information and let me try on the suit they use for bite demos. They were incredibly helpful.
The books in the series, do you develop plots so the cases encountered in each book stands alone?
Yes, I write each book so they can be read as a standalone crime/mystery novel. However, there is a romantic arc that spans the books, so for those readers who enjoy the romantic angle of the series, reading them in order is a good idea.
What is the most fun about writing these books?
Writing the chapters from K-9 Brigit’s point of view is an absolute blast. I love getting into the mindset of a smart, somewhat snarky dog, and telling the story from her viewpoint. I often find myself laughing out loud as I develop her chapters.
Okay, I’m hooked now. I have to read these books.
We thank you Diane for visiting and for you readers be sure and drop by Diane’s website site and Facebook page and say hello. She loves hearing from her readers.