Welcome to Authors Visits Diane. We love your books. I especially like the title on your website, Adventure and Romance–in this world and beyond. It intrigues my imagination. Thank you for coming today.
I won’t to know about your series. How they started, why you write different ones and why you’ve added two new genres-mystery and romantic suspense?
Switched started as a fun story because I’d felt beaten down by rejections of my romances. My heroine is very fond of Star Trek. So when she’s transported aboard an alien starship and thinks it’s a gag pulled by her brother, she sees everything in terms of the TV show and movies. Switched was supposed to be a stand-alone book, not a series. When readers started asking when I would write Scott’s (a secondary character) story, I had to and that became Switched, Too. The 3rd book, Switched Resolution, wrapped up everything.
My second series, Outer Rim, explores what strong women have to do to survive and flourish on the frontier of space. Each story is a stand-alone. Secondary and tertiary characters eventually get their own stories. This series was a lot of fun to write while exploring the heroine’s relationships—with their parents, best friends, romantic interests. I chose a different “world” for this series because I couldn’t do what I wanted to do in the Switched world.
When did you join Romance Writers of America? How do you feel your association with them helps you as an author?
I joined RWA when I decided to write for publication in 1993. I learned a lot from the national conferences and the magazine Romance Writers Report. At the same time, I joined the local chapter, Mid-Michigan RWA. My fellow writers are super-supported. They are my rock when my confidence is shaken.
What three things do you do to make yourself successful in your writing?
I’m visible online—I blog (my own plus as a contributor to two others, Paranormal Romantics and The Roses of Proses), Facebook, Twitter, my website—I’m active in online writers’ groups and offer other authors spots on my blog.
One of your newest books is The Case of the Meddling Mama. This is book 3 in your Alex O’Hara Novels series. Tell us a little about this book.
Well, once again, Alex O’Hara is up to her ears in mysteries. After surviving an attempted murder, all she wants is R&R time with Nick Palzetti. But his mother leaving his father (“that horse’s patoot”) and moving in with Alex puts a crimp in their plans. Then Nick leaves on assignment and the teen she rescued from an abusive father believes his buddy is doing drugs. Meanwhile, Alex has two easy cases to take her mind off her shaky relationship with Nick—a philandering husband and a background check on a client’s boyfriend. Piece of cake.
This is great Diane. Can’t wait to read it. I thank you so much for visiting with us today.
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