The Romance Room is a blog that romance readers & writers can come to find out what's new in romance releases. A place to just talk about romance itself. We welcome readers & writers of all romance genres: traditional, contemporary, historical, paranormal, erotica, etc.
Monday, May 19, 2014
combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into
writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense. She
is also a contributor to the anthology How
I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two
children and two grandchildren.
Diane will be giving away an e-copy of THE PILOT to a person who comments today.
What is the most
adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I was eleven. Mom dropped me off at
a party and said to try to get a ride home. When I got uncomfortable at the
party, I walked home—about two miles of dark, rural roads. I realized when I
was a mother how dangerous that was. I never told my mom.
What adventure would
you like to have that you haven’t done yet if money and skill were no problem?
Zip line. In the movie, Medicine
Man, with Sean Connery, they zip lined over the top of the Amazon canopy. That
would be cool.
Who are some of your
favorite authors?What commonality do
you see in them?
Jayne Castle and Linnea Sinclair.
They write science fiction romance so beautifully that I completely suspend
I believe color says
something about a person’s personality.What’s your favorite color?
Blue. Not sure what that says about
If you could have a
do-over life, what one thing would you do differently?What would you do again?
Sometimes on long trips, Hubs and I
talk about things like this. If I had done things differently before I
discovered him, I wouldn't have the life I have now—which is pretty darn good.
I love him, our children, and grandchildren, which I might not have had. I do
wish I'd been more adventurous younger in life.
What is your writing
process from conception to finished MS?
Ideas pop in my head. Don't know
where from. My Muse??? Usually I "see" the first scene and I start
writing. Often it isn't the first scene in the end. I'm very linear so I write
from the beginning to the middle and on to the end. I'm what's called a
circular writer. I write several pages, go back and add/change something, write
more, go back again, add/change, etc. It works for me. By the end of the
manuscript, I look at the big picture and make changes, read through for
details and typos. Read through again. Then send to an editor.
Are you a planner,
panster or both?
A bit of both but mainly a pantser.
Around chapter 8, I hit a wall and have to figure out how to get from there to
what I know will be the end.
How did you research
for your book?
Sure wish I could have done the
research for my newest book in person. LOL Since The Chameleon is science
fiction romance, I had to do my research online.
What is your all-time
favorite movie?TV show?
Star Wars: A New Hope. That's what
started my love of science fiction adventure. Castle is my fav TV show. Loved
Nathan Fillion in Firefly. Love him even more as Castle.
How important do feel
writing workshops are to any writer?
Very. I can always learn something
If you could learn one
new skill, fear and money no deterrent, what would it be?
Speak French. I'd love to go to
If you had a million
dollars to donate to any one charity, what would it be?
Breast cancer research. Both of my
sisters, a cousin, and an aunt are breast cancer survivors. Now one of my
nieces was recently diagnosed. She starts radiation this week.
What advice would you
like to give to an aspiring writer?
A quote from a favorite movie,
Galaxy Quest: Never give up, never surrender. And develop a thick skin. You'll
need it for critiques and contests. Even more for reviews.
Did anyone mentor you
or help you along the way?Please tell
us about your mentor and what you feel they contributed to your writing career.
Many members of my local writers'
group (Mid-Michigan RWA) were mentors. They have always been willing to share
info and are very supportive. I've tried to pay it back by doing the same to
What is the best advice
anyone ever gave you?
Don't you dare give up. You're too
good a writer. (See what I mean by support?)
you could live anywhere in the world you wanted to, where would it be?
(Language is no barrier)
Right where I am. We recently move
to the Lake Michigan shoreline to be close to our grandchildren. Love it here.
Where do you
On the living room sofa on my
much time do you devote to writing each week?Do you have a day every week that you take off?
About 50-60 hours. That's writing and
marketing. The only time I take off is when my grandkiddies come over.
What is a genre that
you have not attempted that you would like to try?
Young adult. I love the latest YA
novels, like Hunger Games and Divergent. Rick Riordan's books with Greek and
Egyptian mythology are great, too.
Is there anything you
would like readers to know about you?
It's never too late to do what you
really want to do. Unlike a lot of young writers, I waited until my children
were out of high school to start my writing career.
Legally Blond meets Mata Hari
Socialite Jileena Winslott has
perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an
industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in
social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true
self and run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission
to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists
she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.
Security Officer Laning Servary
has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the
Frontier. If he refuses, he can kiss his career good-by. Then Jileena’s father
sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land
they share-crop. He can’t refuse.
In the close quarters of her
ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather,
and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission. As Laning and Jileena
revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about
their goals. Can their budding love survive?
belongs in the family,” Jileena said.
“You have to
accept that your brother is dead.”
heartache, she stood in front of her father, hands on her hips, determined to
bring this to a head. She’d danced around the subject long enough, dropping
hints that he ignored. He may have groomed her older brother to take over, but
she wasn’t going down without a fight. “I am family.”
trademark stare—one that made competitors back off and employees quake—he
pinned her in place. “You don’t have what it takes to replace me.”
His remark sent
such an arrow of hurt through her she snapped, “Neither did Konner.” The moment
the words left her mouth, she wanted to retract them.
back in his chair. The desolation in his expression broke her heart.
dropped to her knees in front of him. “I’m so sorry, Daddy. I shouldn’t have—”
In a gesture she
remembered from childhood, he smoothed her hair away from her forehead then
tipped up her chin. “What you say is true. He had no stomach for this cutthroat
business. And neither do you, thank the Divine One.” He patted her head twice.
“You don’t have to worry about that. Now get up. We have work to do. Plans to
sending you to Galeria 7 to check out this discovery.”
“To the Outer
Rim?” Jileena’s jaw dropped. While her father had sent her on discreet missions
before, he’d never sent her that far from the Central Planets—especially since
Konner had died out on the Frontier.
“You will check
the site and do your own analysis. Put that geology degree of yours into
practice. If, indeed, it is high-grade lambidium, you will negotiate mining
rights with the local tribe.”
He’d done it
again and seemed to enjoy surprising her. He couldn’t mean it. He wasn’t
sending her. He had to be teasing.
Yet he’d never been intentionally cruel. At least, not to her.
can’t send Sindaro. As soon as reporters learn he left for the Rim, rumors
would fly and negotiations would fail.”
He was right
about that. If secrecy was paramount, Father had to send someone whose presence
was innocuous. Someone like his fluff-brained daughter.
imperative. No one will suspect you are going out to the Rim for anything other
than a vacation.”
Hope began to
trickle through her. He’d never had her negotiate anything as important as
mining rights. He was giving her a chance. A chance to prove herself.