Monday, May 19, 2014

Diane Burton

Diane Burton 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.

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Books by Diane Burton:


            Switched, Too

            Switched Resolution

            The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel

            The Chameleon: An Outer Rim Novel

            One Red Shoe

            How I Met My Husband (contributor)

 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 belief.


I believe color says something about a person’s personality.  What’s your favorite color?


Blue. Not sure what that says about me, though.


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 new.


If you could learn one new skill, fear and money no deterrent, what would it be?


Speak French. I'd love to go to France.


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 newer writers.


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?)

If 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 write? 


On the living room sofa on my laptop.

How 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 fiancĂ©—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?
“The company belongs in the family,” Jileena said.
“You have to accept that your brother is dead.”
Despite her 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.”
With his 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.
Father slumped back in his chair. The desolation in his expression broke her heart.
Immediately, she 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 make.”
“Baby, I’m 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.
“I certainly 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.
“Discretion is 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.
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Sarah J. McNeal said...

When I read how you got home from that party at age 11, my heart leaped into my throat. I'm glad you made it home safely.
I'm a big sc-fi fan, too. I love Star Trek and the most recent movies just get better and better. I also loved the Fire Fly series.
I really enjoyed reading this interview with you, Diane and I wish you continued success in your life and your work.

Diane Burton said...

Sarah, thank you so much for commenting. Another sci-fi fan. Yay, a kindred spirit. I'm glad I got home safely from that party, too. When we're kids, we don't think about danger. Thanks for your good wishe.

Diane Burton said...

Oops, that should have been "wishes". I think the "s" on my computer is sticky. LOL

KristenAnn said...

Great interview, Diane - there's always something new to learn about you! By the way, I was curious, so I looked this up: If your favorite color is blue...

"Soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, Blue is the color of deliberation and introspection, conservatism and duty. Patient, persevering, conscientious, sensitive and self-controlled, Blues like to be admired for their steady character and wisdom. They are faithful, but are often worriers with somewhat inflexible beliefs and can be too cautious, and suspicious of flamboyant behavior."

Is it accurate? :)

RT Wolfe said...

Seven books?! When did this happen! Congratulations Diane, and the very best of wishes to you. Wow!
-R.T. Wolfe

Diane Burton said...

Hi, Kristen. Most of what blue signifies is true of me. Definitely not conservative, though. Thanks for stopping by. I'm hopping over to your blog right now.

Alyssa Alexander said...

Zip line, huh? Wow! Fun!! And I'm glad you got home safely too!

Congrats on your new release!

Diane Burton said...

Hi, R.T. I just don't know how that happened. :) But only 6 books. I'm just 1 of 26 authors who contributed to How I Met My Husband. That was a fun thing. Thanks for the good wishes.

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, Alyssa. I think I'd be scared during the zipline I'd probably wet my pants. LOL

Unknown said...

Loved your answers Diane. I also went zip lining and it is scary but adventurous. You sound like a very happy woman, and that is really great. Michigan sounds wonderful and especially by the water. Good luck with your books.

Lucy Naylor Kubash said...

You're an inspiration, Diane, and I wish you tons of success with your new release and writing career. Nice interview, too!

teresa said...

What a wonderful interview, Diane. I loved learning more about you. You're story of walking home gave me chills. And zip-lining sounds like so much fun, especially over the Amazon. Best wishes!

Diane Burton said...

@JoAnne Thanks for the good wishes. I guess I am pretty happy.

@Lucy Thanks so much. You know how much I appreciate your support.

@Teresa We can be so stupid when we're young. The more I think about that the worse it seems. Thanks for your good wishes.

Diane Burton said...

In the interview, I was asked about mentors. Here's a shoutout to the wonderful ladies of the Mid-Michigan RWA who came over to wish me well.

Kristen Brockmeyer
Alyssa Alexander
Lucy Naylor Kubash

See what I mean about support? Thanks, guys!

Kristy McCaffrey said...

I love sci-fi and look forward to checking out your book! Enjoyed your interview.

Kristy McCaffrey said...

Oh, and I also love Medicine Man and Star Wars, and Galaxy Quest is a much-viewed movie in my house!!

Alicia Dean said...

Really enjoyed the was much fun learning new things about you. Hope you get to zip line and visit France one of these days. Wow...50 to 60 hours a week? I'm jealous! Congrats on all the success and on the new book. Can't wait to read it (I'll have to add it to my Diane Burton TBR pile. I promise, The Pilot is my next book to read!) Even though I'm not a sci-fi fan, I'm a Diane Burton fan, and I love your work. :)

Melissa Keir said...

Diane... the book sounds wonderful. I love the idea of a fluff daughter getting a chance to be in charge.

I second what you said about MMRWA- those ladies (including you) rock!

Connie Bretes said...

Hi Diane, your book sounds like a great read and its on my 'to read' list. Great interview.

J.S. Wayne said...

Terrific interview, Diane! I loved Medicine Man...haven't seen that movie in ages. :D Thanks for hanging out today!

Diane Burton said...

@Kristy McCaffrey Thanks. My love of Star Wars has been passed down to my 4-yr-old grandson who wants to be a padawan to his chef uncle.

@Alicia I read & answer biz email while watching TV. That counts. LOL Thanks for the endorsement. :)

@Connie & Melissa 2 great MMRWA supporters. Thanks, ladies.

@J.S. Thanks for stopping by. Anything with Sean Connery gets my attention. Love how irascible he is at the beginning & how she gives back everything she gets.

Susan Coryell said...

Thanks, Diane--a very inspirational blog--especially about developing a thick skin. So true! You have developed an amazing output of time and talent and I am in awe of your work ethic--50-60 hours per week! I say, keep writing, but DO enjoy those grand kids--they are our gift for not strangling our children, you know.

Diane Burton said...

Susan, I laughed at your comment about our children. So true.

Thanks for stopping by.

Diane Burton said...

Congratulations to Kristy McCaffrey who won a copy of The Pilot. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a comment.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

Congratulations, Kristy!