It is my absolute pleasure to welcome author Diane Alberts to BLI today! Diane has been taking over book sales charts with her recent romance releases, including On One Condition, Divinely Ruined, and her most recent effort, Try Me.
Some things that Diane is all about? Awesome characters (including yummy tortured heroes), clever story concepts, and a wealth of writerly passion and inspiration. She talks to us about all of these in the interview below, even sharing some tidbits about her book Divinely Ruined (check out the synopsis and BLI review here). So stay tuned (and give Diane a warm BLI welcome)!
Alisha: Welcome to BLI, Diane!
Diane: Thank you so much for having me here, today!
Alisha: Can you describe Divinely Ruined for us–Twitter style (140 characters or less)? ^_^
Diane: Rebecca doesn’t want love or a family. Yet Tony tempts her to give it all up for a chance at just that–even if it means losing her wings.
Alisha: Now, what’s so refreshing about this story’s concept is that the angels (and in Rebecca’s case, angel in training) are quite relatable and humanlike. What inspired your using that angle?
Diane: I have read a lot of angel books, and all the angels are well-mannered and perfect—as most people picture them to be. To me, I wanted a different type of angel. One who remembered her humanity, and was still susceptible to it. Rebecca formed in my head, and I went with it.
After all, she was human, too—so why wouldn’t she have a hard time controlling her impulses?
Diane: Nope! My editor actually suggested the trio idea, and then we brainstormed on what the next two books should be about. He’s the best when it comes to that stuff—and he helped me form the ideas that you will soon read in Divinely Ransomed and Divinely Redeemed.
Alisha: What kinds of stories do you enjoy as a reader?
Diane: Oh, I love any type of romance book. I’ve been hooked since I was twelve, and I don’t think I’ll ever prefer another type of book to romance. I love falling in love with the characters. I love watching them fall in love. I love…love.
Alisha: What kinds of romantic protagonists draw you, as both a reader and a writer?
Diane: Tortured heroes and flawed heroines. I never realized how much I love them emotionally scarred. Sometimes, physically. LOL.
Alisha: You’ve mentioned that you first became a published author in 2011; when did you first begin to write? When did you first decide you actually wanted to write?
Diane: I always wanted to be an author, since I was a kid. But I finished my first novel in July 0f 2009. I then began the long process of querying, revising, and querying again. I got my first “yes” in May 2011…and haven’t stopped since!
Diane: I have a few different ones out with my editor and agent right now! I’ve recently completed my very first historical romance—and loved every single second of it! Also, I finished a YA book that is dark and twisty—and oh-so-much fun!
Alisha: I hear you’re a knitter! Do you have a favorite type of item that you’re partial to making (e.g., blankets, hats, socks)?
Diane: Yes, I am! I am currently on a shawl kick! I love knitting them. I also like knitting little skirts and pants for my three year old, and socks!
Alisha: …and while you knit, are you able to watch TV or listen to audio books? [side note: I'm always amazed when someone can. I always mess up and inevitably drop stitches! ^_^]
Diane: It depends on the item! ~grin~ If it’s just purling and knitting, I can watch TV. But if it’s lacework? I need to focus, so I don’t watch TV then.
Alisha: Thank you so much for your time, Diane!
Diane: Aw, thank you so much for having me here! I hope to come back to visit sometime soon!
Where to find Diane:
Diane has generously offered an e-copy of her book, Divinely Ruined, to one lucky commenter!
All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment or tell us: are you, too, a fan of tortured heroes and flawed heroines?
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
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This giveaway is open to all!
Giveaway ends on Saturday, June 30th, 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.