Interview with Diane Alberts + Giveaway

Filed in Diane Alberts , featured , Giveaways , Interview , The Needy Lover Posted on June 13, 2012 @ 7:00 am 19 comments

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?

Alisha: What prompted you to write a trio of stories, as opposed to a standalone, or an ongoing series? Did the idea for the three stories come to you at once?

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!

Alisha: You have thus far already written in a range of sub-genres. Are there any themes or tropes that you would like to try your hand at in the future?

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:

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

This giveaway is open to all!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, June 30th, 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Alisha

Alisha, the bespectacled and ever nerdy California girl, simply won't leave home without a book in hand. She loves language learnin' and is working toward becoming a bonafide grammar ninja. On any given day you'll find her haunting local libraries or baking scores of cupcakes and sweet treats.

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  • Diane June 13, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I am a fan yes; I don’t know wht it is that attracts us towards tortured heroes other that we want to save them or make them forget their past.

  • aurian June 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for the lovely interview, and good luck with the new release! I do like flawed characters in my books I can identify with and root for!

  • Danni T June 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I do like stories with tortured heroes and flawed heroines. I like when they’ve actually seem human and not too perfect to be annoying. Usually if they’re flawed then you can sympathize and root for the character more.

  • Tracey D June 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I enjoy reading about tortured heroes and flawed heroines. I think the these flaws add a level of complexity to the character but at the end we understand him/her better.

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  • Arianne June 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I love tortured heroes, I prefer strong heroines

  • Viki S. June 13, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I love the tortured hero. My all time favorite and book boyfriend is Larissa Ione’s Wraith. Talk about torture.


  • Lynn K June 14, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Tortured heroes? Oooh yes, sign me up please! 😀

  • bn100 June 14, 2012 at 2:39 am

    Yes, I like to read about tortured and flawed characters.

  • ladymilano June 14, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Yessss… I love tortured hero, a tortured hero always steal my sympathy from the start. 😉

  • Laurie June 14, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Totally a fan of the tortured and flawed! I love to see when they finally overcome their past and find happiness!

  • Tamsyn June 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I think tortured and flawed heroes and heroines are interesting and yes, I love them! It is great to finally find them in a HEA.

  • erinf1 June 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for a great post and giveaway! OOOHHH… I’ve been lusting after this book 😉

    I love tortured heroes and heroines. But they need to have a legitimate reason for their flaws and/or want to overcome them otherwise I think it degenerates into a pity party.

  • Victoria Zumbrum June 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Yes I am a fan of tortured heroe. I love reading about them and the women who help them. It also makes the story very interesting.

  • DANIELA June 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    yes I’m a fan of tortured heroes. I guess that’s what makes “more human”. Helping fix them is always a chaallenge 🙂

  • sienny June 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

    i can’t say if i’m a fan.. but i prefer my hero/heroine not so perfect

  • Laura June 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I never want my heroes to be too perfect, or I can’t relate to them at all. I think some flaws add to the story, but it can’t be too major or it will be distracting. It’s tough to find that perfect balance! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Margay June 17, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I am definitely a fan of tortured heroes and flawed heroines – or vice versa. It makes for a much more interesting story.

  • Rachel Elizabeth June 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I’m a huge fan of tortured heroes and flawed heroines. They make stories so much more interesting.

  • Joanne B June 23, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hugh fan of tortured heroes and flawed heroines. They’re working towards a goal, trying to overcome their past deed or what’s been done to them. They make the story interesting and not boring.

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