Today we have with us, multi published author Dianne Castell. Let's see what tidbits Dianne has in store for us.
Kari: Can you tell us about your latest release and any upcoming releases?
Dianne: Hot Southern Nights comes out in May. This is set in Savannah but a stand-alone book featuring an antiquities librarian on the run from Jurzee mobsters, a race car driver just out of prison and a fire-and-brimstone preacher who's hell-bent on ruining them both. It’s a mystery and hot sex all rolled into one. I loved writing the mobster as the heroine tries to turn him into a Southern gent to hide him form the mob. So much fun.
Kari: I love your humorous sexy stories set in small town USA. Where do you get your ideas from?
Dianne: Everywhere! And with my stories taking place in Savannah visiting here is always an inspiration.
I try to think of things that make me laugh and use them in the books as well as ideas that are emotional for me. In Hot Southern Nights the hero is dyslexic. I worked with children with special needs and know how hard this disability can be and how it affects your whole life. That the hero in Hot Southern Nights has a brainiack brother and that his parents are college professors also adds to his problems. The heroine is a bit of a homebody and her mother is an adventure nut so he has her own issues to deal with. And of course there is a mystery. I loooove a good mystery!
Kari: I know what it's like to be a mom of 4, so I'll ask you what everyone always asks me....how do you find the time to write? What's your schedule like?
Dianne: For me it’s family first. That’s the most important thing in my life and I write around that. It means I get up early and stay up late and write when I get the chance. If you want something bad enough you make it happen and I love writing. Cannot imagine life without it.
Kari: Who are your favorite authors?
Dianne: I love the Stephanie Plum series and Mary Kennedy’s cozy mysteries are wonderful! I love anything with a mystery but not the blood, guts and gore. For me it’s the humorous characters that make a mystery good and not the sensationalism.
Kari: Any tips for those of us who write as well?
Dianne: Keep at it!!!!!!!!!! Never ever give up. Try and see what’s selling, listen to the editors and what they want and do it. Writing the book of your heart is great but center it around what you can sell.
Kari: Anything new on the horizon you'd like to try but haven't done?
Dianne: I’m getting into the cozy mystery genre. I have a series plotted out and cannot wait to get started!
The characters are the thing in a cozy and I’ve got some doozies. Again we’ll be in Savannah. I think I’m a closet belle! J
Thanks, Kari, for having me. I’ll give away a copy of Hot Southern Nights from the responses!!
Kari: Awesome, Dianne. Thanks so much for joining us today. You can find out more about Dianne at her website http://www.diannecastell.com/ I'll be looking for more on that cozy soon :-)
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