Thursday, September 23, 2010
Interview of Author Keta Diablo
Today it's my pleasure to present an interview of romance author Keta Diablo!
Latest Book: Where The Rain Is Made
Buy Link: http://tinyurl.com/37oepsy
Keta (kee-ta) lives in the Midwest portion of the country on six acres of beautiful woodland. Here, she communes with nature; eagles, owls and loons (the winged version). There's a lovely environmental lake on her property named after a famous Native American chief, and the locals insist burial grounds from 150 years ago exist in her woods. Hmm. Maybe it's not always the wind she hears howling at night.
When Keta isn't writing she loves to read and garden and spends far too much time at the local animal shelter trying to wrangle a way to adopt them all. Two years ago she adopted Emma LaPounce, a mid-life feline who was in crisis when her long-time owners moved out of town, took their furniture but left her behind. Hours before Emma was to journey to the other world, Keta adopted her, and now she runs the entire darn house.
Q: What part of the book is the easiest for you to write? Why?
A: The easiest part for me is dialogue and that’s because I “get it”. I can easily imagine a scene and know what the characters would say to one another or what the inflection in their voice would sound like. I’m not sure why, but that part generally flows much better for me.
Q: What part of the book is the hardest for you? Why?
A: Two parts – the beginning and the ending. The other parts of the book are like a road map in my mind. Once I get started (the hard part) I usually know where I’m going next in my head. The ending is difficult because you don’t want it to be sappy or very anti-climactic. You want to end on a positive note most of the time if you’re writing romance and the reader expects that HEA. It’s hard for me to wrap up a book after I’ve become so attached to the characters and the story.
Q: Do all your heroes and all heroines look the same in your mind as you “head write”?
A: Gosh, I hope not. I look through magazines until I find the perfect picture for my hero and heroine. Then I post it above my computer and refer to it often while writing. This also helps me keep the hair and eye color straight.
Q: Do you eat comfort food when writing? If so, what food inspires your imagination?
A: The only thing I have along the lines of food or beverage while I’m writing is coffee or tea, occasionally a little chocolate. I take a break away from the laptop or desktop when I’m writing to eat. And it’s a much-needed break.
Q: What hobby do you enjoy when not writing?
A: I love to garden, but live in the Midwest part of the country, so we only have about four months to enjoy the flowers. I do a lot of reading if I can, and also spend time at my local animal shelter trying to figure out how I can bring more abused and neglected pets home. Unfortunately, I can’t save them all.
Q: What is your favorite romance book that you’ve read?
A: I have several in the romance genre I adore. The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne is at the top of my list and Windflower, a novel written by Laura London (actually a husband and wife team) from the 1980’s. I’ve read that book over and over and love the secondary characters almost as much as the first. Today, the writing would be considered purple prose and very flowery, but there are scenes that are so vivid, so humorous, I laugh every time I read it.
Q: What genre would you like to try writing in but haven’t yet done so? Why?
A: I’d love to try Young Adult, but don’t now that I could. I have to read a lot more books in this genre before I would even attempt it.
Q: Facebook, MySpace, Blogs, Chats, or Twitter. Which do you like best and why?
A: I never do chats, that’s not for me. I love to Twitter and I have a Facebook fan page which I use frequently. Please join me! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keta-Diablo/88641942024
Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
Keta’s Haunt, Author Home, http://www.ketadiablo.com
Keta’s Keep Erotic Blog: http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com
The Stuff of Myth and Men, (Gay Fiction Blog) http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com
Romance Writers Behaving Badly, http://romancewritersbehavingbadly.blogspot.com
Quackers and Tease, http://quackersandtease.blogspot.com
Decadent Publishing, http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=150&osCsid=6et71em2e1fd7it6t22o88ehr4
Amber Quill Press: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/BloodOath.html
Noble Romance Publishing, http://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=20
Phaze Publishing: http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Crossroads
Where The Rain Is Made, Paranormal Erotic Romance, Decadent Publishing
Shapeshifter, Time Travel
A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother, Marsh. Now she must spend every waking moment planning an escape from the camp of the brutal savages. What she doesn't count on is the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme.
Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum in Washington, D.C....most of the time. But when he travels through time to help his beloved People, he becomes Meko, leader of the most revered and feared tribe of the plains, the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers.
Their worlds are decades apart, yet Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnapped during a raid. He has many battles to fight, but none more crucial than capturing Cesca’s heart forever.
Cesca had never seen him so calm. Vapors rose from the water like a fine mist, sheathing his shoulders and head. Meko moved not an inch, and for a moment she wondered if he drew breath. He came toward her, the ripples circling, beckoning her. “It will never be over between us,” he whispered.
His words threw her mind into total disorder. She stiffened and thrust an arm out, hoping the action would be enough to hold him back. Yet still he advanced. He encircled her outstretched wrist with a gentle hand and pulled her to him. His warm breath fanned her wet skin. Drawing her head back, he bared her throat and delivered a series of lingering kisses to the throbbing pulse in her throat. His lips traveled along the damp flesh of her shoulder before he claimed her mouth.
A hot flame clawed through her belly when he slipped one hand beneath the water, pressed it against the small of her back and pulled her closer...closer until she felt the full length of his hard body against hers.
All desire to claw his face vanished. Any shred of resistance she intended to use disappeared as quickly as the space between them. His tongue probed the inside of her mouth. She clung to him with her legs wrapped around his hips. When he pulled back, her breaths came in short bursts. She heard a moan and prayed it wasn’t hers. Lucifer, she was such a fool for the man!
Meko cradled her in his arms and pushed through the water back to shore and laid her in the tall grass. A Cheyenne curse fell from his lips as he looked down at her. Events happened so fast, she couldn’t think. The soft beating of the drums, distant laughter, and the soothing sound of water trickling over rocks came to her through a fog.
And then she surrendered.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for hosting me! My latest release is Where The Rain Is Made, an erotic romance through Decadent Publishing.
Where The Rain Is Made will remain on my shelf for years to come and be revisited often :) I cringed, flinched, sighed and shed a tear. Any story that can do that has my vote all the way. Ms. Diablo, I look forward to seeing more from you in the future. 9 out of 10 STARS! SERIOUSLY REVIEWED
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