Dianne, thanks so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for us.
Do tell Dianne about Hot and Irresistible, the 2nd in your Savannah Sizzles Series.
In a nutshell is:
Four Southern gals
Four hot guys
One lost jewel
A splash of ghosts
A mix of voodoo
And a big dose of mystery
that brings them all together
I wrote this series because I love writing about best friends. Nothing is more special than sharing secrets with you bff. And I love a bit a mystery. Sexy alpha heroes are so much fun and Donovan McCabe is certainly one of those even if he is a Yank!
Why the South & Savannah in particular?
I love Savannah and all things Southern…the history, the food, the talk, the long hot nights made for falling in love. To write a book set in Savannah you have to go there and not just once. You need to experience the city in tourist season and when the locals get to reclaim it for their own. Those who live in Savannah love it. They fought long and hard to keep the big mansions, twenty-three squares and unique little shops from the wrecking ball and big box stores. It is the South. It is unique.
I have a bit of voodoo in my books and that too is a special aspect of Savannah. It’s not simply a tourist enticement but a part of the culture, not that all want to admit it but it’s a fact. Savannah is a character in Hot and Irresistible. It couldn’t be set in NY or LA.
Is there anything you need to get the creative juices flowing? Music or coffee, M&M’s maybe?
I always write in my office which I just redid. There’s room for my two cats to sleep next to the computer…just like they are now… and three windows for great light and nice views of the garden. I run a fan, the noise helps me concentrate. It gets me in the zone and I’m not really in Cincinnati any more but in Savannah or Texas on a ranch or where ever the book is set. The juices get flowing with fear that if I don’t get the book done on time the editor will have a cow. Fear is a great motivator. J
Do you have any rituals? Actors & musicians have them, some call them quirks. Like playing a certain song before going on stage…something like that?
I don’t have the luxury of rituals. I just get the job done and hope I tell a really good story for my readers. I want them to think the money they paid for my book is truly worth it. The publishing market is tight right now and I’m thrill to have books coming out.
Do your characters pop into your head full grown, so to speak, or do they develop over time?
They develop as I go along but if they aren’t talking even at the beginning I know it’s the wrong character or the wrong story. The characters have to fit the story and the story the characters. It is a marriage of ideas and when they all start to work together I know it’s right.
Do they ever annoy you?
It’s fun when the characters annoy me because then I know they’re up to no good and things are going to get interesting.
I don’t like stupid characters especially heroines. Only strong heroines, please! But that can get them into all kinds of trouble and it’s a blast!
Are you currently reading anything?
I’m reading the October releases for Silhouette Special Edition. Love the family tones and small towns. Always a good read.
And I’m catching up on Brothers and Sisters, my fav TV show along with Mad Men. Great writing in both. Terrific characters. I love these shows.
Thanks so much for coming Dianne, I’ve had a large time talking with you.
Thanks for having me, Ivy. It’s been great chatting with you.
I’d like to know if there are any Southern belles out there? Even though I live in Cincy I swear I was born on the wrong side of the Ohio River. I love Southern cooking. Paula Deen is my hero. I love sundresses and the big old Southern homes and the slow way of talking. I love sweet tea, gentlemen and I even know how to twirl a baton. Seriously!
So, are there any Southern belles out there? I’ll give away two signed copies of Hot and Bothered (the first book in the Savannah Sizzles series) from the answers.
Hugs, Dianne Castell