Welcome Diana Green today
To get us started, can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
This has been a busy six months for me. In March I sold my first novel, (romantic sci-fi New Sion) to Champagne Books. It just released last week. Then in August I sold my second book, (fantasy romance Dragon Wife) to The Wild Rose Press. Currently I’m working on the sequel,Dragon Warrior.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
I love watching So You Think You Can Dance?
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’ve taken belly dancing classes and even performed with a troupe briefly.
Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
My ideas come from many sources. Sometimes it will be a place I visit or a piece of music I hear. Other times, it’s as simple as seeing an interesting character, walking down the street. Strangely, quite a number of my ideas come from dreaming. I have tremendously vivid and varied dreams, so often I’ll wake up in the morning and rush to write down an amazing scene or setting before I forget it.
If you could replenish your cabinets with one junk food, what would it be?
Barbara’s Cheese Puffs. They are irresistible, especially when I’m watching a movie.
Is music a factor for you while you are writing? Do certain songs put you in the right frame of mind to write certain stories?
Absolutely! I use iTunes to create specific playlists for each book I’m working on. If I get stuck or I’m feeling uninspired, I put the playlist on, and it takes me right back into the world of my story. For example, Dragon Wife required epic sweeping music, like the soundtrack from Lord of the Rings. Whereas New Sion had more of a spare acoustic feel.
What is coming up for you in 2014? Anything you want to tease us with?
I have a couple of fun projects coming up. My sci-fi romance novella, On the Outside, will be released in 2014. Dragon Wife will also be available. It is the first part of my Dragon Clan Trilogy, which follows a clan of dragon shifters through three generations. I have to say, I completely fell in love with Huroth, the hero of Dragon Wife. He is the clan’s chieftain, a black dragon, and utterly delicious. Even my editor was drooling over him. He’s alpha all the way, without being a jerk about it. If you want to find out more about my books, visit my website atDIANAGREENBOOKS.COM. There are excerpts, trailers and more.
New Sion (Romantic Science Fiction)
Pretending to be a man isn’t easy. Finn Colville has pulled it off for years, but things get complicated when she falls for her new bounty hunting partner, Eamon Sullivan. On the planet New Sion, it’s against the law for a woman to wear pants and carry a gun, much less shoot people for a living. What will happen if Eamon discovers her secret?
On a backwater planet, at the edge of a galactic war, one man, one woman, and one desperate alien cross paths. Together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime, bound for revelation and redemption.
They rode north for a couple of hours then stopped around noon. It was a warm day, so they made camp beside a small river where they could swim and do some washing. Eamon took the first dip, while Finn rested in a patch of shade.
It was perfectly clear weather, like a final breath of summer. She lay staring up through the swaying sweetbark fronds. They made a lovely pattern against the cloudless blue sky. In the brush beside the river, birds rustled and sang, adding their music to that of the flowing water. The tang of Satan’s vine drifted through the air along with the spicy scent of redthorn thickets warmed in the sun.
Finn felt happy, despite her aching side. She wouldn’t have minded going on like this for a long time, riding a little further each day, seeing the countryside, enjoying her friendship with Eamon.
She heard him whoop as he plunged into the water, and she couldn’t resist looking toward the river. The bushes along the bank formed a partial screen, but she could still see him swimming and splashing about.
The water must have been cold, because he didn’t stay in long. Soon he was standing in the shallows, scrubbing himself with a bar of soap before jumping back in the river to rinse off. With a curious thrill, she observed all of his actions. In her entire life, she’d never seen a man with no clothes on.
Eamon was nicely formed, with long lean lines to his body. He looked fit and strong, but not bulky. She watched him putting on his trousers and washing the rest of his clothes. He spread them over the bushes to dry. She liked the way he moved, his muscles bunching and stretching under his skin.
“Oh brother,” she muttered, realizing her mistake. He looked too good, and this wasn’t going to help the situation.
She changed position, turning her back to the river, trying to close her eyes for a nap. Of course, she wasn’t remotely sleepy now. The afternoon’s heat smothered her, and she sat up, taking off her boots and rolling up the sleeves of her shirt.
“You ready?” Eamon called, walking up from the river. He was shirtless and barefoot, his hair still damp from the swim.