A Review Of An Amorous Dance By Diana Rose

My Dear Future Readers,

I finished reading An Amorous Dance by Jessica Lauryn today. I am tearing up at the end of this book. Jessica Lauryn is a wonderful author and I am looking forward to her next book.

To be honest, I was entranced by her characters and the action in this book. It truly takes the OSCAR for unique storytelling. The complex relationship between Evan Masters and Hannah Rabourn is quite interesting to watch. Neither want to return to the love they once shared and yet it seems that the gravity pulling these two lovers together is indeed stronger than them. Hannah, tries to withstand temptation but in fact finds herself deeper in love with Evan Masters.

I believe that this book deserves to be a bestseller for the vivid images and complex situations it shows. The reader is pulled instantly into the story and from page 1, it is hard to let go. I found the unveiled secrets of the Theater and Augustus Nathanson to be quite a beautiful addition to the action and intrigue which I had gotten a taste of in A Passionate Play. I believe that An Amorous Dance is even more intriguing and lustful, dare I say it, than I thought it would be.

Every character in this book had a surprising back story which I was a happy witness of. Of course, Jessica Lauryn write very interesting and suspenseful stories for each character in this book and I believe that the romance was very on time in this book. In fact, I would say that at times I felt entranced by the words that Ms. Lauryn writes. I felt like I was being pulled into the story and I was living the scene through the character. That is the kind of book I love most. I love Jessica Lauryn as the wonderful author she is and I can’t wait for Rabourn Theater Book 3 to be out so that I can read it.

 Also, I want to say that in reading this wonderfully written book, I learned a lot about the characters and how to create an intriguing back-stories and characters that are relatable to real life. It is called being a wonderful author when the reader can get emotional over what you have written. I feel like Hannah and Evan have become my “friends” as I read their story. It is not often that I feel that with books But with Jessica Lauryn’s books, I truly feel like her characters have become my “friends.”
I will be doing an interview with Ms. Jessica Lauryn in the coming days and I really am intrigued to learn more about how this book developed so perhaps this will be a two-part interview because of all the questions I have in my head.
DON’T MISS IT!!
I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.
Yours Truly,
YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Author Interview with Annie Louise Twitchell About Spinner of Secrets

AnnieMy Dear Future Readers ,

Today, I have a very special treat for you. I’m doing an interview with Annie Louise Twitchell. Ms. Twitchell is a self published author, who also wrote The Christmas Ladder: A Read Along Story as well as Spinner of Secrets which will be released on May 14, 2017.

I posted a review of Spinner of Secrets on Goodreads, please read my review. Spinner of Secrets Review by Diana Rose

Annie Louise Twitchell is a home-schooled graduate who is obsessed with dragons and fairy tales. She enjoys reading, writing, poetry, and many forms of art. When she’s not writing, she can often be found reading out loud to her cat, rabbit, and houseplants, or wandering barefoot in the area around her Western Maine home.

About Spinner of Secrets:

Where will the journey for love take you? Will it be worth the fight?

Letta is a peasant girl, whose father was outlawed and killed when she was small. Though her name means truthful one, she finds herself submitting to her stepfather’s will, and complying with his lies and trickery.

Prince Kyle is her reluctant husband. His mind is focused on one thing: avenging the murder of his childhood sweetheart.

They must learn to trust each other when a strange little man forces them to fight for what is important to them, in a desperate race to save their child’s life.

In this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, Annie Louise Twitchell weaves an enchanting tale of love, longing, and thread.

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  1. What inspired you to write Spinner of Secrets?

It was a writing prompt on a forum I was extensively involved with, two years ago. The prompt was to write a short story, and there must be three elements included there somewhere: a rose, an outlaw, and a castle. My first impulse was to do Beauty and The Beast, but I decided to see if I could do something a little differently. I settled on Rumpelstiltskin, and the story just grew from there.

  1. The feelings in the book are quite “hard” I mean the way the way that Prince Kyle treats Letta. Was it difficult to write Prince Kyle’s character?

Not hard to write; though I wanted to slap him almost every time I went over it in revising and editing. I didn’t have a hard time writing him, he sort of wrote himself. I wasn’t happy about it, and I cried over it several times, but there it is. Life isn’t pretty, and not every fairy tale ending has sweetness or sugar. Sometimes it’s just raw edges, grating on each other. This story has, to my mind, a lot of the sharp edges that the original Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson have. Have you ever read the original of the beloved Cinderella? It is not actually a pleasant story.

  1. Do you believe that Prince Kyle changed his option of Letta because he truly loved her or is it because he felt guilty for not accepting her?

I think there’s a bit of both. He realized he was being terribly harsh and unfair towards her, and later he did learn to love her. She was never going to be Melissa, and once he accepted that, he was able to see her for who she was and accept her for that.

  1. What kind of books do you like to read?

Short answer? All of them. I have a fondness for classics and old literature in particular. I like how the words sound.

  1. Is there a fairy tale that you like more than any others? Why?

That’s a difficult question to answer, since I have a hard time picking favorites. But I think it would be Beauty and The Beast. I want to write a retelling of that one at some point. The trick is finding one that’s different, because there’s so many Beauty and The Beast stories out there, and a lot of good ones.

6. Do you believe that true love exists even in our world?

I think my answer would have to be Jane’s.  “Falling in love at first sight, maybe that’s a story. But mightn’t people learn to love each other? Might they make love, themselves, with work and effort?”

  1. Would you say that life built on lies can be fixed once the truth is revealed like in your book?

It depends on if the parties involved are willing to ask forgiveness and be forgiving, and if they are willing to work for healing and moving forward and truth.

  1. What scene is your favorite to write? Why?

I really enjoyed writing the Epilogue. I liked how it wrapped everything up, and the whole feel of it. I also liked Chapter Ten, even though it made me cry – a lot.

  1. What scene is your least favorite to write? Why?

Chapters Nine and Ten were very hard for me to write. I cried a lot, but I still liked them, for all that. It’s so hard to pick favorites and least favorites!

  1. “Spinner of Secrets” is a very unique title, how did you come up with your title for this book?

It just sort of… came to me. Not while I was dreaming, although I have had that happen before, but I was just working on writing and it showed up in my head. I loved it and there was never any question about it.

  1. The ending of the book was quite unexpected. What inspired such a creative way to end the book?

The ending is actually quite similar to the ending of the original fairy tale, although I lengthened the time between certain events a little and added a few elements of my own, to wrap up my story thread. I just worked with what I had.

  1. Do you believe in true love and that true love conquers all?

I think that love is the building block on which everything is made; romantic love can be fragile if there isn’t other things holding the connection together, but love as love, pure and simple – I think that’s what makes the world spin.

  1. Do believe that people a generally scared to admit they love each other in real life? you Why?

It’s so hard to say what other people think, and I’ve never really been “in love” myself, so I’m not sure how to answer this question. I know that there is what seems a universal fear of being rejected, which could make it very hard for someone to offer their love to someone else.

  1. What made it easy or hard to write this book? Why was it hard? Why was it easy?

It was easy because I loved the story so much. I have almost fifteen years of history with fairy tales, and not Disney or modern fairy tales, either. I read the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson long before I watched any of the Disney stories. They’re full of sharp edges and broken people and finding peace in spite of the shattered pieces, or sometimes, because of them. That gave me a very good feel for the type of story I wanted to tell. It’s not a pretty world that we live in. To quote Jeremiah, “Little comfort, I know. But sometimes we must take the little offered us and make it enough.” There is so much good here, and so much hope, and love. There is so much to live for, and I think once we accept that sometimes living is hard, and that loving is hard, and that people, including ourselves, are broken and worn down from life, I think we can see the beauty clearer.

You’ve heard people talk about guardian angels; I give mine a workout, I’m afraid. But I also like to think I have a writing angel who sits there and whispers ideas in my head, who pokes me to hurry up and stop being scared of putting the words down, and just write. It wasn’t an especially hard story to write, but it was hard to get my head to stop screaming in terror about putting it out there and letting people read it. Conquering anxiety has been one of my biggest struggles in writing this, which is probably why it took almost two years. But conquer it I did, at least, for now.

To be honest, this is a very interesting interview. Annie Louise Twitchell has a very interesting book and I’m glad that I could get her insight on how the book came to be. There is so much that I can relate to in her interview. I, myself love fairy tales and I read every kind. It is truly inspiring to me when an author can take something old and well-known and turn it into art. That is true talent in my eyes.

I believe that Ms. Twitchell has a good start. I think that if anyone likes old fairy tales, they will love this new book that is coming out on May 14, 2017. I really enjoyed interviewing this new author and I hope that I will get to see her on my blog again soon.

I hope you enjoyed the interview.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank  you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Interview with Jessica Lauryn about A Passionate Play

My Dear Future Readers:

I am extremely pleased to have Jessica Lauryn on my blog giving  another wonderful interview.

Ms. Lauryn agreed to talk to me about her new book that came out on November 28, 2016 called A Passionate Play. I wanted to know about how Jessica wrote this book and her new series, The Rabourn Theater Series. It is interesting to me how another author writes her books and makes them so intriguing every time.

In my previous blog post, A Passionate Play Reviewed by Diana Rose, I expressed my thoughts about A Passionate Play after reading it. In fact, this book had made me think about a lot of things and the idea of “strong women” and what it means to be a “strong woman.” In A Passionate Play, Jessica Lauryn explores this concept and makes it interesting to the reader. Which is also one of the things that I wanted Ms. Lauryn’s opinion on in my interview with her.

I truly hope that you enjoy this interview because I feel that Jessica Lauryn speaks about very important things in her interview with me.

  1. What inspired you to write A Passionate Play?

Year ago, before I was published, I was struck by the idea of writing an amnesia-themed romance.  My thought was to create a story in which the hero and heroine were already connected (past lovers, currently involved). The story would take place in a secluded mansion and the heroine would have no understanding of how her circumstances came to be.  In general, my story ideas tend to come from simple themes that build in my mind over time.  In the case of A Passionate Play, years later, when I decided to write a romantic suspense series that would be set in a musical theater, I took the amnesia-theme from my Rolodex of story-line-ideas-in-reserve and decided that, from this idea, I’d create book 1 for the series, in which the heroine would not remember her days of being an actress. This idea allowed me to introduce the setting of the theater slowly, so as build up some suspense before actually “opening” the theater’s doors for readers in book 2.

  1. What kind of research did you do for this book?

I haven’t had any personal experience working in a theater or playhouse, so I did a lot of research in this area.  I was also fortunate because, as luck would have it, my editor did have experience working in a theater and she was able to point out some of the finer aspects of the various jobs there (stage manager, director, etc.)  I am so grateful to her for the assistance she provided me!

  1. Did you know that this book would be a series when you started writing it?

When my idea was simply to write an amnesia-themed romance, I did not, at that point, plan on turning A Passionate Play into a series.  But later, when I decided to write a series set in theater setting, I came to see that the two ideas would work well together and I plotted out five connecting stories, in outline form.

  1. How do you plan out your series?

Once I have an idea of what the underlying plot/theme of the stories will be I’ll work out the simplest ideas first (character names, settings, etc.), and I’ll build to the more complicated aspects of the plot, just as I would if I were writing a stand-alone novel. I then outline each of my stories as best as I can, working to both structure them and simultaneously connect them.  I do, of course, make changes as I’m drafting but the idea is to give myself as much of a jump-start as possible, so I understand, from the beginning, where I want my series to go.

  1. Was it hard to come up with an idea to write this book?

No, not at all.  I tend to come up with ideas for new stories well in advance of being ready to write them and A Passionate Play was no exception.  (If only writing were as simple as just coming up with the ideas, I’d have a hundred books published by now 😊) As it happens, the idea for A Passionate Play came to me before my debut series The Pinnacles of Power Series was published, and the time that it took for me to write this series gave me a lot of time to get my thoughts together for The Rabourn Theater Series.

  1. Are you a big fan of theater? What plays inspired this story?

My experience with theater consists of seeing a handful of Broadway and Off-Broadway plays but the few that I have seen made a lasting impression.  I found Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast to be particularly romantic shows and both served as inspiration (as well as wonderful music to listen to!) while writing A Passionate Play.

  1. A few of your scenes seemed to be truly realistic, example, the bear scene and also the scene where Alicia gets attacked. How realistic were these scenes to you? I mean, did you imagine yourself in these situations?

The bear scene was one of my favorite to write!  Though I am primarily a plotter, this was one of those moments that came to me as I was actually writing, as I simply allowed the characters to tell the story. The thought of being chased by a bear is terrifying and I did envision myself in the situation, in effort to feel out how Nick and Alicia would handle themselves.  I strive, always, to put myself in my characters’ shoes, to get a grasp on their feelings and to see things from their perspective. [This practice has led to me having tremendous sympathy for villains and even reforming a few of them – one of my favorite things to do in books!]

  1. The relationship between Nick and Alicia was quite realistic and funny at times. Was there a specific memory that you used to write this or was it just the way you imagined the story?

I have, in the past, drawn from personal experiences when creating my stories.  In the instance of The Rabourn Theater Series, the finer points were purely imagined.  However, I do put a part of myself into every character I create, both the heroes and the heroines.

  1. Do you believe that a story like Nick and Alicia is possible in the real world in today’s society?

Even more so than I have in the past with regard to contemporary romance, I strived to make Nick and Alicia’s relationship one that really resonates with the modern ways of couples today, people dating in their 30s.  As the first major characters that I’ve personally written about who are engaged in a relationship prior to the beginning of the story, Nick and Alicia were unique to me and I considered carefully what the dynamics of their relationship would be, deciding in the end that the two had lived together and been sexually active before the story begins.  It was very interesting experience for me, writing a romance from this point where the majority of romance novels typically don’t begin.  One aspect of the relationship that was particularly fascinating (with regard to the dynamics of Nick and Alicia’s relationship) is Alicia’s career – though Nick is hiding the truth about Alicia’s life, she has essentially achieved the higher level of success career-wise, which creates yet another challenge for this already-fiery couple.  In my opinion, a story like Nick and Alicia’s is highly possible in today’s society and a happily ever after is possible as well!

  1. Would you say that Nick had a hard time admitting his feelings to Alicia? Why?

As heroes often do, Nick appears, at first, to have an issue regarding commitment.  But this may not be his issue at all – we see as the story progresses that Nick is harboring secrets which may play into a deeper reason for his reluctance in admitting his feelings.  I won’t spoil the story for you!  I’ll simply say that Nick is a good man, conflicted, without a doubt, and his heart is (almost) always in the right place!

  1. Do you believe that people a generally scared to admit they love each other in real life? Why?

As I see it, more than a reluctance to admit to being in love we are a society of people who sometimes profess our love quickly, perhaps with a lack of understanding as to what it is we truly feel. Love is the greatest gift we have to share with one another. It is the essence of our being and the greatest of all phenomenon—what connects us and what is our true purpose for existence. But speaking strictly of romantic love, crushes can sometimes be mistaken for the real-deal.  And true love can be hard to admit to, when one is terrified of a broken heart.

  1. What made it easy or hard to write this book? Why was it hard? Why was it easy?

When I first started writing A Passionate Play, I struggled with getting into a new group of characters.  I was still very much into the throes of writing The Pinnacles of Power Series and my head was not yet in my new series.  Once I’d concluded The Pinnacles of Power series however, I freed up my mind to get to know my new characters, who I now know very well. I had a vision for Nick and Alicia, as I do for others, the couples yet to be written about in The Rabourn Theater Series. Having an idea of where things are going with regard to my characters ahead of time is tremendously helpful to me when it comes to writing their stories.

  1. How do you come up with the idea for your antagonist and main characters?

I begin with very simple ideas for all of my characters—some physical characteristics I’d like them to have, some personality traits—and then I test them out, editing as it seems appropriate as I draft their stories.  At some point during the process things become much clearer and I’m able to fill in whatever blank pieces remain, such as the characters’ background stories.  A few of my character inspirations have come from real life. Many are just plain fantasy.

 14.  Would you say that true love really does conquer all in relation to A Passionate Play and real life? Explain.

I knew, of course, that Nick and Alicia would live happily ever after and clearly, for this stubborn couple, love is what paves the way to them finding common ground. Real life is not as easy to control as a story is but love plays the same role here—it is what make the challenges of a relationship worthwhile.

  1. I noticed that Alicia is very strong in the book, do you believe that strong women can find true love as well?

I believe that every woman is strong and that each one of us brings a different sort of strength to our world. Sometimes that strength isn’t easy to recognize, or to define. But finding it, and figuring out how to best use it is a critical part of figuring out who we are as women. When we love ourselves, it is from this place only from which we can truly love another.

After interviewing Jessica Lauryn about her book, A Passionate Play, I learned a lot of helpful things about writing. For example, when outlining your book if it is part of a series, outline the series too. Also, just as I hoped to  hear, it is advisable to finish one series before starting about something new because it clears your head for more ideas.

Also, I learned more about the characters in A Passionate Play and how she wrote it. I really think that this book and Jessica Lauryn’s attitude towards her character resembles my own in the way that we both try to see the situation at hand through our eyes and correctly add the character’s feelings after evaluating our own feelings in the situations that our characters deal with. In a way, I feel more related to what Jessica Lauryn writes about after this interview.

I also, would like to mention that I am reading the second book in The Rabourn Theater Series right now. So, there will be another interview coming up about Book 2: An Amorous Dance. I want to thank Jessica Lauryn for giving me a wonderful opportunity in interviewing her for my blog because I LOVE her books and I am honored to be her friend. Being friends with this talented romance author is incredibly lucky and honorable.

I hope you enjoyed this interview.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Does Love Have A Face? Answered by Jessica Lauryn

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My Dear Future Readers,

Today, I am very excited to be talking about true love to Jessica Lauryn, author of The Pinnacles of Power Series as well as her new series, The Rabourn Theater Series, An Amorous Dance Book 2. She is a Romance Suspense author and An Amorous Dance was just released on January 17th. It is on Preorder at Siren BookStrand.

I, in fact went to her Release Party for An Amorous Dance which you can read about here: My Reflections About Co-Hosting the Release Party for An Amorous Dance by Diana Rose. It was in fact the most enjoyable party I have ever been to. I won more than I just being a co-host. I won a title for my new book. which is a completely unexpected find.

I am very happy to talk to a fellow romance author about true love because as romance author we write about true love every day. And so, here are the questions that I asked Jessica Lauryn in my first interview with her.

  1. Do you think love can have a face?

Though there are many different ways that this idea might be interpreted, I believe that love, in and of itself, could be described as a face.  We see the face of love whenever we’re served with an act of kindness from another person.  To me, love can be defined as the overwhelming desire to give selflessly of one’s self for the sake of another.  When I look into the eyes of someone who loves their neighbor as they do themselves, I am looking at love’s face.

  1. Would you say that finding love, true love in today’s world as compared to a few years ago is harder or easier and why?

There is no doubt that we’re living in strange times, and the verbiage that we hear in our world through social media, news outlets and general conversation can rarely be described as loving.  Disheartening as that is, I believe that the people in our world have a tremendous capacity to love and that this is as true today as it ever was.  We find true love in the most unexpected ways, at times when we least expect it.  True love is not meant to be completely understood. It never dies and we find it when we’re meant to find it.

  1. What is your definition for true love? Now, I mean the kind of love that lasts 65+ years of marriage.

I believe true love begins with a spark experienced between two people, a fascination that never dies, whether they’re on their first date or celebrating their seventy fifth wedding anniversary.  When two people are truly in love, they bring out the best in each other and they inspire one another to be their best selves.  They cannot imagine their lives without the other person.  They share values on a deep level and they grow to become part of one another over time.

  1. Now, about marriage and a lasting marriage, what would you say is a key element to that?

I do believe that sometimes, soul mates quarrel and go their separate ways.  But to make a marriage work you must have, first and foremost, trust and honesty. Respect and consideration go hand in hand to working as an equal partner to one’s spouse.  All couples fight but those who truly love one another fight fairly.  Their desires and values lead them along the same path.  Neither feels the need to compromise.

  1. If indeed you see that it is true love, how do you recognize that?

As we often see in novels, I believe it is that moment when a person feels as though they have been hit by lightning when they suddenly realize that they are truly in love.  To an observer, true love can be recognized in couples who exhibit true consideration for one another, who are highly attentive to the needs of their partner and put those needs before their own.

  1. What if…Love had a face? Would you be able to recognize it for who it is? Or would you walk past Love and not know that face you just saw was love?

I see love in the faces of my family and friends every day of my life.  Concerning my own true, romantic love, my eyes are always open and when I see him, I will know it!

To be honest with you, I cried on question  number three.Why? Because that is exactly what I saw happen to my grandparents. Yes it made me emotional to read that answer. I believe that Jessica Lauryn echoed more than one of my views on this subject. I got to see another side of her and more like a person rather than just an author of the wonderful books she writes. Her views on love also echo the beliefs that I was taught as young girl from my grandparents’ love story. Which is also the large reason why I, myself, write romance.

I do hope that out there in the world of today there are still people like Jessica Lauryn, myself, and my grandparents who are not with us anymore but have left their love story as an example, so that those of us who still have these same views can find happiness.

This is in fact the kind of love that I write about and I believe that the way Jessica Lauryn spoke about it is the most correct point of view on the subject that comes from a romance author. True love is meant to be shown in actions towards another human being and that in fact is harder to find. I mean, to find the kind of love that is shown in everyday actions and thoughtfulness. Yes, I believe that it is possible.

 I believe that if we keep looking, one way nor another we will find this kind of love.

But as my grandfather used to say, “The question of when that happens is a war secret.”

I, honestly never understand that but as I keep looking, I think that it is true. You can not know when something will happen but you can only hope that it will happen.

I hope that you enjoyed Jessica Lauryn’s interview on my blog. Next interview will be featuring a different author.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Does Love Have a Face?-Part 1

My Dear Future Readers,

Today, I want to  ask you a very important question: Does Love have a face?

Now, many of you might laugh at my question. Go ahead and laugh. But I’m totally serious. This blog is called The Magic of True Love and I realize that I have not talked a lot about Love in my blog as of recently.

SO….I’m here today to change that. Which is why I am going to explore the idea of love more closely. It is said that everyone whom we meet has a face. Everyone has a name and a body. Think about it. What if….Love had a face? Would you be able to recognize it for who it is? Or would you walk past Love and not know that the face you just saw was Love?

It is possible to walk past it. It is possible to not notice and be ignorant of the signs. But, it is wiser to notice and pay attention to the signs of love.

What am I saying? I have no first hand experience, do I? No. I don’t.I’m just like everyone here, looking for a mysterious stranger in hopes that he will be the face that I was meant to find. But honestly, I just wanted to write to you all today and give you some hope. Yes, hope that I rarely have myself but yet, I share it. Why? Because everything relies on hope. Especially love. It is a feeling that seeks out hope and takes it to make things happen. In the hope of finding love is why I write the types of books that I do. It is my way of exploring the idea that true love still exists in the world. It felt right to me. And so does this post.

Now, you want to know why I am so confident in the idea that true love still exists. I’ll tell you, I know that this is only my personal opinion but I saw it work. I know what two people in love look like and many of you think that it may be just me trying to persuade you to believe in love but I will do none of that. You are all smart enough to make your own conclusions.

But…..I want you to know that I write about true love because I have seen it happen around me…to other people. Not me, no. But, to other people. It is sometimes as easy as seeing someone on the street or bumping into them in the elevator of the building you live in but recently, in 2017, it is not as easy anymore. It is much harder than you might think. Which is why I wanted to know for sure if Love has a face.

In my next blog post I will be interviewing Keith Kareem Williams, a self-published author who recently published Death in the City, about this subject. I will tell you more about him in my next blog post. I look forward to this interview and honestly this is going to be my first interview of a published author. Exciting!! I’m sure that he will have some interesting insights into the subject of Love having a face or not. We will see in my next blog post. Get ready to meet him.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

Author Interview: Diana Rose and Her Thoughts

My Dear Future Readers:

I finally got free of a particularly hard edit that I was doing for Book 1: Forbidden Love of my Power of Love Series. Editing takes up most of my time now because I want to make my book as perfect as it can be for you and that is why I have not posted a blog post in a long time. I do apologize for that.

BUT……I am going to answer some more questions for you in this blog post. I always try to be honest in answering these questions so I hope you enjoy the answers.

  1. If you could mention one thing people get wrong about you, what would it be?

Hm……One thing that people get wrong about me would have to be my name. I, honestly don’t know why. I always laugh but it’s kind of funny. People usually call me Diane or Dianne or my favorite out of everyone is Deanna. I just laugh it off. Sometimes I correct the person who writes my name wrong and sometimes I don’t. I figure, it still sounds the same so why correct them.

But I spell my name as D.I.A.N.A. It still amazes me how people get my name wrong after they know me for years.

2. If you had all the money in the world, what would be the one frivolous thing you would do?

Oh, if I had money……Real money and a lot of it, I would probably buy a large house. I would go on vacation every three months. I would have three homes each in a location where the weather would be good. For example, if it is snowing in New York, I would go live in Florida for the winter. I would go to see Italy, France, I hear the Eiffel Tower is beautiful. I would go vacationing to a beautiful Caribbean Island.

New York will always be my home but I want to do things I was not able to do before. I want to things I was not allowed to do before. I want to go to Disneyland. Yes, Disneyland. Don’t laugh at me because I know it’s childish.  But I still want to go and see it.

3. Have you ever met a famous person?

A famous person? Hm…..Only once, I think. I went to a book signing in Barnes and Noble . He was a children sports book writer. I remember I sat in the last row away from the children. I was the only grown up there. The rest of the attendees were from an elementary school. I was too shy to ask questions or even to buy the book the author had come to talk about. But I thought it was well done and the sentiments that his characters were centered on his childrern was quite sweet.

However, I did not meet him in person and I can’t say I talked to the author, I think it still counts.

4. If you could pick the best movie you ever saw, what would it be?

The best movie I ever saw……Hm…….I’ve seen a lot of good movies. I watch romantic movies. I loved the movie, The Notebook and The Lucky One. Both of them were written by Nicholas Sparks. Also, there was A Recipe for Love, A Kiss at Midnight and Sounds of Music.

Yes, I agree, this is a list of more than one movie and there are more. But, I must say that I can’t choose only one movie out of so many great ones. It is like choosing my favorite book. I LOVE books and I can’t choose one out of so many. But as I said, I do love to watch movies and read books so it is no wonder I have a list.

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers. I will have more questions and answers for you next time. You can also comment your questions on this blog post and I will answer them for you.

I look forward vto hearing from myou soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance PUBLISHED Author

Author Interview: More on Writing and Diana Rose

My Dear Future Readers:

I want to apologize that it has taken me a long time to write my next blog post. But, I’m back. In the meantime I have been editing a lot for my Book 1: Forbidden Love. Of course, I wanted to get back to writing these wonderful blog posts and tell you more about me.

Now, I’m back and I can continue the Self-Interviews. I know you have waited patiently for a long time so let me start by saying a big thank you to all of you for your patience.

Here are a few more questions and answers for you.

  1. Which author would you like to be like?

Honestly, I have thought about this quite a lot as I continue writing. This is the first time anyone has asked this question but I do have a few role model authors who I want to be like.

I wanted to be like Danielle Steel who writes wonderful romance novels. I believe she writes one book a year. She has over 500 different books already in print. I thought that if I could write so many books then I would be a good author.

Another one of the authors I want to be like is Nicholas Sparks who wrote The Notebook. This book and others were later made into a movie. I believe thatb in order for a book to be turned into a movie it has to be extremely popular. Now, Nicholas Sparks writes many different subjects even though they are all romance books. I want to be like him because I don’t want all my books to be  written the same way.

In addition to those two authors, I would also say that I want to be like Alyson Noel who writes YA Fantasy Romance and I have read a lot of her books. Her books have a lot of fantasy in them. I like the way she describes everything to the last detail so much that I can see myself in the story. I can feel the emotion and the action of the story and that is what I call a great  author.

2. What is the hardest part about writing?

The hardest thing about writing for me is when I have to come up with a new idea for a book. When the document is blank it is hard for me to figure out what to write. Also another hard part of writing is editing.

Why editing? Editing is hard because you need to go over your draft a few times looking for details that you missed, misspelled words, punctuation errors and much more. It is tiresome  but a very necessary part of writing.

You know, for me, editing is a very educational part of writing. It does not only teach me how to write….it opens my mind to new ideas. Somehow I realize things that my story might be missing and once I had finished my story.

 3. What show would people be surprised you enjoy?

The show that I most enjoy is Once Upon A Time. I don’t know if it will surprise you that I enjoy this show but I do. I like Once Upon A Time because the characters in the show always have something wise to say and I believe that it is true what they say. Also, I like the fact that the show, Once Upon A Time always has a changing plot. No idea is the same in each episode. I have watched the entire series starting from the first season of the show and the ideas always change in each episode. That forces the characters to evolve with the set idea. Even though the general plot is the same the episodes show a different side of the plot every time and at the end of the episode is always a questioning scene which makes the audience look forward to the next episode.

I would like to use that kind of idea in my writing to keep my readers waiting and wanting more at the end of my books. That is why I watch Once Upon A Time because it is somehow close to the things I write about.

4. How different are you now than when you were a teen?

Now, I believe that I have a clear idea of how I want to live my life. I have a vision of my dream. I am more productive in achieving what I want in my life. I am braver in going after the things I want. For example, if I want to have a healthy body, I do something to make that happen…I eat better, exercise. Or if I want to be more public, I write more blog posts, I share my posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+. Anything that I might want to achieve, I know what I must do and then nI do it. I strive to make things I do as perfect as they can be, like my books.

But when i was a teenager, I was not so focused. People told me, guided me in the right direction and unlike now when I can make my own decisions and stand by them, I followed the decisions of other people. I believed that they wished me well. They did wish me well but they wanted what they thought would bring me happiness. But i grew up like everyone does and I realized that my dream of becoming an author was more important to me than working at a job that I no longer believed would make me happy.

Writing makes me happy, being able to have 2,104 likes on My Author Page and 49 followers of this blog makes me happy. Learning how to write through editing my book and buying books to enhance my knowledge about how to write better makes me happy. That is how things changed for me. I realized that no matter what or who comes into my life or leaves my life, I will be happy because I have my dream, my dream of becoming a full-time author and that is more important to me than anything else.

When I was a teenager , I looked for someone else to make me happy and now I do not. I am happy standing alone with my dream. I have goals and my dream and that is all I need for right now even though I might want more.

I hope you enjoyed my answers to these questions.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author