Where Do I Find My Ideas?

My Dear Future Readers,

Recently, I was asked where I get my ideas from. An interesting question really. Which is why I want to write this post.

Have you ever heard of the phrase,  ideas are everywhere”? I find that this is more true every day.  It is not about finding ideas really  but about finding inspiration to write those ideas down on paper. Or,in my case on this post.  Sometimes, it admit it is hard to find one idea to write. But, I try to think about what I would want to read and that helps me write.  In some cases, it takes longer time but it really doesn’t matter how long it takes, what matters is that you have ideas.

For example, the ideas I am writing down now in my book came really unexpectedly that I me.  Those are the best kind of ideas if I were to be honest with you.  Sometimes, the euphoric ideas are the ones that help you write faster. Now, that is not to say that every author has to write only when they get a euphoric idea. I’m saying that a euphoric idea helps to add words to the story faster.  Authors should write everyday no matter what. It helps to come up with ideas faster when you are already in the process of writing something.

Passion about the things that you are writing about is also important.  Why? Because if you are passionate about the subject you are writing about,  you can find more to say about it. Passion about anything makes a person seem more interesting. For example, when I talk about my book, Book 1: Forbidden Love  or another book that I am writing in the series, I begin to sound different as though I can talk about my ideas for hours if I am not stopped. That is what passion is.  I think that many of us forget about this because we find less things to be passionate about in today’s world.  But it really doesn’t matter what you are passionate about whether it is art, music,  dance,  literature,  reading,  writing or something else,  passion is a good thing to have.

I think if you are writing or making art you also need to learn discipline.  Now, it does not mean you have to force yourself to sit and make art every day for the fear that someone will come and beat you with a ruler like in the old times. No. I mean that you have to devote time to the activity. Enough time to accomplish something that you can be proud of later.

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

Soulmates Are Forever

My Dear Future Reader,

 Today, I want to talk to you about soulmates.  Somewhere in this world there are people who are destined to be together. Sometimes, you can live your life and never meet your soulmate. But, some people who are lucky, get to meet the one who they will spend the rest of their lives with.  It’s the one person who you feel extremely close with and who you trust 100%.

Soulmates are extremely rare in today’s world, rare to find and that is why I decided to write this blog post. No, I did not find my soulmate as of yet (stop looking at me like I’m crazy to be writing about things I have not found yet). But, I do plan to find my soulmate. It is not as easy as putting in a search engine like Google looking for a soulmate and millions of options show up. Many people look for years before they find one who they were meant to be with.

But you know me, I always have hope for a better day. It is not easy at times but I figure that it is better to smile than it is to cry. Besides crying is bad for the health of the person. That is why I choose not to cry.  My soulmate is somewhere out there and I believe that he is looking for me. In today’s world, it’s important to not give up on hope.

That is why I write about true love. For true love is unimportant who you are as long the person truly loves you. Even if he isn’t a prince with a crown, he could still love you. Happiness can come from anywhere and you just have to recognize it. The right people for you may not be right for anyone else and that is why they are called soulmates. Every soul has their own mate and who they want to live their life with.  I am a firm believer of a true match made when people first meet.

Of course, if that person is not  the soulmate of your life, there will be signs that can’t be ignored. You need to be open to seeing these signs before things get too out of control. But, on the eother hand, sometimes people are too blinded by their feelings to see the obvious signs that the person is not their soulmate at all. The hardest aspect is of course finding your soulmate because it is like “looking for a needle in a haystack.” But that does not mean that it is impossible.

My suggestion is to allow yourself to have an open mind the next time you think that you found your true true love because the signs are always going to point you in the right direction.

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

Her Knight In Shining Armor

My Dear Future Readers,

A little girl dreams of a Knight in Shining Armor. A Prince who would carry her off to a beautiful castle where they would live happily ever after. As a young girl who enjoyed watching Disney movies and reading old fairy tales, I, too believed in this dream. After all, isn’t it grand to be carried off into the sunset by a dashing gentleman who risked his life to save you?

A person, usually a man, who comes to the aid of another, usually a woman, in a gallant and courteous manner.

 Yes, it is. But as we grow up that dream fades because we realize fairy tales are not real. Fairy tales don’t have to be real to make you believe. You believe because you know that fairy tales were there when you needed someone to prove that good things really exist. So, you believe in the Prince who would take you away and make your life beautiful. It is that exact image that every girl grows up with. Painting a picture in her head of a handsome Knight in Shining Armor who would fight to protect her with his own life.

 But each of us have our own Prince. Meaning, when the time is “right” he will come. Yes, I can understand that many of us, women don’t want to wait. So, we go out looking but I believe that if true love is meant to find you, you don’t have to look too hard because he will find you.

I believe that a knight in shining armor does exist. Maybe, the prince has forgotten the fairy tales and therefore forgotten about looking for his princess. It happens. In fact, people say “you need to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince.” Maybe, there is some truth to it but perhaps it is not the only thing.

Knights should be brave, confident, and come to the rescue. So far, I have not met a man like that. It feels like that kind of person is rare and at times, my girlish dreams seem wrong. But, I want what I want and I know that if I stop wanting to meet a person like that, I will never meet him.

I know it seems silly, but I believe in getting my own magical fairy tale happy ending and yes, it may make you laugh but I do believe in happily ever after.

Why?

Because in the world that we live in everything is sometimes really gloomy and unfeeling. The sentiments of romance and  a happily ever after  ending is rarely visited if only in fairy tales and that is why we must  strive to believe in a happily ever after. In the words of actress, Ginnifer Goodwin who plays Snow White in Once Upon A Time:

“What are fairy tales? Fairy tales are a sense of hope that one day everything will be okay and that a happily ever after does exist.”

This  is why I strongly believe in happily ever after and knights in shining armor. After all, knights in shining armor are a wonderful representation of fairy tales and dreams  and hope.  Sometimes, it is this hope that dreams come true that pushes us to go forward and achieve something that  we thought was impossible.

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

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

A Romance Sparkles on the Dance Floor

My Dear Future  Readers,

In so many Disney and non-Disney movies a romance begins with a dance. But what is the allure of the dance floor, really?  Is it the sparkling lights? The music of the waltz? Or is it…..the most obvious of all–the partner you are dancing with?

Gentlemen in high society have always been rather “dashing” in their well-tailored suits. Ladies swoon over such gentlemen. If a gentleman asks you to dance, the lady must accept. It is the custom of high society that a dance must be accepted. The music starts and everyone else disappears. Imagine it. A romantic dance– just the two of you dancing and twirling to the music–a truly romantic setting.

Imagine the music, the partner you want to get to know better and then this dance that is a slow turn into romance itself. A dance that allows both of you to ask the questions that no other setting would allow.

“Would it be acceptable if I court you, milady?” the gentleman asked.

The lady blushed and smiled. “Of course, Sir.”

The gentleman smiled and twirled her. When they come back together, he asked, “So, do you come to balls such as this often?”

“Not often but I like them well enough,” the lady replied

 A dance and a pleasant conversation. Is that not the start of a beautiful love story? Or perhaps a continuation of it. Maybe, it’s the magic of the moment when that person’s sparkle just right in the dimness of the lights that you see the truth. Love is in the air. I know that you might not believe it but I can’t dance. OOPS, did I just say that?

I can’t dance.

Yes, I did. But, I love watching people dance. That’s why I think that adding a dance to a story is a good thing. It gives the story just a little more romance than it used to have.

And yes, a good-looking gentleman would help a lot.

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

Forbidden Fruit of the Heart

My Dear Future Readers,

Have you noticed all the stories about true love that the parents don’t approve of for one reason or another?

Well, I have a story for you that is quite personal and dear to my heart. I have been carrying this story with me for a long time. I believe that since my blog is about true love, this story would be very fitting. My grandmother told me this story many times. My grandparents are both gone now and this story is near and dear to my heart because it is the reason why I write romance. I loved this story and now I think it is time that I share this story with you, my dear future readers.

This story is about my great-grandparents who have since long gone and are remembered fondly. The story of their love is one that made me think about fate and I still do.

Before my great-grandparents got married their families did not think it was a good idea to wed a poor boy with a fairly rich (for those times) girl.  In an effort to separate them, my great-grandfather’s family arranged his marriage with another girl of a more fitting social class.

However, fate was not happy.

The first woman my great-grandfather was to marry had burned in a fire and died right before the wedding.

My great-grandfather’s parents were horrified by the news. But soon, they introduced their son to another young woman. They seemed to like each other although not as much as he loved my great-grandmother. And so, it was decided that he would marry her.

Three days before the wedding, there was a flood in the town and the woman he was betrothed to drowned in the flood. Again they were all deeply disturbed. by the news of the flood.

And so, for the third try, my great-grandfather was introduced to  yet another woman who I believe as the story goes died in a car accident. (Or so I think.)

After the third woman died, my great-grandfather’s parents finally understand that it was fate that had done all this. They sat with their son and said, “We do not want any more deaths on our heads. If you want to marry the woman you love, then do it. We believe that you two were meant to be.”

My great-grandparents got married and had four children, one of which was my grandmother. She was the oldest of the four. They lived a very long life. My great-grandmother never went to the doctor or hospital and the one time that she did, they did not have any medical records of her. Since my great-grandmother had been blind late in life, my great-grandfather would cut her food for her so she did not need to use a knife. He took good care of her and they lived to a very old age.

My grandmother said that her mother had long hair and she would let my grandmother braid her hair.

I believe that fate and destiny do exist and that if my great grandparents were destined to be married, then fate has always been out for lovers. When my grandmother used to tell me this story, I was always fascinated by how romantic it was. I began to fall min love with the idea of true love at the age of fifteen and sixteen. I thought I would find the same kind of true love that my great grandparents and grandparents had.

Instead, I am writing romance novels and falling in love with my characters. But, I suppose it is a start. After all, you have to start somewhere. You know, as I am writing this post, I can feel like my grandparents are watching me and I know they approve. After all, this story has been in our family for many years and it is good for the world to know that such people did exist and their love was real.

I believe that their story along with my grandparents has fueled me into writing and I appreciate them. I feel like I get to express everything that has happened in my family and the love that my grandparents have shown me through my books which in itself is wonderful.

Yes, my great-grandparents’ story was sad but it had a very happy ending. Which is why I wanted to share this with you today. True love is a beautiful thing.

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