Moon of Ripening | DCL Publishing | Historical Romance | February 24, 2011
When Lakota Warrior, Thunder Heart, saves the lives of two white women during Red Cloud's war, he endangers his people.
Worried that his people will demand the death or abandonment of these women in order to avoid the anger of the Blue Coats, he is equally afraid to leave them to the mercy of the prairie and possible death at the hands of marauding Lakota who are killing all white people they find.
Uncertain of many things, he knows only that he desires the pale haired Victoria and will do anything to ensure her safety.
Please describe your writing environment.
I write at a cluttered desk in my bedroom. I've tried having an office in a separate part of the house, but being close to my bed is the only way I can get in those long hours. I wake up thinking of a phrase or a story, and I can boot up and begin to write before I'm fully awake. That's what works best for me.
Please tell us your latest news!
The Cowboy Wore Tartan, an eBook release for February, the first in my Tartan Cowboy Series has just been released by DCL publishing. I am nearly finished with the 3rd book in the Lakota Moon Series, Moon of Hard Winter, and hope to see that on the shelves before fall.
Also, I've started a new book trailer business at www.heartsentvideos.com and I'm really excited about that, as well.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
There are many, many favorites, in so many genre's, I couldn't list them here, but I do have one I could mention that is an icon in the industry. Pearl S. Buck, "The Good Earth" has always inspired me because she wrote what was really there, she never sugar coated anything, and her personal experience shone through every scene. A good story teller is rare, and an excellent one, even more so. The raw and haunting story she wove was from her heart and her gut, and I have always admired a writer who can do that.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing?
Coffee to keep me alert and slippers to keep my feet warm.
What main genre do you write in?
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I never plan. I sit down, put my hands to the keyboard and it flows like water until it dries up. The characters write the story as they go, and there are times when I feel like someone else is controling the whole thing. Now, I'm not saying I'm possessed or anything, but I do feel like there are times when I'm writing something from the past that I can't see it so clearly it's as though I'm there. Kinda nice, that.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Finding time. I have so many stories running around in my head and I always have so many other things to distract me. I have to force myself to write and ignore the other, pressing items on my agenda.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
When he was alive, my husband Boyd was my cheering squad, mentor and best friend. He loved my poetry most of all, but encouraged me in every way to write what I wanted. After his death I started writing a book and sending the pages to my friends, Gerry and TK and they encouraged me. Later, my niece Katy and my cousin Terry Lynn were my added to my critique group and gave me tons of encouragment.
Did you pick the title for your book? If it has been changed please tell us about the process.
I have so far picked the titles for all my stories. Since I wsork with small press for the most part, I have that privilege.
Do you like to mix genres?
I think it's great fun to mix a little fantasy into a book, be it contemporary or historical. In my Native American books, there are always visions, of course, and the mystical 'feel' of otherworldliness that comes with that. Time travel is involved in my latest book, Moon of Hard Winter. I have a character, Sadie, the Shady Angel and her mentor, Priscilla, who grace some of my short stories and anthologies. That is whimsical fantasy, and I love writing it.
Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?
For research, I'd say Wickpedia is a good starting point, but be careful to followup on any information you find on the internet. Some of it is good, and some is bogus. You have to be selective.
What's your favorite drink?
Well, since dancing on tables is rather risky for someone my age, I can no longer have it, but I used to love Southern Comfort on the rocks.
Now I sip raspberry iced tea and dream of the good old days...LOL
Thank you for the opportunity to chat with you!
Diane Davis White