Thanks for joining me today on Night Owl Romance.
Tammie King of NOR: To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Dianne Castell: Hi, everyone. It's wonderful being at Night Owl Romance. What a terrific site. My next release is out in November. Hot and Irresistible, Kensington BRAVA, is the second in my Savannah Sizzles series. The first book was Hot and Bothered and the third Book, Hot and Dangerous will be out in May, '10.
Tammie King of NOR: Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Dianne Castell: I am a USA Today best selling author and also write a monthly editor interview column for Romance Writers Report. I've won Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, been on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine and included in Rhapsody Book Club, Doubleday Book Club and have made the Waldenbooks Bestseller list. I live in Cincinnati with two cats and will do just about anything to get out of housework.
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Dianne Castell: I'd be Bebe Fitzgerald from Hot and Irresistible. She's a self-made woman. Has overcome a rotten childhood and is now a detective on the Savannah Police Department. She's smart and has friends and wants a family of her own more than anything...except maybe falling in love. She never dreamed that could happen to someone like her...and then that hot hunk of man from Boston, Donovan McCabe walks into her life and it changes Bebe forever.
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Dianne Castell: Savannah influenced me. I looove Savannah. It's a city of mystery and ghosts and hidden secrets and some very sexy Southern gentlemen. I used all those things in writing Hot and Irresistible. All the characters are Southen to the core in what they eat and wear and how they talk...except for that damn Yankee, Donovan McCabe. So, get out your pearls and pour a glass of sweet-tea, it's time to find out what's so Hot and Irresistible in Savannah.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Dianne Castell: Bebe said, "Don't you dare go feeling sorry for me, Donovan McCabe, I sure as hell don't need a pity party. And now you want to tell me what you're here doing on my front stoop?"
Her gaze met his and she braced herself for the Oh, you poor thing look but instead Donovan bent his head and kissed her. She started to protest but her lips were busy and suddenly her tongue was too and then her arms got into the act and then her insides melted into goo. This was all wrong on every level except one...Donovan McCabe felt so darn good when she was feeling crappy as hell.
How many times had Dara struck and no one had been there? But here and now on this beautiful spring morning, there was Donovan McCabe and that he was a damn Yankee didn't seem to matter all that much at the moment. She breathed, a sense of peace she'd never known before in her whole life filling her up like a glass long empty. She leaned into him and took one more kiss, just a little with a tiny nibble of his bottom lip to chase away the lingering chill of Dara, then Bebe stepped back. Every cell in her body...except the two rational cells still functioning in her brain... insisted she was the most stupid woman on planet earth for not staying locked in his arms.
"What was that all about?" The question was as much for her as him because she didn't know what to think about the effect he had on her.
"You look like a woman who needed a hug and the kiss part just snuck in." His voice was steady but there was unsure spark in his eyes that said he didn't just go around kissing every woman who may have the need. But she didn't need him to be nice and she wished like hell he hadn't seen Dara. It was Bebe's private life, the part she kept tucked away as best she could even from Brie, Prissy and Charlotte. A crappy childhood did not transfer into a crappy life. "Are you playing me, McCabe? Softening me up so I'll help you nail Cleveland? Well, I won't, he's my friend and I can handle Dara."
"How about I look the other way and you just shoot her."
Bebe broke into a laugh and today she didn't think she'd be laughing about anything. "I'll lend you my gun," he continued, looking perfectly serious. "Or at least blast the bitch verbally. I've seen you in action, you're a hellcat when riled. Why not now?"
If he hadn't offered his gun she would have told Donovan to butt out but he did offer and he'd kissed her when she needed it and she wasn't in the habit of needing much. A new meaning of good cop, bad cop. "It's a conditioned response from when I was a kid. Dara's favorite game was to threaten to leave me in the marsh if I didn't do what she said. Scared the hell out of me and you never did say way you're here." Why the hell was she telling McCabe all this? Fallout from a dynamite kiss.
"When my mother tells me to stand up straight and get a haircut I still do it." A gentle smile that comes from thinking of good stuff softened his face. "Except my mom's nothing like yours, though I do remember threats of military school once or twice." He leaned against the side of the apartment building looking as if the place belonged to him. He was that kind of guy, one who fit in anywhere, probably even military school. Bebe felt as if she fit in nowhere and she'd lived in Savannah all her life. He said, "I'm here because I didn't want to air our problems in front of the whole station. We need to talk about how we're going to handle the Ray Cleveland case."
This was better. Arguing over work was a piece of cake, reminiscing about a screwed up childhood was a piece of shit. "I said I'm not helping you with Cleveland, McCabe and I haven't changed my mind so there's no need for kisses that curl my toes." Well damn. She was on a roll till the toes part. When Donovan was around she had to learn to think before she opened her big mouth...which could lead to more kissing and then tongues. What in the almighty hell was she going to do with Donovan McCabe!
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Dianne Castell: I'm working on Hot and Dangerous, also set in Savannah but with new characters. Then it's on to Kentucky.
Tammie King of NOR: What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
Dianne Castell: Writing a book is sooo much research if you want to get it right. You better know which streets are one way in Savannah, where the police department is, what does it really mean when someone calls you precious and where do you have your wedding reception, drag race your car and do people really eat tomato sandwiches? In other words...you read a lot! :-) And you really should visit the area if you're going to write about it. I rememer calling my daugher in Savannah and asking her to stick her head out the window and see what statue was in Wright Square. Research eats time but is so necessary.
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers?
Dianne Castell: That they are the very very best part of writing!! Being an author I have met so many wonderful people. Romane readers are the most generous, kind, understanding, giving, sharing, supportive people on earth. Bless you!
Tammie King of NOR: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Dianne Castell: No critique group but Lori Foster and I bounce ideas off each other. I'll call her if I'm having a problem with a scene and she calls me. Rosmary Laurey, Karen Kelley, LuAnn McLane, Toni Blake, Shiloh Walker, Janice Maynard are all wonderful friends. I couldn't make it without them
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Dianne Castell: When Churchill McKenzie stared down the business end of a sawed-off shotgun she swore that if she got out of this mess alive she'd get herself back to Savannah and never leave as long as she lived...which she hoped was longer than the next two minutes. She meant that three weeks ago when the Jersey boys came after her for testifying against their bother who stole her '56 Chevy Belair and she hadn't changed her mind. She was a librarian for crying out loud and wanted no part of back alleys, big guns or bad asses. Except...and why was there always an except in her life...here she was again, standing in another back alley with Savannah's number one badass, Cal Davis. She knew the bad part first-hand because she got him tossed in the slammer three years ago. She knew the ass part because they did the deed on her twenty-first birthday in the back of his '67 red Mustang convertible.
Tammie King of NOR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Dianne Castell: The best way to reach me is DianneCastell@hotmail.com Website: www.DianneCastell.com I'm on Facebook and MySpace and intend to get my MySpace account up to speed soon I'm also a part of the Vamps and Scamps with 6 other authors. Drop by and visit. ScampsVampsandSpicyRomance@yahoogroups.com
Tammie King of NOR: When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
Dianne Castell: I belong to OVRWA...Ohio Valley Romance Writers of America. I wouldn't be published without them.
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published?
Dianne Castell: 2001 with Harlequin American Court-Appointed Marriage. I loved writing for Harleqin.
Tammie King of NOR: What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Dianne Castell: Best advice... Never give up! Worse... I was in a crutique group from hell and believed everything they said. Set me back lightyears. I was an idiot to listen to them. Beware the critique group, write the book your way.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Dianne Castell: I outline but the book never follows the outline.
Tammie King of NOR: Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Dianne Castell: A hero isn't perfect, he's human but what makes him a hero is that he chooses what's right for another at his own expense. When it is easier to walk away he doesn't. What is that... The only thing that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. A hero does something.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Dianne Castell: A big time mystery with older heroines and heroes.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
Dianne Castell: Thank you all for your support. I lost my husband to cancer this year and you all pulled me though some pretty black days. You all are the best!
Thank you for this opportunity!