Current Release: Whisper Privileges
Describe your current release in two sentences?
It's the assignment of a lifetime, only not the one she's expecting. Trapped between a desire to mix business with pleasure and a boy who reminds her of a life she swore to move beyond, Sydney finds herself at a personal crossroads...
Please describe your writing environment.
Now there’s a loaded question. Let’s see…there’s an over-sized computer monitor and keyboard, a laptop, pages torn from several magazines (idea pages), pen, scrap paper with notes scribbled across it—oh wait, actually there are several of those, stuffed under and over the others, in between—you name it. And to my right sit my “working” pile.
I realize that sounds like quite a mess, but truthfully I’m organized when I write. (Really, I am!) I have to be, because I’m an outliner, a plotter. I have to know and “see” the big picture before I get underway on any project so notes are essential in my case.
Sure my characters tend to speak their minds and change my direction over the course of the novel. I mean, these are some strong-willed women I write about—you’d expect them to have their own opinions! And they do. But so do I which makes for an interesting back and forth during the course of a day. We discuss conflict and motivation, which is great conversation until the kids overhear you. “Mom, who are you talking to?”
“My characters,” I reply, employing a perfectly straight face.
Then hubby walks in (he works from home) and peers over my shoulder. "What are you writing?"
“Uh, nothing dear.” Heroine is involved in fantasy play at the moment and explaining as much to him will only invite speculation.
“Is there something I should know?”
“No, dear. Just writing a novel. A fictional novel.”
“And what is this music you’re playing?”
“Flamenco. Helps get my characters in the mood for the more fiesty scenes.”
It's a living!
What are you working on?
Currently I'm working on a novel about mothers who work outside of the home and those that work inside the home. Whereas my first three books are considered romantic fiction, this one will tend more toward straight women's fiction, albeit with a HEA. And of course, I have a soft spot for amazingly wonderful men.
What do you feel blessed with?
My family and my health. With four siblings, I feel fortunate that we all live within an hour of each other, making holidays fun and get togethers frequent, but I'm also grateful for good health and well-being. With two kids, a writing career and volunteer activities, I need energy and lots of it. It's one of the main reasons I began my organic garden.
What was your childhood ambition?
I wanted to be the boss of something--namely a huge corporation. I envisioned myself traveling the world, making important decisions and achieving great things. Writing was a hobby. Now? I'm the boss of myself and my kids, making decisions for them and my characters, traveling the world in my novels... (It's not that far off, is it?)
And achievements are relative. I feel successful as a mother and wife, and finishing each book is a success in itself.
What is your favorite TV show?
Last season I became hooked on Revenge. I began watching with an author's eye to see how they handled twists and turns but then continued watching because it kept my interest. I also like the Mentalist. It appeals to my love of psychology. But all time? Frasier is my favorite.
What career fields have you worked in?
I've worked in real estate and medical sales--primarily because they offered commission which meant my income potential was based on my performance but second, I'm a natural born sales gal. I think it's in my genetic makeup somewhere.
Writing wasn't something I saw myself doing as a career, until inspiration struck and propelled me off the sofa and to the keyboard. I've been glued to the monitor ever since and love every minute of it.
What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?
Summer is full of reading and writing and hanging out with the kids and this summer I've been trying out new authors, both indie and traditional. Some of my reads have been Whole Latte Life, The Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, A Scattered Life and The Lucky One among others.
How was your road to publication?
Long. I began writing over ten years ago but stopped on and off between the birth of my two children plus a year hiatus from the craft (after a particularly painful rejection). But over the last year and a half I've been writing full-time. My kids are older, they're in school all day which gives me a genuine eight hour day to write without interruption.
I decided to go indie when agents and editors told me I had talent, only my books straddled the line between romance and women's fiction, and/or dealt with issues that were outside the boundaries of traditional romance. But these were the stories of my heart, so I decided to connect with readers directly and find out what they thought about my work. In the end, it's the readers who matter most.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
I would take a trip back to the 50's where life seemed simple and pure. There were no major wars, no major conflicts or worries. It was a time of peace and prosperity, family and fun. And dancing. I love dancing!
These days there seem to be more things to worry about than not and as a mother, I don't need any more anxiety--I have enough as it is! And the future? My brain can't go there at the moment.
Appreciate the opportunity to share a piece of my writing journey with you all! And when I'm not writing, look for me in the garden. This year I hope to inspire more school gardens, like the one we started at my children's school, as well as more home gardens. It's easier than you think! So long as you know the secrets…you can find them at BloominThyme.com.
For more about me and my future projects, please visit my website: diannevenetta.com