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?
Keta Diablo: My next release will be through Phaze Publishing, a Male/Male novella titled CROSSROADS. And after that CARNAL CRAVINGS through Dark Roast Press. I also have an erotic novella coming out from Siren Publishing, one-man-one-woman, a happily-ever-after due out in April.
Tammie King of NOR: If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Keta Diablo: I don't know if I'd like to be one of the characters, but I think personally I'm most like Olivia from Decadent Deceptions. Olivia is at times impulsive, fiesty and has no inention of allowing a man to rule her. On more than one occasion, these personality traits have tossed her into a cauldron of trouble. Hmmm . . . sounds a wee bit familiar.
Tammie King of NOR: Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Keta Diablo: I'd like to talk about what influenced me when I wrote Land of Falling Stars, my historical erotica through Ravenous Romance. It's been on the top ten best-seller list there (thought I'd throw that in). I read a true story about cousins who fought on opposite sides during the Civil War. This was more common than you'd think. That got me to thinking about all the "what-ifs". What if two men who loved the same woman fought on opposite sides? What if one was shot by the other on a smoke-filled battlefield by mistake? What if the one who was shot was promised in marriage to the woman and the other man had also loved her since they were children? What if he was the one who had to tell her what happened at Spotsylvania? So you can see where this is going. Things I read or sometimes dream often influence my plots.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Keta Diablo: Decadent Deceptions was tons of fun to write because it wanders into the erotic world of voyeurism. Having never been a voyeur (I'm rethinking that now after writing the book) I had to do alot of research about voyeurism. Here, we have another story of star-crossed lovers who for one reason or another they can't be together. Our heroine, Olivia, takes desperate measures to garner Morgan's attention and make him admit his love for her. The story ventures not only into voyeurism, but down a path of duplicity and murder. It's received wonderful reviews, one from Nightowl, in fact.
Tammie King of NOR: Please tell us what you have planned next?
Keta Diablo: More novellas in the male/male genre, and I'm working on a full-length novel about an arranged marriage set in early Scotland. It seems everyone loves men in kilts, literally, so why not write about them. I also write under another name, and one of my paranormals has been very well received. Readers have been pressuring me to write a sequel on my time-travel/shapeshifter, so I'm readjusting my thinking.
Tammie King of NOR: What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
Keta Diablo: Well, again, with historicals research is crucial and I did alot of research for Land of Falling Stars relating to the battles that took place around Fredricksburg. And I explained already about the voyeurism. I think readers today are very astute. They know their stuff and if you make a mistake, they'll call you on it. One of my editors recently told me a book I mentioned in one of the books hadn't been published yet. OOPS! Thank goodness for smart editors.
Tammie King of NOR: What would you like to tell your readers?
Keta Diablo: That without you my writing wouldn't matter much. I mean, I'd still write and I suppose enjoy it. But when readers e-mail or comment on a site that they loved Keta Diablo's recent book, it makes it all worthwhile and so special. I mean that. If I can help people escape from their every day angst, especially in this dismal economy, then I've done my job. I think that's why most read -- to be taken away for awhile to a magical place they've never visited before.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Keta Diablo: No, I've never belonged to a critique group. On occasion I might ask a fellow author to help me stumble through a hard scene, but for me, writing is a lonely occupation. My best friend is my computer -- unless you count the fat tabby sitting by my mouse night and day (she's obsessed with it and I guess takes the word "mouse" literally). Genrally, my Sheltie is curled up at my feet, so now you know who I hang out with all day. I love them . . . funny thing about animals, they don't care if you forgot your deodorant that morning. They love you just as you are. Humans could take some lessons from them.
Tammie King of NOR: Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Keta Diablo: I'd love to. CROSSROADS due out by Phaze is a suspenseful story. Frank McGuire, private investigator, has been hired by his ex-partner's wife to find her missing son. Rand has taken off, droppe dout of college and his mom thinks he's into street drugs. Frank ventures into the seedy bowels of the City where we meet some pretty yuky characters. Frank has always harbored intense feelings for Rand, and he's wondering if and when he does find him, what will he do about those feelings? There's also mayhem and murder in this book. Maybe I should have written horror? I seem caught up in the murder thing.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
Heck, yes. Come visit me on the web. My author blog is unusually popular. Can we say lips . . . lips and lips. Come see why I say that. Drop my Keta's Keep, http://ketadiablo.blogspot.com/. My author site will be and running again in about a month. It's enjoying an overhaul.
And THANKS, THANKS, from the bottom of my heart. Sending whispers of good KARMA to each and every one of you.
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?
Keta Diablo: Keta's Keep above or firstname.lastname@example.org, and please e-mail me with any comments or questions. I'm never too busy to hear from readers.
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?
I began writing sensual historicals about six years ago and soon realized that people weren't exactly beating down the doors at B&N to buy them. Time for Keta to readjust her sails. I started reading erotica, endless erotica and loved it. I wrote some full-length novels and then ventured into the male/male. My sons ask me how I know about that stuff. Here's my answer, "Helen Keller was deaf and blind, but that didn't stop her from seeing everything in her mind, did it? Look what she accomplished."
Nice dodge, huh?
Tammie King of NOR: What was your first published work and when was it published?
Keta Diablo: My first published book was through a small e-pub and it was a historical. Sorry, I can't tell you the name because then you'd know my pen name. Ha-ha, I try to keep that a secret. Something tells me though, it's slowly leaking out.
Tammie King of NOR: What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Keta Diablo: "Stop writing and get a real job."
If anyone says this to you about any of your dreams, writing or other, ditch them. This would include family. Thankfully, the person who said that to me wasn't family, and HE'S no longer in my life.
Tammie King of NOR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Keta Diablo: I'm a "panster". That is, I don't make outlines, maybe small post-it notes now and then. But, having said that, I plan the story out in my head for months, until I know every scene, every conversation. By the time I sit down to write, I know my characters so well, I can tell immediately if something is off. Like their standing over my shoulder and clearing their throats, "I would never say something like that, Keta, you should know that." So I scrap it and start over until it sounds like them.
Tammie King of NOR: Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Keta Diablo: Morgan from Decadent Deceptions. A tough, take-no-you-know-what from people and he doesn't care what others (except Olivia) think of him. He's harsh, crass at times, yet has the ability to laugh at himself and he's oh, so caring to Olivia. They fight at times, and then he's not so nice, but he loves her unconditionally and the reader senses that.
Tammie King of NOR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Keta Diablo: I'm so drawn to historical; it's my first love, even though it's a hard sell at times. I'm so hoping historicals make a comeback with readers. I like paranormal alot too, and all the elements that go with it. There are so many possibilities. I don't like to write contemporty much, although I do occasionally for my male/male novellas. And I seldom read contemporary. I think I'm writing what I should be writing and probably won't change that. I wouldn't be good at other genres and it would show.
Thank you for this opportunity!