Archive | February 18, 2013

Mesmerizing Mondays- Interview- Dianne Hartsock

Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY Dianne. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Thanks so much for having me over! I’m the author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Currently, I work as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for me. When not writing, I can express myself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

It is absolutely vital that I have a pot of coffee on and music playing in the background. If it’s too quiet, I find myself listening to every creak the house makes. Drives me nutty! And no coffee? Don’t even think about it!

Beverly: When did you start to write?

I’ve been writing pretty much my whole life, but it was an amazing creative writing teacher I had in my early teens that told me I had potential, virtually setting fire to my muse.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

I think a hero is someone who, despite their fear, does what needs to be done. They put themselves in harm’s way to protect the ones in their care. And of course, it never hurts if they’re deliciously hunky!

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

My favorite character would have to be my Shelton, shy and kind and gentle, but strong when he needs to be. I think I’ve fallen in love with him right along with his lover, Nevil. Shelton is the hero in my ‘Shelton in Love’ series. There are five books in the series and I’m in the middle of plotting out the last one. How do I come up with my characters? A song or incident at work or something on TV will inspire a story, and the characters just seem to come to me readymade.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

It’s those pesky transitional scenes! I want to get on with the good stuff, but can’t just have my characters bleep from one place to another. (Need to invent that teleportation device!) So getting them from point A to B without it being boring is always a challenge.

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

About three years ago I read a book by Poppy Z. Brite called LOST SOULS. It’s a book involving vampires, but what intrigue and fascinated me was the character Ghost. My goodness! I fell in love. Ghost’s a beautiful, gentle, shy young man hopelessly in love with his best friend who doesn’t see him in the light of a lover. The story’s quite dramatic, but the gentle way Poppy deals with Ghost’s affections really got to me. I wanted to write that. I wanted to tell romance stories that brought out the intense, sometimes dangerous love affairs of my gay characters in a compassionate way.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

That would be Ghost from ‘Lost Souls’. Such a gentle, sensual man. I want to hold him tight and take care of him. Let him know I’d always love him no matter how strange life became around him. I think it would be a life of magic and awe, to be with him.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

I don’t do kink, but once upon a time in my younger days, I was in a hot tub with two girlfriends (girls who were friends) who definitely showed an interest. I pretended not to know what they were hinting at, but to this day I still wonder how things would have gone if I’d have said yes.

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

You know, my favorite hero/heroines are your everyday person set in extreme circumstances and who come through the crisis with strength and compassion and courage despite personal danger and fear.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

Oh yuck. It was my one and only blind date. The dancing was fun, but I’d gone out with some friends who just happened to invite this guy along. Absolutely no spark of attraction on my side, but on the way home, in the backseat, he kept trying to grope and kiss me. Bad breath and tasted like stale beer, disgusting! Worst twenty minutes of my single life.

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

1. A solar powered Kindle stocked with every book I’d ever wanted to read.
2. A hot cabana boy to run drinks for me.
3. A dance club on the other side of the island for when I wanted to be sociable.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Caramel Macchiatos. Most divine coffee drink ever invented!

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

I’ve been saying this for a while now, but one day I’d love to take up oil painting. I really have this need to create something in beautiful color.

Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine… getting caught in the back of an orange Gremlin by the police! (I am such a naughty girl)

When I was twenty I liked this guy I worked with. I bought new clothes and did my make-up. We were in a meeting one day and my boss said something about it and that I must be trying to impress someone. I looked over and my crush was smirking. Whenever I need to embarrass or humiliate my characters, I simply remember that moment.

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

Red. So hot and sexy. It’s a color that has all the confidence I lack.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

I’ve been a sappy romantic since I picked up my first love story. I also grew up watching the classic movies on TV. But most of all, my parents were very much in love and I learned how good love can be from them.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
I’ve very lucky to say my gorgeous, sexy husband is my number one fan! Also my two children, family and friends, and even some fans I’ve never met but who love me for the books I write.

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs? Those sexy, tight boxer briefs.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee!!!!
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome, and of course moody and passionate.
Hairy chest or smooth? Can I have one in-between?
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Kinky or Sweet? Sweet, with a touch of spice.
Fast or slow? Slow at first, than gaining momentum.
Public or private? Private. (sorry, honey)
Top or bottom? Oh, top, definitely.

Bio:
After growing up in California and spending the first ten years of marriage in Colorado, Dianne now live in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.

She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms her hands which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

Blog: After growing up in California and spending the first ten years of marriage in Colorado, Dianne now live in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.

She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms her hands which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

After growing up in California and spending the first ten years of marriage in Colorado, Dianne now live in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play. She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms her hands which kindles her imagination. Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

Blog: http://diannehartsock.wordpress.com/
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/diannehartsock
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4707011-dianne-hartsock

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Blurb
Willie has met an old flame, but is he willing to give up the decadence of Boston society for the man he loves?
For the past three years William Wilkerson has led the life of the privileged rich. Head of his father’s shipping business, Willie indulges in the pleasures of Boston’s fine young men to his heart’s content. That is, until he meets Fredrick, the one man who has captured his heart, again.
As his former tutor, Fredrick has been declared off limits by William’s father. Fredrick also believes he’s beneath the attention of Wilkerson’s heir. Willie disagrees, but is he willing to throw away rank and privilege for the man he loves?

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