Hi, Diane! And thanks for being here today!
I write science fiction romance. My stories are adventures in space where a man and a woman discover they are stronger together than separate and, at the same time, discover their one true mate. My current release is The Pilot, which kicks off the Outer Rim series about strong women on the frontier of space.
Do you listen to music or set the mood somehow to get writing?
If I listen to music, it has to be without lyrics because the words would be distracting. I like light classical, New Age, anything instrumental or when the lyrics are in a foreign language—like Enya or Andrea Bocelli. I’ve learned how to write with distractions. To get in the mood, so to speak, I read the previous chapter to get into the story and then write.
Do you come up with the plot or characters first?
A combination. The first scene sort of “appears” like a movie in my head. I go with that and just write. After several chapters—when I’ve gotten to know my characters and have a vague sense of where the story is going—I have to (sort of) plot. If I don’t, it’s too easy to make unnecessary detours. <g>
Do you have a favorite book of yours?
That’s like asking which of my children is my favorite. LOL My first published book, Switched, has a special place in my heart. I love all my books for different reasons. I think it’s safe to say my favorite book is the one I’m working on.
Who would you consider an influence on your writing?
I would say more “what” influences my writing—and that’s movies. I love movies. Action adventure, romantic comedy, suspense, sci-fi. I love snappy dialogue. My favorite movies always have some humor. When I first start writing a book, it’s more like a movie script—lots of dialogue and stage directions. Then I go back and layer in descriptions and emotions (if they aren’t obvious).
Tell me something quirky about yourself.
Let me preface that answer by saying there are 2 types of people: those who see the forest and those who see the trees. I’m a tree person. I see the nitpicky details needed to complete a project. It’s a good thing Hubs is a “big picture” person so we make a good team. However, nitpicky can be another word for OCD. Sometimes, my obsession with details goes overboard.
What do you aim to make people feel when they read your books?
I want them to feel like they’ve been on a fun adventure and that warm feeling that the hero and heroine have finally figured out they belong together.
What’s next for you?
I just completed the third book in the Switched series (about twins who exchange places—from Earth to a starship and the reverse) and sent it to my editor. Switched: The Aftermath will be released at the end of April. I am now writing the next book in the Outer Rim series and I just signed with The Wild Rose Press to publish my first romantic suspense One Red Shoe.
Do you sing in the shower?
LOL That’s the first time I’ve ever been asked that. No, I don’t. I do sing in the car. If I’m alone, I’ll crank up the volume and sing my heart out.
Thank you, Misty, for having me here today.
Life on the frontier is hard enough so when pirates stole Celara d’Enfaden’s cargo, she vowed not to be tricked again. Determined to make an example out of indie pilots who disobey orders, Coalition Administrator Trevarr Jovano impounds Celara’s starship and cargo. If he backs down, he’ll lose respect. If she can’t deliver her cargo, she’ll default on her loan and lose her only home—her ship. More important than her ship, though, is her brother. To rescue him from a galactic gangster, she’ll even work with Jovano who is bent on avenging his wife’s murder.
Excerpt from The Pilot:
Arjay extracted needle and thread from his uniform pocket and went to work on the back of the dress. Finally, her AI stood back.
“This will have to do. I dare not make permanent alterations to the garment which Merchant Namil appears to value. If you do not make any sudden moves when you meet with Administrator Jovano, the stitching will hold. Now please walk over to the window so I can see how you look.”
“I look ridiculous.” Even though Celara groused, she did what he asked since the window was only three strides away.
When he reached for the door handle, she had to stop him.
“No. No borrowing anything else from Namil. From the length of this dress, his partner had to be a lot taller.” Most fems were taller. “She would have had bigger feet. My boots will have to do.”
To prove her point, she began to pull on her boots.
“Uh, Rega . . . I must admonish you not to bend over in the presence of the Administrator. Unless, of course, you wish to entice him with your mammary organs. I understand human males are easily aroused by—”
She glanced down. Sure enough, she could see straight down her undertunic. Quickly, she straightened. “Okay, no bending over, no quick moves. Anything else?” Putting her hands on her hips, she tapped her foot.
“You must adjust your attitude if you wish him to release your ship. I have noted that human males respond more readily to a pleasant demeanor, a soft voice and gentle words. Also, an apology.”
She walked to the end of the narrow bed and plopped down on it. “I am not groveling.”
“No, no, no. You must not clomp around like that. You need to walk lightly. Glide.” He demonstrated from the door to the window.
“That does it,” she proclaimed, flopping back on the bed. “I am not swishing my way into his office.”
Undeterred, Arjay continued, “I believe you should swish as you walk away from him. Human males are also attracted to the sway of a female’s—”
With a groan, she threw her arm over her eyes. Then she bolted upright, ignoring the sound of popping stitches. “Maybe you’ve got the right idea after all, Arjay. Why don’t I just strip off my clothes and jump his bones? Then he’ll be sure to give me back my ship. In fact, I should go and see him right now and get this over with.”
The thought of mating with the very proper Admin Man made her shiver.
“Awk.” Giving her a panicked look, Arjay ran to the door and blocked it much the same way she had tried to block Jovano from entering her ship. “It would be best to wait until morning. We still need to work on your speech. And your hair. And . . . and cosmetics to enhance your eyes and mouth.”
“Isn’t it time you shut down for the night?”
Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America® as well as the Mid-Michigan, Young Adult and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal RWA chapters as well as the SFR Brigade. She is the author of the Switched series, about twins exchanging places—from Earth to a starship and the reverse. With The Pilot, she begins a new series about strong women on the frontier of space. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.
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