Here's our interview (yes, you must tear your eyes away from that gorgeous chest next door):
1.) What is your all-time best Christmas memory?
My best Christmas memory was when I believed in Santa Claus. That childlike innocence, bubbling excitement, unquestionable faith in something so powerful and magical made Christmas special for me. And all the presents, of course!
2.) As an adult, what is your favorite part of December?
LOVE the lights. Everything looks so sparkly and colorful. We drive through neighborhoods, oohing and ahhing while taking it all in. Sometimes the simplest light displays are the most beautiful because they capture the true spirit of Christmas.
3.) Favorite Christmas movie, and why?
A Christmas Story! We watch it every year. It’s an all-American tale that offers comfort, joy, and unforgettable laugh out loud scenes. The sexy leg lamp is classic!
4.) Why did you write this book?
When I set out to write Dangerous Desire, I wanted to do something different, a little more edgy than my previous books. I chose to make the hero a pet detective (No. He’s nothing like Ace Ventura!) because frankly, I hadn’t seen many tough guys with this profession. A love for animals softened his hard exterior. I found it attractive, and thought my heroine would too.
I knew who my hero was. How would he utilize his special skills? While I was brainstorming ideas, pro football player Michael Vick’s dogfighting scandal made headlines. Believe it or not, it spurred the plot for Dangerous Desire.
I’m an animal lover, and I had strong feelings about dogfighting. Still, the story called out to me. I like to write about real-life issues. Bad things happen, and I try not to shy away from something just because it might be unpopular.
But I digress… After all, Dangerous Desire is a hot romance! It’s a story about a second chance at love. The road to a happy ending may have some bumps along the way. It doesn’t stop us from trying to reach our destination.
Thanks, Diane! Great answers. For all you Blogland friends, I edited this book and can tell you personally, it is caliente, with a dose of cute dogs, beachside setting, bad guys you'll want to see brought to justice, and a couple of funny and all-too-realistic friends. Dangerous Desire is 30% off at the Lyrical Press bookstore through the 25th, along with 14 other titles.
Romance is sexy!