First, can you let us know what projects you are currently working on?
I’m currently working on The Wrong Man, which is book 2 of the Love Unexpected series. Although the books are connected, they are stand alone stories and don’t have to be read in order. After The Wrong Man, I’ll be working on one of The Johnson Boys stories about an African-American family that owns a brewery in Seattle, and More Than a Mistress, which will be another interracial romance due some time next spring. No date yet on either project.
1.) How do you fit writing into your schedule? What does your workspace look like?
I work from home, which is a blessing and a curse. I always think I have time to get things done, which is not good for a procrastinaotr like me. I have a small business, I run a review site called Romance Novels in Color, and I write. To stay on track with my writing, I set specific goals for myself. For instance, I won’t get any writing done today because of the media blitz and some other things I have planned. So tomorrow, I’ll set the timer for at least an hour and make myself sit and write for that period of time. Once it’s up, I’ll take a break and then try for another hour. The timer is my friend. J
I have a home office with a couple of file cabinets, a shredder, two printers (three if you count one that’s now defunct), a color printer and a laser printer. I have two dry erase boards on the wall where I write tasks I need to complete or reminders of writing tips I don’t want to forget, and a bookshelf where I keep writing resources, magazines, and other knick knacks.
2.) Do you do a lot of research for your stories? What is the most interesting thing you have learned?
It depends on the story. I have one planned for next year called More Than a Mistress that requires a lot of research because the heroine is a sommelier. I had no idea what a stressful, involved career this was. That’s been the most interesting part. Because of what I’ve learned, I’ve decided to change the direction of the story a bit, but it’s very impressive how knowledgeable these people are about wine and spirits, right down to knowing which region of a country a wine would come from—and they can tell this by taste alone! The documentary Somm is on my list to watch as part of my research to learn more about sommeliers and the prestigious Master Sommelier exam.
3.) Are you a plotter or do you write as it comes? Do your characters start with names or do they have to have personalities before they can be named?
I’m not a plotter. I write as it comes, but I do have ideas before I sit down. I also keep lots of notes in various notebooks of ideas, pieces of dialogue, thing like that. Sometimes the character names come as soon as the character. Other times it takes awhile, and as I’m writing, then the name may suddenly come to me, or I’ll look at websites that list baby names.
4.) What do you want readers to take away after reading one of your stories? What do you want them to feel?
I want them to have an emotional connection to the characters, and I want them to feel the romance and love between the characters. I write romance, and I’m a romantic, and anyone who enjoys the idea of falling in love, sometimes making mistakes along the way, but eventually coming together in the end, will enjoy my books.
5.) What genre would you love to write but haven’t yet? Is there one you would shy away from?
I would like to write historical romance, but I shy away from it because of the research involved. I understand the importance of getting it right as you write in a different time period, and it’s a bit intimidating to me. But I like a challenge and I like to learn, so maybe one day I’ll get around to doing it.
6.) Do you have any hobbies that you do in your spare time? Is there something you would love to learn but haven’t had the chance yet?
In my spare time I read, watch movies, or hang out with friends. I would like to learn ballroom dancing. In my younger days – ahem – I used to go dancing all the time for fun, but I’d like to learn a more formal type of dance.
7.) What kinds of books will we find on your bookshelf?
Mostly romance and thrillers. There are also reference books on writing.
1.) Do you prefer to jump up and embrace the day or have a lazy breakfast in bed?
Lazy breakfast in bed. I’m not a morning person.
2.) What are three words you would use to describe yourself? Are they the same as family/friends would use?
Loyal, friendly, sarcastic. My friends may not know how sarcastic I am, but my family does. J
3.) What are your favorite TV shows? How about ones that you would stay away from?
My favorite TV shows are Modern Family and Law & Order SVU. I tend to stay away from reality shows. There are way too many of them, in my opinion, and they seem to bring out the worst in people. At least that’s what I hope. I hope they’re not a true reflection of how people actually behave.
4.) What is your favorite dessert? Do you make it yourself or order it out?
I have a sweet tooth and love desserts. That’s really hard for someone like me who has a wheat sensitivity since almost every dessert—cakes, pies, brownies—is made with wheat flour. If I absolutely had to choose one, I’d say ice cream. I hope that I never become lactose intolerant, or I’ll be in big trouble!
5.) What is your favorite childhood memory?
Maybe this is where I get my love of ice cream from, but one of my fondest memories is of my father taking me and my sister for ice cream at the ice cream parlor on Friday evenings, and we could get anything we wanted. I’m even smiling as I type this.
One night changes everything . . . again.
Years ago, when Ryan Stewart saw Shawna Ferguson, it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, he wasn’t a free man, and his deception caused him to lose her after a weekend that changed his life.
When Shawna’s sister and brother-in-law set her up on a blind date, she has no idea it’s with Ryan, with whom she’d spent a weekend she wishes she could forget. She reluctantly agrees to finish the date with him, but doing so leaves her vulnerable to his charms and the heat he ignited in her that very first night.
Her brow furrowed. “Why me?” she asked. “Out of all these women walking around out here.”
“There are other women out here?” Ryan looked around at the pedestrians as if seeing them for the first time. “I didn’t even notice. I only have eyes for you.”
A beat later, they both burst out laughing.
“Good one,” Shawna said. “Have you used it before?”
“First time. I thought of it on the fly. Good though, right?” He stopped grinning and looked her in the eyes to make sure she knew how serious he was. “But I meant it. Let me buy you dinner.”
“Ryan, I’m not interested in seeing anyone right now. You seem very sweet, but I’ll be leaving in a couple of days, so I don’t think this is a good idea.”
He couldn’t let her get away. She had to say yes. He’d come to Chicago to clear his head, and somehow he knew she’d play an important role in helping him finalize the decision he’d been struggling to make.
“It’s only dinner.” He could see her waver as she shifted from one foot to the other and tucked her purse closer to her body. “When do you get off?”
She laughed nervously. “This is ridiculous.”
“No, it’s not. You have to eat and I want to feed you. Makes sense to me.” He hoped that by keeping the conversation light, she wouldn’t overthink it and slip from his grasp, leaving him standing there with no way to see her again. “What kind of food do you like?”
Shawna shook her head in defeat. “French cuisine is my favorite.”
“And when do you get off?”
“I’ll be here at five-fifty, waiting.”
“If you’re not, it’s no big deal.” She shrugged.
He fixed his gaze on her face. “I hope that’s not true.”
She hesitated, tilting her head slightly, brown eyes observing him as if trying to figure him out. She obviously still doubted his sincerity.
“I’ll see you at six, Ryan Stewart.”
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Delaney Diamond writes sweet and sensual romance novels and is the site manager of Romance Novels in Color, where diversity in romance in celebrated. When she’s not reading or writing she’s trying out new recipes or traveling to an interesting locale. Find free reads and the first chapter of all her books at www.delaneydiamond.com.
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