About the Author: Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.
She is currently completing the sequel to Love’s Forbidden Flower.
~ Author Interview ~
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m an insomniac who lives in a Civil War era Victorian near San Francisco. I love to act and have spent years studying the craft. I’m also a vintage rock fangirl who shows off her autographs with pride.
If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?
Honestly, I would choose all unknowns. Lily and Donovan have a unique situation, and I would want the audience to feel the experience as genuinely as possible. If the audience is seeing the actor and thinking of other things he or she has done, they lose out on the experience.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
The story is original, yet the situations in it happen all the time in real life. 10 to 15% of college age adults have had an experience with a sibling. Quite a few are willing to share their journey. I’ve heard some lovely stories.
Lily’s passion for baking and advanced culinary skills at a young age stem from my personal experiences.
Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to walk away with? If so, what is it?
I hope people will walk away seeing the world through new eyes. I’m not trying to sell anyone on anything. However, far too often we look at situations as black or white, and we do that because we are told to. If readers question their beliefs, regardless of if they change, I’ve done something extraordinary. There are amazing stories out there, including that of a German couple where the man has served jail time for their relationship, yet they refuse to part. How strong is a love where the people involved are locked up for it, only to be released from jail and return to the same situation, knowing they will wind up behind bars again?
Some authors listen to music while writing, others prefer a quiet space. Which is your preference? If you do listen to music, do you have a playlist? Care to share?
It depends on my mood and what I am writing. One of the character’s in the book, Christopher, is very much like the people who raised and influenced him musically. He is actually an amalgamation of many 60’s British rock stars. I listened to a lot of Hollies and Small Faces when I wrote his scenes.
Give us the 140 character TWEET description of your book.
Love’s Forbidden Flower is a dark human rights piece disguised as a witty romance novel.
6 Smooch Database
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Dear Lord, Not Her Again!
Is sexy a tight dress or t-shirt and jeans?
Sexy tight dress.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes, I’m certain that is happens all the time.
Ian Somerhalder — and it has nothing to do with his good looks. His work is fantastic.
~ Synopsis ~
The heart cares not what society forbids.
Lily nurtures a secret love for a flawless man—the one who is her soul mate. Donovan is gorgeous, charismatic, and delights in all of Lily’s talents and quirks. Their innate knowledge of each other is almost telepathic. Together they interlock like fine threads creating luxurious silk.
But society dictates this picture-perfect adoration is the ghastliest of all possibilities.
As Lily embarks on a quest for the romance the heavens intended, her suitor turns reluctant. Desperate to uncover why Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hiding decayed from a tender-hearted gentleman into a ferociously self-serving, cocky bastard, Lily is prepared for battle when it comes to the salvation of her soul mate. However, Donovan traps Lily in a mental game of chess, leaving her to question his sanity. When Lily’s revelations about Donovan’s destructive alter ego lead to an unconceivable truth, can she help Donovan survive fate’s cruel joke?
Impassioned, witty, and deeply moving, Love’s Forbidden Flower is filled with stunning controversies that will forever haunt your heart.