Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Diana DeRicci for taking the time to talk with us today about their retro title from Purple Sword, Run with the Moon (Men of Silo #1). Prism recently reviewed Run with the Moon (Men of Silo #1). You can find the review here.
1. We are here today to talk about the Men of Silo Series. What can you tell us about it?
Men of Silo follows the relationships of characters in a small, kind of Anywhere, USA type of setting. Silo is completely fictional and could be anywhere from Michigan, to Tennessee, to Idaho. There’s a common recognition factor to it that I want people to connect with individually. It doesn’t have to be somewhere specific, but it’s a place where they can all see themselves.
2. Tell us more about each of the main characters?
So far, there are three books with Chris and Jamie, Ed and Duncan, and Cade and Dean, respectively. Chris is brothers to Cade and Quade, who are twins, and all three are wolf shapeshifters. There is a combination of paranormal and mainstream mixed into this series and each book will have visible character crossovers but hopefully will be strong enough to stand alone as the paranormal and other factors are not hinged into the arc of the series, or tying the books into one another. The common ground is the family sense of the stories and the location as it grows for the reader.
3. What about the Men of Silo series makes you the most proud?
There is continual development in the series that I think reflects a lot with the movement of our own times. We want to see change, and want to know how change can happen. Fiction is a way to explore those possibilities, test them, so to speak. Any writer has that ability and it can be found a plethora of genres. I’m glad to be a part of that.
4. If you could change one thing in the Men of Silo series what would it be and why?
That I could write them faster! I have ideas for the next three books in the wings, but can’t get to them yet.
5. Can you talk a little about the inspiration for this series?
The original inspiration was the imagined character I had for Jamie. I think he encompasses many of the attributes of the homeless community and situation. I want a happy world because so much of reality honestly sucks, and if the only way I can get it is to write about one, then that’s what I’ll do. I like feel good stories, strong emotional bonds, conflicts and redemption. Modern day emotional heroes I guess.
6. In each of the books so far, one or more of the characters has to deal with some pretty serious issues, from abuse to PTSD, was it difficult to write these characters?
The hardest of these was Duncan, hands down. I researched the PTSD, wounds (and I really don’t handle gore well), rehabilitation, SAR and therapy dogs. There was a lot of that in the background. I’ll be the first to admit my books are fluffy compared to some. (Kendall McKenna’s books are renowned for her military expertise). That wasn’t my aim. Again, happy feeling stuff. That’s me. I try to present all of my characters in as realistic a manner as possible while still keeping the reader engaged in what that story is about, and 9 times out of 10, the story is about the characters.
7. What was your motivation for writing a story involving search and rescue animals? Are you connected to someone in that field or did you have to research the program?
Honestly, I don’t remember how Margo came to be an SAR therapy dog. (I didn’t even know she did the amateur field courses until Duncan told me and it was added to the story and her background.) I think the therapy service dog was tied into the research I did for the PTSD and it was a sound addition for him. The deeper I got into Duncan’s character, the more she made sense too.
8. Why shifters?
The unknown, the mystical, the magical, and there’s a sense of fantasy in it, much the same way we fantasize about vampires. We can make them as dark and brooding or as everyday as we want. They’re completely moldable, like clay, and we can believe for that story that they’re real.
9. Which title in the Men of Silo series is your favorite and why?
The Winter Moon’s Wolf. There was a lot going on in that story, but I felt a really strong connection to both characters. In Cade’s fear of discovered, of Dean’s loneliness (with the death of his brother), and then the loss of the bar, which was the last tie he had to his brother, of the family they both had to deal with. It felt like I knew them, which is something as a writer, we all hope for.
10. If you could have a conversation with any famous author, who would you want to get writing tips from and what skill of theirs would you like to emulate?
There are so many great ones, and I read a ton growing up. I don’t think I could pick just one. As for a skill to emulate? That’s as individual as snowflakes and thumbprints. I would like to never have to deal with writer’s block again. Can I have that one?
11. Tell us about some of your other titles.
Another series that I have is Jasper. It wasn’t meant to be a series, but like many of my books do, it grew. Tougher to Love is the first, about Caleb and Ian, a transplant cop and a local mechanic who meet under less than desirable circumstances: A murder in Ian’s family. Glitter and The Charlie Factor are also high ranking stories. I enjoyed writing them immensely. Charlie is like and unlike us on so many levels, and Glitter happened because so many wanted to know about Laurence, and I’m really glad I got to bring him to you.
Arbor Heights is another series that wasn’t supposed to be. Beneath the Shield was set in Arbor Heights (I like fictional towns if possible) and it just kind of grew from there. I think I’m on book 11 right now.
12. Rapid Fire Time
- Music or TV/Movies? Music
- Alone or At a Party? Depends on mood
- Coffee or tea? Coffee
- Underwear and socks: folded in the drawer or tossed? Folded
- Whips or Chains? Neither
- Disney or Nick? Disney (There is no other!! LOL)
- Waxed or Furry? Waxed
- Tennant or Smith? ….. O.o
- Apple or Android? Android
- Cut or uncut? Doesn’t matter.
13. What are you working on? What is next?
Right now I’m working the next Arbor heights book, a Jasper tangent story, and book 3 of my vampires. I have the next stories ready to fall into place once I get something done. Much like my TBR, my TBW (To Be Written) will never be finished before I die.
Title: Run with the Moon (Men of Silo #1)
Author: Diana DeRicci
Publisher: Purple Sword
Cover Artist: Anastasia Rabiyah, photo by Dan Skinner
Publication Date: 10/31/2012
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, M/M Romance
Jamie Ness is homeless and on the run. After divulging his deepest, guarded secret, his father attacked him, which left no choice but for Jamie to leave everything behind he’d once known.
His greatest fear is that his father will realize the mistake he made in throwing away the only real income coming into their home and hunt for Jamie. Putting distance between his father and wherever he stops is his only priority. After walking for days, putting one foot in front of the other, it’s impossible to turn down a hot meal when Chris Rose pulls up at his side on the outskirts of a town he doesn’t know.
Offering the young man a helping hand is ingrained in Chris. Something to eat, a warm bed, and safety, even if he could only get Jamie to grudgingly agree to one night. He would have offered that and more to the young man with the shadowed eyes, except more trouble was looming for Jamie. It isn’t just Jamie’s dad that Jamie has to worry about, because there is nothing in his life that could have prepared him for Chris’s secrets.
About the Author:
Diana DeRicci is the sexy, flirty pen name of Diana Castilleja. A romance author at heart, DeRicci’s writing takes you into a saucier spectrum of sensuality and sexual adventure, where a happily-ever-after is still the key to any story. Diana lives in Central Texas with her husband, one son and a feisty little Chihuahua named Rascal. You can catch the latest news on all of Diana DeRicci’s writing and books here on her website. Feel free to drop Diana an email. She’d love to hear from you.
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