I would like to thank Diana DeRicci for taking the time to sit down with me to talk about her latest release, Learning to Breathe from MLR Press, and her writing process. Check out Paisley’s reviews of Learning to Live and Learning to Breathe.
Your latest release is Learning to Breathe. What can you tell us about it?
Learning to Breathe is book 6 in the series. Learning to Live is the book before, part of the Average Joe call. When I was writing LtoLive, Remy seemed like the kind of friend that you just want to see happy. When I began to learn about him in LtoBreathe, I realized he was a lot more complicated than many would anticipate, but in ways that could still be relateable.
From where did the inspiration for LtL and LtB come?
This is probably going to sound corny, but I’ve been around construction and hands-on types of jobs and people my whole life. So when the call came out, the idea of it was pretty easy to figure out. Ben is pretty tough on the outside, but isn’t everything he seems. And Remy looks like a kid brother, but doesn’t fight like one, so they played really well off each other.
Describe your inspiration for Remy and Ben
Remy’s inspiration was pretty up front. I already knew what he looked like, but I didn’t know about his health until I started to write him out. (Pretty typical for me.) But it’s good research and I enjoy finding out the bits and pieces that make up the character. Ben was a little more solid, though older than I thought he’d be. And there’s something about a man who works and isn’t afraid of it. 😉
Did you know the Arbor heights novels would be a series? Are there more planned?
When this started with Beneath the Shield, the idea for Arbor Heights was really just a fictional one to get into the publisher. I used a real location and renamed it. It’s not hard to figure out where it actually is. I don’t usually start a story with series in mind but every now and then they snowball into them and I love them. I love revisiting and seeing changes and growth. The way things are exploding with AH, I’m positive there will be more.
There has been a lot of talk, lately, in the M/M author/reviewer/reader circles about reviews, good and bad, and their affect on authors. Do you read your reviews, and if so do they influence the way you write the next book at all?
If a review is put in front of me, I’ll read it. I don’t hunt for them. I’ve always believed reviews aren’t intended for me, but for other readers to share their likes and dislikes. I will admit I notice ones I can use for sound bites for promo. If reviewers feel the need to trash a book on unrelated topics, then that says more about the reviewer than me.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever had someone say about one of your books in an email or review?
Over the years, I’ve gotten some very wonderful compliments and uplifting support. I appreciate each one and often they make my eyes get all teary. I’m a mush inside. One of the best? That I’ve opened a reader to a whole new world of literature (M/M) or even to romance. That they took a chance on my books and were hooked for more. I love knowing I can share these stories with other readers who find the same or more in them than even I do.
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?
I’m lucky in some ways. I’ve met several of the authors I go fangirl over. *grins* I’ve stored innumerable tips and how-tos over the years. As for one I’d like to emulate? I don’t want to. I want to have my own voice and system, and characters. So far, I’m doing good.
What part of writing a book comes the hardest for you?
Usually, I get hung up on transitions, movements in the same scene. “Where does it go next?” type of questions. This can take me days, weeks, or for one poor languishing story, months to overcome. Usually once I get over that bump, I’m free-wheeling for quite a while.
What are you working on right now? What is next?
Next on the WIP list is NOT QUITE BROKEN. Also part of the Arbor Heights line. This is Dex’s story from The Good Life. It’s been tough to write because of his circumstances.
Where can readers find more information about you and your titles?
Places I can be found (don’t let the name confuse you. I’m double persona LOL):
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.
Diana has graciously agreed to give one lucky commenter their own eCopy of Learning to Breathe.
Contest ends 1 Feb 2014 at 11:59pm CST. 18 or older, etc etc
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