Jen: Will you please share a short bio with us?
Diana: After 31 moves and a career in the Navy as a meteorologist/oceanographer, Diana Cosby decided to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met over the years. After watching the movie Braveheart, and with Diana’s passion for writing complex plots, she knew she had to write in this volatile medieval time frame, hence the MacGruder brothers were born. Diana is working on the third novel in the MacGruder Brothers’ series. For more information, please check out her website: http://www.dianacosby.com/index.html
Jen: Tell us about His Woman and where it’s available.
Diana: His Woman is the story of the youngest MacGruder brother, Duncan. Lady Isabel Adair is the last woman Sir Duncan MacGruder wants to see again, much less be obliged to save. Three years ago, Isabel broke their engagement to become the Earl of Frasyer’s mistress, shattering Duncan’s heart and hopes in one painful blow. But Duncan’s promise to Isabel’s dying brother compels him to rescue her from those determined to bring down Scottish rebel Sir William Wallace.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Diana: I’ve been a voracious reader all of my life. While I served in the Navy, I always said, when I retire, I’m going to write romance novels. When I retired, I started writing and discovered that I truly loved the craft. After nine years of writing, in the summer of 2006, I received ‘The Call.’
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Diana: Romance. Suspense. Complex.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Diana: When I’m writing new pages, I write a minimum of five pages a day five days a week.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Diana: I belong to several on-line medieval research loops, and when I find an on-line college course that fits into my time frame, I’ll take that. In addition, I have a personal library at hand:
Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
Diana: I find historical records in the local and time period I’m writing for, and I choose names there. I try to be as accurate as possible with my historical details.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate the sale of your first book?
Diana: Ed my husband who was serving in Iraq; he called me. Then, when the kids came home from school, we had a special dinner.
Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?
Diana: There are so many authors over the years. Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Virginia Kantra, Loreth Anne White, Shirley Rogerson, Michelle Hancock, Rebecca Sinclair, Julie Garwood, Hannah Howell and many many more. I sincerely thank each and every one.
Jen: What five authors or people, from the past or present, have been important to you as an author? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?
1. My parents – thanks for teaching me to hang in there, overcome the challenges of life and to persevere.
2. Rebecca Sinclair – I appreciate you receiving an out-of-the-blue e-mail from a new writer, but taking the time to not only reply, but to encourage my dream of writing.
3. Grandma Gendron – I wish to thank her for being my every inspiration; she truly was a heroine.
4. My teachers – I want to thank them for their hard work and for never giving up on me.
5. My family in Texas – I appreciate them teaching me daily what family is truly about.
Jen: If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? And if you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?
Diana: I would go back to 1297 to experience the people, the trauma of this time of political unrest, and to feel what it truly was like during medieval times. I’d take antibiotics, a rosary and a photo of my kids.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Diana: I’m currently working on the 3rd book in the MacGruder brothers’ series, which is Seathan’s story. Once that’s done, I’ll begin Patrik’s story, which is going to be amazing to write.
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
To find where I’m blogging or appearing: http://www.dianacosby.com/authorevents.html
I’m on Facebook. 🙂
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Diana: In the stories you love most, what about the novel touched or moved you deeply? My sincere thanks for dropping by!
Jen: Diana, thanks for stopping by this week. Readers, Diana is giving away autographed copy of His Captive, book 1 in series, to a random commenter. To enter the contest, answer Diana’s question or ask one of her. To complete the entry, please include your email address in your comment or send an email to email@example.com (with Diana Cosby in the subject). Only entries with an email address will be considered in the contest. The winner will be chosen on Thursday, June 11 around 5 pm PST.