Jen: Readers, please help me welcome Keta Diablo to Book Talk. Keta, will you please share a short bio with us?
Keta: Keta Diablo is the author of numerous historical erotica novels and gay fiction novellas. She makes her home in the Midwest portion of this great country. In her spare time (spare time?) she loves to commune with nature on six acres of towering pines and massive oaks. She lives in harmony with loons (the winged version), owls and eagles and nurtures an abiding love for all animals.
Fave thingies: Soy candles, scented sea salts, books, the smell of rain.
Not so fave thingies: Prejudice, the color white (this would include snow) and “abuse” in any form.
Fave quote: “I am neither a man nor a woman but an author.” Charlotte Bronte, Novelist
Personal Motto: Harm None.
Jen: Tell us about CROSSROADS REVISITED (your upcoming release) and where it’s available.
Keta: Thank you so much for hosting me today J & J.
Crossroads Revisited will be released by Phaze in June. This is the second book in the three-part series, and again the main characters are Frank McGuire, a Private Investigator, and Rand Brennan, his dead partner’s son. Crossroads, the first book in the series has been a bestseller at Phaze since its release the end of March.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Keta: I began writing sensual historicals about five years ago and soon realized readers wanted a little more spice in their romance reading. Soon thereafter, I launched into erotic romance and have been writing it ever since. I also write male/male obviously. My first books were published under a pseudonym and when I began erotic romance, I switched to my real name.
Jen: How does your family feel about your career?
Keta: My family is very supportive of my writing and my schedule. I always make time for family events, and on the same hand, they know better than to interrupt me unnecessarily when I’m on a deadline.
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Keta: Only three? “Politically incorrect characters” I think best describes my writing. At least that’s what some reviewers claim. I take that as a compliment. People come with all types of blemishes, flaws and I like to stay true to that with my characters. This means at times a reader might not like my characters until they are redeemed, and I always redeem them by the end of the book.
Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?
Keta: I like it fairly quite or I become easily distracted, and I love my coffee – late hours, little sleep, etc.
Jen: Do you have a specific time or place that you write?
Keta: Mostly at night. I admit to being a night owl long before I started writing.
Jen: What is it about the romance/erotica genre that appeals to you?
Keta: The dynamics between the hero and heroine. I love to see how they transform and grow from beginning of the book to the end. If a writer gets to really know here characters (like he/she should) you start to think like them. This brings everything together, the plot, dialogue and what a character would or would not say.
Jen: Do you do anything special to celebrate a sale, new contract, or release?
Keta: (lol) No time. I’m too busy writing the next book I’ve committed to.
Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
Keta: For some reason, I love reading and writing historical and I also love writing male/male. Scary. Does that mean I have more male personality than female? Hmm. I’ve written one fantasy and really loved it. I don’t know why I haven’t returned to that. A time constraint, I suppose. This book was fun to write because the author can make up their own world and not have to rely heavily on historical accuracies.
Jen: Do you become attached to your characters and have a hard time letting them go, or are you happy that their story is told and you can move on?
Keta: Yes, it has happened. I’m going to be sorry to see the Crossroads series end. I feel like I know Frank and Rand very well and worry about how I will end their saga.
Jen: If your book was made into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the heroes?
Keta: If we’re talking about male/male, I picture Orlando Bloom in Rand’s part or maybe that terribly sexy model, Milan. There is something about Daniel Craig I love – his eyes I think, so he would do for Frank.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you have received about your books?
Keta: See above about “politically incorrect”. At first I thought, “Oh, no, the reviewer didn’t like the book because Frank is so crude and mercilessly tough at times. But this wonderful lady assured me she meant it as a compliment. In this instance, the reviewer said she doesn’t post or review books she doesn’t think are worthy, so that set my mind at ease. I’m particularly moved when I hear from readers. They are the true judges as far as I’m concerned. If they don’t like your books or your writing, you’re in trouble.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Keta: Now you’ll know why I’m a night owl. Let’s see, write the last book in the series of Crossroads which comes out in the fall. I’m working on a Civil War full-length story for Ravenous Romance, and a two-book series with another author on fallen angels. I’m in the process of finishing off the first novella in a 3-part series, male/male, and finally, working on a full-length story set in the Scottish Highlands.
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Keta: Thank you for asking. You can find me on the web here:
The Stuff of Myth and Men, my male/male blog: http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com
Keta’s Keep, my erotic romance blog: http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com
Keta’s Author Home: http://ketadiablo.blogspot.com
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Keta: Sure – let me know by leaving a comment. There’s always chatter in the industry about what genre will become popular next. What would the readers like to see more of, less of, or something they haven’t seen written?
Jen: Thank you Keta for an interesting interview. Readers, Keta will be giving away a copy of Crossroads to a random commenter. We’ll be picking a winner on Sunday, June 14 around 5 pm PST. To enter the drawing, you must leave a comment. You also have to leave your email address with your comment or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with Keta Diablo in the subject.