Interview & Contest: Dianne Venetta

Jen: We are excited to welcome Dianne Venetta to Romancing the Book as part of her Lust on the Rocks Blog Tour.  Dianne, will you please share a short bio with us?
Dianne: Originally from Miami (the setting for my current novels) I’ve since moved to Central Florida where I live with my husband, two children and part-time Yellow Lab, Cody-Boy! I’ve been writing on and off for about ten years, though mostly off during the birth of my children and their younger years, however now that they’re older I’m kicking into full swing. Mama has to have something to keep her busy when the kids leave! J

Jen: Tell us about your current release and where it can be purchased.

Dianne: My current release is LUST ON THE ROCKS and embodies a woman’s lust for sexual freedom and the ensuing conflict she feels when love and commitment come to call. Not all women want marriage and family, but what happens when Mr. Right does?

It presents a hard choice for my heroine, Samantha Rawlings. This woman is not your average career gal and in fact, prefers to play by a man’s rules—especially the relationship ones! Additionally there’s a sub-plot that runs through the novel which plays off the internal conflict between hero and heroine and increases the tension between them. While I won’t divulge what it is, it does tend to be somewhat controversial and readers will have strong feelings one way or another.

You can purchase LUST ON THE ROCKS for any ereader, as well as buy it in paperback from Amazon or order through your local bookstore.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Dianne: It wasn’t until after college when the real desire grabbed hold. And when it did, I remember the day. Literally propelled from the sofa en route for the computer, I was inundated with visions of a teenage girl riding her bike, waves of long auburn hair blowing in the breeze as she sped off to God knows where. Mind you, I had no idea where she was going or who she was, only that I had to follow. So compelling were these visions, I had to start writing—something.

That something turned into my first novel, RYAN’S INHERITANCE. It’s the story of a mother-daughter relationship gone wrong though I have yet to release it. The next was JENNIFER’S GARDEN which is connected to LUST ON THE ROCKS via shared characters and was released this past May. Sam and Jen are best friends—but very different—and each warranted their own novel.

All of my books are written to make a difference in the life of my daughter. No different than most mothers, I want to do my best to help her avoid my mistakes, the mistakes of my contemporaries. Yes, she’ll make her share through life (human nature 101), but I feel preparing her for the potential pitfalls is part of my job as her mother. Managing expectations can be half the battle. Accepting that failure makes up the other half of the equation is just as important.

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Dianne: Romantic Women’s Fiction

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?

Dianne: I must have blocks of time to write. I’m not one of those writers that can slip in an hour here or there but rather need hours at a time. Once I start, it’s hard to stop! And I do like music for certain scenes as it helps to pull out the emotions in me.

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?

Dianne: I have strategically placed pen and paper everywhere! By my bed, in my car, near the kitchen and of course the office because I DO come up with ideas at the strangest times and if I don’t write them down, they will be gone. Two kids will do that to a gal’s memory banks!

Jen: What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

Dianne: I love the feeling and positive energy of falling in love and I love happy endings. Dark or scary novels only serve to give me nightmares!

Jen: How do you pick character’s names?

Dianne: They come to me, mostly. The characters, their looks, their problems… It all comes to me and I just write it down! Now when it comes to twisting plots and such, I do have to focus my thinking on problem solving and novel structure.

Jen: If LUST ON THE ROCKS was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Dianne: Oh that’s a tough one. For my hero it would be the younger dark-haired fellow from CSI (original version) but much taller and bigger. For the heroine, I’d have to say a cross between Julia Roberts and Sandra Bernhardt because I need the softness and sex appeal from the first combined with the brash and tough style of the second.

Jen: What five authors or people, past or present, have been important to your writing? What question or comment have you always wanted to say to them?

Dianne: My mother always nurtured my creative talents in writing and drawing, so first I’d say thank you to her. The second would be Sheri—a close friends of mine—because she helped encourage me and read all my first novels. Dara Edmonson, Terry Odell and Roxanne St. Clair are fellow authors who really helped because they taught me how the business runs as well as how to craft a great novel.

Jen: What do you do in your free time?

Dianne: I usually garden and/or spend time with the family. We have a huge organic garden in our backyard that we spend time in plus, I volunteer at my kids’ school garden as well as help friends learn how to manage their own gardens and I blog about it all at my garden blog: BloominThyme.com

Jen: What’s next for you?

Dianne: Currently I’m writing the third in this series of connected character novels and plan to release it this summer.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Dianne: You can find me on Twitter @DianneVenetta and www.Facebook.com/DianneVenetta as well as my home page: DianneVenetta.com

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Dianne: What elements do you find intriguing in a romantic women’s fiction?

Contest details:

  • The prize is an ebook copy of LUST ON THE ROCKS.
  • The contest is open to everyone over the age of 18.
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  • The contest ends on Sunday, December 4.

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