Jen: Please help me give a warm welcome to today’s guest, Diana Green. Diana, will you share a short bio with us?
Diana: Since my childhood, growing up in New Zealand, I have been an avid storyteller. For years I enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After I developed chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led me to become a professional author.
My favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, and romance. I currently live in beautiful Washington State, where I write for The Wild Rose Press.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Diana: My romantic sci-fi novel, New Sion, released in January. I got the idea from reading an article about restrictive laws for women in some middle-eastern countries. It made me wonder how I would deal with living in such an oppressive situation. I then considered the possibility of a woman choosing to disguise herself as a man, in order to have more freedom.
In New Sion, the main character, Finn, takes this route. She lives on a frontier colony planet where women have few options. Her disguise works, until she falls for her new bounty hunting partner, Eamon. As you might guess, things get complicated for her.
It was perfectly clear weather, like a final breath of summer. She lay staring up through the swaying sweetbark fronds. They made a lovely pattern against the cloudless blue sky. In the brush beside the river, birds rustled and sang, adding their music to that of the flowing water. The tang of Satan’s vine drifted through the air along with the spicy scent of redthorn thickets warmed in the sun.
Finn felt happy, despite her hurting side. She wouldn’t have minded going on like this for a long time, riding a little further each day, seeing the countryside, enjoying her friendship with Eamon.
She heard him whoop as he plunged into the water, and she couldn’t resist looking toward the river. The bushes along the bank formed a partial screen, but she could still see him swimming and splashing about.
The water must have been cold, because he didn’t stay in long. Soon he was standing in the shallows, scrubbing himself with a bar of soap before jumping back in the river to rinse off. With a curious thrill, she observed all of his actions. In her entire life, she’d never seen a man with no clothes on.
Eamon was nicely formed, with long lean lines to his body. He looked fit and strong, but not bulky. She watched him putting on his trousers and washing the rest of his clothes. He spread them over the bushes to dry. She liked the way he moved, his muscles bunching and stretching under his skin.
“Oh brother,” she muttered, realizing her mistake. He looked too good, and this wasn’t going to help the situation.
She changed position, turning her back to the river, trying to close her eyes for a nap. Of course, she wasn’t remotely sleepy now. The afternoon’s heat smothered her, and she sat up, taking off her boots and rolling up the sleeves of her shirt.
“You ready?” Eamon called, walking up from the river. He was shirtless and barefoot, his hair still damp from the swim.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Diana: A younger Viggo Mortenson would be ideal for Eamon, and Mia Wasikowska would make an excellent Finn.
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Diana: Vivid, Imaginative, Engaging
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Why?
Diana: I’m interested it writing historical fiction, but so far, I haven’t had time. I want to make my details accurate, and that requires serious research.
One of these days, I’m determined to carve out a space for that. Stories of women in the American west are particularly intriguing to me. There were some amazing individuals, with strength, courage, and ingenuity.
Jen: What has been the highlight of your career to this point?
Diana: Without doubt, it is hearing from readers who have enjoyed my books. As a writer, I put a great deal of time, energy, and love into creating these stories. It is marvelous to know they are bringing others pleasure.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Diana: I just signed a contract for the second book in my fantasy romance trilogy, Dragon Clan. The first book, Dragon Wife, will release later in 2014. I plan to write the third book soon. It’s a great series, and I’m excited to have found a home for it, with the Wild Rose Press.
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