Today I am very pleased to have Diane Rinella, author of Love's Forbidden Flower, at my blog. Welcome, Diane!
Let's start our interview with an introduction:
Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.
Diane, what is your latest news?
The cover for my latest novel, Love’s Forbidden Flower, was just featured by eBook Indie Covers. Though they create book covers, they did not create mine.
What inspired you to start writing?
Movies play in my brain, especially once my head hits the pillow. Often they stem from something I have watched or read, a face, or a line of dialogue. I then project that into an alternate universe. It’s kind of like watching the movie Clue over and over again. “It could have happened this way, or it could have happened this way, but what really happened was…” I also have a theatrical background; so all those years of acting help me develop the characters that tell the story. Since my brain already explores this madness each night, why not get it down on paper?
What motivated you to write this book?
I watched The Buttercup Chain, a 60’s counter culture film. The two main characters are cousins, via identical twins, who were raised as bother and sister. A small part of the story is based on their obvious romantic connection. The woman is accepting of her emotions while the man is conflicted. Both the book and the film taunted you with the situation but never gave you enough of it to make the storyline satisfying. Upon doing research I discovered that there are so many biases toward the subject that I could not find a single book that really tackled it. Yet the more I dug, the more common I found the real life situation to be. There are definitely stories to be told, and I wanted to do so while making the reader forget about the relation and just see the unfairness of societies biases. Love’s Forbidden Flower is a dark human rights piece disguised as a witty romance novel.
How would you describe your writing style?
Personal—in that the reader sees life the way the main character does. Writing in the third person makes me feel like I have a disassociative identity disorder. Since my attention span is horrific I like to keep things moving. Rarely is life all comedy or all tragedy, so you need both. Creating characters and situations that encourage a few chuckles provides a balance that helps the reader ride the emotional rollercoaster while avoiding monotony.
What is the theme of your novel?
You should always be who you are, not whom others say you should be. It’s when you are not true to yourself that you really fall. Also, all good people deserve respect, even if you don’t agree with how they feel.
Tell us about your current WIP?
While Love’s Forbidden Flower can be viewed as a stand-alone novel there is more to be told. Time’s Forbidden Flower is drafted and will be released in 2013. I’ll let it slip and say that I am setting it up so that it could have an infinite number of sequels exclusively including new characters while retaining the old ones. (“Huh?” you say. Exactly!) I also have notes for a novel involving a dead rock star, a bored girl, a crime ring, and Ouija board.
Teaser for the book:
Lily nurtures a secret love for a flawless man—the one who is her soul mate. Donovan is gorgeous, charismatic, and delights in all of Lily’s talents and quirks. Their innate knowledge of each other is almost telepathic. Together they interlock like fine threads creating luxurious silk.
But society dictates this picture-perfect adoration is the ghastliest of all possibilities.
As Lily embarks on a quest for the romance the heavens intended, her suitor turns reluctant. Desperate to uncover why Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hiding decayed from a tender-hearted gentleman into a ferociously self-serving, cocky bastard, Lily is prepared for battle when it comes to the salvation of her soul mate. However, Donovan traps Lily in a mental game of chess, leaving her to question his sanity. When Lily’s revelations about Donovan’s destructive alter ego lead to an unconceivable truth, can she help Donovan survive fate’s cruel joke?
Want to read an excerpt? Here's a link to Chapter 1.
Thank you, Diane!
No, thank you, Joanne!