Joining us today is USA Today bestselling author Dianne Castell. Diane writes for Kensington Brava and also a monthly interview column for Romance Writers Report. Her books have won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award and have been on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine, as well as being included in the Rhapsody Book Club, Doubleday Book Club and has made the Waldenbooks Bestseller list. The second book in her Savannah Sizzles series for the Brava line, Hot and Irresistible, hits the shelves Nov. ’09 and her next book, Hot Summer Nights, is out May ’10. Dianne is here to talk about her newest book, Hot and Irresistible.
Thank you for this interview, Dianne . Can you tell us what your latest book, Hot and Irresistible, is all about?
Hot and Irresistible is the second book in my Savannah Sizzles series. It’s Bebe and BrieAnn’s story and the men they fall in love with. Bebe is a detective in Savannah and a friend is accused of an old murder then new murders. Donovan McCabe, a Yank, is called in to solve the case putting Bebe and Donovan in opposite sides of the case during the day but the same side of the bed at night. Bebe was adopted by a woman who hated her…so why did she adopt Bebe? BrieAnn was adopted by judge and when she falls for Beau who’s father is accused of running an illegal gambling casino, the judge is not happy. What’s Brie to do? The heart wants what the heart wants but she loves her dad.
Is this your first novel? If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?
Hot and Irresistible is my twentieth book and it’s a bit more of a mystery then my first book. My first was a Harlequin American, Court-appointed Marriage. All the books are a blast to write and it’s fun to visit the different setting. Texas for the first, now Savannah. It’s like taking a mini vacation. And with a single title book such as Hot and Irresistible there’s a secondary story to play with as well.
How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?
Hot and Irresistible is one of those books of the heart. I love, love, love Savannah. I love the people, the speak, the little bit slower way of life and love. I love the food and going to The Pink House for crab cakes and Savannah Bistro for garlic grits that are to die for. And I love this old city and how it’s been restored. The twenty-one squares with the live oaks and dim lights at night, the cobble stone streets, how the whole city is under a canopy of trees protecting it from the summer sun and I especially love the restored mansions and old houses loaded with history and a few ghosts to make it all so interesting
And as for writer’s block you simply keep going and writing as you do with any job that suddenly gets tough. No stopping.
How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?
Everyone loves humor and Hot and Irresistible has a lot as well as emotional moments and of course the mystery. Hot and Irresistible is especially a book of the heart as I used my brother as a model for one of the characters. My brother’s name is Ray and he lives in Cleveland so I have a character named Ray Cleveland. He’s sixty-something and a terrific guy and the one accused of the murders that are tearing at the relationship between Bebe and Donovan.
What is your daily writing routine?
I write when I can. My best time is the morning…the golden hours. I’m most creative then but I write when I get the chance.
When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?
I work part-time at the Snoot Fox, an up-scale consignment shop. I can chat with the gals and look at pretty clothes and shop. Fun stuff and good company!
What book changed your life?
The Prophet. I still have a copy of it by my desk now. I read it when I was twenty, tried to live my life and raise my kids by that philosophy. Love that book!
If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?
She was a good mom. I value family above all and have four incredible kids. What a great life.
Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”
I’m pretty much an open book kind of person. I don’t have many surprises. It think those who want to know me do. I’m pretty uncomplicated. Family, kids, friends…the best things in life!
Thank you for this interview, Dianne. I wish you much success on your latest release, Hot and Irresistible!
You can visit her website at DianneCastell.com or email her at DianneCastell@hotmail.com.