Diane Alberts current contracted works with Entangled Publishing are: ON ONE CONDITION (February 2012, Ever After line), DIVINELY RUINED (Divine Temptations Trilogy #1, April 2012, Ever After line), and TRY ME (Take a Chance #1, May 2012, Ever After line). Her current works with Decadent Publishing are: KILL ME TOMORROW (October 2011, 1NightStand series), RECLAIMED (December 2011), ABSOLUTION (March 2012, Honor Guard series), BROKEN (March 2012, 1NightStand series), and ESCAPE TO ME (TBA, 1NightStand series).
Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.
She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing and Decadent Publishing. She is repped by her fabulous agent, Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. She has, as of this date, two books with Entangled Publishing, and five books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List. She has a lot of projects currently being shopped around by her fabulous agent, and her goal is to write so many fantastic books that even a non-romance book fan will know her name.
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
Thanks for having me here today to answer some questions about myself and my latest release, Try Me, from Entangled Publishing!
1. What was the spark of inspiration for Try Me?
The first thing that came to me was Jeremy, walking down the deserted road in the desert. He was feeling really bad about his life, his choices, his…well, his everything. As soon as I envisioned him, the story flew off my fingers. Jeremy wanted his story told—and Erica was very loud, too.
2. What is the hardest aspect of writing romance in your opinion?
I think the hardest part is making the characters unique, and yet realistic. You want your readers to be drawn into your characters lives. To really root for them, and actually care about whether or not they get their happily ever after. And you only have a short time to do that when it’s a novella like Try Me. If you don’t grab them in the first few pages, you won’t grab them at all.
3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep on writing, no matter how frustrated you get. Also, take a few self-editing classes. Angela James’ Before You Hit Send helped me tremendously. Classes like that are invaluable. And do not, I repeat, DO NOT send your first copy of your first finished manuscript to agents and publishers as soon as you finish. You need to edit, edit, edit.
Also, get a critique partner.
4. If you could travel to any era, where would you go?
King Henry’s court, at the time of Anne Boleyn. I’d love to see him falling in love with the future queen, only to ultimately despise her and end her life. Kind of morbid, I guess, but still. I’d like to be in that court.
5. Finally, Beatles or Rolling Stones?
Hmm…I don’t really have a preference either way! I guess I’ll say Rolling Stones!
About Try Me
What happens in Vegas…can lead to romance.
It took one wild night for Sergeant Jeremy Addison to realize that Vegas? Was a bad idea.
Bloody. Bruised. Dehydrated. Abandoned in the desert, and left to stagger down the road. The only way this leave could get worse was if his savior was his ex-best friend’s sister…and the girl he’d loved since childhood.
The last person Erica expected to find on the roadside was her high school crush. She hadn’t seen Jeremy in seven years—ever since the night he said he loved her, and she ran away. Losing him then had been a mistake, but wanting him now could be catastrophic if he discovered the secret that chased every other man from her life. But with a tall, tattooed Marine determined to prove he’s always been faithful, can Erica resist his advances…or will she surrender ground and give love a try?