Diane: Thanks so much for having me!
And, sure! I live in Pennsylvania, and I’m a mother to four and wife to one. I love reading and writing, and can’t ever get enough of romance novels. So much so, that I decided to start writing them!
Stella: Your latest novella On One Condition was released for Valentine’s Day and since has hit the best-sellers list on B&N, congratulations! Can you tell readers what they can expect of it?
Diane: I’m so excited to be on that list, too. I can’t even explain how thrilled I am! On One Condition is, of course, a romance. It’s a shorter story, so I try to focus on the romance between the two characters mainly, while only briefly touching upon their past and their obstacles in their path to their happily-ever-after.
There’s only so much room in a short story like that—and I want to show their love develop! I’m all about the romance, after all.
Stella: On One Condition is a modern day marriage of convenience romance, what attracted you to this trope?
Diane: Oh, I’m a sucker for any trope, but I love the idea of a marriage of convenience catching both parties off guard—especially when one of those people are appalled at the idea of love and romance. When you marry a romantic man like Damon, it guarantees a lot of arguments and wooing.
Stella: On One Condition is an “Ever After” title published by Entangled Publishing, meaning that it is a short novella, what were the hardships/challenges of telling a story in only 112 pages? Why did you choose to write with such length limitations?
Diane: I love having a short story to engross yourself into that can be read in one sitting. You get that satisfied feeling of your happily-ever after in one sitting, but don’t lose your whole day because you couldn’t put it down!
And the challenge can lie in having the readers happy. A lot of times, people feel you don’t touch upon a certain backstory—such as Johanna’s past—enough, but if I spent a whole chapter on her past and her mother, then I’d be taking away from the heart of the story—Johanna and Damon falling in love.
I’d say that’s the biggest challenge—giving the readers everything they crave in a shorter time limit.
Stella: Do you have a favourite scene/line in On One Condition?
Diane: Hm, my favorite scene is the wedding night, when Damon vows to woo her after their kiss. My second favorite would have to be the night they sit and look up at the stars together, after the charity auction.
Stella: On One Condition besides having Cinderella reminiscent romantic scenes has some darker, more emotional scenes as well. Do you always mix the shades of romance or was this specific of this story?
Diane: You got me! I almost always have a bit of darkness or emotional baggage thrown in. I like to touch upon almost all of the senses/emotions, and I try to do so with each book. It’s kind of a thing with me, there has to be at least one teary-scene.
Stella: The hero of On One Condition is a modern day Brit aristocrat: Viscount Damon Hayes, what it is about those handsome Brit aristocrats that makes them irresistibly attractive?
Diane: Oh, I don’t know, but I love, love, love them. I used to say I would marry a Brit—but I married a US Marine instead. LOL! I adored the idea of having an English Viscount in a Contemporary Romance. Is it just me, or do we not see enough of those? I might need to write another….
Stella: Can you tell the readers about what makes Johanna an interesting and unique heroine?
Diane: She thinks she is immune to love, and instead of basking in a romantic gesture, she’s more likely to roll her eyes at it. Not because she’s mean, but she’s just not into grand gestures and romance. Even so, Damon manages to soften her resolve.
Also, she is such a good, caring person. All she wants is to help others—particularly children who are growing up in poverty, like she did.
Stella: You have four kids (and a bird), how do you find the time to write romances? How do you manage?
Diane: Naptime is my best writing time, to be honest. Three of my kids go to school, so the fourth is the only one here during the week. Beyond that, my hubby is home going to college right now, so he sometimes watches my three year old if I am on a roll, or have a deadline.
Stella: What shall we expect from you, what is next on your schedule?
Diane: I’ve got a YA book with my agent now—a very, very dark story of good vs. evil. That should be ready for subbing too.
I also just finished a Historical Romance that I’m polishing up to send to my agent. On top of that, I have a bunch of upcoming Contemporary Romance novella’s with my editor, coming this summer.
My next works with Entangled will be an Ever After out in April, called DIVINELY RUINED. It’s about a troublesome aspiring angel, and the man who tempts her to fall from grace.
Thanks so much for having me here!
Kindergarten teacher Johanna hates Valentine's Day. She hates romance, hates commercialism, and definitely hates her school’s annual charity date auction. She never expects her pre-auction night of drinking to land a sexy Brit in her bed. Or for that Brit to show up at the auction, bid thousands just to talk to her again, and get down on one knee in front of everyone and ask her to marry him.
Viscount Damon Hayes has never met anyone like Johanna. She’s neurotic, fascinating, and fun. She also doesn't care about his title and doesn't want his money, which makes Johanna perfect to fulfill a surprise clause in his father's will: marry within three months and remain married for a year, or lose his fortune. A relationship is out of the question, but when passions ignite and the two fall in love, their marriage of convenience becomes anything but.
More details and an excerpt are available here.
My review will be posted tomorrow
Diane Alberts lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband, four kids, and a bird. She lives in the mountains-but wishes it were the beach. She has been writing since she was in elementary school, but only recently fulfilled her dreams of being published in 2011.
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