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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Talkin' Tuesday with Diane Escalera!

Hi Diane! The last time I saw you was last year. What the heck have you been up to?
Thank you so much for hosting me.  Again!  I had such a blast the last time, and just had to come back for another visit.  Things have been crazy busy with the release of my latest book, Still Hot for You.  It’s an emotional love story about what happens after the happily ever.

Shay LaCosta screwed up a damn good marriage.  Now she’s on a mission to get a little submission, and get her hunky husband back in her bed.

Sexy, fun, and romantic, Still Hot for You takes a peek into the marriage of Dylan and Shay LaCosta.  Theirs is a hot and steamy union, with an even hotter couple.  Just like in real life, relationships have problems.  But when two people are meant to be, they fight with each other, and they fight for each other.

So, when writing your stories, do you have story boards which you work off of?
While I’m more of a pantser, I do need to have a few things in place such as a working title, my main characters, and the premise of the story.  I like to have an idea where I’m going, but I’m never sure how I’m going to get there until I start writing.  Once I’m into the story, I use a notebook to keep track of each chapter and all the pertinent details.

You’ve written many novels. How long does it normally take you to complete one, start to finish?
I admire those authors who can bang out a book in their sleep.  Unfortunately, I’m not one of them!  A full-length novel can take me several months to write.  Then there’s the editing process…

What surprised you most when it came to becoming an author?
Being a romance author is not as glamorous as people might think.  It takes a lot of hard work, grit and steely determination to make it in this business.

What do your children think of your writing?
My daughter is studying to become an entertainment lawyer.  She thinks it’s pretty cool than I’m author.  And she’d like to represent me!


How’s the doggy?
How funny!  I talk about her enough, right?  What can I say?  My little dachshund keeps a permanent smile on my face.  We have such a lovefest going on. 

Hot bubble baths or hot tub?
Very little beats a hot bubble bath, nice glass of wine, and a candle.  So relaxing.  Ahhh. 

What do you like to do for enjoyment when it’s just you?
That’s easy.  Play with doggie!  I also love to lose myself in a good book, take in some retail therapy, or watch a cheesy flick on the Lifetime Movie Network.  My husband laughs at me, but whatever.    

If you could have any car, what would it be?
A BMW would make me happy.  That’s why I need everybody to buy my book!

Perfect typist or chicken pecker?
Chicken pecker, baby!

What’s the largest/strangest pet you’ve ever had?
Well, the largest pet I ever had was a Labrador.  The strangest thing about her was her owner!


How do you get to know your characters?
Aw, I was having fun.  Okay, let’s see… I spend a lot of time figuring out who my characters are by creating a profile.  So many things shape a person, and I start with their childhood, family, etc.  Where did they come from?  What made them who they are today?

You didn’t know you were going to be a writer but, when you were younger, did you hear the voices in your head? Because lets face it, all us writers do hear them.
Ah, the voices in my head!  Seriously, when I’m fully engaged in the writing process, my characters do have a tendency to steer the story. 

Who’s your own favorite character and why?
That would have to be Sienna Diaz, the heroine in my last book, Dangerous Desire.  She was older with a daughter in college, and I could really relate to her.  What I liked most was that even though she’d been through a painful divorce, she never stopped believing in love.  

Do you get to have your own writer’s office, or is it a community place full of noise and clutter which you work?
I have a space where it is peaceful and quiet and I can write without distractions.

What inspires you to write?
Honestly, I just want to keep writing quality stories and building a readership.  I love my job, and hope to continue to be blessed with the ability to do it.

What’s the first thing you’d do if your stories catapulted you to celebrity statue?
Hide!  I don’t like to be the center of attention.  But I would love to take my family on a swanky vacation.  First stop would be Italy!

Advice for aspiring writers on what not to do?
Don’t give up!  I’d like to share my favorite quote.  It’s on my desk and I read it every day.
“There are two weapons in the writer’s arsenal.  The first is stamina and the second is uncompromising belief in yourself.”

Want to get your man talking?  Give him booty!

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And Shay LaCosta is pretty desperate. She's wrecked her blissful marriage of five years by demanding she and her husband Dylan have a baby. What the hell was she thinking? She knows she was wrong and she’s ready to set things right, if only Dylan will let her. Bet he can’t shun her Booty Camp offer: delicious, white-hot sex in exchange for what’s going on inside his brain.

Dylan may be macho and stubborn, but he really does miss his wife. A little of Shay's pushing gets him past their estrangement and into her web of seduction. She seems to have an erotic week mapped out to perfection, and who is he to complain? Their marriage is meant to be, so they'll fight with each other, and they'll fight for each other.

WARNING: Racy Language, Hot Sex, Seduction

Still Hot for You is available now at Lyrical Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Digital Bookstores everywhere.

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Thank you so much for being here, Diane! I can't wait to read, Still Hot for You. :)

Have a Sparkling Day!
Rebecca Rose 


  1. Love the post! Thank you again for hosting me today.