First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
Thanks so much for having me here at Ramblings From This Chick, Danielle. I am an avid reader and love all things creative. I also love happy endings, so romance writing is my favorite activity, with reading a close second. When I’m not doing those, I work in the independent film industry, another great outlet for creativity, though I will admit I’m camera shy and don’t often appear onscreen.
Did you always want to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and creating stories. I actually wrote my first romance when I was twelve or thirteen. And I began writing poetry in high school. But it wasn’t until college, after exploring journalism and playwriting, that I realized romance writing was what I wanted to pursue as my profession.
Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere. My imagination is constantly active, drawing inspiration from everything around me. Ideas can come from dreams, documentaries, biographies, intriguing settings, inanimate objects, strangers walking past . . . pretty much anything that catches my attention and makes me think, “What if . . .?” The last time I did the laundry at night, for example, I stood in front of the washing machine, sorting clothes, with my back to the dim garage, and wondered what would happen if I were to turn around, look up, and see a large, slimy, humanoid creature creeping across the ceiling toward me. :-) So I never know what might spark that next idea.
A la Twitter style, can you describe your book NIGHT REIGNS in 140 characters or less.
Grieving immortal Marcus Grayden is assigned a new Second . . . who proves to be immensely distracting and turns his world upside down.
Why paranormal? What about this genre pulls you in?
Paranormal romance combines my two favorite fiction genres: romance and horror. I love happily ever afters and couples finding love when they least expect it. I also like action and intrigue and characters overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to defeat villains and monsters.
What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I like stories in which the hero and heroine begin as friends, then fall in love. I like stories that surprise me with twists and turns I don’t see coming. I like exciting stories that keep me turning pages until dawn, yet also contain tender moments. And I like stories that are fresh and new or that make the old new again. Most importantly, I like any book that sparks my own creativity. :-)
Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
I don’t have one particular favorite book. Rather I have dozens and dozens by authors such as Alexandra Ivy, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Amanda Ashley, Maggie Shayne, Stephen King, and more.
Have you ever fallen for another author's hero? If so, who and why?
Many times. Appealing characters will draw me into a story as quickly as a good plot. There are quite a few books on my shelves that I’ve read over and over again. The reason: a great hero. One who isn’t afraid to love. Or one who is learning to love for the first time. One who would do anything for his heroine.
Human, Vampires, Demons, or Shifters, which are your favorite and why?
I’m going to go with vampires, since I have a hard time passing up any paranormal romance that features them. I think it’s simply a case of first love. The first paranormal romances I ever read revolved around vampires. I was instantly captivated . . . which is why I had to write my own. And, now that I have, I’ll toss in immortals as favorites, too. ;-)
Describe the characteristics that make up your perfect hero.
Strong. Honorable. Intelligent. Brave. Caring. Neatness and an the ability to cook sumptuous meals doesn’t hurt either. ;-)
If you could have dinner with any three book characters, who would you choose and why?
Seth and David from my Immortal Guardians series. They’re both thousands of years old, so I could easily pester them with questions all night. :-) The third would be Ami, the heroine of NIGHT REIGNS. Because of her background, on which I can’t elaborate without spoilers, I would love to bend her ear and ask her as many questions as I would Seth and David.
If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Stephen King- I think he is an exceedingly talented author. I learn something new about writing every time I read one of his books and would love to sit down and talk with him about any number of subjects.
Alexandra Ivy- I love her books and think she is just the nicest person . . . which is why I still smile a giddy little smile when I reread the cover quote she gave me. :-)
Gena Showalter- I love her Lords of the Underworld series and have heard nothing but good things about her as a person. :-)
What do you like to do in your free time?
Aside from spending time with my family, I enjoy reading and gardening. I think the gardening goes along with my fondness for all things creative. I like to watch things grow and change and develop, which is what writing and filmmaking are both all about. :-)
There are too many to choose just one. I come from a family of musicians, so I listen to music of all genres and eras. I’ll listen to Disturbed and Slipknot one day and mellow out to Nat King Cole the next.
Also too many to choose from. Since I enjoy indie filmmaking, my movie library is nearly as large as my book library.
Last question, are you working on anything right now?
Yes. I am currently editing PHANTOM SHADOWS, Book 3 in my Immortal Guardians series. And, once I hand that in to my editor, I’ll get to work on Book 4. I’m very excited about the changes taking place in the Immortal Guardians’ world and hope readers will be, too.
Dianne Duvall portrays a world of temptation, loyalty, and heartbreak . . . a world where danger and desire walk hand in hand . . .
Ami isn't much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she's no coward, and she's no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn't hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .
Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he's not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can't deny that she's strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she's also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can't bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself?
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Dianne Duvall earned a BA in English from the University of St. Thomas and has won multiple awards as a romance writer. Her debut paranormal romance novel Darkness Dawns was awarded 4 1/2 stars by RT Book Reviews, received 5-star reviews and was declared a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and a Best Book by Long and Short Reviews, and received 5-star reviews from Bitten by Paranormal Romance, Reading Between the Wines, Books and Things and Paranormal Romance Addict. It also won first place in the Romance Writers of America Indiana Golden Opportunity contest, then was chosen as Best of the Best. It is the first book in her Immortal Guardians series.
When she isn't writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.
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