Welcome Diane...tell us a bit about yourself …..
I was born under the western zodiac of Gemini and the Eastern zodiac of the Rooster. I am a 31/4. I believe in the joy of life, the power of love and the freedom of truth.
Being a passionate woman who’s always done things a little differently, my career began as a school teacher at a progressive school, before I moved into a full-time career as a professional choreographer, director and dancer, strutting my stuff on television and theatre stages throughout Australia.
Following my entertainment career, I moved into the personal development field and became a stress & life skills therapist, life coach and keynote speaker. Assuming the pseudonym of the Goddess of Love, I appeared on national radio and television shows such as the iconic Beauty & the Beast.
Having consulted in the corporate arena for many years, I currently manage a workforce of 150 people in a business my husband and I own. In 2015, I finally carved out time to write seriously and launched into my writing career with the Dance of Love, a three-book erotic romance series.
What inspires you to write?
The voice in my head. I know this might sound a touch woo-woo, but all my stories come to me basically formed. I don’t know what genre I’m going to write in next. I write what beams in. It’s not necessarily the best strategy to have in terms of a long-term career, but it suits me. It keeps writing fresh, fun and inspiring. I’m a highly intuitive, yet organised writer.
What’s your publishing tips?
Even if you’ve had a professional editor edit your work… Stop! Do not submit your manuscript! Do not publish it…YET! No matter how good you think it is, or your editor thought it was, you can always improve what you’ve written.
What’s your promotional/marketing tips?
Seek out and learn from those who are good at it. Become self-educated.
Tell us about your latest book
Retribution is my first foray into writing romantic suspense. I wanted to give a rich emotional depth to the story by constructing complex character arcs in a story that merges the deeper elements of life, love and hope. Retribution does not follow the usual formula for this genre…It is romantic suspense with a twist.
This story is my way of paying tribute to the people who have endured more than most. Those who have lived hellish childhoods, those who have fought for our freedom, those who have experienced unimaginable trauma and those who may never recover from their suffering. With the overarching theme of forgiveness and redemption, Retribution pays homage to the human condition in all its glory and misery.
Who would you kill to escape your past?
Jessie Hilton is tough. Since the age of fifteen, she has dreamed of being a principal dancer with the Australian Ballet Company. Now at twenty-four, she stands on the brink of fulfilling her dream unaware of a secret buried deep within her.
Ex-military officer, Brad Jordan is rebuilding his life with the help of his boisterous Border collie, Whiskey. After helping Jessie out of a tight spot, he discovers a kindred spirit in the ambitious ballerina.
But with the sudden attention of an unwanted admirer, Jessie’s life begins to spin out of control. Called back to her family home in country New South Wales due to her father’s unforeseen illness, she is torn between career and family. As her dream of being principal dancer fades, her stalker edges ever closer. But there is more to overcome than a lurking psychopath. Can Jessie and Brad confront their own demons and escape the past?