By A.C. James
Welcome to my blog interview with novelist Diana Baron. If you like what you read, please investigate her books at Diana Baron on Amazon.
A.C. James: Hi, Diana. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Diana Baron: Hello and thanks for hosting me today. I live in Silicon Valley in Northern California with my soon to be husband. We’re getting married in the fall. I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. I wrote stories all through elementary school and into high school and college. About a year and a half ago, I decided to write a novel. As I worked my way through the process of writing, I learned about the industry and decided to self-publish Training Temptation.
A.C. James: Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and I loved reading the book by the way 😉 What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of eBooks?
Diana Baron: I write erotic romance and Training Temptation is my debut novel. I love eBooks because I can carry hundreds of books around with me on a small device like my Kindle or iPhone. I can read books anywhere.
A.C. James: Sometimes I fall asleep with mine. I love my Kindle. Have you self-published? If so, what lead to you to become an indie author?
Diana Baron: I self-published because I wanted to retain complete control over what I’d written. I picked my editor, cover art, and price point. In exchange for doing all the production work myself, I get the majority of the book’s sale price in royalties for the rest of my life. Self-publishing has been a ton of work but also a ton of fun.
A.C. James: I totally get that. It’s a common theme among indie authors. Do you have a favorite of your stories or characters?
Diana Baron: My favorite character in Training Temptation is Lady Caroline. She’s a very strong woman stuck in a terrible situation. It was hard for her to accept help from the hero, Edward Hastings.
A.C. James: Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Diana Baron: When I discovered Dean Koontz, I went and read everything he ever wrote. He’s an amazing storyteller and I learned a lot about writing suspenseful stories by studying his techniques.
A.C. James: Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Diana Baron: I try to write 1,000 words a day. Sometimes I don’t write, but other times, I can write 5,000 words in a day. It just depends on what else I have to do that day.
A.C. James: Wow… 5K… I’d need a serious nap after that. Do you do a lot of editing or research?
Diana Baron: I do a ton of editing. I have a fabulous beta-reader who reads through the first draft and helps pinpoint the areas that need to be re-worked. I re-wrote the first chapter of Training Temptation three times, and I don’t mean touch-ups. It’s very important to get the story set up correctly so that the rest of the action in the book is well motivated. For Training Temptation, I did a lot of research since I wasn’t very familiar with ponygirls before starting the book.
A.C. James: Well your story was very fun. I loved it. What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Diana Baron: Third person is my favorite POV. I’ve tried writing in first person but it’s not my favorite. I’ve never tried writing in second person.
A.C. James: What’s your favorite or least favorite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
Diana Baron: My favorite part of writing is being able to tell the stories I have floating around in my head. Everywhere I look I see another story just waiting to be written, so it’s fun to be able to get everything down on paper. My least favorite part is the business side of writing. I’m responsible for my website, blog, all my various accounts, Amazon, Goodreads, etc. It’s a lot of work to get everything set up, but once it’s done I only have to make updates instead of design and write everything from scratch.
A.C. James: I spend about half my day blogging, reviewing, beta reading, and the other half writing so I can relate to how much work all those sites are to maintain. Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Diana Baron: I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America and attend meetings at a local chapter.
A.C. James: Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Diana Baron: I’m on Kindle Boards. It’s the most valuable resource I have as a writer. There are hundreds of other authors on the boards ready to answer any newbie questions. We also share a lot of information about the day to day struggles of being a writer.
A.C. James: And what are you working on at the moment or next?
Diana Baron: I’m working on the second book in The Stable series. The working title is The Art of Temptation and I anticipate publishing it this fall. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s about a recent college graduate saddled with a ton of student loans. She attends a ponygirl auction and ends up in the very capable hands of a sexy millionaire.
A.C. James: MMmmm… That does sound intriguing. Tell us more about Training Temptation and why it’s been popular with your readers.
Diana Baron: Training Temptation is a huge hit with readers because very few erotic romance writers write about ponygirls. It’s a very specific sub-genre of BDSM books that is underrepresented. Readers are hungry for something other than a naive young woman and a billionaire.
Yes, I do believe we’ve seen quite enough of those. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Visit my website at www.dianabaron.com
Friend me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DianaBaronAuthor
Follow me on Twitter @DianaBaronBooks
Training Temptation is available at:
Also available at Sony, Kobo and the Apple iBookstore.
A.C. James: Thank you for interviewing today on my Paranormal Passion blog! Good luck with The Art of Temptation and we look forward to having you back when it’s released.
Well I don’t think I’ll ever be able to think about the Kentucky Derby ever again without a plethora of dirty thoughts. Kinky, hot, and suspense drive this passion filled novella with a whole lot of fetish and a touch of BDSM.
The Stable Book One
Genre: Erotic Romance
Date of Publication: 4/23/2013
Number of pages: 115
Word Count: 28,000
Cover Artist: Melody Simmons of eBookindiecovers.com
Caught in a web of deceit, Caroline must run the race of her life to save her family home. Her reputation as the high society owner of the #1 stable for Ponygirls in the world is on the line. And, there’s only one man who can help her win.
Edward Hastings is steamy, passionate and dangerous. With molten brown eyes and a rock hard body, the notorious playboy could have any woman in the world, but he only wants her. The first time he’d seen Caroline dressed like a pony, he’d been enthralled. Now, nothing will keep him from her.
They strike a deal. He’ll train her if she sticks to his rules. But rules were made to be broken. The moment he slides the bit into her mouth, she knows she’s in trouble. As he ignites a fire in her body and her mind, will she make it through the week without losing her heart to him? Or will she be able to train temptation?
About the Author:
Diana began writing the moment she learned how to hold a pencil. By elementary school, she was writing and directing plays for kids in her afterschool program. Over the years, short stories piled up on her nightstand. At night, she could always be found holding a flashlight and a book under her blanket.
She studied writing and literature through high school and into the first two years of college. But then, her fascination with other cultures and religious practices took over. She has degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Religious Studies from San Jose State University and is published in non-fiction.
After college, her life took an unexpected turn. She’s currently a project manager and technical spec writer for a Silicon Valley computer company by day and a daring novelist by night. When she’s not tearing up the felt playing at the World Series of Poker, she’s traveling to her favorite Caribbean islands.