About Diana Rubino:
My passion for history and travel has taken me to every locale of my books, and short stories, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, Egypt, the Mediterranean, colonial Virginia, New England, and New York. My urban fantasy romance, FAKIN’ IT, won a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association. I live on Cape Cod with my husband Chris. In my spare time, I bicycle, golf, play my piano and devour books of any genre.
What inspires you to write?
I love history and meeting people from the past and how they fit into major events in the past. Writing novels about real people puts me into the past, but keeps me grounded in reality.
Tell us about your writing process.
I use Donald Maass’s THE BREAKOUT NOVEL WORKBOOK, which has many probing questions about characters and the story. I then write a detailed outline, which I don’t always follow when writing. My daily goal is 2500 words a day.
I do everything in Word on my computer, but sometimes I write in longhand; it helps me connect to the characters more closely.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They actually talk to me, and sometimes they tell me what THEY want to do, rather than what really happened in history!
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing. Keep practicing. Most of all, don’t ever give up on your dream. Just having a dream makes you very special. If you get impatient because its taking so long, just ask yourself this: Why does 16-year Scotch take 16 years? Some things are worth waiting for.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I preferred a publisher rather than self-publishing. My first books came out in 1999, when Ebooks first hit the scene; they came out in print and Ebook format. I did self-publish one of my books, and I learned from it, but probably wouldn’t self-publish again. New authors should explore both paths, don’t leave any stone unturned.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe Ebooks will continue to grow as more people read on their tablets and phones. That’s a great boon to publishing; back in the day, there was only print, and not as much of a selection as we have now. People will always want to read, despite all the other forms of entertainment available. Nothing can take the place of getting lost in a good book.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical romance, historical, paranormal, urban fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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