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 always loved to read, so when I was a kid, I started writing stories. I had a notebook in grammar school that I filled with short stories. I also liked to draw comic books with people I knew as characters. Of everything I tried, it seemed writing was what I did best. Coupled with my passion for history, I decided to follow my dream.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m definitely an outliner. I write an outline in Word. If I was a pantser, my stories would be all over the place, like trying to drive cross-country without a map. I also write sketches from questionnaires I’ve had for a long time. I use Donald Maass’s “Breakout Novel” workbook which asks very probing questions for your characters.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I write scenes with my characters in situations outside the story, i.e., in a moral dilemma, reacting to shocking news, etc. This helps me get to know their other dimensions.
What advice would you give other writers?
Even though your first, second, third, or even fourth novel may never see print, not a word is wasted if it’s considered a learning experience. I also believe that you must write from the heart, and your passion will shine through in your work. There are many roads to success, but patience is the best way!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I signed with my first agent, my books made the rounds of the traditional publishers. I came very close with Harlequin American and Zebra. In 1999 my friend Lisa Hamilton told me about British publisher Domhan Books. I submitted to them, and they bought 4 of my books at once. I’m now with The Wild Rose Press and Solstice Publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
With the explosion of ebooks, more people are reading because tablets are so common. People are even reading on their phones. Because of the increased competition, a writer’s work must be the very best in order to compete.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical romance, historical novels, paranormal romance, romantic suspense
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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