I'll explain later...if I can.

This is a real tattoo. Not mine. I’ll explain later…if I can.

One thing I know for sure: expect the unexpected.

Just when you think you know someone. Poof-N-Pop! They surprise you.

Not that that’s a bad thing.

It’s just a thing thing.

Take for example my good ole blogger buddy, Diana Douglas. (When I say “take her,” I don’t mean “whisk her away.” She has enough drama in her life. She doesn’t need to be kidnapped. I just meant “use her as an example of a ‘thing thing.'” Which doesn’t sound very nice, but I mean it in the nicest of ways. You just have to trust me on this one.)

Diana has written two very successful Regency Romance novels. She’s a romantic kind of gal.

As you can see, she love birds. Bird love is, like, intense. This woman is capable of major passion.

As you can see, she love birds. Bird love is, like, intense. This woman is capable of major passion.

But her new book, The Tatooed Angel, isn’t like her other books.

I just had to have her over and talk to her about this switcheroo.

It doesn't take much to blow my mind these days.

It doesn’t take much to blow my mind these days.

Lorna: Hi Diana! You’re really blowing my mind with your new book, Girlfriend. Come on over here and let’s talk.

Diana: I’d love to Lorna. But don’t get your panties in a bundle, it’s still a romance…kind of.

Lorna: (pulling at her panties) Does my butt look bunchy? I’ve been walking over 3 miles a day and my tushy is getting firmer. It’s definitely NOT my underwear. Anyway, don’t try to distract me. I want to find out about this new book of yours. Where did the idea come from and what made you go in this romance-with-a-twist direction?

Diana: The Tattooed Angel is definitely darker than my Regency Romances. The Regencies were fun to write, but after writing two, I knew I needed to go in a different direction. I wanted complicated times, imperfect characters, super-evil villains, and circumstances where anything is possible. After careful thought, I decided that dropping a 21st century woman into 1648 England when intolerance was the norm and anyone different could be declared a witch was a good place to start. Then I added a handsome serial killer, a woman more wicked than Maleficent, a tortured hero who has a dark secret and an amulet that could change the course of history.

Lorna: Well, if your aim was to complicate things, sounds like you succeeded. I hate it when the serial killer is handsome. I get so conflicted, you know? And this daylight savings time messes with my mind. I can’t imagine how time-traveling several hundred years would mess with my biological clock!

Diana: (picking lint off sweater trying to avoid eye contact) Yeah. I know. I guess you’re glad you’re not the heroine in this book, huh?

Lorna: Shyeah! I wouldn’t do well in the 1600’s. They didn’t have Sonicare products and oral health is a big deal with me these days. But back to your book…There are lots of conflicts and twisty elements to the plot. What would you say is the main theme or driving force in this story?

Diana: You have to take risks to find out where you belong.

Lorna: That’s a great lesson. But couldn’t Angela and Nicholas have learned that without the confusing time-travel stuff? I mean, how do you even pack for time-travel?

Diana: (looking to the ceiling) I suppose this lesson could be learned in any number of ways, but this is the way the I chose to write the story. I wanted a romance that was infused with a variety of exciting, adventurous elements.

Lorna: I totally get that. As an author myself, I know how stories can go off on their own tangents.

Diana: The time-travel element was not the story going off on a tangent, Lorna.

Lorna: Whatever. Hey! That was kind of a pun! Get it? Time travel? Going off on a tangent? Good one! You’re so clever, Diana. Now, do tell: who is your target audience?

Diana: The Tattooed Angel crosses genres and will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction, dark romance, light fantasy and (wincing) time-travel. It would also appeal to the same viewers who watch Sleepy Hollow, and similar series. There is sexual content—though not a lot—and there is some violence. Hey, you can’t give a man a sword and a knife and not expect him to use it.

Lorna: History, mystery, fantasy, sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll–you’ve got it all!

Diana: Um…not drugs and rock and roll.

Where'd you put the knife? Not in your pants I hope? I told you never put the knife in your pants.

Where’d you put the knife? Not in your pants I hope? I told you never put the knife in your pants.

Lorna: Oh, my mistake. Sorry. I envisioned half naked men swinging things and my mind went right to aging rock stars. I have a problem focusing sometimes. Make your best pitch about why we should read this book.

Diana: This is just the beginning of three and a half centuries’ worth of adventure, history, fantasy and intrigue. You never know where Angela and Nicholas will take you next.

Lorna: You’re such a good teaser. How about teasing us some more? This story dabbles in the supernatural. Did anything supernatural happen to you while writing the book?

Diana: Nothing specifically happened while I was writing it, but I think we’ve all had moments when we knew something was about to happen before it actually happened. Time warp? String theory? Parallel universe? Who knows? I’m convinced that we don’t understand time. We can measure it, plot it, keep track of it, but that’s about it. There’s so much in life that we don’t understand, I almost never say, “That’s impossible.”

Lorna: Good! So you won’t say I’m being impossible during this interview. Whew! What do you have planned next for your readers?

Diana: I’m currently working on book two of this series. It takes place in 1649, Barbados and the tropical island is not the quite the paradise Angela hoped for.

Lorna: Well, what are you wasting time around here for? Get back to Book 2! I’m sure readers are going to want more of what you have to offer. But before you go, any parting words you’d like to leave us with?

Diana: Sure! Don’t be shy. I love hearing from my readers.

If you want to talk to Diana, go to her website.

To get a copy of her book, click here.

That rose looks pretty good for having traveled through time, eh?

That rose looks pretty good for having traveled through time, eh?

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