Thursday, October 6, 2011

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Halloween Bash, Keta. It's always a pleasure to have you as my guest here at Ramsey's Reviews. I have had numerous reviewers talk about how awesome your stories are and I look forward to your new releases. Thank you for taking the time to answer some of our Halloween questions.

Tell us your latest news. Do you have any current projects you’re working on?
Hi Amy, first I want to thank you for hosting another *Fantastic* Halloween Bash. They’ve been so much fun. And thank you for asking about my current projects (a pile that never shrinks). I have a release coming out October 5th through Books We Love Spice. Land of Falling Stars is a re-release of an erotic romance/historical with a Civil War theme. Watch for the release OCTOBER 5th here: Keta’s Kindle Page: http://amzn.to/qsrw5D

I’m also writing the first novella in the *Lone Star Series*. The title of the first book in the series is Waking the Dead. I have five books planned about the Bannister brothers in, of course, Texas. These are also historical books . . . think HOT, HUNKY COWBOYS! Waking the Dead will be released in November 2011. Readers can also follow my romance blog Keta’s Keep for information about all new releases: http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com


And finally, I’m in the process of writing the sequel to Where The Rain Is Made (a paranormal shifter nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in 2010). This is the story of Marsh DuVall who, like his sister Cesca, was kidnapped by the Cheyenne dog soldiers in the first book. Readers can also sign up for my newsletter for more information: http://www.ketadiablo.com. I give away three books to readers every time the newsletter is sent out.
When and Why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing about six years now and have 21 books on the market. Like most authors, I write because my life would seem incomplete if I didn’t. What other occupation allows one to lounge around in their pajamas all day? I love the freedom that comes with writing, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to be disciplined and abide by a schedule. No books equals no income!

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
From several sources. I’m an Internet-surfing junkie. In fact, there are days when I force myself to disconnect from the web to write. Land of Falling Stars was spawned from a true-life story I read on the Internet about cousins who fought on opposite sides during the Civil War. I spun off on that story and asked myself what could possibly happen if two men loved the same woman, yet one fought for the North and one for the South. You can see where this is going, right?

I also have very vivid dreams and keep a notebook on my nightstand. If I wake up in the middle of the night from a dream, I jot down some notes so I don’t forget. And I also love people-watching. One can learn a lot by watching humans interact. Particularly helpful when it comes to writing dialogue is to take note of their expressions, or if I’m lucky enough, listen while they have a conversation. People don’t speak in perfect sentences, but often uses gesture, animated faces and broken words. Watch them sometime and you’ll see what I mean.

What do you think makes a good horror story?
The same things that make all stories good, suspense, thrills, tension, dynamic characters and a plot that moves forward at a face pace. I don’t read much horror, but lately I’m taking a keen interest in the genre. When I select a horror book, I want to be scared, but not necessarily with gore and guts. I’m much more frightened by a story like Silence of the Lambs or Copycat than I am Nightmare on Elm Street.

What is your favorite scary movie or book?
See above. Silence of the Lambs. For years my mom wouldn’t watch it. She was terrified of Anthony Hopkins’ voice. One night she was visiting and my son had the movie on. Before long, Mom was glued to the sofa and watched the entire movie. Then she said, “What’s the name of that film?” Boy was she surprised when she found out it was Silence of the Lambs.

What makes you interested in the genre your write?
I cut my teeth on Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers. I remember reading by flashlight under the covers and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to Steve and Ginny next (Sweet Savage Love). And Woodiwiss, well, she really paved the way for romance. Her first books, The Wolf and the Dove and The Flame and Flower reeled me in forever. It seemed natural for me to gravitate toward writing historical romance when I started.

When you were a child, what creature or story scared you the most? And did it propel your creative muse to write about it later?
If I went by my childhood, I’d be writing about angels or spirits. I had several near-misses, as in almost died, in my childhood. The stories are too lengthy to delve into here, but I knew I had an angel watching over me when those tragedies took place. There’s no other way I could have survived without one. I don’t know my angel’s name, but I sure know what *she* looks like. I was raised with all boys and let me tell you, if an only girl can survive that in her childhood, she can survive anything as a grown woman. I have the battle scars to prove it. I still ask my mother, “Where were you??” LOL

Do you remember ever coming up with anything so wild that you scared yourself, leaving you to wonder where that came from?
I’m a chicken. I’ve never liked the dark; don’t believe I’ve ever slept without some type of light on in another room. I don’t know what it is about light, but I feel much safer with one on. I don’t watch really scary movies. My dreams are vivid enough, thank you very much.

Where do you as an author draw the line on gory description and/or erotic content?
I wouldn’t write excessive gore since I don’t read it. Suspense and scary is good, but do we need all that blood and guts to scare us? As for erotic content there are certain words I RARELY use but that’s a personal thing. I don’t care for words that disparage women in any respect. You know the words I’m talking about, right? For some reason men have used certain words with women when they’re angry. Somehow, saying “You’re a dick, you know that?” doesn’t seem as personal and cruel as some of the words they use.

I read all types of erotic romance and occasionally erotica (there is a difference). I don’t draw lines when it comes to other authors and their writing. They have to do what seems best for them.

Could you share some of your blurbs or exerts with us?
Again, thanks so much for asking. Here’s the blurb for Land of Falling Stars (mentioned above).
After her parents die in a fire, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save her beloved home, Arbor Rose. The Civil War has devastated the South, and another blue coat has come to steal her meager possessions. Before the hated enemy inflicts his destruction, she shoots him. And soon discovers the soldier is Gavin, the champion of her childhood.
Gavin's dark secret lurks in Sophia’s future. When she discovers the truth, she's torn between a burning hunger for the man she truly loves and loyalty to Jesse, their childhood friend. The despicable acts of war have changed everything Sophia and Gavin once cherished. Yet somewhere deep in their hearts, the mystical Land of Falling Stars still exists.
And here’s the blurb for Where The Rain Is Made (read the reviews here: http://amzn.to/ev0I3Y)
A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother Marsh. Now she spends every waking moment planning an escape. She didn’t count on the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme while in the clutches of the brutal Cheyenne Dog Soldiers.
Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum . . . most of the time. When he travels through time to help his beloved People he’s Meko, leader of the most revered and feared tribe of the plains. Their worlds are decades apart and yet Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnapped during a raid. Violent battles loom on the horizon, but there’s only one he must win at all costs – the capture of Cesca’s heart forever.

From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator, their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.

Where can your fans go to find more information about you and your books?
Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn’t writing or gardening she loves to commune with nature. Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay fiction. Her latest paranormal novel, Where The Rain Is Made, has been nominated for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in the Best e-novel category. In addition, Keta’s books have received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Reads awards from the top professional review sites. 

You can find her on the Net at the following places:

Keta’s Amazon page: http://amzn.to/or7XUP
Keta’s Keep Romance Blog: http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com
Keta’s Author Home: http://www.ketadiablo.com
Keta’s Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/KetaDiablo.Author


Is there anything else additional you would like to share with your readers?
From my heart: Dear Readers, thanks so much for supporting me and my books. I know without you, success can not be achieved. Professional reviews are nice, don’t get me wrong, but what really makes my day and keeps me pushing to get that next book out, are the wonderful e-mails I receive from readers. Our world is not in a good place right now. If I can bring a small measure of pleasure or escape to your world, I’ll consider my goal accomplished.

Here’s hoping all your reads in the future take you on endless journeys of enjoyment and magic.


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