Monday, July 25, 2011

Spotlight on Diane Alberts!

Hello, I am Diane Alberts, and I was recently lucky enough to contract my full length novel, Reclaimed, with Decadent Publishing. It is currently undergoing edits, so I decided to take some of my free time to say hello! I look forward to getting to know everyone, and for the chance for everyone to get to know my beloved characters, Isaac and Sabrina, and hopefully love them as much as I do.

In the meantime, here are five facts about me that you don’t know:

My other job, besides writing, is that I own a yarn company. I hand paint specialty yarn, and sell it to fellow fiber enthusiasts such as myself. In addition to dyeing yarn just in my random way, I also run three yarn of the month clubs: two for Harry Potter, and one for True Blood. Every month, my members and I brainstorm and come up with a special color way (that is yarn speak for colors all mashed together prettily) to represent the character of the month—and what fun it is!

On that note, I am obsessed with Harry Potter. I know, I know. I write romance books, and they will always be my true love, but something about Harry Potter just calls for my attention. I cried in the seventh movie when they show Dobby in the end—bawled like a baby is more accurate—and anticipate bawling my eyes out through pretty much the whole second half of book seven when it come out in theaters in July. Needless to say, I will be bringing tissues—lots.

And True Blood, well, True Blood is just hot. I fell in love with it on HBO, and have been working my way through the book series ever since. I am on book 5. I have a long way to go, but I now see why everyone loves Eric. I mean, besides his hotness. Obviously.

I got married to my husband when we were only twenty. We were too young to drink champagne at our own wedding. He was in the Marines, and he was worried that he wouldn’t be given leave to come to our wedding, which was originally scheduled for the weekend of September 11, 2002. We moved our wedding date up to June 29th, and everyone swore I was pregnant. They were wrong. Most also swore we’d only last a year or so. It’s been nine. They were wrong again.

While my husband was in the Marines, we lived in Lexington Park, MD and San Clemente, CA. I still dream of my house in California. It was on a cliff overlooking the ocean, and was the type of house that movie stars pay millions for. I rolled over in bed and admired the water every morning. I also checked for tsunamis every time I thought I felt the ground shake even in my imagination. While living there, I was sure I’d be killed by one or the other—or both.

After we were out of the Marines, we traveled across the country to return to Pennsylvania, and I was six months pregnant with our second child. I needed to stop to use the restroom at least once an hour, and once my husband swore he was going to drive me to the airport and leave me there. I had just went to the restroom, and gotten in the car. He hit reverse, and I screamed that I had to pee again. He hadn’t even gotten to back up. Not even an inch.

My favorite time period in history is by far the renaissance years. I absolutely adored the show The Tudors, not only because I got to watch the extremely hot Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but because I loved watching the drama and costume ensembles that ensued. Their dresses and headpieces were so atrociously large—but so fabulous at the same time! I absolutely need to write a book in that era—and soon.

And you can bet your ass that my King Henry will indeed look like Jonathan—and not his real portraits. Oh, yeah, baby.


JoAnne Kenrick said...

Hi, Diane xx lovely blog! I so do enjoy peeking into the stories behind the stories, so to speak! And wow, your CA home sounds like my dream home! I'm totally an ocean girl :)

and if your King Henry looks like Jonathan....sign me up!

Hope you're enjoying those edits xxx it's my favorite part of the process.

Barbara Elsborg said...

Eric grew on me too! I'd only read a couple of the books out of sequence before the TV show and then I read all of them. I love the book where Eric loses his memory and though we have to wait for months before the series is out in the UK - I understand that's a feature!!
As for Henry - fab make up - I hadn't seen the early series and woo, they really made him look old!! But not ugly!!!!

kathleen said...

It's nice to learn more about you, Diane. I'd love to wake up to the sound of the ocean. A sound machine will have to do for now.

Good luck with edits. Have fun with them. Congrats!

Diane Alberts said...

Yeah, I really miss the view. A lot.

Maureen said...

It's funny what one can get used to...I'm .5 miles from the ocean, on Monterey Bay and the shaking? Yeah, but no big deal. Tsunamis? Well, I was here when Japan's rolled into Santa Cruz harbor and wrecked it...

But both prices I gladly pay to be .5 miles away from that view! ;-)

Welcome to Decadent!

Anonymous said...

I love The Tudors.
Thanks for stopping and hanging out today, Diane!

Decadent Publishing

bcsndr123 said...

I love true blood and tudors

Anonymous said...

We are alike in that aspect, then!