Welcome, Diana. First, tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I’m an International Lawyer by profession and a writer by heart:) I was born in Minsk, Belarus where I currently live and work on my stories. I’m a full-time writer and I don’t regret switching from law to romances:) I write both contemporary and paranormal romances, and I have 11 published books, including one short story and a book of poems. I never stop writing, and I love all of my stories:) I’m a wife and a coffee-addicted mom who has way too many things to do in one day and more than often, 24 hours feel like not enough:) Though I’m sure that even if I had more time, I would still feel like running out of time:)
As writers, we often become emotionally attached to our characters. Who is your favorite hero you’ve ever written?
I think it’s Kassie from Love Undone. The whole story was very emotional and heartbreaking, it was like I lived through every line of that book. I enjoyed working on it a lot. Kassie’s story in Love Undone starts with an accident that takes all of her memories away. All of a sudden, she finds herself in a world where she doesn’t know even what her name is. Then there’s Daniel, an old friend who’s always there to help her. He says that they are just friends, but some time later, Kassie realizes that she feels something for Daniel, her memories come back one by one, but it only makes everything even more complicated. Every step she takes is not what it seems. Every memory is like a key to the doors that were closed years ago. Kassie suffers a lot, and sometimes it feels like there will be no end to the nightmare that she lives in. Will she and Daniel end up together? Read the story and find out:)
Have you ever fallen in love with or had a crush on one of your heroes? Tell us about him.
Oh… What an interesting question:) I think I fall in love with my every new character that I write about:) Male characters in my books are not perfect, I’m sure that there are perfect people in this world, and I hate boring personalities. That’s why my characters are always charming, charismatic, sometimes sarcastic and strong-willed. So yes, it’s impossible not to fall for them:) But there’s one that I think will be my love for the rest of my life, lol It’s Evan Murray from Love Lines. People love and hate him. He always says what he thinks, and he’s too good-looking to not notice his attractiveness. On the other hand, he’s a great friend, always ready to sacrifice his life to safe someone else’s. His own life has never been perfect, and he knows how important it is to have a reason to smile. If you have a problem, you can always call Evan and he will solve it in no time. He’s like a perfect imperfection, an impossible rule-breaker and a combination of everything that a girl can fall in love with at first sight.
How do you develop your heroes? Do you imagine their personality or their physical appearance first? Do they grow as personalities as you write or do you do a character sketch before you type the first word?
I don’t know why but it’s always easy to imagine my characters, their appearances and personalities. I never think too much about what they will say or do, it just happens:) It’s easy to write dialogs or predict their reactions and acts in different situations. I just need to know which one will be good and which one will be bad:)
How do you name your hero?
I choose names that I like myself. Sometimes I need names that have some hidden meaning, like it was in Love Lies, my fantasy series. But mostly, I just sit and go through the lists of different names, choosing those that I think will match the story.
Who is your favorite hero in books, movies, or television?
As for the books, I’m totally in love with Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins. He’s a typical bad boy, and I like guys like him:) My favorite movie character is Bruce Wayne, a famous Batman. I like his personality, he’s strong and resolute, and it’s a very rare combination that always makes me admire people like him in real life. Besides, the movie makes you think about a lot, and I like it too, ‘cause I hate ‘empty’ stories.
Who is your hero in real life?
There are many people in my life whom I never stop admiring, I won’t name them, I will only say that I’m really happy to have them near, weather alive or just as my guardian angels:)
Tell us about your most recent release and where we can find it. Who is the hero and what do you like about him/her the most?
My new book, named In Your Eyes, is coming December 16th. It’s a story of a young girl, Emily Farrell, whose life changes tremendously the night her fiancé dies in a car crash. She doesn’t know how to live without him. She can’t imagine her life without Adrian. But life goes on, and she needs to learn how to start breathing and living again. She needs to find a way to step over her pain and sorrow. It’s hard for her to let herself feel again. She shuts down everything that will reveal her true feelings and emotions. She’s sure that she will never fall in love again. Until one day, she meets Nic – a guy who doesn’t know anything about her or her past. He simply wants to be closer to her, but Emily is a tough nut to break. She doesn’t let men in her life. And she hates every guy who wants to ask her out. Will Nic manage to get a least one kiss from her? Well, let’s hope he will:) I like this new story a lot. It’s an emotional roller-coaster, a story that will show you how important it is to love and cherish those you have in your life, because no one knows how soon you can lose them forever. I hope you will enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed working on it:)
Thanks for joining me on Suspense, She Writes, Diana. Now readers, stop by Diana's Amazon Author Page at http://www.amazon.com/Diana-Nixon/e/B007PY0IMO
and look for the release of In Your Eyes.
BOOK BLURB for IN YOUR EYES:
My life has never been perfect. I lost, I lied, I cried. But there was one thing that I thought would stay with me forever — my love…
Adrian was my everything. The day he died, I died with him. It was like being caught up in a nightmare, with no reason to keep breathing, with nothing to hold on to.
But one day, everything changed. I didn’t know I was lost until the moment Nic found me. He made me laugh, he made me feel, he made me believe that I could love again. I thought I would never feel alive, but then I looked into his eyes and I was lost. Only this time, it was not a nightmare swallowing me, but a beautiful dream coming true.
Just when I thought there was no hope for tomorrow, my heart found a reason to beat faster…
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