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Monday, 29 April 2013

Playing 20 Questions with Dianna Hardy

EM: Welcome to My World, Dianna. Thank you so much for stopping by to play twenty questions with me. :- )

Before we begin, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Dianna Hardy
UK Independent Author
Coffee = sanity
Iced Vodka (neat) = chilling out
I like weird things.

EM: Well, the last sentence explains why you’re friends with me. :-P Are you ready to play 20 questions? *rubs hands together*

DH: Hehehe, just about – it’s great to be back :D


Which do you find harder to write?

1. First person POV or Third?

First.

2. As a male or female?

Female.

3. Beginning, middle or end of the story?

End… although the middle is the most boring.

4. Fight scenes or smex scenes?

Smex. They are so personal to everyone, so everyone has an opinion about whether you’ve written it well or not. With fight scenes, people care a little less.

5. Synopsis or blurb? Synopsis.

Never do them. Avoid them. Hate them.


As a writer, do you prefer:

6. Writing in the morning, afternoon or evening?

Whenever I get the time to be honest – I am not allowed to be picky right now!

7. Writing with music, or in peace?

In peace, but using music as a motivator beforehand.

8. Planning, or Improvising?

Planning is harder. Nothing ever goes to plan anyway ;)

9. Juggling a few projects, or concentrating on one at a time?

I can’t juggle – one at a time for me.

10. Sticking to one genre, or exploring many?

I think exploring many, but in my own mish-mashed genre kinda way that is my own writing style.



As a reader, do you prefer:

11. Story being told from female view or male?

Male.

12. Good guys or bad boys?

Both actually. I cannot choose.

13. Feisty females or fragile damsels?

Feisty all the way!

14. Stand alone stories or series?

Both – makes no difference to me as long as the story / stories are good.

15. Quick reads or long stories?

Both again. Depends on my mood and how much time I’ve got. There’s a book for every need nowadays :D

16. Romance as a side dish or the main course?

Hmmmm … I think side dish mostly, but again, it does depend on my mood.

17. Erotica or soft romance or something in-between?

Something in-between and unique – anything as long as it’s different enough to grab my attention.

18. More action or humor?

Humour, followed by action.


Just for fun:

19. Vampires or Angels?

Angels at the moment.

20. Werewolves or Demons?

Werewolves at the moment.


What are you currently working on?

The Last Dragon

Do you have any current release?

Cry Of The Wolf (Eye Of The Storm #2) has just been published.

Well, you should read book one first :p But here’s the blurb for book two:

Blurb:

The full moon is a week away, and although Lydia is as excited as it gets to run as a wolf for the first time, she is also fighting to keep her independence while trying to understand her role in the lives of the three males that have come to rule hers: compassionate, tender Taylor; impetuous, fun-loving Ryan and distant, cold Lawrence.

There's also a fourth man in Lydia's life. Brendan, her previous "friend with benefits", is tirelessly searching for her. He's about to uncover things that should be kept hidden.

However, the testosterone surrounding her is the last thing she should be worrying about. Her family bear truths about her heritage she's not ready to face ... she may not have a choice, because the greatest danger to them all comes from within. The past never stays buried for long, and among the shadows of their species it is rising with a vengeance, threatening to tear their pack apart for good.


Notes:
Book two of a series - it is highly recommended that book one be read first. This is an adult, paranormal fantasy short novel (over 55,000 words) containing scenes of explicit sexual content and some violence, entwined with romantic elements. (Written in British English.)

Purchase link: Since this blog post was written before publication, please see this link for all options - http://www.diannahardy.com/cry-of-the-wolf.html

Excerpt:

On impulse she grabbed his folded shirt, scrunched it up to her nose and breathed it in. Her
heart ached. Did he not know? Did he not know it was his scent, him, that had saved her life
… his scent on her blouse?

No, because you never told him…

Damn it.

Selfish idiot. There you go, shutting people out again.

She whipped off the top she’d just put on and slipped his shirt on instead without
bothering to button it up, the way it smelled – all green and musky – taking her back to that
night she’d been so confused, and in so much pain… “Your scent was the only thing that kept
me sane,” she whispered.

“I’m sorry.”

She all but screamed as she turned to face the door.

Taylor stood there, naked, hands and feet muddied, smudges of dirt all over his body,
brown hair tousled, green eyes shining in apology.

“I didn’t hear you.”

“I was quiet.”

“I didn’t smell you.”

“Because you’re wearing my shirt.” Desire darkened his eyes at those words, but only
for a second, and then he was back to apologetic.

EM: *heart flutter* Love Taylor. Love this scene.

Any upcoming releases?

The Last Dragon is due out on 1st October. 

Blurb:

"You're offering me clarity, so I can choose the best future for my child? Freely?" she asked, the palm of her hand stroking the swell of her belly, her heart already feeling lighter with the promise of hope. Anything but this migraine-inducing confusion she'd been living with.

"Yes."

"But you're asking me to consider turning away from your offer?"

"Yes."

"Why? Why would any mother walk away from that?"

He strode towards her, tossing the apple up and down with a careless ease. His eyes glinted in the shadows that gave depth to the night. "Because free will is unruly. Because free will's a bitch to conquer." Lucifer stopped an inch in front of her, then lowered his head, whispering directly in her ear, "Because one man's free will, is another man's prison."


The earth is in a state of shock after the apocalypse. The veil between dimensions is no more. Demons and fallen angels walk among humans, and everyone is trying to find their place in the new world - Morgan le Fey's world.

But the fairy queen finds herself cemented within humanity and struggling with human emotions, and her right-hand-man, Lucifer, has secrets which are causing fissions among every race.

Meanwhile, Karl and Elena struggle with newly discovered powers; Katarra is hell-bent on freeing her tribe from Lokoli's curse, and two men will stop at nothing to protect their unborn child - the Messiah of the New Age - and the woman they love.

Far to the East, the fallen Archangel Michael is fighting for the one he holds above all others.

The Last Dragon is about to rise and seal everyone's future, which depends solely on its survival ... or its extinction.


Where can readers find you on the internet?

EM: Thank you so much for joining me!

DH: It’s been a blast, as always! Thank you, Elizabeth. xxx

3 comments:

  1. Fun twenty questions. Really enjoyed the snippet and looking forward to reading more about Lydia and Brendan :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Denise :) x

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  2. Lovely having you, Dianna. Come back and visit real soon. :-) xxx

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