Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ask Five with....DIANNE CASTELL!!!

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If you've ever met Dianne Castell, one thing that will stick in your mind is that this woman never stops! Dianne is a whirlwind wherever she goes and it transcends to her stories. You can feel her electrifying talent for creating memorable characters and sizzling dialogue in her stories. Her latest is I'll Be Seeing U and you can read the review here.

1. What is the title of your latest release and what's it about?

Hi, Patti! Thanks for taking time to interview me. I just love talking about books and talking with you!

My latest book is a November release, I'll Be Seeing U (Kensington BRAVA). It's the last book in my O'Fallon series and I hate to see the guys go.
This is Quaid's story:
Quaid is the street-tough kid adopted by the tight-knit O'Fallon clan and made into one of their own. He still has a hint of danger humming under the surface and a heart fiercely loyal to the man who saved him, Rory O'Fallon. That's why Quaid's come back home. What he doesn't expect is to run into the only person who's ever cracked his armor, Cynthia James.
Also, I have an Amazon Short up. This is 13 pages that's the intro to my O'Fallon series and you get to meet Rory, Ryan, Keefe and Quaid for the first time. Here's the link if anyone whats to take a look: O'Fallons-Plus One Short

2. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

I live in Cincinnati and my whole life I watched the barges churn up and down the Ohio River. I decided to write about the men who drive these puppies and the women in their lives. The Mississippi Rintriguedys intriqued me so I set the story there.

My next series in in Savannah because I loooove Savannah and the fact that it's haunted like mad! Every place I go and eveyone I see gives me an idea.

3. What is the hardest part of writing?

Juggling the time with all that needs to get done. But I cannot imagine not writing. I just love telling fun stories!!

4. What do you do for fun in your spare time?

Talk to Lori Foster on the phone! :-)
And shop. I love to look at all the stuff in the mall. And I loooove movies. Funny movies. Gotta go for the laugh! And theater. Plays etc. And LuAnn McLane got me hooked on country/western music. I know all the words to Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.
I'm very proud of myself! :-)

5. What's coming up in the near future for you?

Two anthologies out next year. And the best part is they are both with dear friends.

Rosemary Laurey and Karen Kelly and I have a Sept release, The Morgue The Merrier. Isn't that a great title? It's with Kensington and a Zebra so it doesn't cost the earth! Gotta love that part.

Then in Oct I'm in an anthology with Lori Foster. I still can't believe that!!
It's titled I'm Your Santa. Karen Kelly's with us too. It's wonderful to get to write with the people you like best. Special treat!

Thanks, Patti, for chatting with me. My email is and my website is

Thank you, Dianne!

As a special treat, Dianne is giving away a tote bag! To enter, just post here in the blog and I'll draw the lucky winner come Friday morning.

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Judy F said...

I love Dianne and her books. She is a gem. Great job ladies

Anonymous said...

great interview and I'll Be Seeing U sounds like an awesome book

Betty Hancock said...

Y'all are FUN! Dianne, I can't imagine why LuAnn would get you hooked on Country Music LOL Your upcoming books sound awesome, too.

Jodi said...

I've never met Dianne, but I get the feel of her spunkyness (is that a word? LOL) from her emails and your interview.
I've read all of Dianne's books and have loved every one of them.
I won a tote bag from her last month so please don't put my name in the drawing!

Maureen said...

The new book sounds great. I can't wait to read it.

Anonymous said...

Great interview Patti! Dianne sounds like such a great person -- always so upbeat. I love the humor in her books. You know that reading one is always going to put you in a good mood.

Unknown said...

I'll Be Seeing U sounds great. Great interview! :-)

Tee said...

Isn't Dianne such fun. The lady just goes and goes. I love watching her work a room and those around her. Her books are great to, but she tops them with her energy and love for those dear to her.

Mimmi said...

Hey, Patti, and Dianne!! Great interview!! I LOVE Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off. Of course, I'm a Kentuckian, too~~you have heard country is all we allowe played on the radio around here, right???
Your new book sounds great, Dianne, can't wait to read it!!

Wolfy said...

I love Dianne's books. I have never met her, but would love to one day, I can just imagine the fun. Thanks Patti and Dianne for a great interview.

ReadingAddict1 said...

Awesome interview! I'll Be Seeing U sounds great, I can't wait to read it.

kim h said...

great diane and pat

Anonymous said...

THanks for the fun interview Patti and Dianne!! Made me laugh as usual! Loved I'll Be Seeing U.. Dianne.. can't wait to get your next book.

DianneCastell said...

Thanks, Patti, for having me here. What a terrific sight and you have wonderful friends. Thanks, ladies, for all the kinds words and support!

I just signed a three book deal with Kensington yesterday! They promised to give me sexier covers. :-)
So glad you all liked the O'Fallon series. I sure had fun writing it.
Hugs, Dianne

Patti said...

Ooohh...congrats on the book deal, Dianne!
Glad you like the site. It's a lot of fun. :)

Mimmi said...

I just signed a three book deal with Kensington yesterday! They promised to give me sexier covers. :-)~~~~~~~~~~~
Congrats, Dianne!! That's aweseome, and they DO have some really great covers!! Hope the cover fairy is good to you!!