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Monday, April 22, 2013

Interview & #Giveaway with Dianne Hartsock, author of WITHOUT AIDEN! #FMBAuthor




Holly: Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? :)

Dianne Hartsock: Sure! Dianne:  I live in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with my lovely husband and am lucky to have both my children going to college in this area instead of far away. By day I'm a floral designer. It's hard to explain, but there's something very satisfying in taking the colors and textures of flowers and foliage and creating something beautiful. And at night and days off work I write!

Holly: What do you do when you are not writing?

Dianne Hartsock: I like to go out to dinner and a movie with my husband. Or we sit by the fire and listen to music. I like coffee with friends, shopping downtown in the antique stores. And I love to read. I have stacks of books to lose myself in when I have a minute.  

Holly: Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?

Dianne Hartsock: Usually a bit of music or a magazine picture or something on TV, even a customer at work will catch my interest and I'll start to build a story around it. I'll think about it for a few days or a week plotting it out, then one day I'll sit down in front of the computer and begin to write. At this time I usually have a beginning, middle, and ending, but everything else comes to me as I write. This technique works for me because usually by the time I reach the middle then the ending, things have changed so much it's a surprise to me as well.

Holly: Is there an author or book that influenced you or your writing in any way growing up or as an adult?

Dianne Hartsock: I've wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember. I used to read stories over and over again by Ray Bradbury and decided I wanted to write amazing stories just like he did. Not sci-fi so much, but he put so much depth into every story he wrote. I wanted to write like that, and though I'm not even close to his talent, I do try to impart a wealth of feeling into each of my stories.

Holly: I know authors get asked this a lot but do you have any advice that you would give to aspiring writers?

Dianne Hartsock: Best advice I've ever been given and would like to pass on, is to be true to yourself and your writing. Don't try to write like anyone else. Simply put the words that come to you down on paper (or computer). It's the only way to find your own unique writing voice.

Holly: When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?

Dianne Hartsock: When my first grade teacher pinned my very first attempt at a fiction story to the board for everyone to read, I was hooked. I loved that something I had written was being read and liked by my friends. I still love that feeling of accomplishment.

Holly: Can you tell us, in your own words, a little about your book?

Dianne Hartsock: A car accident has killed Tris's parents and left his sister paralyzed and Tris is being blamed. Can you imagine how horrible that must make him feel? Even his true love Aiden has turned his back on him. Must be heartbreaking. With the townspeople against him, Tris struggles to regain his life by finding a new job and connecting once again with Aiden. But will his efforts be enough for him to win through to his HEA?

Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?

Dianne Hartsock: I love books that can make me cry with both sorrow and joy. So when I sat down to write one of my own, I wanted a hero who suffers from a situation beyond his control, but because of his love and loyalty and true nature, he wins through to his HEA. Lots of angst in this one! But an ending that makes all the tears worthwhile, or so I've been told.

Holly: Where can we purchase this book?



Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2013?


Dianne Hartsock: I have stories in two anthologies from Breathless Press coming out this summer. Ad-Dick-tion Vol. 3 and Down on the Farm.
Other than that, I'm writing all the time but don't have anything submitted at the moment.

Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?

Dianne Hartsock: Currently I'm writing a story for an anthology, Love Has no Boundaries, for the M/M Romance GoodReads Group. I'm also working on several contemporary romances to submit as soon as they're done.

Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?

Dianne Hartsock: I don't think so. I enjoy writing m/m romance. Not all of it is erotic, and I've written contemporary, fantasy and historical romance. Maybe I'll do some sci-fi in the future, but it would probably still be m/m. It's what I like to write the most.

Holly: How much of you or people you know do you think make it into the characters in your novel(s)?

Dianne Hartsock: I think I put a little of everyone I know and bits of myself in all my characters. I like to study people, they fascinate me, and I'm sure all I see goes into my books at some point.

Holly: Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?

Dianne Hartsock: I'd like to write Andrew and Catherine's story one day soon, after I catch up with everything else I have going on.

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Dianne Hartsock: Yes. Thank you so much for stopping in today. I hope you find as much romance and joy in life as I do. :)


Holly: Can you tell us some of your latest news?

Dianne Hartsock: I have stories in two anthologies from Breathless Press coming out this summer. Paul's Mistake in the Ad-Dick-tion vol. 3 anthology and Callum's Fate in the Down on the Farm anthology.

Random Quickies!


Holly: Favorite kind of chocolate? 

Dianne Hartsock: Dark

Holly: Cats or dogs? 

Dianne Hartsock: Cat's rule, dogs drool

Holly: Do you read more than you write? 

Dianne Hartsock: I used to, but not anymore.

Holly: Favorite book or author? Yeah we know it’s hard to choose! ;) 

Dianne Hartsock: The Fortress Series by C.J. Cherryh

Holly: Hardback/Paperback or eReader?  

Dianne Hartsock: Hardback/Paperback

Holly: Why do you like hardcover/paperback more? 

Dianne Hartsock: I can keep it on my bookshelf

Holly: How many paperback/hardcover books do you own? 

Dianne Hartsock: Too many to count!

Holly: Right now in your line of site, how many books can you see? 

Dianne Hartsock: Only 3. My bookshelf is behind me!

Holly: Do you own a laptop or desktop computer? 

Dianne Hartsock: Both, though I do all my writing on my laptop. 




WITHOUT AIDEN
By
Dianne Hartsock

BLURB:  

Is a gift of love enough to open Aiden’s heart and let Tris back in?

After the car accident that killed his parents and left his sister paralyzed, Tris is left with nothing. His family is destroyed. His reputation is shot. And all he has is the guilt of knowing it was all his fault. People in town know he’d been drinking that night, and know he should never have gotten behind the wheel. And even Aiden, the man he thought he’d be with forever, blames him too much to stay.

But Tris can’t let him just disappear. After months of loneliness and isolation, Tris brings Aiden a gift on his birthday, a hawk he’s carved from a chunk of wood they’d found in the forest during an afternoon of love. A small chink seems to open in Aiden’s heart, the first sign of forgiveness. With renewed hope, Tris takes a job renovating one of the older homes in town and tries to rebuild his life. But the townspeople have long memories, and when his sister’s condition worsens, forgiveness—and Aiden—seem to slip even further out of reach…


The car slowed and came to a stop. Tris looked out the front windshield at the aging building with the garish neon signs in the windows. Murphey’s Diner? Day just kept getting better.

“Do you mind? I have class in forty-five minutes and Murphey serves the quickest breakfast.”

“It’s fine.” Tris pushed open his door and climbed out into the crowded parking lot. “Think we’ll get a table?” he asked over the roof of the Fiat.

“There’s usually room at the counter.”

Tris shrugged and followed Aiden into the bustling restaurant. He probably imagined the silence when they walked through the door, but then again everyone had known his parents. Three months were a blink of an eye in the small town of Cherry Creek.

He lifted his chin a trifle as they crossed the crowded room and tried not to notice the whispers behind him. Conversation resumed as they sat at the counter. Aiden seemed impervious to their attention, and Tris picked up the paper menu, acknowledging he was probably being overly sensitive. The waitress smiled as she brought coffee and took their orders, and Tris relaxed enough to enjoy the precious minutes with his estranged darling.

“What class do you have this morning?” he asked and took a sip from the steaming mug. If nothing else, Murphey’s always had good coffee. Aiden shifted on his stool to face him. Tris thrilled when their knees touched and Aiden made no effort to move away.

“Chemistry. I’d ditch out to celebrate my birthday with friends, but there’s an important lab I need to finish up.”

Tris’s lips quirked. “That never stopped you before.”

“That’s only because you were a bad influence.”

Tris chortled into his mug of coffee even as a flush heated his face. It had never taken long to persuade Aiden to stay with him. A soft kiss on the sensitive skin behind his ear. A nip on the neck. Gentle sucks on Aiden’s full bottom lip, the snug silver hoop driving Tris crazy with want. He heard Aiden’s drawn breath—as if his thoughts had gone the same route—and all the blood rushed to his groin. Damn. His dick was going to need some serious attention once he got home.

He smiled secretly when Aiden had to clear his throat. “Are you coming back to college?”

The question caught Tris off guard, though he should have expected it. “Once Candice is better…” Familiar panic churned in his stomach.

Aiden’s gentle voice tore down his shaky defenses. “How is she?”

“I don’t know,” Tris whispered and swallowed the tears that would come, damn them. “I left her with the doctor. I couldn’t stay in the house.”

Their food arrived. Tris picked up his fork, stomach queasy at the sight of the greasy mounds on the cheap plate. But he dug into the eggs and spicy hash browns anyway, to stop the screams of helplessness in his head. Despair leaned its heavy weight on his shoulders. He jumped when Aiden touched his arm.

“I’m sorry, Tris. Can I see her?”

“Of course. She’d like that. She asks about you.” Tris moved the fork around on his plate. When he and Aiden had first hooked up after years of flirting, Candice had been their biggest supporter. He didn’t have the heart to tell his sister they’d broken up after the accident that had left her paralyzed. Maybe he didn’t want to believe it and saying the words would make it true. It couldn’t be true. They’d been so good together! No one knew him as well as Aiden did. No one else could drive him wild with a single hot glance.

He remembered the long nights they lay under the stars, made love, and planned their future. Aiden wanted to graduate with a science major. Tris had whispered in his ear that he really didn’t like making furniture. He had the odd wish to be a pastry chef. Aiden licked Tris’s lips and said he made a wonderful dessert.

Tris bit his lip to hide its tremble. No, he’d never admit he and Aiden were through. He’d rather live with the hope they could work things out.


 After growing up in California and spending the first ten years of marriage in Colorado, Dianne now live in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon with her incredibly patient husband, who puts up with the endless hours she spends hunched over the keyboard letting her characters play.

She says Oregon’s raindrops are the perfect setting in which to write. There’s something about being cooped up in the house while it pours rain outside, a fire crackles on the hearth inside, and a cup of hot coffee warms her hands which kindles her imagination.

Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.




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