Saige: I would like to thank Keta Diablo for joining me today. Keta is a wonderful author of Decadent Deceptions, Crossroads, Novella 1, and her featured book this week Where the Rain is Made.
Keta: Hi Saige. Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today. I see you have a few questions for me.
S: Yes I do. First, do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?
K: I use a pen name when I write sensual historical or occasionally lesbian fiction. Those times are few and far between now since Keta's schedule is quite full these days.
S: Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
K: I listen to a lot of music but not while I write. I'm one of these people who has to have it quiet when I write so I can hear my brain. Too, I'm easily distracted so it's best I turn off all music and the t.v. I'm afraid I'd never get any writing done if I didn't.
Speaking of music though, I listen to Sara McLachlan, Roy Orbison, The Beatles (surprise), David Gray, Sarah Brightman and Andre Bocelli. I used to really like the Pretenders. Oh-oh, does that age me?
S: Nah, it doesn't age you at all. *smile* We all have our own music style. Me, personally, I need silence while being creative, but while reading or doing other stuff, I can have the TV and music on.
Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
K: I've received many wonderful e-mails from friends and fans about my books, and I'm very appreciative. I can't think of one specifically that stands out, but many say they enjoyed the book because it allowed them to escape from their troubles for a while. That's a great compliment since many of us read for that very reason. If a writer can take the reader on an enjoyable journey then I think she/he has done their job.
S: Very true. When I'm reading, I find myself dropped in that world until I close my e-reader cover and even then, I sometimes dream about it at night. *laughs*
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
K: A rock star. Course it wasn't until I was older I realized one had to have a nice voice to sing professionally. When I was young, we didn't pay attention to whether or not we could sing -- we were too into the lyrics and all the antics that went with singing. Didn't everyone want to be a rock star at one time?
S: I think I wanted that at one time as well. It's weird how things work out, isn't it?
What advice can you give to aspiring authors who may not have that confidence to keep it going?
K: Since writers are the biggest procrastinators in the world, my advice would be to put other distractions aside (the Internet will still be there) and write. That means every day. Just plop your butt in the chair and write something, even if it sounds horrible the first time around. It isn't until the second and third round that you have something readable anyway.
And write the best book you possibly can. I know that sounds silly, but don't say, "Oh, this will have to do," and send it off. Go over it again and again until you know it's truly a good story and all the glaring plot holes have vanished. I think writing is hard, and anyone who says it isn't, hasn't written an 85,000 word novel. There are days things roll well, and there are days I do nothing but hit the delete button. So don't give up, just keep writing and eventually things will flow for that story.
S: That is excellent advice and I agree that it's super hard, but I know it's worth it in the end. Well, Keta, I want to thank you so much for joining me today and I hope to see you around the site.
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Where the Rain is Made Blurb
After a decadent-looking savage captures Francesca DuVall and her brother Marsh, she spends every waking moment planning an escape. She didn’t count on the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme while in the clutches of the brutal Cheyenne Dog Soldiers.
Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum . . . most of the time. When he travels through time to help his beloved People he’s Meko, leader of the most revered and feared tribe of the plains. Their worlds are decades apart and yet Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnapped during a raid. Violent battles loom on the horizon, but there’s only one he must win at all costs – the capture of Cesca’s heart forever.
From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator, their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.
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