When I get back from RT, I will be back to interviews with more of my writing friends. TONYA KAPPES is up next!
Anya: Hi Keta – thanks for joining us! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Keta: Thank you so much for having me, Anya. I live in the Midwest portion of the country where it’s very cold right now. I don’t particularly like the arctic blasts, but our springs and summers are breathtaking and make up for the suffering (lol). When I’m not writing, I’m either reading, gardening or hanging out at my local animal shelter. I’m a huge advocate for abused and neglected animals and would like to take them all home if possible.
Anya: How long have you been writing? Where do you find your inspiration?
Keta: I’ve always written in one form or another, even when it was only for my own pleasure. I’ve been writing professionally for about five years and am published through Ravenous Romance, Noble Romance, Phaze Publishing and Amber Quill Press.
I find my inspiration from many places, even dreams at times. Mostly, I find them from an article or a story I’ve read while surfing the net. For instance, Land of Falling Stars , my Civil War novel, was inspired by a story I read about cousins who fought on opposite sides during the war. Decadent Deceptions, another erotic historical and finalist in the 2008 MOLLY Contest, was inspired by an article I read about brothels in the 1800’s
LAND OF FALLING STARS
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More of Keta’s books:
Anya: Tell us a little bit about how you decided to write M/M novels?
Keta: That came about from reading in the genre. Male bodies have always fascinated me. I don’t necessarily mean in a carnal way, but I love their form, the muscles and the hard, lean curves. I am, however, intrigued about the emotional side of their relationships, particularly when men often think entirely the opposite of women when it comes to romance, expressing love and acting upon it. To me, this is all very fascinating.
Anya: Who is your favorite character from your stories?
Keta: The characters are all very interesting to me, even the villains. If I must choose, I’ll choose Owen from The Sin Eater’s Prince. He’s a lonely soul by virtue of his occupation and a very kind, gentle man. When his father died, he had two choices – either take up his father’s profession or starve to death. Owen understands that the villagers don’t shun him out of hatred but out of fear and superstition, and there’s a surprise in the book about what Owen really is.
More About The Sin Eater’s Prince here:
Anya: Do you always write in a specific style?
Keta: I’m a “panster” for the most part. I do outline the story in my head, every conversation between characters, every scene, so by the time I sit down to write, I know what comes next. As for style, it depends. I’m wordier in my fantasy and historicals, and very to the point if I’m writing male/male contemporaries. I think this has to do with the pace of the story.
Anya: How did you come up with titles for your books — or did the publishers choose them?
Keta: Often I don’t know the title of what I’m writing until at least half-way through the book. Something will trigger the title, either a conversation between the characters or some snippet about one of the character’s past. For example, in Land of Falling Stars , the title didn’t come to me until the heroine, Sophia, commented about her penchant for lying in the grass and watching the stars. She liked to pretend she lived in the Land of Falling Stars as a child.
More about Land of Falling Stars here:
Anya: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Keta: If there are messages, they are subtle. I try to stay away from anything concerning my own personal or political views while I write. I just write the characters as I see them, and at times, reviewers have said, “Keta Diablo likes to write the “politically incorrect” characters. This isn’t intentional, but I do admit, some of my characters have been very controversial among readers and reviewers. Particularly in my gay fiction. I don’t sugarcoat my characters, but rather write them with all their warts and blemishes. Because readers like to concentrate on the goodness in people, this hasn’t always gone over real well.
Anya: What was the first romance you ever read?
Keta: Gone With The Wind, of course, although by today’s standards it’s not a “true” romance. I think it’s great to remember that Mitchell was rejected by lots and lots of publishers before someone took a chance on GWTW. And, thank goodness they did.
Anya: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Keta: Harper Lee for sure. Love To Kill A Mockingbird.
I read Pauline Simons and I’m halfway through The Bronze Horseman — fabulous book.
Helen Kirkman – I like her writing and her characters, particularly Forbidden
Anya: What were your favorite books as a child?
Keta: The first time I read To Kill A Mockingbird I was in 5th grade. I read it at least once a year and still enjoy it immensely.
Anya: Do you have critique partners, or are you in an RWA chapter?
Keta: I used to belong to RWA for quite some time, but there was controversy over their stand on ebooks. Now that they’re coming around regarding epublishing, I might have to rethink my membership. I don’t have a critique partner, but I have several Beta readers that help me out. Thank goodness!
Anya: What are your thoughts on the new popularity of e-books?
Keta: I adore ebooks. Several years ago the main discussion on the all the loops was whether or not ebooks were a faze. I think we can safely say that ebooks are here to stay and I’m very happy about that. I occasionally buy paperbacks, but seldom. I love the convenience of ebooks. When I want to read something, it’s at my fingertips.
Anya: Who is your favorite real life hottie?
Keta: Oh, I have several.
Leo for sure — that’s DeCaprio, of course.
Orlando Bloom in Kingdom of Heaven
Denzel Washington in all movies, but mostly Man On Fire
And I loved Hugh Jackman in Australia
Read about Keta’s new book here:
More information about Land of Falling Stars here: http://www.ravenousromance.com/once-upon-a-time/land-of-falling-stars.php
Penniless, her parents and brother dead, Sophia Whitfield struggles to save her beloved childhood home during the Civil War. Another blue coat is staggering down the hill, but before Sophia allows him to rob and pilfer like the others, she shoots him. How is she to know it is Gavin, the dark knight of her youth, carrying secrets too horrific to imagine and a passion that ignites her deepest desires?
As Sophia gradually learns Gavin’s secret, she discovers how to know her own heart. Can she survive in the Land of Falling Stars or will she lose it all to the horrors of the War and Reconstruction? And will the Southern lady and the Yankee soldier be able to recapture the bliss of their youth – this time in each other’s arms?
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“Land of Falling Stars is filled with passion, heartache and pride. I hope there is a sequel in the works. This is a good read.” –Readers Favorite Reviews (4 stars)
“This is one steamy hot erotic historical ebook that I devoured as soon as I got a couple of pages in…I recommend that all erotic romance readers go out and buy this ebook. It’s a keeper.” –Phoebe Jordan, Talk About My Favorite Authors (5 stars)
“Keta Diablo has woven a tale set in Civil War times that is truly engaging.” –The Girls on Books Blog (4 “martinis”)
“I thoroughly enjoyed Land of Falling Stars, and hope to read more of the people of Arbor Rose and Fredricksburg.” –Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews (4.5 “cherries”)
“If you enjoy passion and emotion in your romance, Land of Falling Stars is one you won’t want to miss!” –Jennifer’s Random Musings (4.5 stars)
“A story that has the ups and downs of a roller coaster and keeps the reader hanging on with bated breath, Land of Falling Stars is captivating. The author has a great knack for weaving words together to bring a vivid picture to the reader’s mind.” –Bookwenches (4.5 stars)
“Keta Diablo has penned a beautiful and haunting love story full of passion, deception, danger and the epic War Between the States that will leave you breathless and longing for more! I loved this story from beginning to end!” –Sapphire Romance (4.75 stars)
“Land of Falling Stars lured me in immediately with its lyrical title, and hot cover art. I was instantly captivated by the haunting love story of Gavin and Sophie.” Chloe Waits (5 stars)
“If you haven’t read Keta Diablo, you haven’t lived!” Loves More Romance
Three new releases came out back-to-back in April, May and another is due out the first week of June.
Released April 19th from Noble Romance, http://www.nobleromance.com
THE DEVIL’S HEEL male/male historical pirate novella
Released in May from Amber Quill Press: http://www.amberquillpress/amberallure
HOT & STICKY male/male contemporary short story
Released in May from Phaze Publishing: http://phaze.com
Crossroads: Shadowland male/male contemporary, and 4th novella in the best-selling series CROSSROADS.
Coming in June from Amber Quill Press; http://www.amberquillpress/amberallure
BLOOD OATH male/male vampire novella
You can find Keta on the Internet here:
Author Home: http://ketadiablo.blogspot.com
Keta’s Haunt: http://www.ketadiablo.com
Keta’s Keep: http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com
Gay Fiction Blog: http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com
Keta on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ketadiablo
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