Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.
Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjdT0zUuKYI
Goodreads profile: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6592108.Diane_Rinella
Scary Modsters… and Creepy Freaks
Available April 1, 2014 on Amazon.
Love’s Forbidden Flower
Love’s Erotic Flower
Time’s Forbidden Flower
How much time are you able to devote to writing?
Devote? What a cute word.
If I can get up a few hours before my family, and if my daughter takes a nap, I get that time each day. On a good day that is about four hours. On an average day it is more like two. Sadly, I also have to do a lot of my networking during that time, so it is not as luxurious as it sounds.
Tell me about one of your characters and how that character was born.
I have a muse. I can’t watch Ian Somerhalder in anything and not get a character idea, even if the end result is way off from the character he is portraying. When I saw him in The Rules of Attraction, the aloofness he expressed stayed with me. There is a pretty famous photo of him modeling when he was really young. Something about the innocence he had in that picture lit a spark. My mind merged it all together and Niles from Scary Modsters was born. Niles is a lawyer in his early thirties. He’s incredibly sharp, but also comes off as being a little bit like an innocent boy. All that came from bits of Ian. Oddly though, if you read Scary Modsters and watch Rules of Attraction, you would probably never make the connection. That’s how a muse works.
Why do you write and what struggles have you had in publishing?
I write purely for the personal satisfaction. It is a creative outlet that helps me keep my sanity. My biggest struggle is that my first few books (Love’s Forbidden Flower and Time’s Forbidden Flower) we very controversial. Sometimes it is unclear whether criticism is due towards my writing or towards the subject matter. Truth be told, I’m damn proud of what I did and have no regrets. My new book, Scary Modsters… and Creepy Freaks, is not controversial, so I look forward to seeing how that goes.
What is the biggest reward you’ve gotten as a published author?
I get the best fan mail! People have told me that I’ve changed how they see the world. Some have called my Forbidden Flower series “life altering.” I hope to keep influencing people to open their eyes to a world of endless possibilities.