If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? Ayn Rand, Buddha, Stephen King, John F. Kennedy and Georgia O’Keefe.
If you were a superhero what would your name be? Daring Dianne.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Dulce de Leche.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? Buddha.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Leftovers from last night’s dinner.
Night owl, or early bird? Early bird.
Pet Peeves? People who talk loudly on their cell phones in public places.
Skittles or M&Ms? Definitely M&Ms.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. You’ll get lost in the engrossing story and forget whatever problems you may have.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? Yes, Tea Party Teddy, a tell-all novel about California politics will be out in early 2013. I am in the process of editing the sequels to Tea Party Teddy and Blue Coyote Motel.
What inspired you to want to become a writer? A quiet air-conditioner at a boutique hotel in Palm Springs in 106 degree weather. What would happen if someone pumped a “feel good” drug into the air-conditioner and everyone felt good all the time?
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. Having a trade industry buy 350 of my books to put in their “goodie bags” for attendees at their conference.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? The Bobbsey Twins.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? Read Stephen King’s book, On Writing.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I’m living there.
What is your favorite Quote? “I didn’t make the rules, but I can play by them.”
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? I’ve reinvented myself so many times, I’m still not “grown up.”
How did you know you should become an author? I didn’t. It just stemmed from so many years of being a voracious reader.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Not completely, but places, circumstances and events that have been a part of my life certainly make their way into my books.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? Take your time
Hidden talent? I’m a gourmet cook.
Favorite Food? Pasta.
Favorite Candy? Caramels.
If you were a bird, which one would you be? A quetzal.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? An African safari photography trip.
What do you do in your free time? Read, cook, and play word nerd games.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? She played the hands that life dealt her and never looked back.
What’s your favorite season/weather? I live near the beach in Southern California so I rarely see rain and I love it the infrequent times it happens.
Who or what inspired you to become an author? My husband believed in me.