Tonight I am joined for Friday Night Drinks by fellow RNA Member and author….Diane Saxon.
Diane, welcome to the blog and thank you for coming along this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
Good evening Julie, and thank you so much for inviting me around. I’m a red wine drinker and currently I have a really nice Malbec from Argentina in my glass.
Sounds lovely. If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
Well, I’d probably take you to my local bar and restaurant, The Ugly Duckling. They serve lovely food and have a good selection of wines and have a lovely atmosphere.
If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Hugh Jackman – without a doubt. I think he’s not only gorgeous, but intelligent, engaging and so in love with his wife that you can’t help but admire him.
Other than Hugh Jackman’s Debbie, (who can come along too) I would also choose Nora Roberts. A fascinating woman, very direct, and I believe great fun too.
So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
I’m currently pounding through the next book in my DS Jenna Morgan series. Burn! is the working title, but that will probably change. It’s book three of the four-book deal I have with Boldwood Books and my hero and heroine are dicing with a drug lord. I have a plan, but that could all fall by the wayside pretty soon if my characters don’t cooperate.
What has been your proudest moment since you started writing/blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?
Proudest moment. When Boldwood offered me a four-book deal.
Biggest challenge. I’ll have to think about that one. I’m quite philosophical so challenges come, I wade through them, I carry on. I don’t dwell on them.
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
I’d love for the BBC to call me and offer to buy the series for a drama production. That’s all. Not much to ask for.
What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
I have a travel bucket list too. I adore travelling and do a city visit every year with my girls and a beach holiday with hubster (and quite often the girls too). I have so many places I’ve adored, but I try not to go back as there are so many more to see. Up there amongst the favourites was Canada in a Winnebago.
One day I’d love to visit the Great Wall of China, but I suspect it won’t be for a while.
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
I used to kiss dung beetles when I was a little girl living in Africa.
Was there a particular reason for kissing the dung beetles?! Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
Okay, this is by far the most difficult question, because I absolutely love books and my ‘must-read’ recommendation probably changes on a daily basis. So, I will give three answers.
One which will always remain a favourite as my sister, Margaret, read it to me when I was nine or ten and made me fall in love with romance. The Princess Bride by William Goldman.
Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts – who never leaves survivors – her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairytale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles.
The second is When The Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith. I sneaked it away from my dad and read it when I was fourteen and it opened my world.
Brothers by birth. Enemies by blood.
Natal, 1860; the Courtney twins are born. Heirs to their father’s fortune, destiny divides the boys from the start – Garrick is eager to stay indoors with a book and escape the hardships of cattle-rearing, while Sean, strong and much-loved, wants to try his hand at everything. When Garrick is forced to take ownership of their farm, Sean must explore the opportunities awaiting him: the rush and horrors of the Zulu Wars, the women who will fall for his charms, the rise and fall of gold fever and the deadly thrills of big game hunting on the African plains. But will Sean’s adventures really be his making – and at what ultimate cost . . . ?
The third is (today at least) is *drumroll* – no, no I just can’t choose…
So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
Ah, I see you stumble a little, but what you never realized was that for each glass of wine I’ve had, I’ve accompanied it with a glass of water, so I’ve actually only had three all evening. I do love a glass of wine, but I don’t ever get drunk. I know the exact moment to stop. This comes from experience and the desperate desire never to be sick. That’s my true failsafe. I don’t get a hangover, but I would waste really good wine if I had too much and I’ve learnt never to do that.
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
My perfect weekend is walking with my gorgeous dogs. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like, I’m as happy in the pouring rain as I am in the sunshine. If its autumn, I’ll pick blackberries. A deserted beach is beautiful, and woodlands inspire all sorts of dark storylines.
They are absolutely gorgeous! Diane, thank you so much for joining me for a chat this evening, it has been an absolute pleasure.
Is he still out there?
When a beautiful, red haired nurse’s body is found mutilated in her house in Lawley the morning after a date with Detective Constable Ryan Downey, all eyes turn to him.
With a very specific modus operandi, Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan and her team know exactly who the offender is, the trouble is he’s currently serving a life stretch in HMP Long Lartin.
It soon becomes evident to DS Morgan and her team that there maybe a copycat killer is on the loose.
In a race against time, they need to track down the copycat and discover who is pulling whose strings?
Diane Saxon lives in the Shropshire countryside with her tall, dark, handsome husband. She has two gorgeous daughters, a Dalmatian, two cats, numerous rare breed chickens, and a black Labrador called Beau–a name borrowed by her hero in For Heaven’s Cakes.
After working for years in a demanding job, Diane gave it up when her husband said, “Follow that dream.” She subsequently has 12 Romances published for the U.S. market.
Inspired by her long, lonely walks in atmospheric woodlands, Diane has gone over to the dark side to write British psychological crime thrillers.
Next week I will be having Friday Night Drinks with author, Catherine Kullmann.