Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Keta Diablo. Keta lives in the Midwest portion of the country on six acres of beautiful woodland. Here, she communes with nature; eagles, owls and loons (the winged version). There’s a lovely environmental lake on her property named after a famous Native American chief, and the locals insist burial grounds from 150 years ago exist in her woods. Hmm. Maybe it’s not always the wind she hears howling at night. When Keta isn’t writing she loves to read and garden and spends far too much time at the local animal shelter trying to wrangle a way to adopt them all. Two years ago she adopted Emma LaPounce, a mid-life feline who was in crisis when her long-time owners moved out of town, took their furniture but left her behind. Hours before Emma was to journey to the other world, Keta adopted her, and now she runs the entire darn house. Please help me welcome Keta to That’s What I’m Talking About.
Twimom: Keta, welcome and thank you for stopping by.
Keta: Hi Jen, first of all, thank you so much for hosting me on your lovely blog.
Twimom: *blushes* Thank You. I’ve read two of your stories. Decadent Deceptions is set back in the 1800’s down in Savannah, Georgia. I’ve also read The Sin Eater’s Prince, which takes place in a time “long ago.” Do you prefer to write stories that take place in the past? Have you written any contemporary titles?
Keta: I’ve always loved writing historical romance and started out in that genre. Several years ago, I branched off into Gay Fiction and really enjoy that genre too. I go back and forth between the two and occasionally toss in a paranormal or fantasy romance.
All the novellas from my Crossroads series, Gay Fiction, released by Phaze Publishing are contemporary, as are Blood Oath and Hot and Sticky, also Gay Fiction, released by Amber Quill Press.
Twimom: Of two genres that you primarily write (“historical erotic” and “m/m” romances), which do you prefer? Is one genre easier to write than the other?
Keta: I’ll say the male/male novellas are quicker because they’re not full-length novels. The erotic romance is almost always full novels. And there’s more research with the historical romance. I enjoy writing both because of the variety and the different lengths, but if you really pinned me down I’d have to say I’m really fond of reading and writing historical romance.
Twimom: Well, I’ve read one of each genre and have to tell you I’ve enjoyed both! How did you start your writing career?
Keta: The first book I wrote was a sensual historical based on a real-life event in my family history. Not too long after that first book I began writing erotic romance and like I mentioned above added Gay fiction. Several years ago I wrote an erotic fantasy romance called Dust and Moonlight and I really enjoyed writing that genre too. I hope to do another fantasy/time travel one day.
Twimom: Sounds interesting! What is the best book you’ve read in 2010? What upcoming 2010 book release are you most looking forward to reading?
Keta: I absolutely loved The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne and hope to get to the other books in the series soon. I think she’s a wonderful writer with an amazing grasp of plot and character depth. Like many authors, I don’t have a lot of time to read so I have to be very selective in what I choose. I’ll often read the reviews and ask around if I’m on the lookout for a new book. My TBR pile AND TBR list is huge. I still have books sitting on my nightstand that I received last Christmas and haven’t had the time to open them yet. I know, pathetic.
Twimom: I am not a writer, but I can empathize with the large TBR pile! What are your favorite genres to read?
Keta: When time, I do read in a wide variety. Right now, I have about three books going, which isn’t unusual for me. One is a fantasy, one is a historical romance and the other is a book on writing.
Twimom: I envy folks that can read more than one book at a time-I can’t do it. Do you have anything in the works right now?
Keta: Thanks so much for asking. I have two releases coming out in August. The first is Long, Hard Ride, a male/male novella to be released by Decadent Publishing on August 1, 2010. Be sure to mark your calendars and visit their web site on that day. The publisher will be giving away a lot of prizes including an e-reader!
And the second release is an erotic romance/paranormal called Where The Rain Is Made, also released by Decadent Publishing on August 26, 2010.
Twimom: Wow! Sounds like you are keeping busy! Keta, once again thank you so much for taking the time to tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your writing. It was wonderful chatting with you.
Keta: Thanks again, Jen, for having me. I just love your blog!
Readers, you can find Keta at the following blogs:
Keta’s Haunt, Author Home
Keta’s Keep, Erotic Romance Blog
The Stuff of Myth and Men, Gay Fiction Blog
AND Be sure to stop by tomorrow when I review one of Keta’s Historical Erotic Romances, Decadent Deceptions.