Introduce yourself, please (name you write under). Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?
Hi. I am Diane R. Jewkes. I am the author of the historical romance, “The Heart You Own”. Itis my real name. I just didn’t think a pen name was necessary.
Let’s get the details out of the way:
Single, married, divorced, widowed?
Married 32 years!
I have two children, a daughter and a son and three grandchildren all under 6.
I live in Colorado outside of Denver in the foothills.
Doing what, other than writing?
I work in technology for a financial institution.
One—just one—physical characteristic.
I’ve been told I have ‘birdie’ ankles…very skinny.
What’s your secret passion?
If I’m passionate about it…it’s no secret!
Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.
My sense of humor. It’s twisted, but it’s all mine!
If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?
I’d love to live closer to the ocean. I love the sound of the ocean and the constant changes.
Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?
I write historical romance, so not really. My novel, The Heart You Own, is set in central New Mexico. I grew up in New Mexico and it’s a wonderful state with lots of stories.
Why do you write romance novels?
I like the versatility of romance. There are so many genres that can be used. I like the exploration of the relationship between the main characters. The ‘what if’ factor.
What else do you write?
Just work documentation. Not really fun reading! J
What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?
The relationship Kara has with her horse.
What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?
While I love every part of my book, editing wasn’t like amputation. There were some later scenes that I liked, but I understood where they might not have served to move the story forward.
Do you identify closely with one particular character? How?
I started this book before Microsoft was invented, so I have a long history with all of my characters. I took off many, many years from when I started writing to when I finished.
The best part about my writing life is:
Going into that other world where my characters live.
The worst part about my writing life is:
Not enough time.
Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.
I have several ideas bouncing around, including Alec’s story. He is Hawke’s best friend in The Heart You Own, and an avowed bachelor.