Diane Alberts is the author of On One Condition, a new release from Entangled Publishing. On One Condition is part of Entangled’s Ever Afters line, shorter stories with intense emotion and romance. Diane dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her new story, and after the interview, you can enter to win a digital copy of On One Condition!
[Diane Alberts] Thank you for having me today! I’m so excited to answer your questions, and let readers get to know a little bit more about me.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Diane Alberts] Addicted to writing. I adore stories where love conquers all. I’m a true romantic at heart, but love the fight to get to happily-ever-after.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about On One Condition?
[Diane Alberts] Johanna is an uptight Kindergarten teacher with little to no love life to speak of. She goes out to party the night before Valentine’s Day, and ends up bringing home a sexy Brit. Little does she know—he’s a Viscount accustomed to women throwing themselves at him. But she actually kicks him out!
Damon can’t believe she does that, and on the very next day—after finding out he must marry to save his fortune—he runs into her at a charity event. He proposes a marriage of convenience, and she accepts.
He wants more…but she is too scared to let him close. What ensues is a modern-day version of a marriage in name only becoming much, much more.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Diane Alberts] Damon’s name came from the show The Vampire Diaries, on CW. I love watching Damon on the show, and he…well, inspired me. And when I thought of a good match for him, Johanna popped to mind. She’s so hard, and yet vulnerable, and she needed a Prince Charming to pull her through to the light.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[Diane Alberts] Hm. Probably the editing. It was all edited and published in less than two weeks. Normally, the editing process takes months! It became a blur of cutting, re-writing, and cutting some more. I was lucky to have such a fabulous editor to guide me through the whirlwind—and he even found a way to make the process fun!
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Johanna?
[Diane Alberts] Generous, mistrusting, and vulnerable.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Damon would never have in in his bedroom?
[Diane Alberts] Flowers, a football, and a candle.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Diane Alberts] Incredible books! The more I read an amazing book that makes me stay up until all hours of the night, the more I’m inspired to write better. I want to do that to you—the readers. I want you bleary-eyed at work because I kept you up. And, in advance, I’m sorry if I succeed.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Diane Alberts] 1. A mug of coffee. It’s a must. I always have one next to me as I write. It’s totally necessary to my thought process. No idea why.
2. My husband. He watches the kids so that I can slip away for an hour or two. I have four of them, so that’s an invaluable asset to my writing career.
3. Peace and quiet. If someone comes in and interrupts me while I’m writing—they might just walk away minus a finger or two.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Diane Alberts] Jude Deveraux’s Highland Velvet. It was my first ever romance book—at the age of 12!—and I still love it. She made me want to write. She inspired me. I love all of her historical romances. Sigh.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Diane Alberts] I don’t comprehend. Am I supposed to stop? No one told me!
Okay…in all seriousness, I’m always editing and writing. When I’m not, I’m being a mom/wife. But I do love knitting. I haven’t gotten to do it as much lately, though. I miss it. I also dye yarn.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Diane Alberts] I love hearing from readers! You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also check out my website and blog: www.dianealberts.com
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
On One Condition is available now! You can purchase it from your favorite bookseller, or by clicking the widget below. You can also check out an excerpt here.
Kindergarten teacher Johanna hates Valentine’s Day. She hates romance, hates commercialism, and definitely hates her school’s annual charity date auction. She never expects her pre-auction night of drinking to land a sexy Brit in her bed. Or for that Brit to show up at the auction, bid thousands just to talk to her again, and get down on one knee in front of everyone and ask her to marry him.
Viscount Damon Hayes has never met anyone like Johanna. She’s neurotic, fascinating, and fun. She also doesn’t care about his title and doesn’t want his money, which makes Johanna perfect to fulfill a surprise clause in his father’s will: marry within three months and remain married for a year, or lose his fortune. A relationship is out of the question, but when passions ignite and the two fall in love, their marriage of convenience becomes anything but.
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