Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday Keta Diablo is visiting and Talking abou Who She Was Before

1.     What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?
Hi Janet, first of all, thanks so much for hosting me and our new anthology, A Darker Shade of Evil on your blog.

Great question. If you’re talking career-wise, I was a paralegal in my prior life. I worked for several large law firms, mostly in litigation, which was always exciting and quite interesting.

In my personal life, I’d say I was a genealogist. I began tracing my ancestors and compiling family trees many years ago. I traced my mother’s line back to 1730, Athol, MA. They were a fascinating bunch, lawyers, boat builders and even a surgeon or two in the Civil War. One physician wrote a book about his experience in the field as a surgeon, and while at times, a little gory, there were some intriguing historical tales.

2.     Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above. 

I do not write genre specific. I guess after all these years I still haven’t found ‘a safe place to land’ when it comes to my writing. I write contemporary romance, historical romance, western romance, and an occasional suspense/thriller. Almost all my books contain some slant of the paranormal (ghosts) except for the contemporary – they are mostly thriller/suspense.

3.     Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres? 

Like my writing, I’m an eclectic reader. I read several genres: paranormal, of course, urban fantasy, thriller/suspense. I seldom read contemporary romance like small town unless it’s a thriller or suspense. I do not read cozy mysteries, but love a good who dunnit murder mystery (the scarier, the better). I love historical romance, particularly if it involves Native American beliefs, customs and mythology.

4.     What's your latest release? 

Thanks so much for asking! Nine authors have joined to bring our readers A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon & Devil Anthology. We have USA Today and Bestselling authors in this boxed set, and some fantastic urban fantasy/paranormal (contemporary stories).

My story included in this boxed set is I Spy A Demon. I really enjoyed writing the story of twins, Calder and Cecily Sizemore. Their parents died when they were quite young and they were taken in by a very unique, dangerous family: Gus and Mae Frost and their two young sons, Marcel and Elliott. So, the four children grew up together in a massive house filled with secrets--locked doors, whispered conversations and extended trips out of town. Cecily and Marcel fall in love when they are no more than youngsters themselves, and that love is turbulent, passionate and at times, unforgiving. After a two-year absence, Cecily has returned home for her beloved twin’s funeral and this time she’s not running away. She’ll find out how her brother really died if it’s her last act in life.

5.     What are you working on now? 

A follow-up to I Spy A Demon, as yet untitled. I’ve really enjoyed researching demons—how many different types, how they originated, how the constant battle between good vs. evil has gone on for centuries. Lucifer and his minions have wreaked havoc on the world ever since they fell from God’s grace. My dedication in the opening of I Spy A Demon says: Dedicated to all demon hunters whether real or a figment of their tormented minds.

6.     Where can we find you? 
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Keta Diablo said...

Hi Janet, thanks so much for hosting A Darker Shade of Evil. We appreciate it very much.


Sassy Brit @ said...

What a fun interview, thank you for sharing!