Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hmmmmm...


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Random Facts and Tidbits.

Random Courting the Flame Fact:

In 1998, I was fortunate enough to visit Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Still considered to be an active volcano, Mount Rainier is a well-know icon on the Washington horizon. Eatonville is just one of the many small towns to live in its shadow. When the idea for Courting the Flame started to gel in my mind, I knew that Eatonville would somehow be connected to Gracie’s past. In comparison, it was the complete polar opposite of Boston, a distinction that really worked nicely with my building story line.

Here are just a few shots of Eatonville to give you a sampling of its natural beauty and small town charm.  In the first two photos, you can see Mount Rainier looming in the background.  
   




Diana DeCameron Tidbit:

Happy to say that I’ve just returned from a much-needed getaway at the beach. Hmmmmm. (Leans in) Apparently, I like the color fuchsia…especially considering the fact that my iPod and vacuum cleaner are exactly the same color, LOL.



More Random Facts and Tidbits to come. Oh…and while I have your attention, I’m going to reiterate this statement from my past posts. I’m excited to announce that reader reviews for Courting the Flame are starting to roll in. All of them extremely positive. If you’ve already read Courting the Flame and are willing to share your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you, as well. Feel free to leave your reviews at museituppublishing.com, goodreads.com, or Amazon.com.

As always...
Until we meet again, make it a great week!
Oh...and more Facts and Tidbits to come.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Short and "Sweet"


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Random Facts and Tidbits.

Random Courting the Flame Fact:

Soooo…which character are you?”

I get that question all the time from family and friends. I think they assume my answer is going to be leading lady, Gracie Clarke. It’s a fair assumption, I suppose. They’re family and friends. They know me well, and yes…there are many parts of Gracie’s personality that clearly mirror my own. We share the same speaking patterns. We’re both slightly neurotic. About many things, LOL. But if I were to answer that question 100% truthfully, there’s a bit of me in every character in Courting the Flame…even the really rotten ones.

That’s the thing about being an author. You get to explore parts of your psyche that you didn’t even know existed. I find it to be quite therapeutic. As I’ve said before, I’m a “pantser”. When I sit down to write, I fly from the seat of my pants. Sure, I have a vague idea of where I’m going. I know how my story will begin and how it will end, but much of what happens in between is just as much of a shock to you as it is to me. There were many instances while writing Courting the Flame when I found myself in the middle of a scene and something would pop up on my computer and I’d be like…”Whoa. Where the heck did that come from?!” (Shivers) But in the end, it’s all good. And…it’s makes for a great story.

Soooo…which character is…’the hubby’?”

That’s the second question I always get…to which I respond, “Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…” Loudly. My husband’s not a fan of fiction, and he’d certainly never allow himself to get pulled into one of my stories, LOL. Seriously, though, the male characters in Courting the Flame are a culmination of every single “male character” I’ve ever interacted with…in one lifetime or another.

Which brings us to the third most popular question I get from family and friends?

Soooo…do you really believe in all that ‘reincarnation’ stuff?”

Hmmmm. That’s a really good question…and one that I’ll save for another blog entry. Come on…I have to give you a reason to come back.
   
Diana DeCameron Tidbit:

This week’s ‘Diana Tidbit’ is short and “sweet”. Chocolate covered caramels. That’s right. I’m addicted to chocolate covered caramels. Can’t get enough of the things. In my opinion, they should definitely be one of the major food groups. Most definitely!


More Random Facts and Tidbits to come. Oh…and while I have your attention, I’m going to reiterate something from last week. Reader reviews for Courting the Flame are starting to roll in. All of them extremely positive. If you’ve already read Courting the Flame and are willing to share your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you, as well. Feel free to leave your reviews at museituppublishing.com, goodreads.com, or Amazon.com.

As always...
Until we meet again, make it a great week!
Oh...and more Facts and Tidbits to come.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Chirp, Buzz...and BAM!


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Random Facts and Tidbits.

Random Courting the Flame Fact:

Once I settled upon Boston as the setting for Courting the Flame, the next step was to find an inspiration piece to get the creative juices flowing. To me, the process is very much like that of decorating a room. You search and search for something to build your theme around, a special vase or an interesting pillow, for instance. Once you find that item…BAM! Everything else falls into place.

In the case of Courting the Flame, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Dance at Bougival was most definitely my inspiration piece. There was just something about the painting that instantly grabbed a hold of me. I think the girl’s vibrant red bonnet was the first thing to catch my attention. Of course, the man’s yellow chapeau also caught my eye. But without a doubt, it was the ambiguous expression on the girl that really drew me in. It had a very sort of ‘Mona Lisa’ quality to it and that intrigued me. Enough to incorporate it in my novel, LOL. And the rest is…well…Courting the Flame history.        

Diana DeCameron Tidbit:

So today was one of those days when you try to take care of a zillion and one home improvement projects (you know, all those things you’ve let slide because…well…you’ve been busy writing a novel for the past four years), and out of nowhere it hits me. Somehow I’ve wandered blindly into the final days of summer. I say wandered because I never saw the end coming.

No longer did I feel hot and sticky. Instead, a cool breeze settled in bringing with it a new soundtrack. While I was 'busy' getting things done, the romantic atmosphere created by spring and early summer's serenading birds was replaced by the desperate chirping and buzzing of all those late summer insects. I can't help but wonder if they're trying to share their last thoughts with the world before the cooler temperatures finally silence them. Take, for instance, the cricket who decided to make a home on my front porch. For a good hour, I actually thought the sound was coming from someone blowing a whistle. I went as far as to search out the culprit. Imagine my surprise when I found out that it was only a lowly cricket trying to say hello.

So how does any of this qualify as a Diana Tidbit? Because it leads up to a personal preference. Believe me, I was more than shocked by today's great epiphany, but it didn’t sadden or depress me. Not in the least. Why? Because although I love the summer, and I do…I’m a fall girl through and through. I absolutely adore this time of the year because it makes me feel nostalgic, and nostalgia makes me feel creative. Hmm. Maybe that’s why Gracie ends up in Boston at precisely this time of the year. (Shoulder shrug)

Who knew?  


More Random Facts and Tidbits to come. Oh…and while I have your attention, I’m excited to announce that reader reviews for Courting the Flame are starting to roll in. All of them extremely positive. I’ve attached the latest one here:

If you’ve read Courting the Flame and are willing to share your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you, as well. Feel free to leave your reviews at museituppublishing.com, goodreads.com, or Amazon.com.

As always...
Until we meet again, make it a great week!
Oh...and more Facts and Tidbits to come.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

From Slapped Faces to Bruised Egos


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Random Facts and Tidbits.

Random Courting the Flame Fact:
Turner Gallery of Fine Arts employee Ethan Andrews is a character anyone who’s ever been betrayed by their emotions can relate to. Shy beyond words, Ethan suffers from what I like to call the “slapped face” look. A living and breathing emotional beacon, Ethan’s cheeks turn a bright splotchy red whenever he’s the least bit embarrassed…like, say when artist-in-residence Chloe Stuart enters the gallery.

The inspiration for his character comes from a sweet boy I remember from high school. Poor kid would light up like a Christmas tree whenever he felt anxious. I always found the quality endearing. I’m afraid my friend didn’t share my opinion, LOL.     

Diana DeCameron Tidbit:
Soooooo…I’ve been accused by some (coughs) my husband (clears throat) of not knowing how to relax. I suppose there’s some level of truth to that. I mean, I am an on-the-go kind of gal, always running from one place to the next. Which is why sometimes (not always), I trip over things. You know…like toys, and pets, and invisible pockets of air that hover just above the ground. It’s not something that I’m proud of, mind you. Who would be? Careening through the air only to fall flat on your face or ass is never ever attractive. Funny, yes. But attractive? No. Which brings me to one of my most dramatic “I can’t believe I just tripped over that” stories. Yes, this one would score a perfect ten if such judging existed.

The scene? I’d just given birth to baby number two. He was, I believe, about a month old. Translation? I hadn’t slept in, ohhhhh…about a month. My husband was downstairs burping him on the couch. Now, keep in mind that the couch faced the stairway and that at the bottom of the stairway was a playpen. Hang with me, folks. You’ll understand why this is important in just a moment.

My three year old and I were upstairs folding clothes until I decided, for reasons unknown to all involved, that I needed to go back downstairs to do something. I spun on my heel and made for the stairway with my three year old leading the way. Two steps in, however, he decided that he didn’t want to go downstairs, and in keeping with his three year old little mind, he stopped. Dead in his tracks. I, however, did not. My body thought it best to continue moving. So I did, tripping and rolling over my son as I proceeded to fall down the entire rest of the flight of stairs (with my husband watching) Grrrrrrrrrrrrr! Only to land—are you ready for this? Head first in the playpen. Yup. The sucker folded right up like an umbrella with me inside. It was very attractive. Take my word for it.

Sigh.

Somehow my son came out of the roll unscathed and I survived with little more than a few bumps and a bruised ego.

I wish I could say the same for playpen. He was...a good little playpen, (sniff, sniff) God rest his soul.


More Random Facts and Tidbits to come.
Have a great week, everyone.