Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Courting the Flame...APPEARANCE?!

Back again with the latest segment of...
Random Facts and Tidbits.

Random Courting the Flame Fact…Appearance?!

Exciting news NEPA Paranormal Romance fans! Saturday, April 27, 2013 starting at 2:30 PM, the Plymouth Public Library, part of the Luzerne County Library System, will be hosting a very special Courting the FlameMeet the Author/Book Club Event! If you’ve already read Courting the Flame and would like to “fire” some plot or character questions or comments my way, now’s your chance—live and in person! Haven’t downloaded your copy yet? Don’t sweat it! There’s still plenty of time. You can purchase Courting the Flame directly from my publisher at or download it wherever eBooks are sold. Oh, and did I mention that I’ll be giving away some cool Courting the Flame swag while I'm there?? (waggles eyebrows)

So, mark your calendars for Saturday, April 27, 2013 starting at 2:30 PM.
I can’t wait to dive headlong into a lively discussion about love, life, and
the pursuit of all things paranormal at...
The Plymouth Public Library, 107 W. Main Street, Plymouth, PA 18651.
See you there.

For directions or to contact the Plymouth Public Library directly, call (570) 779-4775.   

Diana DeCameron Tidbit:

So, where have I been for the past few months? A fair question, considering the fact that my last post was back in January. Bad girl! Bad girl! (Slaps hands) Well, here’s the skinny. I’ve been hanging out with a dear friend. Actually, he’s a rather troubled old chap—goes by the name of Edgar. Some of you may know him as Mr. Poe. Regardless of what you call him, one thing’s for certain—the man’s a master storyteller and one I can’t quite seem to get enough of.

For reasons which I cannot explain, I find myself deeply attracted to Mr. Poe’s dark and depressing landscapes, his morose prose, and his almost comical tendency to entomb anything and everything—which is rather ironic coming from someone most people refer to as Miss Polly Positive. Hey, everyone’s got a dark side, right?? (Shrugs) Loving Edgar Allan Poe just so happens to be mine.

Yes, Edgar and I have become quite the item these past few months. I agreed to read his mysteries and novella for the first time with the promise that I’d be given the opportunity to reread some of my all time favorites including The Pit and the Pendulum, The Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Cask of Amontillado. Just for the record—entombed, entombed, entombed, and….more entombing. Read them. I’m not making this stuff up, folks.

Looking back, I believe my fascination with Edgar is actually Vincent Price’s fault. Bad Vincent. Bad Vincent. Then again, (drums fingers on computer desk) Academy Award winning film producer Roger William Corman is actually the man responsible for bringing the entire cycle of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations to the big screen and eventually my living room. So, perhaps I should be blaming him. My sincerest apologies, Mr. Price. Of course, you did make one helluva creepy Roderick Usher, Vincent (shivers). 

Okay…they’re both to blame, and so…I thank them both. Why?

As I set out to reread Poe’s works over the past few months, I came to the distinct conclusion that the master of the macabre inspired me in more ways than I ever could have imagined he would have some thirty years earlier. Yes…as is the case with most relationships, at some point Edgar and I fell out of touch. Life got busy and things happened, but the most wonderful thing occurred to me as I reread those amazing short stories. As subtle as the nuances may be, Edgar Allan Poe most definitely influenced my style as a writer. I would even go as far as to say that without Edgar, Diana DeCameron wouldn’t exist as we know her today. Relax. I haven’t entombed least not yet (waggles eyebrows), but talk about a wonderful epiphany as a writer.

So there you have it. This post is my shout out to Edgar Allan Poe. Thank you, Mr. Poe for sharing your wonderful gifts, not only with the rest of the world but with me—the little girl who would someday grow up to be an author. I may not have loved everything you wrote (I’m still trying to erase The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym from my memory banks. Sorry. Not a fan of the high seas adventure). But the ones I did connect with will forever be a part of who I am as a writer.

And in my book...that totally rocks!      

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