This week I had Diana Rubino by for a sit down and chat, where we discussed her and one of her works.
Okay so let’s get to the questions so we can get to know her and her books.
Me: What inspired you to become a writer?
Diana: I started writing little stories as soon as I could hold a pencil. Storytelling always fascinated me. I became a voracious reader ever since I learned to read, and my love of reading also inspired me.
Me: What inspired your move from things like Chic Lit Vampire romance to writing Historical Fiction?
Diana: I like trying different genres. History is my first passion, but I wanted to try a vampire romance which was a step out of my comfort zone. I researched vampires and their history, and came up with my own scientific explanation as to why my vampires became that way. It was a slight deviation from the traditional vampire, but the more I read about them, the more I learned that almost anything goes.
Me: Wonderful, I love reading new takes on vampires. I will definitely have to search out your vampire novels now.
Me: Tell us about A Necessary End.
Diana: When actor John Wilkes Booth, under the guise of seeking spiritual advice, visits the President’s medium to gather information about Lincoln’s habits in order to kidnap him, a malevolent spirit begins to haunt and torment him, driving him to the brink of insanity. A mysterious coin also appears out of nowhere, and returns every time Booth tries to discard it. Each return of the bloodthirsty Roman coin brings increasingly terrifying events and eerie hauntings.
In the midst of these strange visitations, Booth falls in love with Alice Grey, a beautiful actress who’s hired by the government to spy on him.
She’s torn between her duty to the Union and her love for Booth. She gives birth to her son by Booth after he’s killed by a Union soldier, and a twist at the end lets the reader draw her own conclusion.
Me: That sounds quite interesting. I love how you seem to have blended history and paranormal elements together.
Me: What inspired this story?
Diana: I’ve always been a huge Lincoln assassination buff ever since 3rd grade when I found an old book about him on one of my mother’s bookshelves. I decided it was about time to write a novel about the plot to kill him, with a paranormal element, as I’m also fascinated with the paranormal, especially ghosts.
Me: The paranormal has always fascinated me too. Maybe because I have shared homes (my current residence included) with ghosts.
Me: Tell us about yourself.
Diana: I am a self-confessed history nut, my favorite eras being Medieval and Renaissance England, and all American history. I’ve written several novels set in England and the U.S., two time travel romances, a chick lit vampire romance, and a fantasy romance which received a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. I just completed biographical novels about Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and my current WIP is about Martha Washington. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and the Richard III Society. I live in New Hampshire with my husband, and we own an engineering business, CostPro, based in Cambridge. I also have a condo on Cape Cod, and on many weekend nights you can find me and my husband dancing at the Irish Village in Yarmouth.
In my spare time, I bicycle, golf, play my piano and devour books of any genre.
Me: Wow, you are a busy woman. I love the medieval and renaissance periods too.
Me: Tell us something that most of your readers probably don’t know.
Diana: I am about 1/3 of the way through a Master’s Degree in Archaeology.
Me: Archaeology! One of my favorite things. We share a lot of the same interests. 🙂
Me: If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island and could only take one book with you, which book would it be?
Diana: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
Me: I’m so glad you gave me an actual book instead of saying your Kindle,lol
Me: I noticed you’re a member of the Richard III Society, does that help you when writing your historical novels? How?
Diana: It helped me tremendously when I was researching my novels set during Richard’s time, which all feature Richard as a character. The then-Research Officer, Peter Hammond and his wife, then-librarian Carolyn, had me to their house in London and very graciously answered many questions about the era. I’ve also met some fascinating historians who really know their stuff.
Me: Wonderful! Thank you so much for dropping by and visiting with me and the denizens of my blog. It was great to meet you.
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She can be contacted at Diana@DianaRubino.com