Interview with an Author: Diane Burton
It is pleasure to welcome Diane Burton, author of several Science Fiction Romance series and now the author of a new series of mysteries with Femalel P.I., Alex O’Hara.
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
The Case of the Bygone Brother signifies that this is a mystery, sort of like the old-timey P.I. mysteries of the 1940s, except this is modern day and the private investigator is female. The subtitle is An Alex O’Hara Novel and that indicates it’s (the first in) a series.
Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you? If so, give a few examples…
The story takes place in a fictional resort town along Lake Michigan. Many of the early settlers in West Michigan came from The Netherlands. Today, Dutch names proliferate. Since some of my ancestors also came from The Netherlands, I used family names for many secondary and tertiary characters. The title character Harry Anslyn (the missing brother) is named after my great-great grandfather who fought in the American Civil War. I took the liberty of changing his first name from Louis to Harry.
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
This is my first mystery, but I departed from the usual dead body at the beginning. I love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. At times, while reading before sleep, I’ve laughed so hard the bed shakes. I’d love to do humor as well as Janet does.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?
Writers are supposed to be sane???
Number One is having a supportive spouse. He doesn’t mind that the furniture hasn’t been dusted since New Year’s Eve (we had company) and he’ll do laundry and make meals, especially when I’m buried in a story. I see Nick Palzetti (Alex’s teenage heartthrob who’s returned) being that supportive—if he and Alex ever get married.
What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?
I needed to know the qualifications for an investigator in Michigan. Google is the best. A friend of mine is a retired police chief who is always willing to let me pick his brain. Then he’ll give me enough info for the next three books, at least.
What makes you laugh?
Besides Stephanie Plum and Lula’s antics? Romantic comedies, witty dialogue and send-ups to old movies in current ones. Example: in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Robert Downey, Jr. is riding a mule and the theme from Two Mules For Sister Sara starts playing. I think everyone in the theater stared at me when I cracked up.
My favorite laugh-makers are my grandchildren. Some of things they say. LOL The baby’s cooing makes me grin.
What makes you cry?
Emotional scenes in movies and books. In Linda Howard’s Cry No More and Kiss Me While I Sleep, two scenes had me sobbing. I’m a sucker for romantic movies with a BIG black moment. Hand me a tissue, please.
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?
Movies. I’ll use movie quotes (with appellations, of course) in my books. From my previous answers, you know I love Janet Evanovich and Linda Howard books. I also love Linnea Sinclair’s science fiction romance (which I also write).
Again, thank you Diane for answering these questions and helping us to become better acquainted with you and of course your new mystery series.
After taking over O’Hara & Palzetti, Confidential Investigations from her dad and his partner, Alex O’Hara’s bottom line has taken a plunge. So when a femme fatale offers her the case of a lifetime along with a huge advance, Alex sees her finances on a definite upswing. But someone doesn’t want her to find the long-lost brother. Complicating matters is the return of Alex’s old heartthrob, Nick Palzetti. Is he really there just to see her or does he have an ulterior motive? The Lake Michigan resort town of Fair Haven is abuzz with the news that O’Hara & Palzetti are together again.
For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com
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Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense, and The Case of the Bygone Brother, a P.I. mystery. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.
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