Good morning, everyone. I have a special guest visiting me today, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour promoting her new sci-fi romance novella, Mission to New Earth. Diane Burton and I met via the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and she graciously allowed herself to be my guinea pig…uh, I mean guest for my first author interview. We both came out relatively unscathed by the experience. I could get used to this.
In addition to the interview, I’ve included an excerpt from the book, and there’s even a Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post.
TITLE: MISSION TO NEW EARTH
AUTHOR: DIANE BURTON
GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE
LENGTH: 25k WORD NOVELLA (88 PAGES)
Would you go on a one-way trip to explore a new planet? Would you do it to save humankind?
Earth’s overpopulation and dwindling resources force the United Earth Space Agency to expedite exploration of new planets for a possible new home. When new crises ensue—a giant tsunami and the threat of nuclear winter—the timeline changes. Eight years of training crammed into four. Sara Grenard and her team prepare for launch, but are they ready for the one-way trip? Will the Goldilocks planet prove just right for Earth’s inhabitants? Before time runs out.
Marsh strode toward me with determination—so different from that easy-going swagger that caught my eye the first time I saw him four years ago at the White Sands Training Center. I never believed in love at first sight, but oh, mama. With dark-haired, dark-eyed Marsh, I fell hard. I must’ve done a great job hiding my feelings back then. He said he never knew—until a year later I pinned him on the exercise mat and kissed him. Yep, I took the initiative and planted a toe-curling smooch on his delectable lips. Not to be outdone, he kissed back. Holy smoke. If I’d known what a great kisser he was, I’d have done it sooner. He said he’d been biding his time, waiting for me to catch up. According to him, one look into my “gorgeous blue eyes” and he was a goner, too.
“We need to talk,” he said as he blasted past me toward our quarters.
What? I looked around. Where was the rest of my team? Marsh took an impatient whack at the mistletoe ball hung from a garland. Oh, boy. What had gotten into him?
Bill and Tom trailed behind Marsh with Gloria and Ana bringing up the rear. Like me, they wore forest green jumpsuits, and they did not look pleased. Glum was a better word.
The last simulation wasn’t that bad. A couple of glitches with last-minute corrections. Maybe a reminder to one person or another. I thought we did well. Glitches happened. No need for concern. Or was there? What didn’t I know?
Bill hung back and waited for me to catch up. “He’s right. We need to talk without Big Brother listening.”
The last he delivered in a whisper with a wink and a nudge. Since we were close in height, he didn’t have to bend down, just leaned his ginger head next to my dark one. Loved that term ginger for hair color. Doctor Who always wanted ginger hair. Bill often reminded me of the classic sci-fi show from the late 20th century.
I tried not to smile at his reference to George Orwell’s 1984, required reading in my elementary school. Considering all the cameras located throughout the station, Big Brother was an appropriate appellation.
“I assume Marsh has a place in mind?” I matched my stride to Bill’s, the most easy-going of our team. Bill was a guy’s guy. Best friend to everyone.
“Yeah, he does.”
Good thing. We couldn’t just take a walk outside, unless we could breathe methane. Titan was a trifle inhospitable. In preparation for our mission, the United Earth Space Agency established Saturn’s largest moon as our launch platform. Connected habitats, added before we arrived, evolved into crew quarters, conference and training rooms, and general meeting areas. We weren’t absolutely sure, but we thought our quarters were monitored—something I’d queried but received no definitive response. None of us were happy about that. But then in four days, we’d be on camera all the time. That was the second worst thing I feared about our voyage.
As we followed, Marsh strode across the corridor to the left. The only private place down there was a lavatory. Not my favorite destination for a team meeting. But beggars couldn’t be choosers, as my mom used to say.
“We screwed up again,” Marsh announced as soon as the five of us joined him. His voice echoed off the hard surfaces. “In RT, it could kill us.”
“You and your damn RT,” Tom spat out. “Why can’t you just say real-time like a normal person?”
Without further ado, onto the interview!
Eva: So, Diane, tell us about you.Where do you live? Where would you love to live?
Diane: I live on the west coast of Michigan, fifteen minutes from Lake Michigan. We moved here three years ago to be closer to our daughter and her family. After moving around the Midwest for Hubs’ job this was the best move we ever made. Love the time with the grandkiddies. This is exactly where I want to live. Except . . . (see next question)
Eva: I’m curious about your family. Married? Kids? Pets?
Diane: I met my husband 44 years ago on a blind date. We have 2 children. Our daughter lives nearby with her husband and 2 children. Our son lives in Phoenix with his wife and toddler girl. We’re looking forward to spending time with them this winter. Now I just have to convince Hubs we need to spend most of the winter in Arizona.
Eva: What does your family think of your writing?
Diane: They’re very supportive. Hubs fixes dinner and does laundry when I’m buried. My adult children tell my how proud they are, and my grandkids think it’s pretty cool that their Nana writes books, even though they know they can’t read them until they’re older. They like to tell stories, too, so we write them and print them out, which they say is even better.
Now About Writing
Eva: What is the best thing you’ve learned about writing and/or the publishing business?
Diane: How helpful, generous, and supportive other writers are. An example of this is Insecure Writers Support Group, which is how I met you, Eva. I also belong to other writer groups who are supportive as well. I’ve also learned you have to be flexible. This industry changes quickly. You either adapt or stagnate.
Eva: What was your road to publication like? Smooth sailing or rocky cruise?
Diane: Definitely not smooth sailing. I wrote for ten years before my book was accepted by a small niche publisher. Another ten years passed (life intrusions) before I tried self-publication. In the 5 years since I’ve had one book pubbed by a small press and self-pubbed 9 more. I’m very happy self-pubbing. I hire a freelance editor and a cover artist. Although I’m a DIY girl from way back, those two jobs are best left to the professionals.
Eva: What is your favorite genre to read? Is it what you write?
Diane: I read so much. Love romantic suspense, sci-fi romance, cozy mysteries, Young Adult, military/action-adventure. All of that except military, but my books all contain action/adventure. I have a YA finished but not ready for publication. Someday…
Eva: Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Diane: The ideas come from anywhere: newspaper, magazines, thin air. The information is another story. I love the internet. Saves so much time traveling to the library, etc. I’m careful about what I find, though, and make sure that I have several sources. The worst part is falling down the Black Hole (a term I didn’t make up) of research. That’s when you see those links in the sidebar and follow them. Then see more and follow them. Great that I find out so much. Bad that I’m not writing.
Just for Fun 🙂
Eva: What was one of the best Christmas presents you ever received?
Diane: My 2nd best gift was a Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was 10. It led to a lifelong hobby of photography. My absolute best Christmas presents were my children. My daughter was born 2 weeks before Christmas, son was born 2 weeks after Christmas, a year apart.
Eva: Name your favorite children’s story.
Diane: Anne of Green Gables. But I have another one I’d like to share. My grandmother gave my sister and me a set of books called My Book House. Each volume had stories appropriate to an age group or grade. The 1st book was nursery rhymes, 2nd short kiddie stories, 3rd fairy tales, etc. The 1st book was well used, pages are torn and falling out. The 12th book looks brand new. Although I’m the oldest of 7, none of the others read the books. They’re now mine, and I share them with my grandkids.
Eva: What one thing (modern convenience) could you not live without?
Diane: I can’t think of anything I couldn’t live without. If I had to, I’d adapt. But I think flush toilets would top my list of what I don’t ever want to live without.
Eva: What are your three favorite smells?
Diane: A baby, almond flavoring, bacon.
Eva: Nice. I love the smell of babies, too. What music do you listen to? And do you listen to it while you write?
Diane: Soft rock or Golden Oldies, but never while I write. The lyrics play in my head, and I can’t concentrate. Sometimes I’ll listen to classical music (no words) or Andrea Bocelli’s songs in Italian.
Eva: Can you tell us a little about your latest work?
Diane: Of course. Mission to New Earth is about a group of astronauts preparing to explore a planet in the “Goldilocks” zone where the conditions are just right for humans. The story is told by the commander of the mission, Sara Grenard.
You can find it at any of the links below.
Eva: Thank you for joining me today and making my first ever author interview easy and painless.
Diane: It’s been my pleasure, and thank you for having me.
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About the Author
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 Alex O’Hara PI mystery series. She is also a contributor to two anthologies How I Met My Husband and Portals: A Gateway to Science Fiction Romance Vol. 2. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.
For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com
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So, how do you think my first interview went? Planning on reading the book or entering the giveaway?