Interview with Diane Burton

What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction, mainly contemporary romance, science fiction romance, mystery, romantic suspense, military adventure. I'm a pretty eclectic reader, though I'm not fond of nonfiction unless it's a subject I'm really interested in--say, for research.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching movies, gardening, quilting, and playing with my grandkids. Not in that order. If grandkiddies visit, everything else gets put aside. They love writing stories--they speak, I type. We print out the stories and they illustrate. Great division of labor.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jayne Ann Krentz (Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick), Linnea Sinclair, Daphne DuMaurier, Victoria Holt. Castle and Sinclair because of their science fiction romance. DuMaurier and Holt because of atmosphere.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, an old one. Still works so why change, right? I am thinking of upgrading to a Kindle Fire or get an iPad. Haven't decided yet.
Describe your desk
Ah. That is a tough question. Currently, my husband is finishing our basement so we both have offices. Until he's done, I'm working on my laptop sitting on the sofa. When he's finished, my desk, which Hubs built and I love, will face a daylight window. I'll be able to see the flowers I planted--daffodils, tulips, lilies-of-the-valley, and irises. I brought the lilies and irises from my old house. Originally they came from my mother's garden and remind me of her. She was a great gardener.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a dirt road on rural acreage in what is now a Detroit suburb. Neighbors were not close and no one my age lived near by. So I read a lot. As an adult, we moved a lot because of my husband's job. We've lived in subdivisions in big suburbs, small and medium towns. I think this has given me a lot of experience to use as locations in my contemporary books. Sure wish I could go to the locations in my sci-fi romances.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Discovering the characters. They start out as two dimensional then gradually reveal themselves until they become full characters. I love that process.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sort of. In high school, my best friend and I wrote fan fiction--only we didn't know that's what it's called. We wrote episodes of our favorite television shows with ourselves in starring roles. Of course, the heroes of our shows fell madly in love with us. Sure wish I kept those stories. LOL
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the best. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my books, even better when they let me know by writing a review. Once, I took my mom to meet Nora Roberts. Mom gushed about how she'd read every one of her books. Nora took Mom's hand and earnestly thanked her. Mom was stunned. A celeb thanked her? Nora said of course, where would she be without her readers? I try to follow that fabulous example.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a mystery series featuring a female P.I. It's set in a fictional small resort town along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The book should be released in late June 2014.
Published 2014-05-09.
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Books by This Author

The Case of the Bygone Brother (An Alex O'Hara Novel)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,320. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Alex O’Hara finally gets a case that will give her bottom line a much needed boost. She might even be able to change her diet from ramen noodles to prime rib. All she has to do is track down a man who’s been missing for over ten years. Piece of cake . . . until an old flame arrives and a mugger roughs her up with orders to back off.
The Chameleon (An Outer Rim Novel: Book 2)
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Series: Outer Rim, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,280. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Legally Blond meets Mata Hari Jileena Winslott appears to be the spoiled, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s her father's smart, savvy aide, who yearns to run the family business. When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the ch to prove herself. But he insists she take along a fake fiancé—the man she’s secretly loved for years.
Switched Resolution
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Series: Switched, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,320. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Actions have consequences as Space Fleet Captain Marcus Viator and NASA reject Scott Cherella discover when they switched places. SWITCHED RESOLUTION, which wraps up the Switched series, takes the reader from Earth—where Marcus adjusts to a pregnant Jessie—to the starship Freedom commandeered by rebels, to the chase ship with Scott and Veronese aboard.
The Pilot (An Outer Rim Novel: Book 1)
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Series: Outer Rim, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,810. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
There's no place like home and he just took hers. Cargo hauler, risk taker Celera d'Enfaden must work with rule-bound Administrator Trevarr Jovano to save her brother from a galactic gangster.
Switched, Too
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Series: Switched, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,000. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Be careful what you wish for . . . you might get it. Scott Cherella's lifelong dream to go into space quickly becomes a nightmare. Veronese Qilana must protect him, a Terran masquerading as a starship captain. When sabotage erupts, they must work together to get the crew safely home. In doing so, they discover opposites really do attract.
Switched
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Series: Switched, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,620. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Kidnapped by aliens? By mistake? When wise-cracking Jessie Wyndom is beamed from her farmhouse in Ann Arbor, MI aboard an Alliance starship, she meets a regular Mr. Spock. Captain Marcus Viator's well-organized life is turned upside down by a free-spirited Terran. Fate brings them together. Treachery tears them apart. Revised version of book published in 2001.