13 July, 2015

#Interview with Diana Nixon, #Author of Checkmate Series

About the Author:

Diana Nixon, an International Bestselling Author of contemporary and paranormal romances, is a woman of contradictions. She was born in Minsk. She has a Master of Law degree and speaks several foreign languages, including English, Polish and Spanish. Diana’s writing career is like a roller coaster ride. It started with a fantasy novel named Love Lines, that was originally written in Russian and only later, it was translated into English. Since then, she has published 12 more books, both of contemporary and fantasy genres.

Diana Nixon is the founder of Inks and Scratches, a literary magazine  intended to help authors of all genres find their readers and spread the news about their writing all over the world.

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An Interview with the Author:

1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
- I started writing around four years ago. Back then, I didn’t know it would turn not just into my passion, but into my everyday work as well. I’m a lawyer by profession, so I could have never imagined switching to writing books. I’m a full-time writer now, and I don’t regret a day I spent working on my stories. I enjoy every moment of creating new worlds and characters, but the best part of writing is of course the moment of taking my new book into my hands :)

2. What inspires you to write?
- My life, my family, my friends, and my readers. 

3. How did you come up with the idea for your latest story?
- Back in the Game that was published a few weeks ago, is the third book of my bestselling Checkmate Series. As well as two previous books, it is filled with humor and passion, and make-you-swoon moments. I always knew that this story would be about Josseline, the youngest sister of Dominick and Oliver – the leading characters of the previous two books. I liked working on her story. For me Josseline has always been a tough act to follow, and so have her relationships with men. She could go on a date, but she never saw any of her dates as a commitment. She had always been afraid to fall in love and then stay with a broken heart. That’s why her meeting with Aaron Blake, whose thoughts about the relationships with women are not much different from hers, was a real challenge for Joss. It was like fighting with yourself, trying to resist the pulling and attraction. But we all know how fast love changes everything:) So I guess it was just her time to let herself feel and believe that she could love a man without being afraid of staying alone again.

4. Is there some stories tucked away in some drawer that was written before and never saw the light of the day?
- No. If I start writing a book, I never stop until the story is written. I have a few unfinished series, though. But I need more time and ideas to finish them:)

5. Tell us about your writing process.
- Well, I try to write at least one chapter a day. I rarely stop in the middle of the chapter and switch to something else. I make a cup of coffee (or ten lol) and write! Until I feel like I have done enough for one day.

6. What is your favorite scene in a book? Why?
- It’s hard to tell, really. The first scene is always important because it has to be catching, it has to make a reader want to read the rest of the story. The last scene is important too, because it stays in a reader’s mind forever. You can’t mess it up:) As for the rest of the book, I love working on romantic scenes, where you can see the different emotions filling a character’s mind and heart. I love adventures, so in my fantasy stories I try to make those adventurous scenes epic, memorable, bright.

7. Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
- I think they all did. Each of my characters has inherited something from me. I think it’s impossible to write about the things that you don’t know anything about, so one way or another you keep giving your characters a part of your own habits and thoughts. 

8. What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
- Believe in yourself and never give up!

9. What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
- There’s always a way to make your writing dreams come true. Sometimes it might seem like a long way to go, but in the end, all the time you have spent working on your story is worth it, especially when you see your books in the stores and on a reader’s shelf :)

10. Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
- I’m a very stubborn person, it’s nearly impossible to make me change my mind if I have decided to do something :) I love waterparks, I would spend my entire summer there, having breaks only to eat or drink a glass of orange juice:) I’m a control freak, not like Christian Grey lol, but I always need things to be done my way, no exceptions :)


Love Lines (Love Lines, # 1)
Songs of the Wind (Love Lines, # 2)
From Scratch (Love Lines, # 2.5)
Diamond Sky (Love Lines, # 3)
The Curse of Blood (Love Line, # 4)

The Souls of Rain  (Heavens Trilogy, # 1)
The Prisoners of Dreams  (Heavens Trilogy, # 1.5)

Hate at First Sight

Love Undone (Love Undone, # 1)
In Your Eyes (Love Undone, # 2)

Checkmate (Checkmate, # 1)
No Strings Attached (Checkmate, # 2)
Back in the Game (Checkmate, # 3)

Louise (Louise, # 1) 

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