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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Interview and Giveaway with Diana Cachey
(1) Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Twenty years ago, I put aside my dream of being a novelist and went to law school. Do I regret becoming a lawyer? Not at all. I’m financially secure, can write full-time, published two academic papers, edited eight law review issues and my lead character in Love Spirits, Louisa, is a criminal lawyer. Venice inspired my novels so mystery and romance had to be genres -- that lagoon town teams with both. I’ve also always been connected to the supernatural and ghosts so it just fit, like the DaVinci code type puzzle the books have birthed. Pen names? None, but I do have a hip hop name: D. Cat (meow).
(2) Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
Love Spirits is Book One of my What Happens in Venice Trinity. In the novel, Louisa Mangotti is a gorgeous American lawyer who, after being offered a job working in Venice’s Interpol crime unit, receives a mysterious postcard from Venetian Ghosts, ancient protectors of the Republic. Louisa assumes her bad-boy ex, Matteo, sent it in a quixotic attempt to gain her attention.
Louisa dismisses the ghosts, but they aren’t done with her. When the bodies of two glassmakers wash up on Murano Island, the cryptic messages persist. Reluctantly, Louisa calls upon Matteo to help decipher clues. Before she knows it, flames never fully extinguished rekindle.
Sensing her sister is in over her head, Barbara Mangotti rushes to rescue, only to be lured away by handsome Venetian men. With time running out, can the two beauties solve a crime that could threaten the city of Venice itself?
(3) Are you a mom (or parent)? If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?
I’m not a mom but juggling writing with anything is hard and juggling anything with parenting is worse. So how do moms do it, I wonder? I admire moms.
(4) What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I am doubting Diana at least once a day. I try not to let one doubt snowball into an avalanche but sometimes, if I don’t stop it dead in its tracks, it can severely lower my self-esteem. I must remind myself: I am an artist, a brave artist, and I will persevere. Daily meditation and some stream of consciousness journaling helps me.
(5) When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
I’m a scuba diving junkie with hundreds of dives all over the world, including many Caribbean Islands, Fiji, Cook Islands, Hawaii, Italy, Malta, Cuba and the Galapagos. I worked as dive instructor and relief chef on a dive boat in Cayman and volunteer dove to clean aquarium shark tanks. There is a dive scene in Book Two, Lagoon Lure, where Louisa and Matteo dive a Venetian wreck to search for clues. That’s on my bucket list but I haven’t done it . . . Yet!
(6) Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
I love Heather Graham paranormal romances that feature haunted locations like those in my What Happens In Venice novels. But doesn’t everyone wish they invented Harry Potter? Be a billionaire and live in an English castle? Walk the red carpet dozens of times and build a website that closes its doors after two million fans join it?
(7) Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
Science fiction time travel. I have an idea for one and wrote some of it, which features another strong female lead, like Louisa in my latest release, Love Spirits.
(8)If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
In fall and winter 2014, I will release the final two books in What Happens in Venice: The Trinity. Separate volumes of The Trinity are Book One - Love Spirits, Book Two - Lagoon Lure and Book Three - Magic Island. The last two books are written and provide further clues to puzzles established inLove Spirits, Book One -- like who killed the glassmakers, is Matteo involved, are the deaths part of a larger conspiracy, who is the Venetian Ghost that speaks in the soliloquies and will any of the young lovers live happily ever after in Venice? Some new characters are introduced including a serenading mermaid ghost and Louisa’s friend, Rouge, who arrives for Carnival to spice up the action. Hot, hot, hot.
(9) What is in your to read pile?
I’m reading histories of Italy, Europe and Eastern Empires. I want to learn as much as I can for future books. I will continue to set my characters in sexy locales to experience romance, mystery and supernatural events.
What Happens In Venice
Number of pages: 160
Word Count: 40,000
Tagline: Among the romantic canals of Venice—and oh so many Italian distractions—can a stunning American lawyer and her psychic sister help the Ghosts of Venice solve a hushed-up crime?
Louisa Mangotti is a gorgeous American lawyer and Interpol expert who, after being offered a job working with the international crime unit in Venice, receives a mysterious postcard from the Venetian Ghosts, the ancient protectors of the Republic. But Louisa assumes her bad-boy ex, Matteo, sent it in a quixotic attempt to gain her attention. Louisa may have dismissed the ghosts, but the ghosts aren’t quite done with her.
When the bodies of two glassmakers wash up on Murano Island, the cryptic messages persist. Reluctantly, Louisa calls upon Matteo to help decipher the clues. And before she knows it, a flame that was never fully extinguished is rekindled. Sensing that her sister is in over her head, Barbara Mangotti rushes to the rescue, only to be lured away by two handsome Venetian men.
With time running out, can the two beauties solve a crime that could threaten the city of Venice itself?
Available at Createspace and Amazon
Available at Createspace and Amazon
About the Author:
Diana Cachey is a licensed attorney, published academic, and former adjunct law professor. She also holds a BA in English, and while in law school, she was the first female editor in chief of her university’s law review. The author of the novel Love Spirits, she has trained with several New York Times best-selling writers, including Robert Allen, with more than seventy-two million books sold. For more than a decade, Cachey has been traveling to Venice, the setting of her novel, on extended trips several times a year. The cafés, restaurants, and many other haunts of Venice play a prominent role in her sexy paranormal mystery-romance about a beautiful American lawyer guided by the Ghosts of Venice in the investigation of a hushed-up crime.
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