Today I'm happy to welcome the lovely and talented Diva Jefferson to the blog. She's a fellow Black Opal author, as well as a FB & Twitter pal. She and I flipped some emails back and forth and came up with an appropriately Irish-themed interview. I hope you enjoy getting to know Diva, and that you check out her new release, To Love An Irishman.
LR: Are you Irish? How did you celebrate St Patty's Day?
DJ: Yes, I do have some Irish blood in me. I celebrate St. Patty's Day every year by making homemade from scratch Cabbage and Bacon soup.
LR: Have you been to Ireland? Tell us about it, and if not, tell us about your plans to go.
DJ: I have not been to Ireland, but my grandparents have. They provided me with a lot of information as well as books, Google, and friends I've made along my writing journey. I'd love to go very much. This year, if everything works out alright, I will be going to Dublin for my honeymoon. :)
LR: If you could turn back time, when and where would you like to live?
DJ: If I could turn back time, I would like to live in America during the mid-1800s before the Civil War. I am very fond of pretty dresses, and suited men who come to court the women who wear them. I would miss new technology, but I'd like to see a world that is illuminated by candles. I've read enough history to know that every place has its ups and downs, but in all actuality, I'd rather be here than anywhere else.
LR: Is it hard to create historical characters, particularly women, who feel relevant to contemporary readers? Women's roles seem so different now, or do you think that the more things change, the more they stay the same?
DJ: Modern women sometimes don't realize how well we have it now a days. Back then, say 1800s, things were so much different for women. Men decided their lifestyles, what they did, how they did it, where they went. It's hard to relate when we have so much opportunity to follow our dreams than before. It's all we've known in this lifetime. Things do not remain the same, because we are now encouraged by the men in our lives rather than hindered and it's a welcome change.
I still prefer a historical romance where the man goes after the woman, all that chivalry stuff, but a different way of thinking allow us to broaden our horizons and make the heroine go after the hero instead. Like the old Irish and Scottish tradition of the woman asking the man to marry him on Leap Year's Day (or known here as Sadie Hawkins Day). Some change has been going on for centuries behind everyone's back.
Luckily, time does not alter a person's feelings and emotions. Every woman through out history has felt love, betrayal, lust, loneliness, and anger to name a few. If contemporary readers could connect with my heroines on those levels, then I've reached them.
LR: What's the best part about writing romance?
DJ: Romance to me is something I know from experience. It involves human emotions that are taken from real life and molded into people I either could be best friends with (the heroine) or could fall in love with (the hero). Either way it's easier to write what you know, according to Stephen King. Besides, romance always has a happy ending. Shouldn't that be the same for all our lives?
LR: Who's your favorite Celtic music band/artist?
DJ: My favorite band is Celtic Thunder. They all have wonderful voices and their music tends to gravitate toward the traditional folk music that you find at Irish pubs.
LR: Guinness or Harp?
DJ: Guinness. I like the rich barley taste in the darker beer.
Gotta love a girl who knows her beer, right! Thanks again, Diva, for playing with me today.
Diva Jefferson ~ Historical Romance Author
"Aveline Peyton's father gave her more than just a farm in Ireland. He gave her a handsome Irishman."
Upon his death in 1823, English nobleman, Lord Peyton leaves his daughter Lady Aveline with two choices—stay single and inherit only a small farm in Ireland, where she might just be able to eke out a living, or get married and live in luxury, inheriting all his wealth and property. Fiercely independent, Aveline heads for Ireland only to run afoul of her father’s farm manager, the devastatingly handsome Ciaran O’'Devlin. Alone in a strange country, Aveline yearns for love and friendship, but Ciaran offers only criticism and disdain. Confused and angered by strange visions and her growing attraction to Ciaran, Aveline is determined to make the farm prosper—despite the insufferable Irishman.
He has a secret he cannot reveal...
Ciaran mistrusts Aveline’s intentions and refuses to admit that a willful, English woman now owns the farm that should have been his. Although he insists Aveline should go back to England, he cannot deny their budding passion. Yet, he knows—even if she doesn’t—that nothing will come of it. Not only can’t a poor Irishman marry an English noblewoman, but when Aveline learns of his past, she’ll want nothing more to do with him. Ciaran has always known that each decision carries a consequence, but it’s only when he stands to lose Aveline that he realizes what a heavy price his past decisions may have.
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