In this Author Spotlight, I chatted with the Diana Marie DuBois, author of, Voodoo Vows, a magically enticing paranormal romance.
What is your book about?
Rosie Delacroix returns to New Orleans after her mother's disappearance, is pulled into an unimagined world and gets more than she bargained for. Ensconced in the life of magic and voodoo, she's surrounded by unlikely allies.
Julian Quibodeaux, an old flame, re-enters her life and their love is once again reignited like dry tinder to a flame. However, he's been cursed and unaware he holds a terrible secret...One that could destroy their relationship. She'll be tested in many ways, to save the man she loves.
Will her friends, and an unusual new-found gift, be enough for her to survive her journey? Witchcraft, voodoo and a magic swirl in this novel set in the unique city of New Orleans.
What inspired you to write this book?
Funny you ask this. Of course I live in Louisiana about two hours from the Crescent City which as we all know is chocked full of amazing culture. We have ghosts, vampires and of course voodoo. I’ve always been fascinated by the allure of voodoo. So I sat down with my dad and bounced ideas off of him, knowing I wanted to incorporate Marie Laveau into my book. About two years ago I met a tour guide in Nola and she was a fantastic storyteller and she practiced voodoo. Wow it was as if things were falling into my lap. My goal to make this book great was to make sure I portrayed voodoo in the real light, now what you see in the movies. After friending this lady and making sure I did research Voodoo Vows was born and an inspiration to add voodoo to all my books became second nature.
Who is your favourite, and least favourite, character in the book?
My favorite character hands down would have to be Athena. She is a magical Great Dane. She is snarky and willing to learn things. She actually got her own series and has many adventures.
My least hmmmm I actually have one who I love to hate. Gabby. She is the quintessential bad girl. There will be much more of her in the next books.
What draws you to this genre? Do you write in any other genre?
I have always loved the paranormal. When Interview with the Vampire came out in the theatre I told my mom. She pulled out a small book and said read this first. Thus began my love affair with the paranormal and Anne Rice.
Is this a standalone book, or can we expect more?
No this is not a standalone. As of now there are four books out. A prequel called MagicalMemories, Ghosts from the Past 1.5 and Black Magic BetrayalBook 2
Tell me about you and what drew you to writing? Are there any authors who inspired you to become a writer yourself?
I never thought about writing until I played in a role playing group on facebook writing storylines. My dad told me I was good and I should write my own stories. So after months and months of this I sat down and began to write. I have always loved Anne Rice, Ernest J Gaines, Dakota Cassidy and Barbra Annino who I may add also has a Great Dane in her Stacey Justice books. You might want to try those too.
Other than your own book, what is your favourite novel?
I love the classics. But one book I can read over and over is A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J Gaines.
Have you written other books we should know about?
If you could advise aspiring writers on only one aspect of authordom, what would your advice be?
If you want to write DO IT. Don’t let people tell you otherwise. But make sure you get a great editor or two. The story is your job to write they are there to polish.
Where can we find your book?
Where can we find out more about you?