Why do you write fiction?
I love the possibilities. I rarely read nonfiction and then only for research. I’m a very eclectic reader and love all kinds of fiction: sci-fi romance, some regular sci-fi; contemporary romance, romantic suspense, mystery, adventure, military fiction, YA.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
The Chameleon is the second book in the Outer Rim series about strong women on the frontier of space. It is a stand-alone book. You don’t need to read The Pilot first. I wondered how a woman born into luxury on a civilized planet would fare out on the frontier. The hero of The Chameleon was the hero’s best friend in The Pilot. Laning needed his own story.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Wow, ideal reader. She or he would love reading adventure and romance and be willing to suspend belief regarding starships and flying across a galaxy.
Please describe your writing routine.
Short version: coffee, laptop, write. Longer version: An idea pops into my head (usually the first sentence or scene) and I start writing. I’m very linear so I have to start at the beginning then write to the end. Along the way, I go back and add or change something, write more, go back, etc. Some people call that circular writing and think it wastes time. It works for me.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
To quote one of my favorite movies, Galaxy Quest: Never give up, never surrender. And develop a thick skin.
More about The Chameleon:
Legally Blond meets Mata Hari
Socialite Jileena Winslott has perfected the image of the spoiled, rich, bubble-headed daughter of an industrial magnate. In reality, she’s a smart, savvy aide to her father in social situations where she is his eyes and ears. She yearns to be her true self and run the family business.
When her father sends her on a covert mission to the Outer Rim, she has the chance to prove herself. Big problem. He insists she take along a fake fiancé — the man she’s secretly loved for years. Security Officer Laning Servary has better things to do than babysit a spoiled rich girl on a tour of the Frontier, but if he refuses, he can kiss his career good-bye.
Then Jileena’s father sweetens the pot. If Laning keeps her safe, his family will receive the land they sharecrop. He can’t refuse. In the close quarters of her ship, Laning and Jileena discover they aren’t who they seem. Pirates, weather, and her recklessness threaten to derail the mission.
As Laning and Jileena revise their impressions of each other, they’ll have to make hard choices about their goals. Can their budding love survive?
More about Diane:
Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched and Outer Rim series, she is the author of One Red Shoe, a romantic suspense. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.
For more info and excerpts from her books, please visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com
Other places to connect with Diane:
Goodreads: Diane Burton Author
Books by Diane Burton:
The Pilot: An Outer Rim Novel
The Chameleon: An Outer Rim Novel
One Red Shoe
How I Met My Husband (contributor)