I went to TEN schools, ELEVEN if you count college, but I didn’t go to Kindergarten.
I’m an insecure introvert, but most people who meet me don’t know that (hopefully).
My favorite subject in school was Art.
I HATED English class.
I aced my AP exam in English.
I was a National Merit Semi-finalist.
The fact that I wasn’t a National Merit FINALIST still kills me.
I graduated fifth in my high school because they didn’t give me credit for the advanced courses I took in another state. I should have graduated third. I still haven’t forgiven my high school administration for their mistake.
The first romance novels that I remember reading were The Flame and the Flower -and- Sweet Savage Love, neither of which was appropriate for a middle-schooler.
I hated the Nancy Drew series.
I adored the Hardy Boys series.
Walter Farley was my favorite author when I was in grade school.
Even though I write romantic suspense novels, I’m afraid of EVERYTHING.
I love fake crime shows, like Criminal Minds and NCIS. But I CAN’T watch shows about real crimes or even read true crime books (they creep me out).
The hardest research I do is when I read about real criminals, like serial killers (did I mention that stuff creeps me out?).
My favorite kinds of book villains to write are serial killers.
I hate horror movies and horror books.
My favorite romances to read are historicals and paranormals.
My favorite romances to write are romantic suspense.
I married my first boyfriend (and we’re still married).
I have lived most of my life twenty minutes from a beach.
I don’t like going to the beach.
In fiction, my favorite man is an alpha hero.
In true life, I prefer a beta hero.
Every time I watch an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, I weep.
I have watched every episode of Grey’s Anatomy at least seven times (I cry a lot).
I quit watching Downton Abbey after Matthew was killed, and refuse to watch it anymore.
My books have won the Daphne du Maurier award. Four times.
I’ve never read Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier.
Edgar Allen Poe is one of my favorite writers of all time.
Trying to read Mark Twain is torture.
Favorite quote: It’s never too late to be what you might have been (George Eliot).
Abraham Lincoln is my favorite president.
Netflix is my vision of Heaven on Earth.
I stopped watching Little House on the Prairie after Mary Ingalls left her baby instead of picking him up, WHEN THE HOUSE WAS ON FIRE! The true character would NOT have done that (bad writing!).
I hate chocolate ice cream.
I love chocolate.
I love bacon.
Bacon does not love me.
I will never forgive Joss Whedon for killing “Wash” in Serenity.
I refuse to believe that Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters do not exist.
I also refuse to believe that the characters in MY books do not exist.
I have met Sherrilyn Kenyon four times, and she has never remembered me. But she’s always very nice (maybe the fifth time will be the charm!).
Goodnight Tweetheart, by Teresa Medeiros, always makes me cry.
Anything written by Kresley Cole always makes me hot (awkwardly clears throat).
Because Son of the Morning and Mr. Perfect are so amazing, I have forgiven Linda Howard for Prey.
There are only three legitimate Star Wars movies, and they were released in the 1970’s and 80’s. Period.
I have blocked Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation, Voyager, and Enterprise from my memory banks. They do not exist. Live long and proper, Star Trek the original!
And last, but not least, I pose a question…If a Writer writes a book, but no one reads it, did they truly write it? On that philosophical note, I’m off to write!
Lena Diaz is an award-winning, multi-published author of romantic suspense novels. Her books have been translated into German, Turkish, Japanese, and Norwegian and have been sold in many countries including the USA, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, France, Australia, Holland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, Mexico, Turkey, and Italy.
She grew up a Navy Brat, but while two of her three siblings followed her father’s footsteps and joined the Navy, Lena loosely followed her musically talented mother’s footsteps by choosing a more creative path, writing.
Since being a Navy Brat meant moving – a lot – Lena went to ten different schools and lived in four different states (Kentucky, California, Louisiana, and Florida). But her father always took the family back to their home state of Kentucky every summer to spend several weeks visiting her rather large extended family.
Her fondest childhood memories are of her aunt’s farm where Lena spent her time feeding calves from a bottle, running from Billy goats by the catfish pond, and dressing piglets in baby doll clothes.
Today, Lena can be found in Saint Augustine, Florida, with her husband of way too many years to count.