Lena Diaz is a Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of 24+romantic suspense novels. Her books have been translated into German, Turkish, Japanese, and Norwegian and have been sold in over a dozen countries.She has garnered many award finals and wins, including the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart®, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery and Suspense (four time winner), and the Bookseller’s Best Award.
A native Kentuckian, she has also lived in California and Louisiana, but currently resides in northeast Florida, a stone’s throw from the Georgia border. Her two favorite places to visit are Savannah and Gatlinburg, because of her love for historic old buildings and the gorgeous Smoky Mountains. Many of her books are set in those locations.
Lena loves to read, watch everything on the Investigation Discovery channel, binge on HGTV home-improvement shows and resulting projects, and occasionally tackle weeds in her garden. When not being bitten or scratched by her newest kitten (aka Satan) and longing for a dog instead, she can be reached through the contact page of her website, https://lenadiaz.com/contact.html.
Miscellaneous Stuff From Lena’s Head…
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.
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 prosper, Star Trek the original!