Please welcome Dana Marton to the convertible today!
Thank you for having me! I always wanted to ride with the top down, but never had the car to do it! At least, now I’m doing it virtually. I’ve been just finishing one book and now starting another, and could definitely use a road trip in between. My current release, ROYAL CAPTIVE, is a road trip kind of book. In a way.
Prince Istvan of Valtria expected to inherit his crown, not lead a death-defying chase to retrieve it. The dashing handsome prince had always been the quiet scholar in the royal family, happier in ancient ruins than the arms of a potential princess. Until museum curator Lauryn Steler storms into his life, sets off sparks, and just as quickly vanishes—with the crown jewels! Risking his life, the prince travels in disguise to exotic lands, as desperate to rescue Lauryn as he is to save the priceless gems.
I love Indiana Jones movies. I love visiting the royal castles of Europe. And when we visited Cyprus two years ago, I instantly fell in love with the island and its history, the exotic blend of East meeting West. (I even visited a centuries old harem!) I used all of these fun elements when writing ROYAL CAPTIVE, a pure fantasy of romantic suspense.
Other people might think of nothing but the blue sky when they’re lying on the sand, but I’m usually plotting on vacation. My husband is resigned. I volunteer to leave the laptop home and, in exchange, he doesn’t frown too hard when I pull out a simple notepad. To stop thinking up stories would be simply impossible. I hope customs officers will never page through my notes when my luggage is checked. I’d be arrested on the spot! Those pages are usually filled with plans for kidnapping and murder. All fictional, of course, but I sure wouldn’t want to explain that.
I envy people who can turn off work when they leave the office. Can you do that? I’d love to know your secret. I can’t even turn off the writing tap when I go to sleep. I often dream whole scenes for future books, or even a complete story outline. I keep a notepad next to the bed just for that. Of course, dreaming of handsome princes is not much of a hardship. I’m not complaining. Do you ever dream about being a different person? Over the weekend I had a dream where I was a duchess. I have to stop visiting those castles! But we're in Europe right now due to hubby's work, so it would be a shame to waste all this opportunity.
Wishing you happy reading, happy dreams and happy travels. With the top down, of course!