Author Diane Escalera's newest release, Dangerous Desire will thrill contemporary romance and romantic suspense readers alike. RT's Dawn Crowne praises the story saying, "Escalera gives her hero and heroine great personalities — both have eclectic interests and unique backgrounds that bring the story to life. " So we went to the author to find out what inspired these compelling characters.
Ideas are funny little things. They can come from anywhere — the news, something I read, an overheard (eavesdropping) conversation. I have a curious (nosy) mind and tune into details that most people don’t pay much attention to. The simplest thing could spark an idea, but then, I have a pretty wild imagination.
When I set out to write Dangerous Desire, I wanted to do something different, a little more edgy than my previous books. I chose to make the hero a pet detective (No. He’s nothing like Ace Ventura!) because frankly, I hadn’t seen many tough guys with this profession. A love for animals softened his hard exterior. I found it attractive, and thought my heroine would too.
I knew who my hero was. How would he utilize his special skills? An ex-cop, who’d also served in the Marines, deserved a unique challenge, a case he could really sink his teeth into. While I was brainstorming ideas, pro football player Michael Vick’s dogfighting scandal made headlines. Believe it or not, it spurred the plot for Dangerous Desire!
I’m an animal lover, and I had strong feelings about dogfighting. Still, the story called out to me. I like to write about real-life issues. Bad things happen, and I try not to shy away from something just because it might be unpopular.
But I digress… After all, Dangerous Desire is a hot romance! It’s a story about a second chance at love. The road to a happy ending may have some bumps along the way. It doesn’t stop us from trying to reach our destination.
- Diane Escalera