Monday, November 19, 2018

Diane Burton: One Red Shoe


Please welcome my friend and successful author, Diane Burton. She has an interesting origin tale on how her book came about.

Thanks so much, Susan, for inviting me to your blog and asking me to tell your readers how my story came about.

One Red Shoe started as a writing exercise during a writers’ meeting. We were given a prompt—someone was running toward you at a train station—then wrote for a half hour. The first thing that popped in my mind was: the man running toward her in the subway station wore one red shoe. From there, my imagination took over.

I began writing that story back in the late 1990s. It went through many revisions. In 2004, while at a writers’ conference, I talked some friends into riding the NYC subway with me to check out a research point. I’m not sure how many times I submitted the story to editors and contests with mixed results. Finally, it was contracted with The Wild Rose Press in 2013. This August, my rights were returned and, after more revisions, I self-published it last month. After almost twenty years, One Red Shoe is how I envisioned it. My point? Never give up on a story you believe in.


Blurb:
It Happened One Night meets Knight and Day
When elementary teacher Daria Mason left Iowa for a writers’ conference in New York City, she didn’t expect to come home with a wounded spy. Daria’s life in Small Town, USA is too predictable. She fears turning into a spinster living out her days with four old bachelor brothers. Determined to change, she won’t go into her thirties the same person who let life pass her by. She just wishes she was as strong as the kick-butt heroine in her stories.
Sam Jozwiak works for a shadow agency that gathers intel vital to U.S. security. From the moment he steals digital files from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassin finds him. Only because the assassin’s sidekick is such a klutz does Sam escape. With intel too hot to trust to even encrypted email and those two hot on his trail, Sam arrives at a rendezvous in NYC to find his contact is a no-show. Then, the assassins arrive. He’s hit twice by ricochets from the unaware klutz. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from a tourist.
When Daria races through a restroom, she belatedly realizes someone else is there—a bleeding man. Back home, her farm is a veritable menagerie with the injured cats, dogs, and birds she’s rescued. She can’t turn away from a wounded man, especially when she suspects he’s in law enforcement like her brother. She’ll patch him up and be one her way. He asks for help getting him out of the building. She agrees, but that’s it. He needs medical help. Okay, she’ll get him to a doctor and that’s all. She can’t miss the chance the next morning to present her story to an editor. But when Sam is too weak to go on, she sacrifices the opportunity.
Thus, begins a road trip that takes them from NY to Iowa with the assassins right behind them. Daria proves she is stronger than she thinks. When Sam’s plans keep falling through, she takes charge and keeps him safe. Over five days of close quarters and intimacies shared in the dark, she falls in love with him. They finally get Sam’s intel to the right people, the bad guys are arrested and Sam returns to his old life, leaving Daria with a broken heart.
The old Daria would have given up. The new Daria goes after what she wants. She will rescue Sam from himself. It just takes longer to convince him she’s the best thing that’s ever come into his life.

One Red Shoe is available at:

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides writing science fiction romance, she writes romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries. Diane and her husband live in West Michigan, close to their two children and five grandchildren.

For more info about Diane and her books, visit her website: http://www.dianeburton.com

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Have you ever been inspired to make a novel out of a short story or simple writing exercise? Do you have a story that your worked on for years until you polished it into what you believed it could be? Anyone else wondering how cold Diane and her family are in Western Michigan?




34 comments:

  1. What a lovely post about a most talented writer.
    It's lovely to know how an author gets the inspiration for their books.
    I write poetry and a few of my books of poems were inspired about the concerts I attended and their whereabouts especially those in The US.
    Enjoy this new week.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Yvonne, I admire people who write poetry. Such a fantastic way of writing tight. :)

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  2. That sounds like a fabulous story, i need some encouragement not to give up right now.

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    1. Here's some encouragement: "never give up, never surrender" (from Galaxy Quest). When I wanted to give up, a couple of good friends gave me virtual kicks in the pants. That's what I needed. Consider yourself kicked and then hugged.

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  3. Twenty years in the making but you finally have YOUR story out there. Congrats.

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  4. Susan, thanks so much for having me here. I love your brand.

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  5. Sounds like a very interesting book! And a good lesson in persistence and sticking with something to finally get it to be where you wanted it to be! Good luck with it.

    betty

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  6. I loved this story in its first incarnation. I'm glad it's now as you envisioned it.

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  7. Great that you stuck it out, Diane. I hope you have great success with the book. Connie

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  8. Getting it how you envisioned it after 20 years sure is grand indeed. Many an idea can sure spur from a propmt or short story.

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    1. I really enjoy prompts to get the juices flowing. Thanks for stopping by, Pat.

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  9. I so enjoy Diane's work, and love her as a person!

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  10. This looks like such a great book! Did you have to do a lot of revising to update technology?

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    1. Thanks, Alina. Yes, I had to do a lot of updating. Technology sure changes quickly.

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  11. I don't like writing prompts, but you're making me reconsider. Congrats on your new book, Diane.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. This was one time when the prompt really worked.

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  12. It's always fun to learn how a book sprang to life.

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. I enjoy reading about how other's books came about.

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  13. I like your 'point' Diane, never give up on your story!
    Good luck and God's blessings
    Pamt

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  14. Lovely post! Thank you so much for sharing! Your words were very inspiring.

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  15. I love this story so much! I enjoyed hearing about its birth. :) Congrats and best wishes!

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    1. Thanks, Alicia. You had a lot to do with this story. Your editing made it so much better.

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  16. Hi Susan - what a great introduction by Diane to her book ... it sounds such an excellent premise ... I loved the account of how it came to life ... I sincerely hope you have much success with it - cheers and Happy Thanksgiving to you both - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family.

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