Mar 30, 2015

Something To Dream On

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Cover Art by Heidi ‘Azurylipfe’ Darras

   If a painting in the home of your perfect man reflects your dreams of doom, do you run, or do you dare to embrace love? 

 While Lizetta lives a life of compassion, childhood bullying over a few extra pounds have caused this sparky woman to lose sight of the beauty of her soul. Jensen’s recent past is filled with substance abuse, shady morals, and loose women. A brutal wake up call forced him to find his way back to the gentle soul he once was; however, there are some whose futures depend on the return of the demon.

Souls can heal, but how long can they fight the forces that seek to destroy them? If one of those forces is the person who shattered your self-image, and she is determined to take down the one you love, could you still believe that everyone deserves a second chance?

Diane Rinella
Something To Dream On

Can you tell us a little bit
about yourself?
I’m a
quirky, rock n’ roll fan girl with unhealthy obsessions. My house was built
during the Civil War. I drink tea out of a cup used in the original Dark
Shadows TV series. Sam always wins over Dean and Damon over Stefan, though I
wouldn’t kick any of them out of bed.

What is your story about?
Something To Dream On is about two characters, Jensen and Lizetta, who
struggle to improve their lives. In the prologue, we see that Lizetta has body
image issues that were brought on by bullying and that Jensen has substance
abuse issues. Jensen is pretty much a jerk, yet there is something there that
lets us know that his soul is beautiful. The two meet and fall in love, but
what appears to be a sweet love story takes us down the path of their life’s
challenges. Something To Dream On is
about giving yourself, and others, a second chance.

It is also
about accepting yourself as you are. Just because someone has bullied you does
not mean that you need to let their words harm you. Also, being hurt by someone
is never an excuse to hurt someone else in turn. Bullying does not need to be a
cycle. Revenge and bitterness are useless, but compassion can help you improve
the world. We are all interconnected beings. We should celebrate that.

What traits were you looking for when you were
creating the main character for this story?
The story is about hope,
redemption, and giving yourself and others a second chance. Thus, I needed the
characters to have the traits of those who have been through their own personal
hell and back. One of the main characters, along with a supporting character,
has substance abuse issues. One is triumphing while the other is struggling.
For the sake of the story, the one who is struggling needs to be unlikeable,
yet you need to feel for her. Giving a character qualities that will make
readers sympathetic while hating her is tricky.

What was the deciding factor
for your book title?  Did it just come to
you or did you try different ones?
I was pretty clueless on that
for a while. Then one day I checked out a jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Bay
Aquarium. I was surrounded by room after room of jellyfish that were
illuminated under black light. The whole thing was so surreal that it was like
living in an alien, psychedelic light show. At the very end of the exhibit was
a quote by Jimi Hendrix, “You have to give people something to dream on.”  Dreams were already a part of the book, and
seeing that felt like the universe was telling me to delve in deeper. At that
moment, the book was named. I’ve never considered naming it something else.

What inspired you to start writing?
Movies play in my brain,
especially once my head hits the pillow. Often they stem from something I have
watched or read, a face, or a line of dialogue. I then project that into an
alternate universe. It’s kind of like watching the movie Clue over and over
again. “It could have happened this way, or it could have happened this way,
but what really happened was…” I also have a theatrical background; so all
those years of acting help me develop the characters that tell the story. Since
my brain already explores this madness each night, why not get it down on

there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either
growing up or as an adult?
The Outsiders by SE Hinton was the first
book that ever really hit a chord.
I love
how I can get into Ponyboy’s head. (Or does he get into mine?)
It has stayed with me every
day of my life. Those characters got under my skin. The drama of Jacqueline
Susann is epic. Valley of the Dolls
is still the most brilliant piece of rubbish you will ever read. She paved the
way for EL James and many others.

If you could ask your favorite author anything, what
would it be?
Me: Ms. Susann, you came up
with some crazy characters and odd situations, what inspired you?
Ms. Susann: Diane, darling,
you are an actress and know Hollywood-types, need I say more?

If you were writing a book about your life, what would
the title be?

Dear Lord, Not Her Again!

DianeRinellaAbout the Author
Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane's 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun's crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n' roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.

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