Interview with Author Diana Rubino

My guest today is Diana Rubino.  Hello, Diana!  Welcome back to Writing in the Modern Age!  It’s great to see you again.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?

The End of Camelot is book #3 of my New York Saga. The Wild Rose Press is releasing the three books in reverse order. It was released in March. 

Vikki Ward's husband, a TV reporter, is murdered trying to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Vikki uses her detective skills to trace the conspiracy, from New York to New Orleans to Dallas, and at the same time, tricks her husband’s murderer into a confession. A romance with her bodyguard makes her life complete.

You can buy it for Kindle or paperback: 

The Wild Rose Press Paperback:
The Wild Rose Press E-book

Is there anything that prompted your latest book?  Something that inspired you?


This is going to date me, but I was six years old when President Kennedy was assassinated. Everyone who was alive that day knew exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. I was in my first grade classroom. The teacher got a call on the classroom phone and told us ‘the president was shot.’ A collective gasp went around the room. It was ten years before I saw the footage of Ruby shooting Oswald, on a documentary.

My grandmother was a huge JFK assassination buff. She listened to all the radio talk shows and recorded them. She got me embroiled right along with her. I never lost my fascination with all the conspiracy theories. I always wanted to write a novel centering on this event, and it fit in perfectly as the third book in this series.



So, when did you know you wanted to write? Or has it always been a pastime of yours?


I had a notebook in grammar school that I filled with short stories. I also liked to draw comic books with people I knew as characters. Of everything I tried, it seemed writing was what I did best. Coupled with my passion for history, I decided to follow my dream.


Do you have any favorite authors?


Yes, several: Barbara Erskine is a British author who writes very creepy paranormals set on the coast of Essex. I'll read anything with her name on it.

Margaret George wrote one of my favorites of all time: The Autobiography of Henry VIII, a spectacular journey back to the Tudor court.

I also have been reading Lawrence Block's murder mysteries for many years.


So, do you write in a specific place? Time of day?


I write at my computer in my office in front of my window which faces west, so I get beautiful sunsets. Not a morning person; I write in the afternoon. I don't stop till I've written at least 2500 words a day.


Wow! Yeah, I'm not a morning person either. LOL.


Are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers? Any advice?


I’d like to tell any aspiring authors who are frustrated that it’s taken them three, four, five or more years to get that first contract. I wrote for 18 years before getting ‘the call’ so never give up! Keep believing, and keep the faith! And of course, keep writing, because you’ll only get better.  


Those are some very wise words, Diana. 
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us today here at Writing in the Modern Age.  It was such a pleasure having you.  :) 
Readers, here is the blurb for The End of Camelot.

November 22, 1963: The assassination of a president devastates America. But a phone call brings even more tragic news to Vikki Ward—her TV reporter husband was found dead in his Dallas hotel room that morning. 

Finding his notes, Vikki realizes her husband was embroiled in the plot to kill JFK—but his mission was to prevent it. When the Dallas police rule his death accidental, Vikki vows to find out who was behind the murders of JFK and her husband. With the help of her father and godfather, she sets out to uncover the truth. 

Aldobrandi Po, the bodyguard hired to protect Vikki, falls in love with her almost as soon as he sets eyes on her. But he's engaged to be married, and she’s still mourning her husband. Can they ever hope to find happiness in the wake of all this tragedy? 

Here is an excerpt from the book.

It was New Year’s Eve, they were alone, and he was harmless. So far. So she took the necessary two paces over to him and placed the honey ball between his custom-made choppers.
He closed his eyes, and she watched him savoring the sweetness. She didn’t dare say another word as she ran her index finger over a glob of cream on the cannoli plate, raised it to her lips and licked. “Mmmm,” she voiced, wishing she hadn’t.
Their eyes met and locked. Faster than lightning, they came together like magnets. Their lips met, sweet and sticky and hot. She didn’t want him to stop, but her inner voice screamed how wrong it was—It’s forbidden!—echoing the nuns in Saint Gustina’s. She shooed it away like an annoying fly. Leave me alone, I’m not a kid anymore. Her arms circled his neck, and his hands slid down to the curve of her back. Dare she move in closer, pelvis to pelvis, an unthinkable act three seconds ago? Her body was betraying her, betraying Jack, taking on a will of its own as she crushed herself to him. The kiss intensified. She tasted cannoli, and her fogged mind told her he’d been sampling them all day. She breathed in his cologne, so foreign it repelled her, so new it aroused her even further. Her tiara slipped off her head. She caught it just as he pulled away.
He held her at arm’s length as in a tango. “Oh, cara mia,” he growled—and if he said another word in Italian, she knew she’d explode. A passion long dormant stirred inside her.

Author Bio

  Diana Rubino’s passion for history and travel has taken her to every locale of her stories, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, Egypt, the Mediterranean, colonial Virginia, New England, and New York. Her urban fantasy romance, FAKIN’ IT, won a Top Pick award from Romantic Times. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband Chris. In her spare time, Diana bicycles, golfs, plays her piano and devours books of any genre.  

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