Lady in Red – Diane R Jewkes




Introduce yourself, please (name you write under). Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?

Hi. I am Diane R. Jewkes. I am the author of  the historical romance, “The Heart You Own”. Itis my real name. I just didn’t think a pen name was necessary.

Let’s get the details out of the way:

Single, married, divorced, widowed?

Married 32 years!


I have two children, a daughter and a son and three grandchildren all under 6.

Living where?

I live in Colorado outside of Denver in the foothills.

Doing what, other than writing?

I work in technology for a financial institution.

One—just one—physical characteristic.

I’ve been told I have ‘birdie’ ankles…very skinny.

What’s your secret passion?

If I’m passionate about it…it’s no secret!

Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.

My sense of humor. It’s twisted, but it’s all mine!

If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?

I’d love to live closer to the ocean. I love the sound of the ocean and the constant changes.

Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

I write historical romance, so not really. My novel, The Heart You Own, is set in central New Mexico. I grew up in New Mexico and it’s a wonderful state with lots of stories.

Why do you write romance novels?

I like the versatility of romance. There are so many genres that can be used. I like the exploration of the relationship between the main characters. The ‘what if’ factor.

What else do you write?

Just work documentation. Not really fun reading! J

What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?

The relationship Kara has with her horse.

What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?

While I love every part of my book, editing wasn’t like amputation. There were some later scenes that I liked, but I understood where they might not have served to move the story forward.

Do you identify closely with one particular character? How?

I started this book before Microsoft was invented, so I have a long history with all of my characters. I took off many, many years from when I started writing to when I finished.

The best part about my writing life is:

Going into that other world where my characters live.

The worst part about my writing life is:

Not enough time.

Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.

I have several ideas bouncing around, including Alec’s story. He is Hawke’s best friend in The Heart You Own, and an avowed bachelor.


  1. Love stories with avowed bachelors! LOL

    • It’s so much fun when they fall!

  2. I love that your historical is set in New Mexico!

    • Thank you. It’s where I grew up.

  3. Diane, hi. I smiled when I read you started your book before Microsoft. Me too. I’ve been kind of embarassed to let any one know. I started mine sometime in the early nineties. Didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Finally I sent it out and got a rejection letter months later! I took their advice and tried again. Another rejection after a lengthy wait. Honestly, trying to get a book published the traditional way could take years. I took time off from this novel and wrote short stories. Just as I was considering self-publishing Stubborn Hearts as an eBook, I saw the call for sbmissons. So now we’re here. Quite the journey! Best wishes. Carol Ritten Smith

  4. So nice to meet you, Diane! Relationship with her nose…I can’t wait to see!

    All the Best, My Friend
    Rionna Morgan

  5. Wow – I love that you started your book before Microsoft Word and now people are reading it on iPads and Kindles! Hope you are all managing the fires in Colorado okay. Congratulations on the book!

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