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Diana Dempsey

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Author of the Beauty Queen Mysteries, Diana Dempsey never competed in beauty pageants herself but she did the next best thing: she worked in TV news. After a dozen years of war zones and 3 a.m. wake-up calls, she packed up her mic and her Emmy and morphed into a writer of fast and fun romantic fiction.

Diana’s novels have been called “almost impossible to put down” (Romance Reviews Today), “skillfully plotted and filled with realistic detail” (Library Journal), and “spicy, sexy, and sultry” (Booklist). Her first novel, FALLING STAR, was nominated for a RITA award for Best First Book by the Romance Writers of America.

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My mom passed away five years ago. Among her papers I found some articles she'd carefully clipped and saved for many years. They're in Polish, her first language. (She was born in the US, in Garfield Heights, Ohio, in a predominantly Polish neighborhood, and did not begin to learn English until she began school at age four.)

This is a classic mystery set-up, I believe: mysterious papers discovered upon the death of a loved one. One day, I vow, I will have those articles translated. And who knows? Perhaps I may find a novel there ...(less)
Diana Dempsey I've never been a big believer in writer's block. True, some days the words flow more easily than others. But even though I love writing and find it…moreI've never been a big believer in writer's block. True, some days the words flow more easily than others. But even though I love writing and find it deeply gratifying, every time I sit down to write, it's work.

That said, if I'm having more than the usual trouble with a scene, it's probably for one of two reasons. The scene is either just plain hard or it's unnecessary.

In the "just plain hard" category, some scenes are simply more difficult to write than others. Perhaps they're more emotional, or the emotions are complex and nuanced and hence difficult to convey. Usually scenes at the beginning of a novel are tougher, perhaps because I'm introducing characters I need to nail down for the first time. With those scenes, I just have to work longer and harder to get it right.

But sometimes if I'm having trouble, it's because I'm writing a scene I just don't need. Eventually I realize that's why a scene seems flabby or pointless or lacks power: it shouldn't be there. Sometimes for me, boot kicking a scene is the way to solve a writing problem.
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I did a fun interview for the website thepen&muse.com while promoting my new book out now MS AMERICA AND THE VILLAINY IN VEGAS. Check it out!

“Superfab fun mystery”… “A giggle a minute”



So say readers of the debut mystery in the Ms America series, MS AMERICA AND THE OFFING ON OAHU. Now beauty queen and budding sleuth Happy Pennington returns, this time to gaudy, garish Las Vegas …



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Description: (Beauty Queen Mysteries #3) Beauty queen Happy Pennington can’t say no when hunky reality-show host Mario Suave asks her to step in as a last-minute judge for the Teen Princess of the Everglades beauty pageant in which his daughter Mariela is competing. But in glittery Miami—the land of the tanned, the toned, and the treacherous—pageant preps screech to a deal halt when the unthinkable happens … One of Happy’s fellow judges is found strangled by a string bikini. Find out why readers call this mystery series “a giggle a minute” … “superfab” … and “a fun, rollicking romp” …

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“One of the floral arrangements swayed like a drunken sailor, then toppled, clattering to the floor.”
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“How pointless, harboring romantic fantasies about a man who'd made it abundantly clear that he wasn't interested.”
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“Not an agent kiss, not anything remotely resembling a peck-on-the-cheek kiss, but a let's-get-started kiss. One that even in hardened, love-tired Los Angeles had a better-than-even shot of producing a happy finish”
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