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LOVE'S FORBIDDEN FLOWER
by Diane Rinella
Published November 2012
by Midnight to Six
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How did the idea for Love's Forbidden Flower come to you?
The whole thing started when I watched The Buttercup Chain, a 60’s counter culture film. The two main characters are cousins, via identical twins, who were raised as brother and sister. A small part of the story is based on their obvious romantic connection. The woman is accepting of her emotions while the man is conflicted. Both the book and the film taunted you with the situation but never gave you enough of it to make the storyline satisfying. Upon doing research I discovered that there are so many biases toward the subject that I could not find a single book that really tackled it non-judgmentally. Yet the more I dug, the more common I found the real-life situation to be. There are definitely stories to be told, and I wanted to do so while making the reader forget about the relation and just see the unfairness of societies biases.
What ten words would you us to describe your novel?
Dark human rights piece disguised as a witty romance novel.
The male mind is quite a foreign concept for us of the female variety, so I am impressed to see that Love's Forbidden Flower is based around the actions on a male. What I'm wondering is, was it hard to build Donovan up as a character?
This is a really tough one to answer without telling too much about how things play out, so please forgive the vagueness. I looked to Donovan’s heart and his predicament. Donovan is treated by others as several different stereotypes that are nothing like who he really is. Stereotypes are cruel beasts. I pulled from a large circle of men in similar situations to come up with his character.
You've tried your hand at a fair few different career paths in the past, so what drew you writing?
It’s actually more that I have a ton of hobbies that I take seriously. I can’t sit still. Writing is something that I have been drawn to for a long time, but I never felt strong enough about my work to publish it. The more I wrote of Love’s Forbidden Flower, and the more compassion I found toward the real life versions of Lily and Donovan that I discovered along the way, the more I knew I had to complete the project and bring it into the light. I’ve no regrets.
Can you give us any hints on what is install for Lily and Donovan in the next book?
While Love’s Forbidden Flower can be viewed as a standalone book, there is so much more to tell. You can’t have two soul mates and end their story when they are 20. Lily and Donovan made life-altering decisions that will result in life-long consequences. Time’s Forbidden Flower will be released in late 2013.