Finding an author in your own back yard is something that you don’t usually expect, especially down here in the Atlantic City area. And finding one who writes in a genre you love is an even bigger find. So when I discovered that historical romance author Diana Cosby was living in this area, I knew I had to meet her. We finally got together at the Books A Million in Mays Landing before a recent book signing for her newest book, “His Seduction.”
Diana Cosby is retired from the Navy. To me, this made the obvious question . . . “What’s a retired Navy meteorologist/oceanographer doing writing medieval Scottish romance stories?” I’ll let Diana tell you.
“My years of living in Europe drew me to write in the medieval time frame. After watching the movie “Braveheart” and with my passion for writing complex plots, I knew I had to write in this volatile medieval time-frame, hence the MacGruder brothers were born.”
Diana’s writing career almost didn't happen. In the early 1980s, while stationed in Hawaii, she decided to take a writing class at the University of Hawaii. The MacGruder dynasty almost ended before it began when an instructor returned her paper with the comment, “Whoever wrote this gets an A- and you get a D+.”
Luckily for Diana’s legions of fans, she went on to try again when she retired in1997. Her first published book was the first book in the MacGruder series entitled “His Captive,” the story of Alexander MacGruder and Lady Nichola Westcott. Diana told me that Alexander talks to her; in fact, her characters wake her up at night!
Her goal for the MacGruder series is 12 books. With the fifth book in the series, “His Seduction,” just released and the sixth book, “His Enchantment,” to be released in December 2013, Diana is well on her way to that 12-book series.
Diana also writes about. . . .vampires. Well, Highland vampires, that is. She has a new book out in that genre, “Born to Bite,” an anthology with authors Hannah Howell and Erica Ridley.
Anyone who has read any of Diana Cosby’s books knows that Diana is a passionate writer. One of Diana’s lifelong dreams is to help others, so something else she’s intensely passionate about is Habitat for Humanity, the organization that helps people achieve the American dream of home ownership.
Diana Cosby’s Romance Reader’s Build A Habitat For Humanity Home is currently taking donations. The goal is to raise $55,000 to build one home. You can read all about it and donate HERE. Can’t give a lot? Don’t worry. As Diana says, “Every dollar counts!”
Diana also hosts an international food bank drive. Beginning Nov. 1, when you donate to your local food bank, let Diana know by posting on either her Facebook timeline or Facebook fan page beneath the daily Food Bank Challenge post. Add your donation, your name and contact information. On Dec. 5, a winner will be randomly selected from all who posted. If that’s you, you will receive an autographed set of the five published MacGruder Brothers books. If you’d like to give the set as a holiday gift, Diana will even send them to the recipient of your choice via priority mail.
There is so much about this wonderful writer that we couldn't get to in one sitting, but the best way to get to know Diana Cosby is to read her books. The first six books in the MacGruder series, in order, are:
- His Captive
- His Woman
- His Conquest
- His Destiny
- His Seduction
- His Enchantment (to be released in Dec. 2013)
Diana Cosby is a fascinating author. We could have talked all day. She tells the best stories, which is only natural for a writer of her caliber. If you love historical fiction and/or romance like I do, you will absolutely love the MacGruder stories. I can’t recommend her highly enough. And, yes, there will be more stories and great coffee at Books A Million. You can bet on it!