Interview with Diana Baron, author of erotic romance ‘Training Temptation’

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Diana BaronDiana began writing the moment she learned how to hold a pencil. By elementary school, she was writing and directing plays for kids in her afterschool program. Over the years, short stories piled up on her nightstand. At night, she could always be found holding a flashlight and a book under her blanket.

She studied writing and literature through high school and into the first two years of college. But then, her fascination with other cultures and religious practices took over. She has degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Religious Studies from San Jose State University and is published in non-fiction.

After college, her life took an unexpected turn. She’s currently a project manager and technical spec writer for a Silicon Valley computer company by day and a daring novelist by night. When she’s not tearing up the felt playing at the World Series of Poker, she’s traveling to her favorite Caribbean islands.

Her latest book is the erotic romance, Training Temptation.

You can visit Diana Baron’s website at

Training TemptationQ: Thank you so much for this interview, Diana!  Can you tell us where you are from?

Thanks for having me. I live in Sunnyvale, CA which is deep in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

My fiancé and I were emerging from a post alarm clock haze when I asked him to blurt out titles. When he said Training Temptation, we stopped and stared at each other. It was perfect.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover.  Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

Melody Simmons of created an amazing cover for the book. I looked at hundreds of pre-made covers but nothing fit because the book is so unusual. I ended up using Google images to search for “ponygirl” and “riding crop”. I found an image of a woman holding a riding crop between her teeth. It was perfect. Melody used the concept to create the image for the cover of Training Temptation.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

The hero, Edward Hastings, can do things with his tongue that should be illegal… or patented. He’s so hot you might need to hold your ereader with oven mitts.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

Secrets never stay hidden. The truth always comes out one way or another.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

Chapter 3 because it’s the first time Caroline and Edward train together. The scene where he watches her dress in pony gear is so hot. I loved writing it.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

The characters kept nagging me to tell their story. I’ve written about twenty first chapters for various projects, but this one jumped to the top of the pile and demanded that I finish it.

Q:  Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I’ve watched every single episode of all 10 seasons of the original Beverly Hills 90210 show… at least three times each.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Machu Picchu in Peru. It’s the #1 travel destination on my bucket list. I studied Anthropology in college and am fascinated by other cultures. For some reason, I’m not sure why, I’m very drawn to Peru.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

I’m definitely a night person. I’m basically useless in the morning until I’ve had the elixir of the gods…otherwise known as coffee.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My stuffed animal monkey wants his own blog, but he hasn’t written a single post yet. I think he’ll get around to it eventually.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

As a child I was overflowing with hopes and dreams. I dreamed about what life would be like when I grew up and many of those dreams have come true.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish.  What would that be?

To win the lottery so I could travel the world and write about exotic places.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Never give up on your dreams. It might take 30 years for a dream to come true, but when it does, it will be magical.

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