Today, I'm happy to welcome author Diane Strong to my little corner of cyber-space! Diane and I are both members of Kentucky Independent Writers, and I'm thrilled to introduce her to you. Read on to learn a bit Diane, her style of writing, and her latest release!
To start off, please tell us a little about yourself!
Well, I am a wife and mother of two great kids that I homeschool, and I write in my spare time. I didn’t intend to be a writer, I intended to be a Ph.d, but plans change and I’m pretty happy with where I’m am in life.
Give us a little information about your genre. What types of books do you write?
Well, my first novel was general fiction but now I am finishing a series of suspense short stories. Each book is about 10,000 words or 43 pages long and is a stand-alone book. They can be read in any order despite having a number. The collection is called, The Running Suspense Series, and the protagonist in every story is a runner. You don’t need to be a runner to enjoy them, if you like Alfred Hitchcock, you’ll probably like them.
Since I write Young Adult fiction, I focus a lot of my blog posts on what reading and writing can mean to not only a young person, but to people of all ages. I believe it’s absolutely true that books can change someone’s life for the better! Can you tell us what books (both reading AND writing them) have meant in your life?
It’s so funny that you ask that. I didn’t develop a love of reading until I was in college. As a child I was not a good reader and struggled to pay attention to even the simplest story. In high school I attributed that lack of focus to depression. When my depression lifted I was finally able to finish reading my first real novel and it was a celebration. It was a novel by Kurt Vonnegut and I remember very little about it. I went on to read most of his books despite the fact that I found them very hard to get through. I assume it was because I was such a poor reader, and not because he was a bad writer.
In college I was forced to read lots of non-fiction and text books. I spent 7 years in college and managed to become a pretty proficient reader. I’ve always been a writer though. Since I could write my name I’ve been writing stories and poetry. I love to tell stories. And despite always being in the slow reader classes, I was recognized for my writing ability as far back as third grade.
So in short, reading books means I’m not depressed, and writing books, means I am free.
And by the way, exercise is how I avoid depression. I’ve never used anti-depressants. I guess that’s why my protagonists are runners, they feel the need to run too.
Do you have a favorite quote, or maybe a wise piece of advice for writers who are just starting out and wondering if this journey is one they should take?
No. I mean, I guess if it’s something you want to do, just do it. Don’t let anything stop you. Listen to the criticism and use it to fuel you. Learn from it. The wisdom is priceless.
And for my “younger readers”… knowing all that you know now, if you could go back in time and tell your teenage-self something, what would it be?
Oh gosh. May I? Okay Diane, listen up. This…as in this period of your life…this high-school cliquey crap, all the things you think you want or think you need, it doesn’t last and it’s not worth fretting over. Don’t be afraid to change your mind. Do what you want to do, not what you think you should do. Do it for you, not for your parents or your boyfriend or your best friend because you are the one who has to live with your decisions, not them. If you do what you love, you won’t work a day of your life. And life is short, so enjoy the hell out of it. If your unhappy, then change. Simple. (Thank you for that opportunity!)
And now for some “fun stuff”!
Chocolate or Vanilla:
It used to be chocolate, but lately it’s been vanilla. If it’s chocolate, it has to be dark.
Movies or TV:
Movies, I don’t have TV
Dogs or Cats:
Both but if I had to choose, oh, never mind…I can’t choose.
Flip Flops or Boots:
I rode horses for 25 years (there is nothing sexier than a real cowboy), but since I’m a mom now I live in flip-flops. Hey, life changes.
Early Mornings or Late Nights:
Early mornings. Like I said, I’m a mom, life changes.
Brains or Brawn:
Coffee or Tea:
Coffee in the morning, green-tea during the day.
Summer or Winter:
I love it all
Finally, tell us about your latest release! Feel free to include the “book blurb” and any other information you want to share!
My latest release is the 5th story in The Running Suspense Series: Reservoir Run
Alison lays unconscious in a hospital bed after a long-distance training run leaves her half-dead at the bottom of a deep ravine. While Rick is a faithful husband, Alison gave him many reasons to attempt to kill her. The question of who tried to kill Alison hangs in the air while Rick waits impatiently for her to awake and assure him he’s innocent.
Here are the links to my other books:
The Running Suspense Series:
The Run #1
Falcon Point #2
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