Let’s welcome Dianne Harman to the Author Showcase today. Dianne is the author of Blue Coyote and Tea Party Teddy (Links at the end for purchase). Thank you Dianne for stopping by.
I’m kind of like a cat. Don’t know how many lives I’ve lived, but I definitely have re-invented myself a number of times. I owned a national antique and art appraisal business for twenty years, and became disenchanted when I realized most of my clients defined themselves by their “stuff.” I opened two yoga studios, teaching students and certifying teachers, locally and internationally. My husband became a California legislator and we entertained Governors, Congressmen and all other politicos for twelve years. Now I’m an author. I also am a Moderator for the Goodreads group, Modern Good Reads for Romance and Literary Fiction, and have just started writing boomer things for the Huffington Post.
2) What do you do when you are not writing? Day job?
I’m fortunate to be in a place where writing is my day job. When I’m not writing, you can find me in the kitchen (I love to cook and have attended cooking schools throughout the world), playing with my grandchildren and my boxer dog, watching hummingbirds and monarch butterflies in our garden, and spending time with my best friend, my husband.
3) How did you choose the genre you write in?
I didn’t. It chose me! Stories demanded to be told.
4) When did you start writing?
I can remember writing a book about a girl who goes to China when I was nine years old. China? I have no idea why. And that was well before the Internet. What did I know about China? Nothing!
5) Biggest influences as a reader/writer?
People. They have confided in me for as long as I can remember. They’ll come up to me in a grocery store and talk to me. I must have “I’m friendly” written on my forehead, but everybody has a story. Snippets of their stories find a place in my book.
6) Is anything in your writing based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Where do your ideas come from?
For me, yes, certain things are based on real life, but my characters are all fiction. For example, in Blue Coyote Motel, a character treks to the Thangboche Monastery in Nepal. I did that. It was on my bucket list, and it was appropriate to the story. As for ideas, they come from everywhere. I really think there is an idea for a scene, a character, etc., in every moment of every day.
7) Planner or Panster?
I’m a planner. However, I find that the characters often dictate what happens. Best laid plans and all of that…
8) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Toughest criticism – a reviewer said that my writing was “dismal.” Best compliment – “wish I’d written that.” You learn from the criticism and bask in the compliments.
9) Tell us about your book (s). Favorite thing? Hardest issue to overcome?
Blue Coyote Motel is the story of six wayward travelers who become inadvertently addicted to a substance a mad scientist pipes into the air-conditioners in their rooms, and the havoc that ensues. I feel extremely fortunate that it was chosen as a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest and as Goodreads Psychological Thriller of the Month. It’s also received over 30 five star reviews on Amazon.
Tea Party Teddy is a tell-all about Sacramento politics – the public corruption, infidelity and greed that affects a newly elected Assemblyman. The names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent. It was just published last week.
10) Advice for aspiring writers?
Read Stephen King’s book, On Writing, and then just sit down and do it! That’s what I did.
11) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you for buying my books, taking the time to read them, and to those of you who have taken the time to comment on them, I really appreciate it!
Blue Coyote Motel, Amazon, http://amzn.toSO8uIj
Tea Party Teddy, Smashwords, http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/312664