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When did you start writing?
I remember journaling, writing poetry, and short stories when I was 7 years old.
What makes writing your passion?
I feel compelled to write what I observe and learn. Whether in the form of fiction or non-fiction, I'm inspired by everyday experiences and love to exercise my creativity and imagination.
How long have you been writing?
I've written my whole life. My favorite school assignments were researching and writing papers and short stories. In my corporate career, I wrote newsletters, articles, and procedural manuals. I wrote poetry and short stories as a hobby. I still write articles for my monthly newsletter. Join my community at DianeWingAuthor.com to get it right to your inbox. Professionally, my first book, Coven, was published in 2007 (2nd edition titled Coven: The Scrolls of the Four Winds; 2012; new cover).
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
To have my words in print and get feedback from readers that they enjoyed the story lifted me and validated my writing path. It was also scary to have people critique my work in a public forum.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
It depends on what genre I'm writing in. For the Chrissy the Shih Tzu Cozy Mystery series, the character of Chrissy is based on the true-to-life antics of my Shih Tzu, Chrissy, and her canine friends. Other fictional characters in Trips to the Edge, Thorne Manor and other bizarre tales, and in Coven are conglomerations of people I've met, psychological traits I've studied, and reactions to the situations faced in the story to make a 3D character readers can respond to.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
Move around, talk a walk, do laundry, write in a different environment, and/or go back earlier in the story and see what to change to remove the obstacle in my way.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
The ideas keep coming, and as long as they do, I'll keep writing. For new authors, take inspiration from everything and everyone around you. There's a story waiting to be told. Learn about lots of different things; you never know when you'll use the information in a story. Let your imagination run wild and keep it fresh.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
Yes, I do read them. For the critical reviews, I try to learn from them and improve my writing based on the feedback.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Elation and gratitude!
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Absolutely! The cover represents the energy of the story and lets the reader know if this is the right book for them. If the cover is a mismatch to the story, it's a betrayal to the reader.