Diana Anderson, a native Oklahoman, now lives in northwestern Mississippi with her husband and their Jack Russell Terrier. Her previous works include, Faded Rose (mystery/thriller/romance), and A Vanilla Christmas (holiday romance), and books one and two in A Southern Country Novel series, Happy Valley and Mississippi Gambler (mystery/thriller/humor). Her latest release, Remember When, is a mystery/thriller/romance. Diana enjoys, reading, portrait art, and photography.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always had an active imagination. I write what I enjoy reading, mystery thrillers with a touch of humor and romance. I can’t really say what inspired me to write Famous in a Small Town. Being a portrait artist and photographer, I study people and while studying people, I wonder about their life story, where they come from, their childhood, and the secrets they hold. Secrets that they’ve never told to anyone. So while studying them, I make up stories in my mind and if it’s interesting enough, I run with it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I decide the main plot and subplots and then outline to keep my time frame in order (the order of events). As I create my character, I make note of what they look like, hair color, eye color, and general characteristics and what relationship they are to the main characters.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. I can hear them talking. Being that most of my characters are southern, I write much of their dialog in the vernacular.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up your dream. Don’t let one nasty review make you crawl into bed and cover your head. There are always going to be people who do not like your writing just as there will be those that love your writing. If you’ve got mistakes in your already published books, fix them and then move on to your next novel. Read well-known authors who write the genre you write and learn from them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After having several rejection letters from agents, I decided to go it alone. I wasn’t going to let go of my dream. Amazon and Createspace have been very good for me. Having an agent may have its perks, but being my own agent has its perks too. I’m not under pressure or a deadline unless I set one for myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s a mad house now for indie authors. Everyone is trying to make it in the industry. I have noticed, though, that many well-known published authors are using some of the promotional sites that were once only used by indie authors.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Romance, Humor, Southern Gothic
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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