Diane Strong lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two children. She received a liberal arts degree at Itasca Community College, a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Equine Studies from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana and a Master’s degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Kentucky.
She writes a small column for the Georgetown News Graphic and homeschools her children. In her spare time she competes in road races, triathlons and adventure races. She is the founder of the Georgetown Run Club and Intellectual Society. She loves what she does.
What inspires you to write?
I used to write when I was younger and in college. I stopped writing for a lot of years then my mom died. For some reason, it inspired me to write and I’ve been writing ever since. She told me I should write-said I was good at telling stories and that the stories I had to tell were incredible. I wish she was still here to read them.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a busy mom of two kids that I homeschool year round. I write sporadically. When I’m in the middle of a book I find more time to work on it and the passion behind it fuels me. I don’t consider myself a full-time writer though, not now while I have young kids.
With the Running Suspense Collection, where all the lead characters are runners, I would write the story while running each morning then return to write it. Running really gets the creative juices flowing.
I am not an outliner writer. At least I wasn’t with the short stories. With my new book I am having to do a bit of a timeline to keep it together. I do character sketches, if not on paper than in my head. I want the reader to know them and root for them.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When I am writing I image being the character. How would that feel? What would be going through their mind? What are their hands doing and what are they seeing? I don’t talk to them….unless they have too many secrets, I have to beat it out of them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write because you love it, that is the only way to write. Not too many people are out there making a living off writing. The satisfaction of having a book that people love is what makes writing so satisfying.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went with indie publishing after I got so many quarry letters returned with a stamp saying ‘we are not accepting any new authors at this time’. To be successful you have to be driven and willing to promote your books constantly. I personally don’t like the business side of all this. But even with a publisher, you have to do a lot of your own promoting.
The percentages are on your side with indie publishing. You keep your rights and the majority of the profits which makes a huge difference to a lot of people. I see successfully published authors who can’t make a living off their income and I know many indie authors who quit their jobs and write full time because they are making more than enough to live on.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The tables are turning. Indie is becoming the norm and publishers are falling by the wayside. Times have changed.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
I have a fiction novel, a collection of suspense short stories and am currently working on a non-fiction true life story.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print