Diane Taylor (follow-up)
Hi, Diane. It's great interviewing with you again.
1. You just recently were published. How does it make you feel?
DT: Well, actually, they're not published yet. They're in the works. But, Truthfully? I'm on cloud nine! Having all this hit me within a 4 week period is kind of overwhelming. I'm still waiting for it to sink in. I love it.
2. Did you have any rejections before you were finally able to get published or was it fairly easy?
DT: Actually, no, I havent had any rejections. I was talking with a friend of mine from Writerspace.com who goes by the name of LadyA and she hooked me up with Gail. Editor for Triskelion Publishing. Four weeks ago last saturday, I sent her my first book, just to show her what my writing style was like.
2 hours later she gets me on Yahoo Instant Messenger and says, "What would you say if I told you I wanted your book?"
And that's how it all started.
3. How long does it take for you to write your books?
DT: Truthfully? It depends. If I was really ambitious, I could pound out a 50k word book a month. But I am definately NOT that motivated. However, once I get on a roll, I can usually get a story out in a month. Shorter novels take a bit less time. I think the hardest part is going over it and spell checking your work.
4. Is there any character in your books that you can really relate to?
DT: I think I can relate to all my leading lady characters. I put a little bit of myself into each one to make them more.. Real, I guess you'd call it. They're all part of me, yet they're their own personality. The trick is getting the character to work with me.
5. What is your favorite part of writing?
DT: Actually, my favorite part of writing will come when I can see it up for sale. That will be the favorite part. But, right now, it's Finishing the books. That is the most satisfying part of writing anything, I think. That time when you can honestly feel that you've put your all into the book and take your fingers off the keyboard... after you save the document, of course..
It's definately a feeling of accomplishment.
6. Getting back to your books coming out soon. Tell us a little about what to expect from them.
DT: Well, I think I can try and hand you some of the goodies to expect from my books:
Shadow Demon is a paranormal/political/romantic suspense type book. It's got a bit of everything. Assasins, Yakuza crime lords, Old Money that can buy anything *they think*, along with a Goddess that likes to pop in at odd moments in the book and startle the @#%$ out of the main character.
As the blurb for this book goes:
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. For Terri Montegard, it's a Death Warrant.
Posedon's Heart is pure fun. As you can guess, it deals with the Greek God, Poseidon. Toss in a mentally and physically scarred underwater Archeologist that hates arrogant, macho, testosterone driven men, and you've got an explosive romantic story that is sometimes funny, sometimes serious. But hey, what's one without the other. eh?
Poseidon has lost his Crown and his Trident. Now, he's about to loose his Heart.
Those are the two that are in the revision stages. The rest, well, I have a few left to write before the end of the year. However, I'm going to keep the info bits to myself. However, Here are the names of the books to look for after the two above:
7. When and where can we purchase your books?
DT: Poseidon's Heart will be on the list for August at the following addy:
Shadow Demon is still in the revision process and will be out asap.
The rest are still in the WIP (Work In Process) stage.
Thanks again for letting me be interviewed. Good luck on your own efforts, Sarah. I know you can do it.
Interviewed by Sarah on 7/13/04.