Joyfully Reviewed welcomes Author Diana Green
What is your most current work out ?
My most recent work is a romantic sci-fi novel, New Sion. It initially published with Champagne Books, but the rights returned to me, and I self-published it through Amazon. I’ve been pleased with the reception for this book, including finalist status for the Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence. They will announce winners this summer, so I’ve got my fingers crossed.
Tell us a little about what inspired you to write New Sion?
I love westerns and science fiction both, so it seemed natural to write a book which combined my favorite elements of both. New Sion takes place on the frontier of a future earth colony, so it has that rustic lawless feel, like the old west, while also involving aliens and space battles.
It wasn’t until I finished this book, and began submitting it to publishers, that I saw the show Firefly. I was pretty excited to learn that others have the same love for space westerns that I do. Firefly is a great series.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
It’s a combination of both. I have a loose plot in mind, but scene by scene, the characters take the lead and show me what needs to happen.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I write science-fiction and fantasy, both with strong romantic elements. I love the possibilities that open up with these genres, because the only limit is my imagination. When I read, I like to be taken on a journey. I want to experience new lands, exotic cultures, magic, and space travel. The same is true when I write. Hopefully, I take my readers on the journey with me.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Without question, the marketing and promotion is hardest. I love the creative process of telling stories, but selling them is another matter. I have to really push myself to get my work out there, though I do love hearing from readers. I’ve met some great people that way.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’ve taken belly dancing classes and even performed with a group…once. It was actually a lot of fun.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Chocolate and other rich/sweet delights. They aren’t good for me, but they are just so tasty. I try to save them up for special occasions.
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
Competition reality shows, like So You Think You Can Dance, Face Off, and Project Runway.
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
I’m a visual artist as well as a writer, so I try to make time for painting etc. Designing book covers is a lot of fun, because it’s useful and artistic both. In fact, I’ve just set up a business at DG Book Covers. You should check it out.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
Music is a great way to enter into the story world. I create playlists for each book and use them to get inspired. There isn’t one theme song, but a whole sequence of pieces for the different aspects of the book.
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
I have to do one thing at a time. That’s the way the muse works for me. If I try to focus on multiple stories at once, I get scattered and can’t make progress.
Where were you when you got your first contract? What was the book and who did you tell first?
I was in my home office, on the computer. The contract was for New Sion, with Champagne Books. I rushed down the hall and told my husband. Then I called my mom. I was pretty excited.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I was around fourteen or fifteen. It was a well-researched historical, and I was hooked.
Do you have an all-time favorite romance book?
Favorites are always so hard pick. How about top four…in no particular order.
Ilona Andrews – Fate’s Edge
Sandy Blair – The King’s Mistress
Alexis Harrington – Home by Morning
Janine Ashbless – Heart of Flame
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
I recently had to leave teaching, because I developed an auto-immune condition combined with chronic fatigue syndrome. It was a sad loss, but now I’m focused on being an author…and very glad to be pursuing a life-long love of writing.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I am currently working on the first novel, Bronze Fox, for a steampunk fantasy series. I’m really enjoying the world building and the awesome characters.
On August 15th Dragon Wife, the first book in my Dragon Clan Trilogy, will be released by The Wild Rose Press. The second book should be available a few months later, and the third book is my next writing project.
How did you hear about the “bunnies” at Joyfully Reviewed?
I found Joyfully Reviewed while searching the internet for good review sites. I really appreciate the opportunity to visit and share my work.
My website: http://www.dianagreenbooks.com
Amazon Author’s Page: http://www.amazon.com/Diana-Green/e/B00CL3EAYQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1400718824&sr=1-2-ent
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip, or maybe it’s mocha almond fudge, or possibly it’s dark chocolate raspberry truffle. So many flavors to choose from, and they’re all so good! And you asked what my guilty pleasure is…ha.