Diane is the author of “Children of Fury” and “I Am Nine”, and has graciously agreed to talk with me today about her writing life, her past work, and also about her new book “Enmitus”, available on Amazon now.
TR: Good morning, Diane. Thanks for being here today.
DM: Thanks so much for having me.
TR: How old were you when you wrote your first piece?
DM: I began writing when I was 56 and completed it when I was 58
TR: What was it, and in what genre?
DM: My first novel was Children of Fury which I published in December 2011. The book is about a new immortal and is a fantasy adventure story which begins centuries ago in Greece and ends now.
TR: What made you write it?
DM: I thought there were lots of vampires and wanted to create a new immortal.
TR: What have you written since then?
DM: Since then I have published ‘I am Nine’ which is an alternative present with my final book ‘Enmitus, The Transformation’ being a sci fi story, I am currently writing a sequel to it. I also have a ghost story, a second sci fi book and a book based in Philadelphia almost complete.
TR: What was the inspiration for your current book?
DM: My inspiration for ‘Enmitus,’ that is an interesting one. I had planned on doing something historical, maybe an unusual piece of history however; every time I did some research I found several books on every topic that interested me. Finally I decided to make a bit of history in the stars!!
TR: Tell us a little about it, and where it’s available.
DM: My books are available in most on line stores.
When spaceships leave a dying Earth it is not until centuries and galaxies later that survivors reach planets which will support human life. A community from one of the ships builds a life underground on a barren and ominous planet named Serenitus. Princess Corinna lives a contented life under the surface of Serenitus, with her father Great Lord Corin, completely oblivious to the deceit surrounding her and her people. This is until… powerful Lords from neighbouring planets arrive, the destinies of Corinna and those around her are about to change, forever. Corinna’s strength and ability to survive are tested to extraordinary lengths when she is forced to marry a cruel and evil man who is already devoted to a dangerous and despicable woman. Her own heart breaks as she realises her love for another. A story of danger, love, hate, deceit and revenge…
TR: Is there a particular place or setting where you get your writing ideas?
DM: Not really, an idea comes to me and I start making notes. I then do an outline of the story but when I put pen to paper it generally takes off in a completely different direction. I still outline though!
TR: What made you choose either traditional or independent publishing?
TR: If you had to choose the most important element in an author’s platform, what would it be?
DM: That people are aware of the books and enjoy reading them. So in a sense it is getting the word out there through whatever medium possible.
TR: What mistakes have you made in regards to publishing and marketing your work, and what will you do differently in the future?
DM: I used an expensive vanity press initially but only because I really didn’t have a clue, I plan to try publishing myself on Kindle as finance is an issue for me and so many other authors. As far as marketing is concerned, that is a difficult one. At the beginning I only did it through friends and relations… how naïve. I have discovered that you need to use every method possible to market your work; the only problem is people often don’t have extra finance to pay for extra promotion and it makes life very difficult.
TR: Do you have an idea for your next book?
DM: Yeah, as I said I have several books almost finished and plan to change my genre for a couple of books… maybe. Thinking about a children’s book or two and co-working on a nonfiction book for toddlers.
TR: Diane, it’s been a pleasure. Thanks again.
DM: Thank you, Thomas.
Well, there you have it folks. A little glimpse into the writing of Diane Majors. Thanks for stopping by, and come visit tomorrow, when I interview Armand Inezian, author of the new vampire thriller “VampCon”.