Interview with Diana Brown

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing that someone enjoyed or benefited from what I wrote.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Janet and Mark." :) My big sister was learning to read, and mom would sit with her on the sofa while she read aloud from her school books. I was 3-1/2 and immensely jealous! I learned the words from listening, then picked up the books and taught myself to match the words to the shapes on the page. Been reading ever since.

The first books I *remember* strongly are books I read when I was about 8: Gone With the Wind (which I read one weekend after seeing the movie on TV), The Hobbit, and Robert Heinlein's "Number of the Beast." I also really loved Black Beauty and a book about a girl and a horse called "Blue Ribbons for Meg" that year....
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
"Grow up"?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am always a little mystified by this question. The world is a huge place with a billion stories I have never heard - I won't live enough years to see and do everything I want to. Time spent in bed is just more stuff I will miss out on before I die. Isn't that enough reason to get out of bed?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My memory doesn't go back that far. :) But I do remember writing it - lying on my stomach on the living room floor, with a pencil and that paper they used to use for practicing writing, with the dotted line partway up to help you work on the proportions of your letters!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly, fixing friends' and family members' computers!

After that - reading, gaming, walking in the sunshine (when we have it) or the rain, playing "pit crew" to my husband and brother as they run marathons and half-marathons - and anything else that comes along of interest, as long as my husband or my dog is there with me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Early on, I picked up eBooks of things I had read before. To be honest, I wasn't sure i would adapt to an eReader - but as it turned out, I love having 800 books in my pocket. Once I realized I wouldn't be going back - then I started actively looking for new stuff. I started with "things I had been going to pick up at the book store" and now I would say that my new books are split fairly evenly among three sources:
- Something I saw while wandering through the bookstore
- Something that turned up on one of my eBook mailing lists
- Recommendations from friends and family

So I guess, really - not so different from how I found books before...
How do you approach cover design?
I don't! I am not that kind of artist. There are very competent people out there - and they are willing to do that for me. I have found that as I have got a little more 'settled' in life - professionally, financially - I am more willing to hand things off. Some things I want to learn to do for myself - other things, I calculate the time, multiply it by my hourly wage at work, and ask myself will it *really* cost less to do it yourself"?

All of these things were tough to learn - but I came to realize that if you are learning to do something you don't want to do, working hard at something you don't have a talent for, or spending time on something that you can farm out for less - that is all time you are not spending doing things you are good at and enjoy. It's a tough thing to learn to balance, and I am not always good at it (for example, the amount of time I spent learning to do my own eBook formatting - I could probably have hired it out for less, but I wanted to know how!). But I do try. And cover design is one place where I know I am better off hiring a pro.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The book i just wrote - because I am so proud of it!
2. The book I am about to write - because I am so excited about it!
3. The last book I read - because it was such a great experience, to sit down and get lost in someone else's world.
4. The book I am just starting to read - because I am looking forward to enjoying it.
5. The next book a friend is going to recommend to me, because they are excited about it.
Who are your favorite authors?
How much room do I have for that reply? :)

Heinlein, Asimov, Orson Scott Card, David Weber, David Drake, Stephen King, Patricia Briggs, Barbara G Walker, Lord Dunsany, Tennyson (poets count, right?), Poe, Jane Austen, Georges Simenon, Piers Anthony, Terry Pratchett, Dostoevsky, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Gordon Dickson, Erma Bombeck, Jim Bamford, Rudyard Kipling, Harry Turtledove, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and about a hundred other names I can't come up with right now. :)
Published 2014-08-09.
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Books by This Author

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (The Novel)
Price: Free! Words: 31,110. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
All Lodge wants is for his gaming group to finish their adventure. Unfortunately, they're more interested in seducing barmaids, mooning their enemies, and setting random villagers on fire. Joined by that rarest creature of all - a girl! - they must overcome their bickering in order to save the kingdom. [Novelization of the award-winning independent film]