Interview with Dianne Zimmermann

What is your writing process?
My writing process is as follows: I discover a topic that is interesting to me then I build a story around it. Fo my first book, Emma's Run, I am a runner so wanted my main character to be a runner with a strong character. I love independent book stores in old buildings of brick and lots of wood so that was how I saw the setting for my story. It's a mystery who twists and turns. My second book, Jane's Aliens, is another mystery with twists and turns and involves fun loving and helpful aliens. I wrote about good aliens. My aliens are more like guardians. "Hooch Runners" is a mystery built around an actual secret distillery cabin hidden up in the southern Illinois bluffs over looking the Mississippi Valley and crossing the creek at an angle to a secret road was the actual way to get to the cabin. In all my books I come to know the characters as real people and I am merely the observer rather than the creator of my characters as they take on a life of their own. I enjoy writing in side at coffee houses when its raining or while sitting outside with my laptop under a tree and being one with nature. Writing is like meditating where I can be centered and focused and as I write I see the story play out in my head like a movie. I enjoy writing books and hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.
How do you approach cover design?
I enjoy drawing and so I draw my own cover pictures. I approach cover design by considering the main person or item of what the story is about. By the time I get to cover design, I have enmeshed with my characters, and want to draw them as I see them in my mind's eye as I wrote about them. For Emma's Run I drew the main character and her girlfriend as I had described them in the book. For Jane's Aliens I drew three gray aliens hiding in the bushes as they often did in the book. And for Hooch Runners I drew an old Model T for the cover. Adding something personal to the cover as I do is a form of closure to me, and a snapshot of what I put into the story, a way of contributing a snapshot of the story.
Have I always wanted to be a writer?
As a young adult I would begin to write a story but could not stay on track with it. In fact, every time I sat down to write I would begin a new story instead of sticking with one and working on expanding it. At the time I worked in a technical environment. The job was stressful and writing short stories was very relaxing to me. I did not have much time to write and develop my writing skills until in later years when I took some writing classes and found that no matter what subject was presented I could find something to write about it. After I retired I began writing more seriously. My first book Emma Run was published in 2013
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always wanted to publish a book: I love words. I love stories. I love to type. I find that writing to be very relaxing as well as a form of creative expression. My characters become real to me, they come to life, as I feel more as an observer rather than a creator of characters. I enjoy typing out the movie that played in my head. And as I got older and had more time I found that I could stick to a topic and build on it and it just went on from there until I have written a complete book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has created to my success by putting my work out there and getting it seen and available
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the characters come to life and building on them and watching them grow is the greatest joy of writing for me. My characters become real to me and I become merely the observer. The greatest joy is watching the movie in my head play out and transfer to type then birthed into a realization. The greatest joy is when I am touched by the characters and cry at the end of the story as they had become family to me. After all we worked and grew together on a journey of development over a long period time.
What are you working on next?
What I will be working on next is another mystery. I am about to embark on a mystery that takes place in a senior living community. There will be twists and turns. That is all I can say about it for now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life is a gift and I wish to develop my creativity. I enjoy learning, reading, running, hiking and road trips for research for my next book. I enjoy reading and learning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I am reading to develop my skill. I enjoy running and walking to keep my creative juices flowing. Its the best way to get ideas for writing. I enjoy nature, visiting friends, traveling and hot news topics to get writing ideas.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To discover ebooks to read, I search Smashwords on a particular topic, or read an ebook someone has recommended , or read an ebook I heard about through the media or an interview or suggested by a bookclub.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was very young when I wrote my first story and I am sure it was more or less a rough copy, maybe never even completely finished. So my very first that I remember writing to completion is as recent as 2013 and that is Emma's Run
Published 2016-11-03.
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Books by This Author

Pleasant View
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 56,550. Language: American English. Published: March 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Judy always gets what she wants, and she wants to be rich. She encourages her husband, Robert, to build Pleasant View Senior Living Center. Unsuspecting residents move in and turn over their life savings for Robert and Judy to manage. Untimely deaths go undetected until a retired FBI agent begins to investigate.
Hooch Runners
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 55,310. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Two brothers distill illegal alcohol during the 1920s in the cellar of their secluded cabin. They deliver hooch, while drinking their fill, throughout the Illinois countryside. Their wives live in fear as they try to cope with drunken tempers and attempts on their lives. This is a story of survival and revenge during Prohibition.
Jane's Aliens
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 48,290. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Deputy Sheriff Jane Clark had been in law enforcement for nearly thirty years. She planned to coast through her remaining time on the force and retire with her new-found love, Alice, on her small organic farm. When Jane’s gravely ill ex-husband, George, asked for help to expose the toxic wrong doings of a local chemical plant she felt overwhelmed - until a trio of aliens came to her aid.
Emma's Run
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 46,530. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Emma Kingston is divorced and reunited with her lesbian lover. She inherits her parent’s bookstore after their sudden tragic death. Her life is running along smoothly in the popular store, when Emma begins to experience a run of bad luck that could be attempts on her life. Detectives Sam Long and Marvin Jones are determined to find out as they sort through possible clues and motives.