Interview with Diana Read
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite Pagan author is, first and foremost, the incomparable Elizabeth Cunningham. I also like Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana Paxton. I enjoyed Peter Beagle's novel Tamsin as well.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of writing my next scene! I write my stories and novels in scenes, as if someone were actually filming them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Besides looking after my granddaughter and enjoying the company of family and friends, I spend my time reading, cooking, catching up with friends on Facebook, and cruising my favorite blogs.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look for authors whose work I have read and enjoyed before. I also love to download samples from authors I haven't read! In addition, I belong to an online book group in which authors occasionally discuss their books.
What is your writing process?
Often a title comes to me years before the actual story appears. Sometimes, when I know I want to write about a particular time of year, I think of a theme. Then I do a lot of research. Happily, some of my story ideas come from previous stories I've written.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire the best desktop publisher and designer I know to do that.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my iPad because I can download from any e-book publisher.
When did you first start writing?
My mother told me that when I was eight, I was the reporter, publisher, and sole distributor of a little newspaper called "Freedom and Torment."
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Pagan way of life has fascinated me since I first became a practitioner of the Craft of the Wise. I love to write about everyday Witches who encounter magick in their lives.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is creating my own universe in which my characters live and move and breathe. They seem real to me.
What are you working on next?
I have several projects going--another book of short stories and a couple of novels.
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Books by This Author
by Diana Read
After becoming the target of death threats, 20th-century physician Lyn St. John finds herself thrown back into a past life in her dreams where she is a 17th-century Scottish midwife named Gwendolyn Redfearne. As the witch-hunters close in on Gwendolyn, Lyn’s enemies terrorize her more and more in her 20th-century reality until both dream and reality converge in a shattering conclusion.