Interview with Diana Gonzalez Tabbaa

What is your favorite book, and why?
I find reading the holy Scriptures to be uplifting and consoling, like prayer that touches my soul and spirit. I like to refer to online versions of the Haydock Commentary and the Catena Aurea while I am reading in order to help my understanding. The phrases and stories in the Bible are filled with life, beauty, and truth that I may bring into my own daily life.
Describe your desk
My laptop is my desk, containing all of my reading material, written works, art files, etc., and through which I can explore the world and communicate through the internet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Since the cost of printing color images is high, I thought that it would be best to use print on demand technology. I wanted to offer the book, especially to young people, at an affordable price.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find it invigorating to "take a break" from my very demanding schedule to enter a world that I can imagine and create, to fill it with beautiful thoughts that lift my spirit.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am especially grateful to have had young people (and even adults) tell me that the book helped them to move forward from troublesome situations, as the primary message of this story is that of healing through Christ.
When did you begin to write?
I wrote poems as a child. When I was the same age as the child in the story, I wrote and illustrated a poem about a girl who would climb into a great tree in her garden and feel that she was on top of the world. I only remembered this after completing this story, which has a similar theme.
What is your writing process?
I write on a laptop, mostly in the morning while I am commuting to work on a long train ride. I do extensive re-writing and cutting back on what I have written. Input from others, especially young people, is very helpful to my thought processes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like reading on my laptop, maybe because I am used to it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Tolkien, Tennyson, Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett. I also love reading all of the Catholic spiritual classics.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being with my family, reading.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started this story when my son was a toddler as I wanted something to do while I was sitting in the room watching him play. The story just seemed to flow and develop. I left it alone for many years (until my son was the age of the child in the story). Then I was inspired to rewrite it substantially when a sister who teaches at a Catholic school reminded me of it and spoke of the need for good Catholic literature.
What are you working on next?
I have started working on a prequel, the story of Rose's father. I keep having dreams about the story, so I think his story is developing in my mind. I hope one day to combine the two stories into one large book.
Published 2014-03-01.
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Books by This Author

The Tree of Healing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 28,030. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Classical & allegory, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Other
Suitable for all ages, this timeless story of forgiveness and hope shows how suffering is transformed through union with Christ. Enriched with spiritual art, poetry, and quotes from Scripture, The Tree of Healing tells of the healing of one young girl and of all wounded humanity by the Sacrifice of Jesus on a new Tree of Life.