For readers of contemporary fiction, Diane Demetre is a fresh, passionate voice in storytelling. She is an award-winning author of genre-busting romance novels with a twist. Her dramatic flair, sense of place and evocative style create an entertaining escape for her readers. Diane’s works feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest on their terms, much like the author herself.
Now, on with the interview...
ME: What is your favorite childhood book?
DIANE: Alice in Wonderland.
ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
DIANE: I can’t remember… I’m flat out remembering what I did last week 😊
ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
DIANE: I own a national business which provides me the income and time to write.
ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?
DIANE: Yes, and they are supportive and love reading my stories.
ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.
DIANE: In its simplest terms, writer’s block is fear. A fear of not being able to be creative and write. It would be like saying there is dancer’s block… a dancer is too afraid to dance. Although it may feel real, it’s isn’t. Any fear, including writer’s block is a disempowering belief. It is a belief rooted in feeling not good enough… feeling not good enough as a writer, not being creative enough to get story ideas, not being good enough to write them down. The fear of not being good enough is paralysing. It is like a virus in the computer of our mind, destroying all our worthwhile programming and files. If we allow the virus to run rampant, we block ourselves, we suffer from writer’s block, our writing journey stalls. But it is not real, it is a fear that we can unlearn.
ME: That's a unique take on the idea. Let's talk process for a little bit. Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
DIANE: I am a highly organized and yet intuitive writer. I plot and pants….
ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
DIANE: I do lots of research to ensure accuracy. In most of my books, I’ve visited every location my stories are set in, and I channel this actual experience into my books.
ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
DIANE: I have no preference. I write what inspires me.
ME: Where do your story ideas come from?
DIANE: From the voices in my head and the synchronistic omens in my world. I call myself the Woo-Woo Lady of Writing 😊
ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
DIANE: Absolutely. The thread of truth always enhances my stories.
ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
DIANE: Yes, but you’re going to have to read them to figure out which one.
ME: What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
DIANE: They beam in and if I try to change them, I can’t.
ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
DIANE: To date, none have been difficult to write, but I’m sure there will be one.
ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
DIANE: Not yet.
ME: What was your hardest scene to write?
DIANE: Probably the aftermath scene in Retribution.
ME: Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
DIANE: Writing energizes me as it fulfils my purpose. If you love what you do, it fills you with energy.
ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
DIANE: The swan… as if represents flowing with grace. That is how I want to write. Gracefully.
ME: Lovely. No onto some advice for the budding writers out there. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
DIANE: Go within and listen to the still small voice inside you.
ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
DIANE: Submitting their work too soon.
ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
DIANE: Since I spend at least 10 hours every day in my office, my best investment has been renovating and enlarging this space. It is now my special place where I connect with unlimited creativity and my deepest self. I love it.
ME: Thanks for your time, Diane. Looking forward to catching up with you at RTC2018!