Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Meet Diane Gaston!

I’ve loved reading since age five, but I always thought writing a book was something so special I could not possibly do it. When I’d achieved everything I wanted to achieve in my career as a mental health social worker, though, I took the plunge and started writing romance and I’ve never looked back. I’m lucky enough to have found success at writing what I love to read—Regency Historical Romance—even winning Romance’s highest honor, the RITA for A Reputable Rake, as well as other romance writing awards.

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Did you ever want to quit writing? Why or why not?
Never! My only regret is that I started writing late, as a second career. I don’t have the years to build my career that younger writers do. Writing Romance has been a joy in my life.

What are your writing career goals? (i.e. to write 2 books a year? To hit the NY Bestsellers List? To sell 100 books a month?)
I always want to have a contract to write the next book. I’d love to hit the New York Times Best Seller list, of course, because that would mean more people like and buy my books, but mostly I want to keep writing.

Have you truly mastered grammar and sentence structure? Do you feel 100% confident about every comma in your book?
Yes! At least about 98%. I had a very good foundation in grammar in school and I know what to look up if I’m not sure of something. I’ve caught lots of mistakes made by my books’ copy editors.

How many pages do you think you could write in one day if you had zero interruptions from 8 AM to 8 PM?
I polish as I go, so if I write 10 pages a day, that’s a lot for me. And I can’t write from 8 am to 8 pm. My brain gets tired at about 4 pm.

How do you think (take a guess) writers like Nora Roberts write so many books in a year?
I belong to Washington Romance Writers. Nora is also a member, so I am a little acquainted with her. I know she has a very strong work ethic and the ability to self-structure. So she works steadily, 9 to 5. I also think that Nora knows her writing process very well and that she’s blessed with a very creative mind. This combination results in several books a year!

(I greatly admire Nora, in case you couldn’t tell!)

What would be easier for you to write, a sex scene or a murder scene?
Neither daunt me.  It is easier to write a murder scene, I think, because there are dozens of ways to commit murder. For me, it is more of a challenge to write love scenes but only because I need to keep the love scenes in my books fresh and different each time.

My favorite is to write a battle scene, though.
If you were allowed to have only ONE book (of yours) for sale on Amazon and B&N, which book would you select? Why do you think readers might enjoy it?

Choose only one of my babies? No way! But if you forced me to choose, I’d choose the latest book, Valiant Soldier, Beautiful Enemy. The newest one is always my favorite.
Any advice for new writers just getting started?

Finish the book! You will learn so much if you let yourself write a whole book from beginning to end. Expect criticism and try to learn from it, but don’t take all negative feedback to heart. Trust your own vision for your book and only follow advice if it makes sense to you.

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Thank you, Diane!


Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Diane! Thanks for being here today. Great advice to finish that book! Also, I love that you say only take the advice that makes sense to you. In the beginning I remember taking every critique to heart. Not a good idea.

I also find it interesting that you need to fix copy editors' errors!! If I ask five people where a comma goes, I get five different answers! I'm exaggerating, of course, but sometimes it seems nobody knows the CORRECT answer. :)

Norah Wilson said...

Loved reading this interview, Diane. I hope you'll be writing books for a long time to come, because I never tire of reading them.

And folks, not only is Diane a Rita-winning author, she's also one of the kindest, most gracious people I've met in the romance writing biz.

Merrillee said...

Great interview! Diane's latest book is next in my on list to read.

Karen said...

Great interview! Diane, I love your books. After I read Valinat soldier I immediately downloaded The Liberation of Miss Finch so that I could see how Claude's story finished out the series. It was wonderful and I recommend it.

Happy holidays!

Karen said...

Yes, that would be Valiant Soldier. Just because I can't spell, doesn't mean I'm not a fan!

Diane Gaston said...

Wow. Who knew I would hear such nice words from everyone here. You are all authors whose work I greatly admire. I especially admire Theresa and Norah for jumping in to the indy publishing and having such great success.

Norah, your words brought tears to my eyes! Merrillee, I hope you like the book. Karen, I'm glad you liked The Liberation of Miss Finch. Thank goodness for the Undone program. It gives me a chance to give a beloved secondary character his or her own happy ending!

Theresa, I think that schools just don't teach grammar like they used to. I can remember diagramming sentences and loving it!!!

Juliette Sobanet said...

Wonderful interview Diane and Theresa!

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Juliette! Thanks for stopping by.

S Alini said...

Thanks for introducing us to diane's works. I look forward to reading them.


Theresa Ragan said...

San, thank for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying the holidays!

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