1. When did you know you wanted to write?
I’ve always loved to write. The earliest I can remember is in second grade when my teacher, Miss Thelen (does anyone know her?) told my parents I had a knack for it. I’d written a story about a filly and named it after her. I think she was just flattered, is all. Anyway, I wrote long letters to friends when I moved 400 miles back in the dates unlimited long distance calling and I was reduced to letter writing. I’m thinking it paid off.
2. How long did you work on your first novel, Stuck in the Onesies?
Raising a family, and taking mail-in writing courses (pre-internet). Change to taking correspondence classes on writing through the US Postal service (pre-internet!). I just loved getting my work back in those large manila envelopes. I learned so much this way and by attending every writers conference and workshop I could afford.
3. Is this a work of fiction or memoir?
I struggle to classify it as either one, but the story is loosely based on my mother’s life, so memoir is probably the better description. There is some fiction mixed in to make the story line flow better since Mom was not around to fill in the blanks. Somebody had to do it. Hope she didn’t mind. I suppose I’ll find out one day. Knowing Barb, she won’t pull any punches.
4. Do you have any other books in the works?
Yes, due to the overwhelming response of SITO’s (spell it out and italicize) readers, the sequel, You Are My Sunshine (working title and could possibly change last minute), will give a fictional account of the lives of the daughters, Karen and Ginger. The novel is set in Jamaica, so if you’ve never been there, get ready to get your reggae on. The sequel is anticipated to launch in late 2018 or early 2019.
5. What’s your favorite book?
I love “My Sister’s Keeper”, “The Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood”, “Good in Bed”, “The Help”, “The Invention of Wings”, and “The Secret Life of Bees“. Oh yeah, then there’s “Gone with the Wind.”
6. Who is your favorite author?
Jodi Picoult, Sue Monk Kidd, and Jennifer Weiner are my favorites.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to hang out with my kids or any one of my eleven grands. Anything tropical calls my name as I’ve never met a beach I didn’t like. Jamaica is in my blood after doing mission work and just plain vacationing there for the past twenty-some years. I love seafood, mostly steamed crabs and shrimp (I’m a Maryland girl through and through) and don’t want it unless it’s doused in Old Bay. Did I mention that my name is Diana and I’m a sweet-aholic?