Sunday, February 24, 2008

Interview with Diana Groe/Emily Bryan

Diana Groe also writes under the name of Emily Bryan. Hopefully you'll enjoy the interview enough to leave a comment... Diana loves hearing from her readers!

DG: First of all, Crystal, thank you for inviting me to your site!

CA: You are very welcome Diana, it is great to have you here with me this week. I absolutely loved Erinsong and Silk Dreams and hopefully I will get around to reading Maidensong soon. I have yet to read an Emily Bryan novel..but it’s also on my to do list! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your schedule to do this interview with me!

CA: What genre(s) do you write? I write epic dramatic historicals as Diana Groe.

DG: MAIDENSONG, ERINSONG and SILK DREAMS are angsty passionate stories in exotic settings. I also write sexy, light-hearted tales for Leisure Books as Emily Bryan. Look for DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS (March 2008) and PLEASURING THE PIRATE (August 2008). Though I love my historicals, I've been playing with both romantic suspense and paranormals. Why do you write the stories that you write? I write the kind of story I enjoy reading. If I'm entertained, maybe someone else will be too

CA: When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

DG: I started writing my own stories in 2001 and after a pretty steep learning curve, MAIDENSONG was published in May 2006.

CA: Who or what was your inspiration for writing?

DG: My husband likes to take credit for my writing. He keeps threatening to have a T-shirt printed that reads MY WIFE WRITES ROMANCE NOVELS . . . THE RESEARCH IS KILLING ME! However, he hastens to add: WHAT A WAY TO GO!

CA: I love that your husband tries to take credit for your writing LOL! And he has a point..what a way to go!

CA: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

DG: When I was working 40 hours a week, I wrote 2 pages each evening, 10 pages on Saturdays and 5 on Sunday. Now I write full time, so my day starts at around 8 and I work till my husband comes home from his job. My goal is 10 pages a day. Sometimes it's less, sometimes more. Depends on where I am in the story.

CA: Your book is about to be sent into the reader world, what is one word that describes how you feel?

DG: Hopeful.

CA: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

DG: I love traveling. My hubby and I try to go on a cruise every year. Exploring a new place, meeting new people, I adore that kind of adventure. I also enjoy ballroom dancing, singing and of course, reading.

CA: How many books have you written?

DG: 5 as of August 2008

CA: Which is your favorite?

DG: It's always the work in progress.CA: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

DG: I do have a shirt that warns :CAREFUL OR YOU'LL END UP IN MY NOVEL, but really my characters are all fictional. Do I freely borrow from people I know? Sure. Nothing is ever wasted on a writer. We pick and choose attributes and gift or curse our characters with them. Because my characters are a mix of strengths and flaws, I hope they feel real to readers.

CA: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

DG: This is a tough business, but ever let anyone tell you you can't. Work hard. Don't buy into the myth of the muse. There's no such animal. There is only the willingness to take an idea and grow it into something that will propel you for 400 pages. Stop by my websites and and check out my Writer's Corner for more tips and encouragement.

CA: How can a reader contact you or purchase your books?

DG: Both my Diana Groe and Emily Bryan books are available through my publisher's site, at Amazon, Barnes& Noble, Borders, and your local bookstore. Also, I'm thrilled to share that DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS will be sold at Wal-Mart! My email is listed on my websites, along with an opportunity to sign up for my no-spam, no-advertisement newsletter. There are also links to my blog and my MySpace sites. I love to hear from readers!You can check out the book reviews of Erinsong, and Silk Dreams that I’ve posted by visiting these links:


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blackroze37 said...

LOL about your husband. but i guess alot of ppl do wonder that about the research

DianaGroe aka Emily Bryan said...

One of my friends is Eboni Snoe, a terrific writer of multi-cultural romance. Her husband attended a Romantic Times Convention with her once and was shocked when a reader came up to him and said, "I read your wife's books. You must really be something!"

I tell my husband if that ever happens to him, he should just smile and say, "Thank you, ma'am. I am."

But seriously, I enjoy ALL the different kinds of research that go into my books. I don't rely just on trips to the library--though librarians have been known to cringe when they see me coming. When I was writing SILK DREAMS, which takes place in a harem, I took belly dancing lessons. Why should my heroine have all the fun? And before I wrote ERINSONG, which is set in Ireland, I was fortunate to visit the Emerald Isle. And don't get me started on museums. I can get lost in them.

Salvadore Dali is quoted as saying he was "in a state of perpetual intellectual erection." To some extend that should describe a writer as well. We should always be looking for the next detail that will make our prose sing.

blackroze37 said...

lol let him say, heck im even better, but my wife is afraid some 1 else would try to catch me

Crystal Adkins said...

Hi Diana, and Blackroze! I agree your husband is lucky to be your test subject LOL!
But in all honesty, you're an awesome writer..I can not get enough historicals so you're defintly one of my fav's!!