Diane Slocum

About Diane Slocum

Diane Slocum has been a newspaper reporter and editor and authored a historical book. As a freelance writer, she regularly contributes to magazines and newspapers. She writes features on authors and a column for writers and readers in Lifestyle magazine. She is assigned to write interviews of first-time novelists and bestselling authors for Authorlink.

Insights Into Diane

If I were to pick one type of book that I most like to read it would probably be historical novels. I appreciate the research that goes into recreating a world from our past and populating it with characters both historical and fictional.
I don’t really have a favorite author. Since I’m usually reading debut authors for my interviews, I rarely have repeats. Maybe that is also my reading quirk. The same way I dish up my plate at a potluck – take a little taste of everything.

The first peeve that comes to mind about the writing world is form rejections that say “It’s not right for us at this time.” I know agents, editors, etc. are overwhelmed with reading submissions, but something triggered the rejection. I would rather get a rejection that said “boring,” “weak lead,” “got to page 2,” than “it’s not right for us at this time.” Of course, I would hope that the reader really did think it was brilliant but just not what she needed then, but then one word to say why, what was in her mind, would help.
What foods do I like? As I said, I sample everything at a potluck. Maybe fruit? I live in Fresno County. We grow almost everything. Fresh and local is the best. My food quirk is probably raw potatoes. I could be lured into a trap by a trail of raw potato slices. So far, I’ve never enjoyed tasting liver or kidneys. I also don’t want to eat food that should be accompanied by a fire hose because it’s spicy hot.
In my leisure time, I go camping and hiking. I keep a journal. I watch TV shows like Poldark, Victoria and Mercy Street. I run, but that’s not exactly leisure, neither is growing my vegetables. And, of course, I read.
Of all the people in the world, who I would most like to have dinner with, is another hard choice. But right now, I’ll choose Jimmy Carter. I have great respect for his character and all he does to help people, even continuing into his very advanced years.

Author Archives for Diane Slocum

City of Brass

Intrigue and Dangers in the World of the Djinn

March 1, 2018 5:06 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Author Interview: The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty, Harper Voyager – A young woman in eighteenth century Egypt survives by using her wits and stealing from her victims.  Nahri doesn’t believe in magic, but she does have tricks for healing. One night while performing what she thinks is a sham zar incantation, she calls up an ifrit – an evil supernatural being who is now out to get her.


Brothers’ Life-Long Feud Leads To Murder

October 1, 2017 5:18 am Published by Comments Off on Brothers’ Life-Long Feud Leads To Murder

The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo, Ian Stansel, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt – Silas Van Loy murders his older brother, Frank, and takes off on horseback through the hills of coastal Northern California.


Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

Four Generation of Displaced Palestinian Family Seek Their True Home

September 1, 2017 5:31 am Published by Comments Off on Four Generation of Displaced Palestinian Family Seek Their True Home

Salt Houses, Hala Alyan, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - Salma Yacoub, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren call a lot of places home. And for that reason, many times they feel as if no place is their real home.


If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

Tragedy Strikes Acting Students When Life Imitates Art

August 1, 2017 5:01 am Published by Comments Off on Tragedy Strikes Acting Students When Life Imitates Art

If We Were Villains, M.L. Rio, Flatiron Books Macmillan – Seven acting students made the cut into their fourth year at Dellecher Classical Conservatory. Their on-stage Shakespearian roles have become predictable


The Half Wives by Stacia Pelletier

Love and Death and Setting Things Right in Old San Francisco

July 1, 2017 5:00 am Published by Comments Off on Love and Death and Setting Things Right in Old San Francisco

The Half Wives, Stacia Pelletier, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – In 1883 San Francisco, Henry and Marilyn Plageman lost their little boy and most of their reason for living. Henry’s cause became saving the cemetery where Jack is buried.


Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Ten-Year-Old Deals with Death, Sleepwalking and Rabbit Cakes

June 1, 2017 5:26 am Published by Comments Off on Ten-Year-Old Deals with Death, Sleepwalking and Rabbit Cakes

Rabbit Cakes, Annie Hartnett, Tin House Books - In Annie Hartnett’s debut novel, Rabbit Cake, ten-year-old Elvis lost her mother in a sleep-swimming accident. Or was it an accident?