Boy Swallows Universe, Trent Dalton, Harper Collins - To say that 12-year-old Eli Bell lives an unusual life would be a gross understatement. His brother, Gus, communicates by writing words in the air, some of which seem prophetic ...
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
A Woman is No Man, Etaf Rum, Harper Collins - Three generations of women in a Palestinian family deal with a culture that considers girl babies a curse and boys a blessing, that teaches that women are inferior to men.
Trying, Emily Phillips, Hodder & Stoughton - Olivia and Felix want to have a baby. Most of Olivia’s friends and co-workers are somewhere on the same continuum – trying, pregnant, babe in hand.
Age of Light, Whitney Scharer, Little Brown - Lee Miller’s flawless beauty made her a photographer’s dream, starting with her father when she was a child and continuing as a fashion model into her twenties.
Radiant Shimmering Light, Sarah Selecky, Bloomsbury Publishing – Lilian Quick sees colorful auras around dogs and tries to eke out a living painting their portraits – until she reconnects with her cousin Florence – now known as Eleven – a self-actualization guru for empowering women.
The Kinship of Secrets, Eugenia Kim, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – When the Chos left Korea in 1948 for America, they brought one daughter, Miran, but left their baby Inja with their family in Korea.
Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, Gretchen Anthony, Park Row Books – Christmas letters don’t always paint a true picture of a family’s life.
Whiskey When We’re Dry, John Larison, Viking – Jessalyn Harney’s mother dies giving birth on the family’s struggling ranch on the frontier, leaving her father and brother, Noah, to raise her.
The Ruin, Dervla McTiernan, Penguin Books – When Cormac Reilly was a rookie, he responded to a call for help from a teenager named Maude – her mother was dead.
America for Beginners, Leah Franqui, William Morrow –Pival has barely even traveled within her native Kolkata but after her husband dies, she decides to tour America to find her son who may or may not have died, disowned by his family.