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

This is Why I Came by Mary Rakow

Belief and Disbelief Tangle in Expanded Lives of Biblical Characters

February 29, 2016 4:39 pm Published by Comments Off on Belief and Disbelief Tangle in Expanded Lives of Biblical Characters

This is Why I Came, Mary Rakow, Counterpoint – A woman waits to go into confessional after decades of being away. She carries a small volume of Bible stories as she has embellished them, filling in the blanks.


Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea

Debut Novel sees Birth of Communism through Eyes of Mrs. Engels

December 31, 2015 6:42 pm Published by Comments Off on Debut Novel sees Birth of Communism through Eyes of Mrs. Engels

Mrs. Engels, Gavin McCrea--Lizzie Burns and her sister, Mary, were textile factory workers in Manchester when the owner’s son, Frederick, came on board. Of all the girls who were swooning over him, he chose Mary


After the Parade

Lori Ostlund Debut Novel Deals with Life After the Parade

December 1, 2015 8:03 am Published by Comments Off on Lori Ostlund Debut Novel Deals with Life After the Parade

After the Parade, Lori Ostlund, Scribner--Aaron Englund’s life is divided – before and after the parade, before and after his mother leaves and before and after he leaves Walter. Trying to make it on his own in San Francisco, he finds he has to make sense of his years of growing up in small-town Minnesota . . .


Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest Serves a Babette’s Feast

November 1, 2015 1:01 am Published by Comments Off on Kitchens of the Great Midwest Serves a Babette’s Feast

Kitchens of the Great Midwest, J. Ryan Stradal , Penguin Publishing -- Lars Thorvald got teased a lot growing up, smelling like the lutefisk his family prepared for the Scandinavians in Duluth. His daughter, Eva, also was tormented by her classmates, but her passion was growing chocolate habaneros, powerful enough to be a weapon.


Bull Mountain

Debut Novel Chronicles Mountain Family’s Violent Heritage

October 1, 2015 1:02 am Published by Comments Off on Debut Novel Chronicles Mountain Family’s Violent Heritage

Bull Mountain, Brian Panowich -- The Burroughs family controls its own kingdom on Georgia’s Bull Mountain through unbridled violence and supported by moonshine, marijuana and meth.


The Shore by Sara Taylor

Debut Novel: Strong Women Do What it Takes to Survive

August 31, 2015 6:54 pm Published by Comments Off on Debut Novel: Strong Women Do What it Takes to Survive

The Shore, Sara Taylor -- The Shore follows The Lumsden/Day family and other inhabitants of the islands off the coast of Virginia for over a century from the 1800s and into the future. From the very rich to the barely scraping by, they all encounter hardships of survival, whether from a spouse, parent or the supernatural world.


Above Us Only Sky by Michele Young-Stone

Lithuanian Women With Wings Struggle to Survive

May 29, 2015 4:13 pm Published by Comments Off on Lithuanian Women With Wings Struggle to Survive

An interview with Michele Young-Stone, author of Above Us Only Sky (Simon and Schuster, 3 March, 2015)--All Prudence Vilkas knows about her heritage is that she was born with wings. They were removed at her birth, and only a few years later, her mother removes her more completely from the Vilkas heritage by running off from her husband. Only much later, Prudence learns of her Lithuanian grandfather and German grandmother.