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.
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
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.
An exclusive Authorlink interview with M. O. Walsh, Author of My Sunshine Away By Diane Slocum May 2015 My... View Article
An exclusive Authorlink interview with S. M. Hulse, Author of Black River By Diane Slocum April 2015 Black River... View Article
An exclusive Authorlink interview with Angelina Mirabella, Author of The Sweetheart By Diane Slocum March 2015 The Sweetheart by... View Article
A Pledge of Silence by Flora J. Solomon Buy this Book at Amazon.com Nurses Endure WWII Captivity in Solomon’s Debut... View Article
The Goddess of Small Victories by Yannick Grannec Buy this Book at Amazon.com Debut Novel Mixes Mathematics with Marriage An... View Article
The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato Buy this Book at Amazon.com Cato’s Debut Novel: Murder on the Steampunk Airship An... View Article
Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks Buy this Book at Amazon.com Cowboy West Meets Modern Era in Brooks’ Debut Novel... View Article
The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe Buy this Book at Amazon.com Rufi Thorpe Dissects Friendships in Debut... View Article