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

Good Kings Bad Kings Susan Nussbaum

Susan Nussbaum Individualizes Institutionalized Children by Diane Slocum

June 28, 2013 9:56 pm Published by Comments Off on Susan Nussbaum Individualizes Institutionalized Children by Diane Slocum

Susan Nussbaum’s award-winning debut novel, Good Kings Bad Kings, enters the world of youths with disabilities who are housed in a facility that is run by a company that cares more about its bottom line than the welfare of its charges.

The Golem and the Jinni

Golem and Jinni Meet in Helene Wecker’s Debut Novel

May 31, 2013 6:06 pm Published by Comments Off on Golem and Jinni Meet in Helene Wecker’s Debut Novel

When a woman made of clay and a man of fire meet in the immigrant neighborhoods of turn-of-the-century New York will sparks ignite? A peculiar man with mysterious powers on a compulsive quest who cares not who might be harmed in the process is but one more of the fascinating characters populating Helene Wecker’s debut novel of history and fantasy, titled The Golem and the Jinni.

Taiye Selasi Discusses Retying the Family

April 26, 2013 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Taiye Selasi Discusses Retying the Family

Renowned surgeon, failed husband and father Kweku Sai stumbles out of his home in Ghana one morning and dies. Years earlier, he had walked out of his family home in America and never returned. His estranged wife and now grown children have each dealt with his abandonment in their own private way and it has taken a toll on their lives.

y by Marjorie Celona

Why Y? by Marjorie Celona

April 1, 2013 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Why Y? by Marjorie Celona

A baby is abandoned on the doorstep of the YMCA. She becomes Shannon as she passes through foster homes where she is sometimes abused or neglected. Her life turns for the better when she is adopted by Miranda, a single mother raising another daughter. But she still never quite feels as if she fits in.