On Writing

Dianna’s Advice for Aspiring Authors

  • If you want to be a published author, don’t listen to anyone (including yourself) say your writing isn’t good enough.

  • Never give-up. Keep writing. Keep submitting to agents and editors.

  • Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Revise, revise, revise.

  • And, finally, best of luck to you.

A Writer’s Journey

The two biggest questions Dianna is asked: 1) When did you become a writer? 2) How do you come up with your stories?

“I was in fifth grade the day President Reagan was shot. From that real-life event that day, I developed all sorts of fictional scenes and dialogue, something I did on a continual daily basis with other life events. When I asked friends, classmates, and teachers what scenes and stories they created because of the attempted assassination on the President, none of them had a clue what I was talking about. At that moment, I realized I was the only person I knew who did this sort of thing everyday.

As time passed, I recognized my natural ability and desire to write suspense novels, and like my respiratory system inhales and exhales throughout each day, my mind instinctively creates scenes and dialogue, always suspenseful in nature. Being an EMT, being a mom, and being blessed with this writer brain, the stories never stop flowing. Developing a good story, however, is where the real writing occurs. Fortunately, I love the arduous revision process, as it is where I take my shell of a story and make it worth reading (hopefully).”