Welcome Diana Green who writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance for Champagne Books and The Wild Rose Press. Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become a professional author.
I’m the sort of person who needs a singular focus when I’m composing. I have to be in tune with the flow of words as I write them. If there is other noise in the house, conversations or whatever, I put on headphones and play instrumental music to drown it out. In fact, that’s what I’m doing right now, as my husband and son are playing a card game in the next room.
I create playlists, on iTunes, specific to each book. This helps get me in the correct space for writing. If I’m lacking inspiration, I pop on the playlist, close my eyes, and let the music take me into the world of the story. For my sci-fi novel, New Sion, the music was spare and acoustic, evoking the wide-open, frontier setting of the story.
The music for my dragon-shifter romance Dragon Wife (to be released by the Wild Rose Press in 2014) was completely different. I chose sweeping symphonic pieces from sources like The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. For the fight scenes I compiled a separate playlist of epic, high-energy music…themes from Conan the Barbarian, Skyrim, and other similarly heart-pounding scores. I’m using that same playlist, currently, while writing the sequel, Dragon Warrior, which follows the next generation of the dragon clan through new adventures.
Our house isn’t large enough to provide an office for me, so I have a corner of the den, with my desk, computer etc. I’ve had to train my husband and son not to wander through with random interruptions, when I’m writing. I haven’t been so successful with my cat. She loves to come by and chew on my flash drive, where it sticks out of the computer, or if I have bare legs, she licks my ankles with her raspy little tongue. That is an effective distraction, believe me.
I don’t follow a set schedule for writing. I have an autoimmune condition, combined with chronic fatigue syndrome, which makes it impossible to predict my capacity for work from one day to the next. I try to do as much as I can, healthfully. That varies hugely, and my greatest challenge is to stop before overdoing. I get so involved with my characters and their unfolding story. I just want to keep writing. Pacing myself is a skill I am still developing. It’s easy to be a workaholic when you have a job you love. Hopefully people enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.
Diana’s New Sion is a romantic science fiction book from Champagne Books. New Sion combines her love of far future sci-fi with her love of quirky westerns. It involves the most detailed and effective world-building that she has accomplished so far, along with some of her favorite characters.
BULRB: Pretending to be a man isn’t easy. Finn Colville has pulled it off for years, but things get complicated when she falls for her new bounty hunting partner, Eamon Sullivan. On the planet New Sion, it’s against the law for a woman to wear pants and carry a gun, much less shoot people for a living. What will happen if Eamon discovers her secret?
On a backwater planet, at the edge of a galactic war, one man, one woman, and one desperate alien cross paths. Together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime, bound for revelation and redemption.
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