As many of you know, half of my life is spent writing and editing books for Spencer Hill Press. A while back I signed this awesome author, Laura Diamond, and I want to introduce you to her and her wonderful book, The Zodiac Collector, which just came out on September 23rd!
“For almost-16 year-old Anne Devans, the annual Renaissance Faire means three things—her dad spending weeks in the smithy, her bipolar mom doing some manic costume making, and another ruined birthday for her and her twin sister, Mary.
This year, Anne wants things to be different, and she’s going to do things her way.
On the eve of the Faire, Anne (along with a reluctant Mary) conjures up a spell that will make their 16th birthday party a whirlwind event. Little do they know that it’s a literal request.
After the mini tornado in their room subsides, the girls realize they’ve invoked the power of the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux. That’s the good news. The bad news is they also caught the attention of a sorceress named Zeena who has been collecting children born under each Zodiac Sign to enhance her power. Once she captures Anne and Mary, Gemini twins, the entire Zodiac—and the world—will be hers.
Anne leads the fight against Zeena, but her one-sided decisions could throw them into a world so far from home, even the Renaissance Faire would seem like a brilliant vacation. Between managing their new Zodiac powers, dodging their manic mother and trying to stop Zeena, they’ll get a 16th birthday they’ll never forget.”
1– What was your inspiration for writing the Zodiac Collector?
Quite simply, the Renaissance Faire. Seeing the little patch of forest transformed into another era with tiny shops, folks in costumes, and, of course, the jousting arena really helps to invoke a sense of magic and fantasy. I knew I wanted to craft a story with such a fun setting and that’s how Zodiac Collector was born.
2– What is your writing process like? Are you a “pantser” or an outliner?
Well, I’ve done both, but I started as a pantser and I think there will always be a part of me that will stay a pantser, even when I draft an outline. Somehow, no matter how carefully I outline, when I’m in the midst of drafting, the outline goes out the window and the story takes over.
3– What was the best piece of advice you received about writing?
Listen to feedback and don’t take it personally. It’s hard not to when someone is ripping apart your work, but they’re not doing it to hurt your feelings! The awesome thing about writers, editors, etc, is that they are genuinely willing to be helpful and most critiques come from a place of caring. Think about it, if a writer is giving a crit or advice, it’s probably because they’ve encountered the same issue before. They’re trying to help you climb one of the many learning curves the writing has to offer.
4– What advice would you give to beginning writers?
KEEP WRITING. No matter what. The highs are high and the lows are low, so keeping a steady head is important too. With perseverance, progress is made…and rejection doesn’t sting quite as much after a while. 😉
5– Besides writing, what kind of hobbies do you enjoy?
Sleeping, lol! Besides that, I enjoy reading, music, movies, cuddling with my fur babies, and spontaneous day trips. I’m also s-l-o-w-l-y renovating a 225+ year old house (money pit, yikes!) and it’s quite rewarding bringing the old gal back to her former glory.
More about Laura:
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. She’s a lucid dreamer, meaning she can direct her dreams while they’re happening. When she’s awake, she pens stories from her dreams and shares them with her readers. Laura has many published titles including the Pride Series (New Pride, Shifting Pride, and Tsavo Pride), the Endure Series (Endure and Evoke), The Zodiac Collector, a novella Sunset Moon in the Lore anthology, and several shorts stories. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond–Lucid Dreamer, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.
For more about Laura, visit her at http://www.authorlauradiamond.com/
blog link (http://lbdiamond.wordpress.com)
Facebook Author page (https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraDiamond)