WINNERS! The winners from last week’s blog with Joan Reeves are: Kimber Burks Reece and Julie S. Please email me at: christie (at) christie-craig.com and let me know if you’d prefer your e-book from Amazon or B&N. Congratulations!
Now, I’m tickled to welcome back my good friend, Diane Kelly, as she celebrates the release of her newest book – Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria.
So, Diane, what do you think is the biggest occupational hazard of being a writer?
Time! There’s never enough of it!
Writing is a very open-ended profession. An author can always write more or edit more or promote more, and it’s easy to let the career take over our lives, especially because we enjoy what we do so much. It’s almost an obsession, really. I’m still trying to figure out how best to allocate my limited time without giving up the non-writing activities I enjoy and without negatively impacting my personal relationships. So far it’s been a lot of trial and error.
If the Ten Commandments were really a list of eleven, what do you think the eleventh should be?
Thou shalt laugh every day!
Life can sometimes be difficult, and days can feel like drudgery. But if we learn to see the humor in the negative things in life, we can tolerate them more easily. It’s critical not to take life or people too seriously, too. When you get down to it, we’re all just a bunch of goofballs living on a wacky, screwed-up planet. God is probably looking down at us and laughing his butt off at the trouble we get ourselves into!
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Truthfully? I wanted to be a dancer on Solid Gold. Remember that TV show? Those girls had the moves!
As a child I didn’t really have a clear vision of where I wanted to go with my life, but looking back I see a lot of hints that I was destined to become a writer. I played with Barbie dolls much longer than most girls, and didn’t retire them to the back of the closet until I was 13 or so. I had four trunks full of clothes and accessories, not to mention the cruise ship and pink convertible. I would dress the dolls up, think through a scene, then act it out. Rarely was I happy with the way it turned out the first time around. I’d think some more, maybe change the set or the doll’s clothing or the dialogue, and act it out again. I realize now that what I was actually doing was writing and revising scenes. It was good practice in storytelling.
That reference to the “Silly Putty pecker” in my first book? Totally autobiographical. It bugged me that Ken wasn’t anatomically correct, so I made him a penis out of Silly Putty. Does this make me warped?
Nah, not warped at all, right, guys? LOL!
Today marks the much-anticipated release of Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria, book #4 in Diane Kelly’s hilarious Death & Taxes series! Read an excerpt at: http://www.dianekelly.com/death-taxes-and-peach-sangria/?action=excerpt
For more information about the series and to read excerpts from earlier releases, visit her “Books” page at www.dianekelly.com!
Thanks so much for hanging out with me again, Diane. It’s been fun!
Now it’s your turn . . . tell us what you wanted to be when you were a kid. Did you make it to your childhood dream? Or did your dreams change as you got older? Ten lucky commenters will win an e-copy of Diane’s book. Good luck!