Today, I welcome author Diane Major to the Realm. Diane has written several science fiction adventure books. Welcome to the Realm Diane! Tell us about your books.
To date I have published:
Your books sound really good! Can you tell us about yourself, and how you became an author?
When I approached the company they had two offers available regarding publishing my work however, the one I chose was a kind of 'buy one, get one free' offer as at that time I had almost completed my second novel. What I did not realise throughout the whole process was that I should have taken charge, instead I misguidedly and naively felt as if I had to meet deadlines. If someone telephoned, I would respond instead of saying I needed more time. This meant that my two daughters who supported me throughout tried to check my books fairly quickly. It is my belief that we had probably become 'word blind' when checking my first novel having read it so many times and I think we did a better job with the second book. I chose my own illustrations for the cover and the company did an excellent job, in my opinion, of designing it. When asked about a pen name my nerves jangled as I wondered if people, including my friends would think my books were rubbish and concluded, what the heck, I had spent almost two years writing them! I tried to take everything into consideration and decided 'in for a penny, in for a pound' and used my real name. I believed in my books and therefore I did not need a pen name. As the process of self publishing continued to the point where the books were to be made public I became extremely anxious and nervous. I asked myself, would anyone like my books? Would anyone read my books? However, I have to say the moment I actually held my first book I felt amazing. Apparently the company I have used to date have earned a name for themselves but without them I don't know if I would have ever published and I wanted my first books as a paperbacks option as well as ebooks.
To conclude, the most awkward and uncomfortable thing about the whole process was putting oneself out there, but I did! To date I have had generally had good feedback from family, friends, acquaintances and strangers... so far, so good. Have I sold many books? Answer, it's too early to really make comment.
My qualifications include:
Diploma in Youth & Community Work
BSc Open (Hons)
Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management
Wow! You've had a busy career. I understand you put together some Q&As for my readers. Go ahead and share them now.
Question: When do I write?
Answer: Everyday but not at a specific time.
Question: What makes writing easier for me?
Answer: I prefer to write two novels at the same time but I don't always have two storylines. If I have a mental block then I find it easier to switch from book to book.
Question: Who are my favourite authors?
Answer: I like a variety of books but the authors include, Jean Plaidy, Charlaine Harris, Stephanie Meyer, Dean Koontz plus many more.
Question: What advice would I give a new author?
Answer: Where to start? ... If you want to write, go ahead and do it. There are lots of books out there giving advice on writing and publishing if you are fortunate enough to have the money to buy them, but there is so much information on the internet. If you can afford to pay for proof reading and editing great, but not everyone can. Once you have written your book get someone else to read it and within reason act on their feedback. Do any changes to your book and then I wish you lots of luck whichever road you might choose to take. This industry is like all others, you will receive praise and criticism, it is how you deal with it that matters.
Question: Do you review other books?
Answer: Just started to do reviews but need to be careful as there are so many genres out there and I have to be sensitive about my comments about books that are not my preferred taste and remain professional. It is the quality of the story that is told that is important to readers who usually stick with the genres they prefer..
Thank you so much for visiting the Realm today, Diane. It's been wonderful getting to know about you and your books. Please come back anytime.