Diana Cosby drops by Booktalk with Eileen for a chat

Diana CosbyDiana Cosby joins us today.  I’ve known this writer coming on four years.  My first blog post about Diana’s work was November 5, 2014. She’s been on Booktalk with Eileen many times.  I’m intrigued with how Diana got started writing.  I admire her charity work. I’m dazzled by her wild life photography.

I love all her series: The MacGruders, The Oath Trilogy, The Forbidden Legacy. Her stories are unique and carry the reader to times long past.  She’s very popular with me! Welcome Diana.  It’s great having you back.

Eileen, thank you so much for inviting me back on Booktalk with Eileen, and my sincere thanks for your kind words about my writing, charity work, and wildlife photography.

After a career in the Navy, as a life-long romance reader, I followed my dream to try and write a novel, and I discovered that I loved crafting stories! After writing three Viking novels, which are still unpublished, I watched the movie Braveheart. Intrigued, I began writing romantic suspense set in this turbulent time-frame of Scottish history. I’m still in the era, but I’ve moved up to the early 1300’s and am weaving in historical bits about the dissolution of the Knights Templar within my stories.


For our readers who may have missed previous post on my blog about Diane,  I’ve provided links about Diana Cosby’s work, talent, and charities.


Diana, today I’d like to have you share something about how you write. What is your preferred genre to write in?  What sparks that interest?

I love writing Scottish medieval romantic suspense.  In the medieval time-frame, I’m drawn to how a person’s honor, loyalty, and word was everything.

Do you ever think of writing in another genre?

Early in my career I’d written a Viking trilogy, created a contemporary thriller/suspense series, and was 3/4th the way through a Christian inspirational novel when I sold His Captive, my first Scottish medieval romantic suspense.

Except for projects here and there, like the story I wrote in the Born To Bite anthology with Hannah Howell and Erica Ridley, I love and plan on continuing to write in the medieval time-frame.

When you begin a story, the seed of the story if you will, does it grow from a character’s personality, certain outside forces or a time and place?

Each story evolves in its own unique way.  At times the story develops from the character, their personal conflicts, and at others I wrap a story around a historical event.  The best way I can explain my creative process is that when an idea is ‘right,’ I know it.

Are you methodical in your writing, certain hours of the day, certain rituals you may perform before you sit down? Or are you one of those writers who binge write when the mood is upon you?

I’m a structured writer.  I enjoy listening to soundtracks like Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, or others similar music, and I write Monday through Friday.  When I’m creating the rough draft, I write a minimum of five pages a day.

Are you comfortable weaving any of your personal experiences into a story? Is there one story you’ve written which is emotionally closer to your heart than others?

Emotional pieces of me are woven in each book.  To me each story is unique, and I love them all equally.

Are there particular tropes you are fond of using?

No, I let the plot grow organically from the characters and/or the historical circumstance.

What is important to you when creating characters?

Motive:  What drives the character, what they are seeking, who has hurt them, what they are afraid of, or furious about.  For me it’s imperative to understand what made each character into the person they are at the beginning of the book to know what they need to learn, grow, and become by the end of the story.

Is your story more plot driven or character driven?

My stories are driven by a mix of character and plot.

If you like to talk about any of your books, please do.

After eighteen years of writing, I’ve discovered that when I connect with characters, I want to know more about their friends and families, which tends to lead to new story ideas that end up interconnected in a series.  Examples:  The MacGruder Brothers, The Oath Trilogy, The Forbidden Legacy.



Diana, best of success in your writing. 

My sincere thanks, Eileen. I love writing my stories, and I’m humbled that you enjoy them as well.  Thank you for believing in me.  I’m blessed by your friendship.





About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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12 Responses to Diana Cosby drops by Booktalk with Eileen for a chat

  1. Diana Cosby says:

    Thank you for the tremendous interview, for sharing links to causes that are near to my heart, and for your kind comments about my stories. I love writing, and I’m truly humbled that you as others enjoy my stories. As well, I’m honored to be a part of the incredible fundraiser where romance readers are raising $55,000 to give a deserving family a Habitat For Humanity Home. (Currently $10,500!!!) To my readers – THANK YOU! And, my deepest thanks to our troops for keeping us free. Take care and God bless. Again, thank you, Eileen. I’m truly blessed by your friendship. *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.


  2. kelihasablog says:

    Reblogged this on Keli has a Blog and commented:
    One of my all time favorite authors. These books are fabulous! ❤️❤️❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  3. jinnykb says:

    Oh Diana, I didn’t know about your earlier books! It was interesting reading how you found your true love in writing. I am one of your biggest fans, and I hope our paths cross some day! Great blog!


  4. I love reading Medieval time periods and I admire your research skills, as well as your writing discipline.


  5. Diana Cosby says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by, for reblogging Eileen’s fabulous post, and for your kind comments about my writing. I love creating stories, and I’m humbled that you enjoy them as well. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. Hard to believe it’s half over. Take care and thank you so much again! *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  6. Diana Cosby says:

    I appreciate your stopping by, and thank you so much for your kind words about my writing. Eileen did a tremendous job with the interview, and I thank her so much. I’m so proud of YOU for releasing your first novel this year. SO EXCITING!!! Yes, I hope our paths cross again in the future. Take care, and I wish you the very best!

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.


  7. Diana Cosby says:

    Thank you so much for visiting and your kind words. I love the medieval time-frame as well. It’s such an interesting period, and I love studying this fascinating era along with the challenge of weaving the history into my stories. At the moment I’m deep into researching Knights Templar history. Take care, and I hope you have a terrific rest of the summer!

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.


  8. Diana Cosby says:

    HI Lyn,
    I appreciate your stopping by and also your reblogging Eileen’s fabulous post. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer and reading a terrific book. Take care! *Hugs*

    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW),USN, Ret.


  9. Thank you, Jennifer, for coming on by. I’ll be sharing more of Diana’s books as she writes them. She’s one of my favorites.


  10. Thank you, Lyn, for reblogging. 🙂


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