Diana 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 After writing three Viking novels, which are still unpublished, I watched the movie Braveheart.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.
- Blog talks about Diana’s Food Bank Challenge http://wp.me/p40XtX-
- Diana’s work with Habitat Humanity http://wp.me/p40XtX-A4
- Two blogs spotlight her talent of taking gorgeous shots of wildlife. http://wp.me/p40XtX-BA http://wp.me/p40XtX-yK
- Another focuses on her passion for supporting the troops http://wp.me/p40XtX-C
- Another post highlights her six books in the MacGruders Series http://wp.me/p40XtX-z3
- Interview about The Oath Trilogy Series http://wp.me/p40XtX-Er
- Interview about The Forbidden Legacy Series http://wp.me/p40XtX-1iI
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.