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WRITERS ARE WEIRD
I know I’ve talked before about how idiosyncratic the mind of a writer can be. We hear characters talk in our heads, plots change, then change, then change again as we work them through. Plot holes develop and then close up as books make it to the page. And sometimes, the plot holes are so big you have to toss the whole thing out the window. That’s only happened to me once, but I grieve those characters, and who knows, someday they may yet find their way into a book.
I write M/M romance because I love it. I’m a dyed in the wool, hard core, LGBTQ ally, (even though that descriptive has been knocked around a bit by some). I love now and have loved many gay men, and my feeling about the books I’ve written is that anything I can do to normalize love, all kinds of love, gay, straight, whatever is a good thing. I’ve got one more book to write in my current series, and another series of M/M books to come, and I am REALLY excited about that one. (Contemporary urban fantasy, and… that’s all I’m going to say about that but… fun!) But it’s a funny thing about story tellers and the stories they tell; they aren’t always just one genre of story.
I’m writing a new book, and I’ll tell you up front it isn’t M/M. The reason for that is that it just – isn’t. This book is a gift for my daughter, because I first told her the plot when she was in high school and we were on our way back from Seattle after she’d auditioned for a ballet summer intensive. That was at least thirteen years ago. That’s how long these characters have been knocking around in my head. This book features three close female friends; Cassie, an artist, Christine, a photographer, and Nicole, the administrative assistant who keeps them both organized. The book features Cass’s gift for recreating portraits psychically and the client who hires her, a reclusive businessman who wants two Civil War era portraits restored for his mother, who is dying. There is reincarnation and ghosties and goulies and things that go bump in the night, and Charleston, South Carolina, which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my life. See? Writer’s head and weirdness. I have no idea if it will sell, but it’s the story that wants to get told right now.
Cass and Christine and Braedon Ashton have waited a long time for their story to be told, and my daughter has waited a long time for ‘her book’. I’m enjoying writing it, just as I know I’ll enjoy telling Manny’s story, the last book in the Delta Restoration and Design series. I will enjoy the next series after that. I love what I do. I live with one foot in the ‘real world’ and the other in the worlds in my head, and even though I’ll never get rich at it, I subsist on coffee and sleeplessness, and the beings closest to me are three annoying and demanding cats (two of whom are trying to occupy my lap with my computer as I type this, the weirdos), I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I’m a writer. It’s who I am. (I feel like we should have membership cards; ‘Writers. People who don’t care about eating’. (The size of my ass notwithstanding.)) This is my fourth or fifth career – let’s see, I was a make-up artist, I was an art director for companies that built floats for the Tournament of Roses, I worked retail, I did voice overs, I was a florist, but through it all I made up stories in my head to get myself through the day.
I was a writer. I just waited until the age when a lot of people retire to start putting the stories on the page.
(In closing, I’d like to thank Brandilyn Carpenter for making this blog available for writers to speak to their readers. It’s been generous of her to allow us to do it, and we’ll miss both her, and Prism. Thank you Brandy and Katie and Christine and the other ladies of Prism; your reviews and your dedication to the genre will be missed.)
About Diana CoplandDiana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadowsto produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers, who after gifting her with a “”Best New Author”” Award encouraged her to try her hand at original gay fiction.
Born and raised in southern California, Diana moved to the Pacific Northwest after losing a beloved spouse to AIDS in 1995. She lives in eastern Washington with four obnoxious cats, near her two wonderful adult children.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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