Diane Hunt Stockmar – Pale Diamonds

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Pale Diamonds is a book released in October, 2011. It is the sequel to Reservations for One in Hell. It is the story of a songwriter, Melly Foulard, who goes to Colorado with her author friend, Beau Donahue to participate in an equestrian event. Along the drive to Colorado, Melly and Beau discuss the possibility of working together to write a book on the mysterious events regarding a murder at Melly Foulard’s ranch. The plot thickens when the reader realizes that Melly is being sought by a hit killer to be silenced for what is assumed she knows about that murder. It is a cliffhanging story with love, heart wrenching decisions regarding changes to be made in her life,with suspense and action at every turn.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was born and raised in Beverly Hills where I graduated from Westlake School for Girls. I met my husband of forty plus years at Colorado College. We then owned and managed an art gallery in Vail Colorado. I now reside with my family on a ranch in Scio, Oregon where I craft my novels on a daily basis. I am currently writing five additional sequels of the Donahue sagas and am writing a mystical trilogy called Ring Of The Dragon. In addition, I am writing my autobiography of my growing up in Beverly Hills. That book is called All That Glitters is Not Told.

What inspired you to write this book?

Experiences in my life have always nudged me to write. This book, though mainly fiction has a lot of real elements of my former life woven through the tale. So as with all my books, the reader will not know real from fabrication. Our exciting experiences over the years of meeting interesting people and doing amazing things kept my imagination active enough to produce all my books.

How did you choose the title?

You need to read the book to understand. It is a very deep, touching reason that Melly is contemplating that actually ends up extremely changing her life.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I was very fortunate to be recommended to a publisher that accepted my work and that is how I got the book done.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I have written since I was a child. I think authors are born. At about four, one day I just sat down and began writing stories and I have written ever since.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Yes. I commit to writing every day but Saturday and Sunday. If I am in the final edit stage of a book I may work on the weekend to meet a personal deadline. However, I normally write eight to ten hours a day, five days a week. When I get a book published, I take a month or so break to clear my head then start over again. I also keep a daily journal just to keep my writing hand alive.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

They just come out of my brain. When writing the Mystic books that are staged in the eighteen hundreds, I use more hystorical, time sensitive, names.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book?What?

Editors should be sainted! Editing is one of the most tedious jobs in the universe! I could write all day and not miss a beat. Editing??? OH MY GOSH! Every time you turn around and think it is a clean manuscript, you find another error. So in my opinion, all good editors need to have some sort of shrine erected just to them!

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Try desperately to get published sooner. As it is I am not sure I have time in my life to get all my books done.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

Fictional thrillers. Robert Parker(the late)James Patterson, Cathrine Coulter, Diana Gabaldon. Good plots, and storytellers.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes. It is called Dark Side of a Fairy Tale and it is the sequel to Pale Diamonds. It is written and in the edit stage. Should be published by 2013. It is about Beau’s roots and how she is thrown into a horrible will challenge when her real mother dies. It is another cliffhanging novel with a great deal of pathos and the usual bevy of bad guys. Again, a complex story like Pale Diamonds. It is an edge of the seat type of book to the end.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Look at it like a job and keep plugging along. If you believe in yourself, you can get it done.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

People who really like a lot of action and want a fast read. Most of my readers say they hate me because they simply can’t put the books down.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My books are available through Amazon in book and ebook format.