Diane Hunt Stockmar – Reservations for One in Hell

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

Reservations for One in Hell. It is a fast paced thriller. The plot revolves around a thirty year high school reunion that goes wrong when one of the returning students decides to take a fellow classmate up on a very high stakes bet. The bet involves the prize to be the reward of a Ferrari should the bet succeed. One of the ladies decides to pose as someone that she should not and the plot includes romance, car chases and cliff-hanging moments spinning away from the beginning of the trip to Beverly HIlls. The school is Westlake School for Girls which is a high profile establishment at that. It is a page turner to the end.

Tell us something about yourself.

I was raised in Beverly Hills and did attend Westlake School for Girls.

I grew up surrounded by my parents friends who were involved in all phases of the movie industry so I think fast paced plots were instilled in my blood.

I have always been an avid reader and have also read only books that were very fast paced.

I have been told by my readers that they think I write more like a man than a woman as my story is so hard driving and their characters are very strong.

I have been writing for well over twenty years and am working on several sequels, the one that will be published next is titled, Pale Diamonds. To date I have drafted over twenty books and am working to get them all to completion.

What inspired you to write this book?

An actual road trip to attend my thirty year reunion. I was driving there and along the way, I thought up the plot and my girlfriends were my sounding board for the ideas.

How did you choose the title?

My titles always just come to me after I start really getting into the novels. There is a line where the bad guy says to his accomplice, “She thinks she is headed for a high-school reunion, well she is headed for a reservation in Hell, instead.” Ergo, Reservations for One in Hell.

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

I had a horrible time getting any novel published until I found Eloquent Books. They took me on, worked with me and are going to publish my next book. They are a great company and I would recommend them to everyone. I spent years getting rejected so they were a wonderful find.

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

I think writers are born to write. I don’t think you can really learn to do it. Yes, of course you can take classes, but the real creativity that makes you able to pull off the pages and pages that fools the reader with your twists and turns is not something that can be taught. You are simply born that way. I have been writing since I was very young and actually wrote and produced several school plays. But the novel career did not begin till I was in my forties. One day I just sat down and started and I have not quit since that day.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Yes. I write no less than eight hours a day five days a week. I only work on the weekends when a deadline is due. I.E. when I was working with Eloquent, I was working every day up to twelve hours a day.

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

I choose some real names and many of my characters are the actual initials of my freinds or enimies. Many of the characters in my books are actual people. I just change the names to protect the guilty and myself.

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

That you can never over edit, and that my editor should me sainted for her patience for going over and over the book and trying to get it completely clean. And even then, there were a few typos in the book.

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

Actually, there is nothing I would do a bit differently. I just wish it had not taken me so long to get the book to the press.

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

Thrillers. James Patterson, Stewart Woods, the late Robert Parker, Iris Johansen, Robert Crais, Carl Hiassen, Elizabeth George, Clive Cussler, too many to list. I was greatly influenced by Mary Stewart who wrote many Gothics. I like them all because they are really excellent reads. No nonsense, fast-paced thrillers. They set the pace for me and also give me useful information to use in my own books about weaponry etc. I read no less than two books a week.

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

Yes. Pale Diamonds is a classic story of a woman who has it all and is looking for something else than the Glitter and Glam of Hollywood. It is a far longer book because it deals with real moral issues regarding the characters feelings about replacing the Hollywood Glam for a love affair with a low key, a rural veterinarian. It has wonderful depth and humor. It uses characters from Reservations and gives them a greater depth of personality. It has the usual elements that I use, the hit men that plague the characters, the action, the near misses of the good against the bad. It probably will be ready mid- summer.

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

Don’t give up. It is getting more and more to the writers advantage to use self-publishing companies. If I had given up, Reservations would never be on Amazon!

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Anyone who likes the above mentioned authors. It has been read by both male and female friends of mine and the men seem to like it as well as the ladies. It is no doubt a love story, but it is an action adventure as well.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My books are available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.