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Today’s Fabulous Friday Interview with Author Dianne Harman!

I feel hugely honored to be interviewed by Ruth Watson Morris, a brilliant and prolific author. Her books include the Reptilian Series, The Voxian Series and How to be a Writer, among others. She recently published Fantasia in the Voxian Series. All are available on Amazon. Ruth, it was a fun interview. Thank you!!! Her website is terrific. Here’s the link: http://authorvoxiansseriesbooks.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/todays-fabulous-friday-interview-with-author-dianne-harman/

RWM – “Welcome today a very popular author of one of my favourite books ‘Blue Coyote Hotel’ Dianne Harman. Hello I am so pleased to finally get some time to talk to you Dianne; can you tell me please what is your current genre? What made you chose this subject?”

DH – “I’m going to answer these questions with my soon-to-be published book, Coyote in Provence. I have two other published books, Tea Party Teddy and Blue Coyote Motel. It’s probably in the romantic suspense genre, although I find the whole genre thing frustrating.”

RWM – “Really you can’t tell when you’re reading your books, they are fabulous. What is your current book ‘Coyote Province’ about?

DH – “This is the sequel to Blue Coyote Motel and follows Maria in Provence where she falls in love with a handsome art theft detective from Los Angeles. She’s trying to stay under the radar, worried that the detective will discover that she’s wanted for murdering her husband in California.”

RWM – That sounds wonderful I can’t wait for the next instalment! Who is your favourite author? Can you recommend one of their books?”

DH – “Usually, whoever I’m reading at the moment. I recommend books constantly!”

RWM – “That’s a cool way to do things, so you have no one in particular that you will call favourite. I can honestly say that’s a great way to approach reading and writing. How long have you been writing?”

DH – “For real, under two years.”

RWM – That’s fabulous and your nearly on book 3, well done you must be constantly working. Okay, how about this question? What is one of your pet hates?”

DH – “Clothes hangers and hoses. They never stay where they’re supposed to!”

RWM – Ha-ha I have that problem with lots of things, pens and pencils in my house, I have loads in my handbag one minute and then come to use one, the have mysteriously vanished. Tell me a quality you really like about yourself?”

DH – “I’ve learned that what people say about something says far more about them than about me.”

RWM – “This is a fact of life I’m afraid there are a lot of people who are out to just score brownie points with who they believe are the right people. I have met a few of them, but as long as you are happy with the way things are Dianne other people’s opinions shouldn’t be that much of a worry. I too have met the ‘being honest’ even though I write the same genre as you people or say they like it but do nothing,” *Shrug*” there is nothing to do but ignore it! What do you hope to achieve in your life, from your writing?”

DH – “Provide people with an escape from “real life.”

RWM – “Yep, you have achieved that! J Tell us more about your book and why not tell us how we can find it! What is your favourite work? What is its link so people can buy it? Tell me about it and why you believe people should buy it?”

DH – “Blue Coyote Motel is probably my favourite because there are so many layers. I thought it was a thriller with a good love story. Goodreads picked it as the Psychological Thriller of the Month. It made it to the quarter finals in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest in the mystery/thriller category. It became a bestseller on Amazon. So many people asked me “what happened to Maria?” that I wrote Coyote in Provence and Coyote Comes Home.”

Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/SO8uIj.

RWM – “Do you believe that big authors can charge too much for their eBooks?”

DH – “I find them all over the board. My husband just started a series and I realized he’s paying about three times what I normally spend on an eBook. I guess it’s like anything else, “what the market will bear.”

RWM – “ Tell me a little about yourself, what made you become an author and do you have a job besides writing?”

DH – “I’d always wanted to write but didn’t think I had the “necessary qualifications,” whatever those are. I read On Writing by Stephen King and it freed me to write. He says Just Do It and so I did! I’m fortunate that I’m at a place in my life where I can devote my time to writing. The kids are gone and I’m not working outside the home.”

Dianne you are a very interesting person and a fabulous author thanks so much for joining me here today. May I wish you luck in the future and may your books sell in there millions. Well deserved.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE UNDERLIGHTERS?

It’s not often I rave about a book but this one is not to be missed. The writing is superb. It’s by the very talented Michelle Browne and available on Amazon http://ow.ly/oo2ow

“Nightmares are bleeding into her waking world. Children are going missing. To
save them, she must overcome her wreck of a personal life and a closet full of
skeletons. She doesn’t know whether the horrors in the shadows are real…or if
she is going mad.

18-year-old Janelle Cohen is an electrician in an
underground city. The world above has been swallowed by mind-destroying Dust.
Her small life changes forever when a dragon attacks her on the way home from
work.

Her friends worry that she has the Fever, Dust-induced insanity. A
terrifying trip to the surface of the world, the ancient and abandoned Up,
deepens the nightmare. With no world left above, she and the other Crows cannot
afford to fail…”

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BEWARE OF CLASS REUNIONS!

A sense of nostalgia? A sense of what might have been? A sense of missed opportunities? No matter how wonderful and interesting our lives have been, once we get into the later years, there’s something beguiling about first loves and class reunions.

Doubt if there’s one amongst us that can’t remember that first kiss or whatever else! And certainly memories of high school, while sometimes painful, seem to achieve an almost mystical glow after many years. We remember the music, how the gymnasium looked decorated for the prom, and reflect on people we were crazy about and some we weren’t so crazy about. Then comes the invitation to the reunion. A friend of mine told me that she was sure that most people had two agendas in mind when they attended a reunion: (1) to let everyone knew they were still alive; and (2) to show everyone they’d made it! She was also certain that people who had not “made it,” never attended reunions.

She may be right. A friend of mine whose husband left her for another woman knew he and his new wife would be attending the reunion. She lost 20 pounds, had plastic surgery, and numerous consultations with make-up artists, personal shoppers, and hair stylists. She had one goal in mind — to look better than her ex-husband’s present wife. Was it worth it? To her it was. She was certain she looked better.

Then there’s the guy who was always in trouble in school. You remember — the one who couldn’t sit still, never turned his homework in on time, and barely graduated. But funny thing happened on his way to his first million. He found something he loved to do and was very good at it, obviously. He rented a limo for the event, bought his wife an expensive fur coat (come on, we’re living in Southern California!), and a “knuckle duster” ring. He wanted everyone to know he’d “made it.” And in his mind, and a lot of others, he had.

One of the most poignant memories I have is something that happened an hour before a 25th high school reunion. Several people who had graduated with my husband met in the cocktail lounge of the hotel where the reunion was being held. Alum walked in, turned to one of the woman and said, “Susie, it’s so good to see you. You know, every time I think of you, I remember how you wet your pants in fourth grade.” Susie stood up, said “My mother told me I shouldn’t have come,” and left. What a waste. I imagine that a lot of things have happened to Susie during the years from fourth grade to the 25th reunion, but in her mind, she’ll always be sure that people remember her for something that happened when she was nine years old.

Blended families and rediscovered first loves are often a result of the class reunion. Or maybe it’s a chance encounter with someone you knew and cared deeply about many years ago. First loves are pretty powerful. I just read a wonderful book by Shawn Inmon, Both Sides Now. It tells the story of a young man and woman who meet in high school, fall in love, and are forced apart by the woman’s mother. Several decades later he pulls into a fast food drive-in window and sees her inside, working a second job. They reconnect, marry and certainly seem to be living happily ever after. It’s a wonderful heart-warming read. Synchronicity at its best!

The downside of class reunions is that after a few years people change. And the longer the time since the graduation, the more they change — some might call it aging! I’ve been to a couple with my husband and no one knew anyone. People go in high spirits thinking that it’s going to be “kumbaya” memory time, but in fact, more time is spent looking at name tags than is spent looking at faces.

And why is it there seems to be a certain number of “nieces” at these events? You see a lot more “nieces” than you do “nephews.” I’ve always wondered about that. But I think our reunion days are over. Spending a lot of money not to be remembered or noticed is not a very good return on an investment. Think I could have done better at the track!

The one thing I’ve learned after attending a few of these is that after a couple of drinks that first love begins to look just like he or she did way back when. And if they’re single now, that can be a dicey situation. Reunions remind me of a popular bumper sticker, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” Think one should be made up that says “Friends make sure spouses go to reunions!”

WHO DOESN’T LOVE BRISKET OF BEEF?

5 – 6 lb brisket                                                  Worcestershire sauce

3 oz. liquid smoke                                             Salt & Pepper

onion salt & celery seed.

Place meat in glass baking dish. Add seasonings. Cover with tin foil and  refrigerate overnight. Drain off liquids. Sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cover with foil. Bake at 275 degrees for 5 hours. Let cool. Can be made up to a day in advance to this point. If you’re going to refrigerate it before putting on the sauce and the last baking hour, make sure you let it get to room temperature. Slice and bake for one more hour with some of the sauce poured over it. Serve rest of sauce on side.

Sauce

1 cup ketchup                                   1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup lemon juice                         1 teaspoons chili powder, salt & celery seed

1 cup water

Bring to a boil and then simmer until slightly thickened.

My son still requests this when he comes home. Leftovers are great slightly warmed and in sandwiches.