Happy Thanksgiving Eve. This is one of my favorite holidays. Nothing says more homey than gatherings of family and friends I've been in prep mode for awhile making all my cook aheads and setting the table. I'll be brining the turkey for the first time today. We'll see how that goes. And before you go, take a chance at www.goodreads.com/book/show/61160281-kisa-shield-mates-of-dar for an opportunity to win an eBook. I hope you enjoy getting to know today's guest as much as I have. So let's dive in.
Hi, Ana! I’m so glad you could join me around the fire today. Please introduce yourself.
I’m a mom. I work full-time in the medical field. I live in the suburbs of New York. I hate commuting, but I like driving. My cats drive me nuts, but I love them.
You sound busy. When you get some downtime, how do you spend it?
I like to go to the gym when I can. I read mainly at night before bed. I like to read mystery with romance, but I usually fall asleep within a few pages.
As an author, who do you have as your support system?
I belong to several online writing groups. I used to have more time to take writing classes, but now I mainly rely on The Wild Rose Press author network for support in my writing career.
I hear you. I’m thankful for those authors as well. What or who authors inspire your writing?
I’ve recently been delving into psychological thrillers. I’m currently reading The Housemaid by Frieda McFadden. I find the twists and turns that you don’t see coming very appealing. The whole story turns on its head. I tend to add some twists in my stories too.
One of my favorite things is finding names for my characters. How do you select yours?
I usually pick names I’ve heard and liked in the past, and then I dig them out of my memory when I’m writing.
I hate washing windows. The streaks never seem to all go away. What’s your worst household chore?
Researching for a story and be daunting? How do you manage it?
I do most of my research for books online. YouTube is a great source for getting different perspectives and can provide great visuals.
Do you read your reviews?
I shouldn’t read reviews, but after the initial sting of a bad one, I try and take in the information as constructive and hopefully apply it to the next project.
My email folder is filled to the brim with people offering to aid my writing career. What’s the best money spent on writing:
I think the best money I spent as a writer was on professional editing. I think of it as part of the learning process.
Did you ever win something?
In middle school, I won first place in a ballroom dance contest. I don’t have any talent for dancing. I am just able to follow directions.
What subjects should be taught in school?
How to do your taxes, and how to buy a house.
Ana, thank you for spending time around the fire with me today. Before you head off, will you tell us about your book and where we can find out more about it and you?
In a town full of secrets, who will come out alive?
What’s worse than losing a body from a funeral home? Losing two. But mortician and amateur sleuth, Lily Reynolds has a hunch. The new visitor in town, Rick Drakon, may have charmed his way into her life but she’s not fooled by his smooth talking ways. Problem is, Rick is a long-time friend of Lily’s new husband, Detective James Rivers. While James is busy convincing her to look elsewhere, Lily embarks on a dangerous path toward uncovering the truth. Will this case come between the couple or will Lily find herself closer to evil than ever before?
More about the author
When Ana Diamond isn't writing about tough gals finding love in unexpected places, she’s at work by day in the medical field. She writes romantic cozy mystery novels with feisty strong women and alluring men who can’t resist them. Her books are fast paced, entertaining and heartfelt all at once.
Ana is a 2020 Tara Contest Finalist for Body Conscious and 2015 Melody of Love contest finalist. She lives in New York with her husband, two children and two needy but wildly entertaining kitty cats.
You can follow Ana here.
11/23/2022 08:43:03 am
I love that you credit following directions with helping you win a contest. That's an often overlooked gift. Also a great leg up on learning to do something you've never done before. Enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving. You too Donna!
11/23/2022 08:48:19 am
You as well, Kim. Thanks for stopping by.🦃
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