"QUEEN OF THE WEEK" CELEBRITY AUTHOR DIANE MCCLOSKEY
(with minor editorial updates/exclusions by me...for the full, original interview, please go to Nancy's website, above.)
Thank you! And thanks so much for having me!
Where do you live? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I currently live in Killeen, Texas, about an hour north of Austin, with my husband, Jim. We moved to Texas after a house fire in New Jersey, to be closer to our daughter and four grandkids, who live about two minutes away. We also have lived in Florida, New Jersey and New York, where I was born and raised. We have three sons, two of whom are married; two living in California, and one in New Jersey.
Are you a traditionally published or Indie author?
My novel, Through Jenny’s Eyes, was picked up by BluewaterPress, LLC, after my having sent out queries to only 12 publishing houses! The proposed acceptance of my manuscript and subsequent contract were a great validation of my work, and I found the whole cycle quite exhilarating and totally rewarding. I have since self-published a Book of Poems and a children's book, A to Z When Bored You Be, both available on www.amazon.com.
What are your hobbies?
Besides writing, I have dabbled in both oil painting and photography, and I love gardening, “The Great Outdoors”…things like that.
Tell us about your novel. What was your inspiration?
My inspiration for the book actually was a random act, and had neither anything to do with the book nor any intent on my part to write a book. It was my being “held hostage” in my car by a fierce thunderstorm while waiting for my mom to come out of Church. If you’ve ever lived in Florida, you know that the storms can be quite ferocious, and this one was no exception. So I sat in the car and began writing on this little piece of paper about the storm…how forceful it was, the feeling of gloom and doom it brought with it…and then I just thought about who those feelings belonged to, and it was Jenny, as an adult, having to confront something painful in her life…thus began the book.
How did you become a writer? When did you start?
I wouldn’t say I became a writer…I believe I was born a writer. I wrote a poem in Kindergarten, that I recall all but one line of to this day. I think it was a combination of my having deep feelings about things, and being a perfectionist that made writing come so easily to me…I wanted to express what I was feeling and not have it be misunderstood. With writing, you can get it exactly how you want it.
How long did it take you to finish your first book?
That’s a hard question to answer because I’m not sure when I started it or when I finished it. It was also in the midst of caring for aging parents and raising four children, as well as working on a book about my dad.
Where do you like to write?
Wherever I am when something needs to be written. Like I said, Through Jenny’s Eyes began in a parked car. I have, most recently, revamped my desk area to create a centralized location for all of my writing tools and the like, but I am essentially a rule-breaker, and I seek a sense of freedom to write wherever. I am not a disciplined write-at-a-certain-time, write-in-a-certain place kind of gal.
Myself, of course, and then it’s more a matter of favorite books, not favorite authors. Claude Brown (Manchild in The Promised Land) because of its raw truths; Fynn (Mister God, This is Anna) because of the unique relationship and this unique child; J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings Triology and The Hobbit) because of the author’s ability to make it all so believable, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince) because of its lessons in simplicity….
How many books have you written, so far? Do you plan to write more?
Well if we're talking about published and out there...three. But I was just taking a tally the other day, and between books and short stories, I currently have twenty projects, some complete and some in-progress. As for planning to write more, that’s a given, it’s what I do.
Would you like to share a link where we can purchase your books?
My books are all available for purchase at www.amazon.com as both softcovers and two of three also as e-books for Kindle. Through Jenny's Eyes is also available at the publisher’s website at: www.bluewaterpress.com/jenny