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Interview with Author Dyane Forde



Keep Calm Dyane & Answer These 24 Questions 

1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? I love words. I appreciate flowing prose but I prefer the experience of reading something that is simply yet skillfully written. And yes, I have loved words since I was a kid when I learned how versatile words could be, and that playing around with them could create something special.

2. What is your favorite color? Purple!

3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Montreal, Quebec, Canada, home of Hockey, Canadian Bacon and, apparently, great beer.

4. What is your favorite football team? Don’t have one. Sorry!

5. Who is your favorite author? Blast! Too many to name in one interview. But Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, Ayn Rand, Margaret Atwood are a few.

6. What is your favorite book? The Silmarillion, hands down.

7. What do you do when you are not writing? These days, usually watching anime. I find the stories inspiring to the imagination and the world view, unique.

8. Do you have a day job as well? I am a social worker by day. 

9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Learn to love to edit (revise/rewrite)—it’ goes hand in hand with good writing.

10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? A gift. It becomes a curse when we get too wrapped up in the wrong things: pleasing others, the business of it, striving for success, struggling with self-confidence, comparing ourselves to others, etc. If we write because we love it—and come back to that place after we have strayed–that will sustain us through the parts of the writing experience that aren’t as fun.

11. Where do you write? I used to write in bed because that was where my mind was the most relaxed, but have now have moved to more ergonomic spots because of chronic muscle and joint pain.

12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? I like to have some kind of background noise, whether it’s the TV or music. Still, I can work in dead silence, if need be.

13. What do you typically drink while writing? Nothing, really. Too focused, I guess.

14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? How many pages do I have to answer this? Lol Never having enough time, or when I do have time, I’m too tired. Or, getting caught up in the wrong things (see question 10) so that I get stressed or burnt out. Dealing with the Roller-Coaster Effect (highs and lows) of having some success and then weathering the dry spells. There are soooo many answers to this question…Once you have written a book and it’s out there in the world, there are many external and internal challenges to cope with. 

15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? I think I started my first book in 2011. It took about a year or more to complete and every now and then I still tinker with it. First books are notoriously difficult to succeed at and mine was no different than the ‘norm.’ It’s still on my hard drive waiting to be dismantled and rewritten.

16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? I honestly don’t know who would play Jeru, as I haven’t yet seen an actor with the look or character needed. Kelen could easily be played by Chris Hemsworth, and Nyssa maybe someone like Moon Bloodgood–she has the look, anyway.

17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? I hope so. He was inspired by someone I know, not to mention that Jeru is similar to me in a lot of ways, lol.

18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? The usual culprits: Facebook, Twitter, Google, my blog, Goodreads, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. etc. I have a few other websites I use for free promotions (links are on my blog) as well as doing these kind of interviews and guest blogs.

19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? Again, how many pages do I have to answer this one? From getting troll reviews, to my writing buddy saying, “I hate this” to a respected friend reading something and clearly not liking it, the list goes on. Just have to suck it up, take it for what it’s worth and move on.

20. What has been the best compliment? Every person who reads anything I have written and tells me about it. It means a lot when someone is moved by one of my pieces.

21.  Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Mostly imagination, but life events and people, even pets, have inspired the creation of places, themes, and certain characters.

22. How did you come up with the title? The Purple Morrow is the name of the mystical element in the story and serves as the main symbol of the book.

23. Will there be a sequel? There are two. Wolf’s Bane is going through probably the 5th round of rewrites, and Papilion Rising (working title) is partially written.

24. What project are you working on now? I like to write short stories and flash fiction while I’m on break from novel writing. Doing so is a lot of fun as well as immediately gratifying, and helps hone new and old skills which I can then apply in some way to my novels. My friend and I have started a Campfire Story on our blogs, which anyone is invited to join in. J But my main goal is to keep developing my blog, finish edits to Bane so that I can complete book 3 of the series, and then move on to other unfinished novel projects.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and watch anime. Its weirdness will distract you from whatever is happening lol

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The Purple Morrow blurb: The Rovers had been sent to decimate the Southernlands. Instead, they awoke its savior. Ten years have passed since the Rover army tore through the Southernlands, leaving behind a trail of devastation and death. Most believed the attacks were random acts of brutality. The wise, however, knew the truth: the Rovers sought to destroy the one thing powerful enough to thwart their conquest. They were searching for the Papilion. A new commander, bent on completing the mission left unfinished by his predecessors, leads the Rovers back into the Southernlands. Fierce and determined, he comes armed with a precious artifact and a secret purpose. While the Southernlands reel under the new terror, the Purple Morrow, a harbinger of hope, appears to Jeru, an unsuspecting and solitary clan hunter. Finding himself enmeshed in a series of incredible events beyond his control, Jeru is compelled to take the first steps towards discovering his ultimate destiny.

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  1. I love Dyane. She’s such a babe! I just got my hands on a copy of her book and can’t wait to dive into it. (You know, when I get the “free” time 😉

    Social worker by day? That totally fits you, Dyane. We also have favored authors in common. I’m a little fascinated with Ayn Rand, ever since High School, and think that I always will be.
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  3. Great interview, Kristy. I love Dyane, and I LOVE that photo of you, Dyane. It seems to capture the warmth of your personality. I feel like I could reach out and hug you.
    Some really good questions. They drew out interesting answers.
    Thank you, girls.
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    • Aw, thanks Christine. :) I like that picture a lot as well. It’s for an upcoming interview in a local newspaper. The interview was a lot of fun–I surprised myself with some of the answers, lol

  4. Hello Kristy! Great interview! I love Dyane. I enjoy her short stories. Her writing style is fun and engaging. I have her book The Purple Morrow and its on my TBR list. I love the idea of watching Anime.

    ~ Vashti
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