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Diana J. Febry

answers the Usual Questions

Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

Not only have I never attended a convention I have never spoken in person to another writer or reader of my books, outside of my family and a very small number of friends. I write under a pen name and do not tell people I write. I am based in the UK but my books are published by a small indi press in America. If people do find out I write, I mumble vaguely about how they are only available in America. In many ways writing has given me a voice I didn't previously possess. Not knowing who reads my books also gives me a great deal of freedom to express myself and my thoughts with brutal honesty.

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

I am a member of several internet writing groups and I have found writers really supportive. As every individual has a unique voice and story to tell I don't see any element of competition. When a reviewer really likes my books I am ecstatically happy.

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

My favourite is The Wire in the Blood series by the British writer Val McDermid.

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

A young David Essex.(Would have to be over 40 yeas old to understand).

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

Rev Ian Paisley (Would have to know a little about Irish/British politics to understand).

book cover, Bells on Her Toes, Diana J Febry; 288x432

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

A case of red wine and a special glass which wouldn't float away.

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

I try to write books I would like to read. Although I write crime mysteries and concentrate on an interesting plot, I do try to have an underlying theme of some sort and a point to the book. So I guess, a reader saying, "Yes I get it. That's what I've always felt but thought it was just me."

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

To have started with a vague idea and have worked hard to construct a coherent story. To keep writing through the days of doubt.

submitted by Diana J. Febry

30 August 2014

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Born: West Country, UK in 1966.
Resides: West Country,

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