Cornered Coyote By Dianne Harman Hits The Ground Running
Over the past few months I have had the pleasure of reading all of Dianne Harman’s books and especially liked the Coyote Series. Her most recent novel ‘Cornered Coyote’ has hit the ground running. Her work magically recreates the mood of each of the places she writes about but don’t expect only a love story. Real issues mark the lives of believable characters. I was curious to know more about her and her motivations for writing. For me her writing combines Hemingway’s vibrancy with a woman’s warmth and heart. Don’t miss your chance to grab a copy today.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I had a library card before I started kindergarten. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a stack of books next to my bed and now a stack of books on my iPad. Quite simply, I love to read, but what a jump between that and actually writing. I think everyone has a book in them, but few of are fortunate enough to write it. My moment of truth came after my husband recommended that I read “On Writing” by Stephen King. He more or less says “Just Do It.”
A week later my husband and I were in a boutique hotel for a wedding Palm Springs, California. The temperature was 107 degrees. The air conditioner was silent and wonderful. I turned to him and said something like, “Wouldn’t it be something if somebody put a ‘feel-good’ drug in the air conditioner and everyone felt good all the time?” He pointed his finger at me and said, “There’s your book.” And so it was. That was 2 ½ years ago and now I’ve published five books. Who would have thunk???
Did you ever have any setbacks?
No. I never had a setback, although the first negative review I received destroyed me. Then I realized I don’t like the works of some popular authors. Why would I expect everyone to like mine? Isn’t going to happen. Now I just say, “Next!”
My husband is probably my biggest supporter. He retired recently from politics and told me since I had entertained everyone imaginable to help him and supported him for all those years, it was turn around time. He started fixing dinner twice a week, does all the gardening, washing, shopping, etc., so I can write. And I have to say I’m enjoying it!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
The best advice I received and that I can give is to keep writing. When you finish the first book, start the second. You learn from your own writing and it keeps getting better. I also think reading is extremely important. We learn things from other authors, a turn of phrase, a way of setting up the action, etc. I see a lot of what I call “one book wonders.” They’ve written one book and spend the next years marketing it. But once someone has read it, that’s all they have. If a reader likes your writing, they want more, so give them more!