It's always a pleasure to welcome someone I know personally to my blog. I met Diane Need, my guest author this week, a few years ago when she came to one of my writing courses and I'm delighted to feature her debut novel, Press Three for Goodbye, as my Friday Read this week.
A cheating husband
A confidence crisis
Does life really begin at 40?
When Beth, a stay-at-home wife who is fast approaching forty, decides to put some romance back into her flagging marriage, her plans are thwarted when her husband announces he’s leaving her for his intellectual equal. All he leaves Beth with is an order to vacate the family home and the wrath of her acid-tongued mother-in-law. Beth has no career, no money and no self-esteem.
Beth’s best friend Jackie manages to find her a job at a care home. The work is challenging, and, with a string of obstacles being dropped on her, one after another, her life descends into chaos.
There is a flicker of light on the horizon when handsome Ryan Morgan enters her life and offers to dog-sit her beloved dog, Rodney. But are Beth and Ryan meant to be together? And will they be able to pursue a relationship when she discovers more secrets about those she thought she knew so well?
It sounds fab, Diane. Press Three for Goodbye is released next week and will be available to buy from Amazon or Diane Need - Author Page.
I'm a trained Counsellor with a background in education and social care, and I believe my work and personal life has given me insight and understanding into how life issues can impact upon people.
I've always had a great passion for writing fiction and poetry for pleasure. In the last couple of years I've undertaken writing courses to help develop my skills, and I’ve finally written my first book; something I’ve always dreamed of doing.
I've had poetry published in a publication called 'Dawntreader,' and I was recently short-listed in a local short story competition.
That's fantastic, Diane, congratulations! Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, since I was a child.
Has any author inspired you?
I’ve found inspiration from many different authors, but I was inspired to write my debut novel after reading Sue Watson’s Younger, Blonder, Thinner. It had the ingredients to make me laugh out loud one minute, yet it was extremely poignant and brought a tear to my eye the next.
What do you like writing most?
I like writing about things that could happen to anyone, and things that may help inspire others.
Do you have a special place for writing?
I had an office decorated and fitted out; complete with a rug for my dog to lie on – but she doesn’t want to be there and sulks like mad when I go in there! I tend to write on my lap in my living room, where she can curl up on the sofa next to me.
Are you a pantster or a plotter?
I begin as a plotter, but find a story thread can lead me off the beaten track, so I end up being both!
Is your writing ever inspired by your family or real life incidents?
Yes, definitely – especially the antics of my dog! I don’t think I could have written about the dog in my book without her inspiration!
What are you writing at the moment?
I’ve just finished my debut novel, Press Three for Goodbye. I’ve started to plan out novel number 2, but it’s going to be a completely different to my first book.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have a background in counselling, and I believe that stories that people can connect with and relate to may help them in some small way, even if it’s the realisation that sometimes bad things happen to good people.
What time of the day do you write best?
I have M.S. and a consequence of this is fatigue, so I try to pace myself. I pick a slot in the morning and a slot in the afternoon to write, and try to take a break in between.
What are your hobbies?
Writing now takes up the majority of my time and energy, but I also love to read and I have a very eclectic taste. My other hobbies include meeting up with friends, watching films and travel.
What advice would you give to other writers?
Never, ever feel you’re not good enough. Writing isn’t a “one size fits all”, and if it’s what you want to do – just go for it!
Good advice, Diane!
You can contact Diane here:
Facebook: Diane Need - Author Page.
Twitter - @dianeneed
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