Laura Diamond, an author of young adult fiction, has a pending new release she's eager to tell us about. But I'll quiz her about a few other things too!
How do you take your coffee, Laura?
LAURA: I like to change things up a bit. I’ll drink iced coffee or hot coffee. I prefer cream, but use skim most days. I like plain, but also flavors—french vanilla, butter pecan, cookie dough…I like lattes too.
Ally: Then I'll surprise you! :) Can you tell people about your background?
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. She’s a lucid dreamer, meaning she can direct her dreams while they’re happening. When she’s awake, she pens stories from her dreams and shares them with her readers. Laura has many published titles including the Pride Series (New Pride, Shifting Pride, and Tsavo Pride), the Endure Series (Endure and Evoke), The Zodiac Collector, a novella Sunset Moon in the Lore anthology, and several shorts stories. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer, and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.
If you’re interested in reading more about me, or interacting with me on the web check out the following links:
Author Laura Diamond: www.authorlauradiamond.com
LAURA: The Zodiac Collector is a young adult fantasy about twin sisters who invoke magick from their zodiac sign. In the process, they attract the attention of a witch who wants the entire zodiac power for herself. It’s a clean read that can appeal to middle grade readers as well as young adults, and it’s for grown ups who are young at heart.
Much of the action takes place at a Renaissance Faire because that’s where the inspiration for the story came from. I love visiting Ren Faires and getting absorbed in the costumes, the lingo, the fantasy, the jousts…all of it!
Ally: What is your current work in progress? Why are you writing it?
I’ve just finished a YA contemporary, BEAT, about a boy who gets a heart transplant and his struggles with accepting the fact that someone has to die so he can live. I’m currently querying this manuscript to agents—keep your fingers crossed for me!
As I wait, I’m drafting a YA contemporary with dueling point of views. One main character is a runaway who becomes a drug addict to drown out flashbacks of sexual abuse and the other is a boy who’s being raised by a defrocked priest with his own brand of righteousness. When the two characters meet, they will have to decide how to reconcile their pasts and find acceptance.
Ally: What is your favorite form of social media and why?
LAURA: I use Facebook and Twitter the most, but lately I’ve been on them sparingly. I like social media to connect with folks and offer (and get) support to keep going. Writing can be solitary and it’s important for writers and authors to keep up a good support network. It’s also super rewarding to connect with bloggers and readers.
Ally: If you won a huge lottery tomorrow, would you continue writing? What would you do with all that lovely money?
LAURA: I’d definitely continue writing. I might even cut back the day job to part time so I could write more, LOL!
I’d probably pay off my mortgage and student loans and do a lot of traveling (like for a year or so, at least). I’d also like to donate a lot money to various charities.
Ally: Now a few quick answer questions:
- Where were you at midnight last New Year's Eve? Sleeping in bed, lol
- How many times have you read 50 Shades of Grey? Um…I got about 1/3 through the fist book and quit.
- Do you like broccoli? Sometimes.
- How many different countries have you visited? 13
- What is your typical breakfast? Yogurt and fruit.
Young Adult Fantasy
Spencer Hill Press
Coming September 23, 2014
For almost-16 year-old Anne Devans, the annual Renaissance Faire means three things--her dad spending weeks in the smithy, her bipolar mom doing some manic costume making, and another ruined birthday for her and her twin sister, Mary.
This year, Anne wants things to be different, and she's going to do things her way. On the eve of the Faire, Anne, along with a reluctant Mary, conjures up a spell that will make their 16th birthday party a whirlwind event. Little do they know that it's a literal request.
After the mini tornado in their room subsides, the girls realize they've invoked the power of the Gemini Twins, Castor and Pollux. That's the good news. The bad news is they also caught the attention of a sorceress named Zeena who has been collecting children born under each Zodiac Sign to enhance her power. Once she captures Anne and Mary, Gemini twins, the entire Zodiac, and the world, will be hers.
Anne leads the fight against Zeena, but her one-sided decisions could throw them into a world so far from home, even the Renaissance Faire would seem like a brilliant vacation. Between managing their new Zodiac powers, dodging their manic mother and trying to stop Zeena, they'll get a 16th birthday they'll never forget.