DIANE J. REEDAbout the Author
I write novels that are infused with enchantment, where characters dare to break through boundaries and believe in true love. I have a soft spot for artisans & outlaws of the heart, those of us who burn brightly to live each day as a gift--because it is! I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to visit my website or message me on facebook or twitter to share the whispers of your spirit.
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Find Robin in the Hood here:
So, I only have one question about the book and that is...
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing Robin in the Hood?
You know, as you write and see your characters interact in different situations, you get to know them more deeply. For me, the biggest surprise of Robin in the Hood is how sensitive bad-boy Creek really turned out to be—and that he prayed for help to take care of the people he loves at Turtle Shores. At one time in my life I was a teacher for adolescent youth in a correctional facility, and many of those kids had been committing crimes to help provide for their families. It broke my heart! So I wanted to write a novel that did justice to their experiences and didn't portray all juvenile delinquents as unilaterally bad.
Rachel: So now, why don't we get to know more about you, shall we? :)
- What do you think about the most? The past, the present or the future? Why?
None of the above! I'm a chronic daydreamer ever since I was a child (I used to get in trouble for that in school), so what I think about most is the interactions between my imaginary friends (the term I give my fictional characters : ). When I'm jogging out in the woods near my home, I'm always thinking about the imaginary worlds my characters live in—which is kind of a suspended-in-time, eternal present—and what they're doing there. I swear, I come up with the best scenes for my books while I'm jogging!
- What's your worst/best memory of high school and why?
Oh, I cut class a LOT in high school and was always going on great adventures with my friends. We'd go ride horses or take a bus to a great city (just like the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off). Things were much more relaxed back then—I don't think you could get away with it as easily now. We were also really good at faking excuses for the principal's office. Our tactics would never fly today.
- What do you think is your best asset?
My best asset is by FAR my imagination and creativity. I firmly believe that's what makes life magical—a creative point of view. When you allow your mind to roam freely and treat everything as potent & magical, you can't help but view life as enchanting.
- What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? And the answer to that is?
I think it would be fun to hear from authors what is the most outrageous thing they've ever done. For me, that probably involves the time I rode a mustang horse from Mexico to Canada and back. I was just out of college and it took me a year. Believe it or not, it was for a job, so I was paid to do it. Yep, I'm a true cowgirl.