Monday, March 25, 2013

Diane J. Reed Author Interview + Spring Fling Giveaway! (OPEN INT)


About 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.

Find the author:

Find Robin in the Hood here:

Rachel: Hey there, Diane! :)
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.

...And now for the Spring Fling Giveaway!!

For the grand prize, the winner will receive the following..
(1) paperback copy of ROBIN IN THE HOOD, (2) CDs from Author's Playlist - Taylor Swift, Phillip Phillips, Eminem & Lady Antebellum (3) a Ginger Candle, (4) Enchanted Forest Body Lotion, (5) Nail Polish in Lively Lilac, and (6) a Lilac Spring Scarf. (OPEN INTERNATIONALLY)

And we will pick two additional winners who will both get an ebook of ROBIN IN THE HOOD! How awesome is that! So, what are you waiting for? Enter the rafflecopter giveaway now! *happy dance*

Thank you so much Diane J. Reed for making this awesome giveaway possible! :)


  1. I love the contemporary take this book takes on Robin Hood! Sounds like a good read :)

    1. Yes it is! Check it out on Goodreads and read other reviews too, Karielle. :)

  2. Great interview! :D I canNOT wait to read her book. It sounds absolutely lovely.

    Btw, my Pinterest name is louissefrancine. Eeep!

    1. Hi Louisse! Thanks, we really thought hard about those questions. :) Okay, I just followed you there too!

  3. Awesome & great interview ladies :) Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. Great interview and great competition. And 3 cheers for making it international. Book sounds interesting and author playlist is giving me a good feel for it too.

  5. awesome interview! I really want this book now huhuhu

  6. Great interview and giveaway...... :)

  7. Wow, I can't believe you rode a mustang from Mexico to CA and back. So adventurous! Great interview, love these questions! Thanks for sharing :-)

  8. Thank you, everyone! And a BIG thank you to Rachel for doing this interview—hope your spring is filled with lots of zing! : )

    1. Oh, it's my pleasure, Diane! :)

  9. Diane seems to had a very adventurous and fun high school life. Wish I had it in me to just ditch class but oh well, I'm kinda a goody good shoes before. But now that I'm in college, the "bad" side of me emerge. I'm starting to ditch classes (only on those subjects which I deemed as boring). Geez. -_-" Anyways, Robin in the Hood sounds a promising book. Awesome interview, by the way. :)

  10. Wow I can't believe you rode a horse from Mexico to Canada and then back! It sounds like an amazing adventure. That would make a great story. Thanks for sharing. :)

  11. I've seen a lot about this book "Robin in the Hood" and have been wanting to read it. I love retellings of old stories like that. "Beauty and the Beast" on the CW is one of the my fav shows.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  12. I entered your Spring Fling Giveaway.
    I want to say thank you to DIANE J. REED for having this great giveaway and i am glad it is international.
    I haven't read any of diane's books but i will
    look for a copy of"Robin in the Hood" at my bookstore.
    I enjoy reading and discovering new authors.
    Thank you for having this great interview.

  13. Thank you! Robin in the Hood is available as an ebook on Kindle, Nook, iBooks & Kobo & in paperback at & (You have to order online to get it in paperback : ) Amazon Link:

  14. Awesome Interview and Giveaway! Robin Hood is one of my favorite old stories! I can't wait to read this book! :)
    -Cali W.

  15. Great interview! Robin in the Hood sounds really good and I believe your ' horse trip ' from Mexico to Canada would have very good stories for a good book. Thank you for the great giveaway!


  16. wonderful interview, i feel excited to have the chance to read the book :) thankyou

  17. Nice interview..looks like a good read!!

  18. Thanks for the Giveaway. Diane you rock!

  19. I would like to thank you for such a fantastic giveaway, in the spirit of Spring! I am very excited about 'Robin in the hood' and shall be adding many of Diane's books to my to-read shelves.
    Thanks so much. x

  20. This competition has everything I love , I dream of winning this cool comp.

  21. Diane, your book sounds very interesting! :) I love Robin Hood retellings and there aren't enough good ones out there. Excited to read it! And I wish I had skipped school more. I was such a goody two shoes! :) LOL

  22. I would love to read one of your books, actually, all of them sound great........I believe love always shines through in the end, it has to!!!

  23. This book looks fantastic, I've seen reviews of it on goodreads, and I've been keeping an eye out for it.

  24. I found out about your book through Twitter we both have in common Once Upon a Time and chronic daydreaming.

    I think it's wonderful that you were able to write a book based in your beliefs and most of all to finish it. I'm a writer and I've been trying to do that for years! All in time, as they say.

    I would be honored to read your book because I love novels and through them, little by little I get closer to believing in certain things that by many are said not to be real, like true love. Daydreaming and hoping are one step from believing!

    I also like to read books in English, I'm from Argentina and English is one of my passions and who doesn't love getting mail these days? For me, the feeling of holding an envelope or a package that came through the mail is as exciting as seeing the one you love, after a long period of absence. Obviously not talking about pay bills!



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