Jun 17, 2013
Today I am pleased to welcome Diana L. Wicker to answer Ten Questions with Mia! Welcome, Diana! I’d also like to note that the Storyteller of Feyron will celebrate the Midsummer Solstice by offering the new release, The Guardian Child’s Return, free on Kindle from June 19th – 23rd. So if this looks like your kind of story, check it out from Wednesday to Sunday for free!
* * *
Author Bio: Diana lives in the balmy climate of the US south with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, a cantankerous rabbit, and a dwarf african frog. She enjoys reading, sewing (clothing, costuming, and experimental toy making), and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.)
The idea for Feyron started with a map, a place for her daughter to tell stories and live out storytelling role playing adventures with her friends. The lore grew around the map, for every world needs lore if you are going to “live” there. The idea for a series, Tales from Feyron, grew out of the lore, for if you’re going to invent a world, you may as well play there too. The stories are continuing to grow through the various historical ages of Feyron and may yet “ripple” outwards to the Worlds Beyond touched by magic.
About the Writer
1. What five words describe you?
Oh gosh, that’s a tough one…Do I choose nouns? (wife, mom, daughter…) Do I choose adjectives? (organized, efficient…) Do I choose alliteration? (Determined, dependable Diana…) How about – aspiring author multitasking multiple hats
2. What was the first story you ever wrote? I mean the really bad one we all have that you’re trying to hide in the back of closet now that you’re published?
I’ve been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. I know my first stories were created in my childhood and told to my younger cousins about Dreamland, where our teddy bears take us at night flying on our beds to have grand adventures. As to what was the first story I ever wrote; I would have to say that I’m simply not certain. I have a vague picture in my mind of a story written during elementary school with a big green octopus type monster on the front (illustrated for me by a friend), but I can’t even recall the name of it.
3. What inspires you?
Ah, now that is an easy question…life. Music, movies, television, anime, books, pictures, video games, friends and family…I find inspiration in the world around me, and usually at some inopportune time, like driving, so I hope to remember them long enough to reach a point where I can stop and type them up. I have also found that my writing often takes on the feel of whatever my favorite distraction is while I’m working on a particular plot, such as a movie, anime series, or style of music. Sometimes as I listen to music a song will simply click, and it becomes the theme song for a specific character or plot line and it helps me pull together the random thoughts and ideas that might otherwise fade before I get them written down on paper.
4. What distracts you?
Oddly enough, the same things that can bring inspiration seem to distract me from the creative process; but, if I had to narrow it down a bit, I would say sound. When I’m in the middle of that creative groove, sound is very distracting and disruptive to my creative process. A lot of my story ideas and scenes I know I “must” write come first as pictures, like an anime playing out in my mind that I have to then translate into words to put on the page. Background chatter can really drive those images away before I can get them on paper.
5. What’s your favorite story? This can be specific, as in a particular book or even story-driven movie, or general, like “I’m a sucker for a hero looking for redemption story.”
I’m a sucker for a story that pulls me in and makes me feel. Make me care what happens to the characters and bring tears to my eyes. Make it all seem real and like I am living the story right along with them.
I love a good story and a good cry, as long as there is good closure at the end. I don’t need a happy ending after being brought to tears, as long as everything feels properly wrapped up.
* * *
About the Writing
1. Tell us about your currently available titles.
The Dreamweaver’s Journey: The Age of Awakenings Book 1
In this story the reader is introduced to Feyron, the realm of magic, and some of the clans living there. We meet the first Dreamweaver to come of age in three hundred years and follow her on an adventure across the four Realms of Light in search of missing friends and the lost Guardians of their realm.
The Guardian Child’s Return: The Age of Awakenings Book 2
Old faces return and new ones are introduced in this tale that leads the youth Beyond the Realms of Light for the first time. Lord Grypos, the great golden griffin, Keeper of Knowledge, sends the youth on a quest to bring back that which he has lost. Along the way they find unexpected danger and adventure.
2. What’s your favorite part about writing these stories?
This may sound very strange, but I think currently my favorite part of writing the stories of Feyron is reading them aloud to my son. He is very attentive and picks up on the strangest little details and asks very thoughtful questions as we read the tales together. I find that words can flow very differently on a page than they do when spoken, and often I update my story as I read, sometimes swapping what flows from my mouth with what was actually written on the page. And, he’s a good little editor and will tell me to swap stuff back if he doesn’t like the way I’ve changed it.
3. What would your characters say about you? Be honest!
I suspect my characters might say that I need to slow down, relax more, and do less. Once upon a time I was a pro at multitasking, and I based my day and workload around my ability to multitask. These days I feel like I’ve got a touch of ADD as I have lots of projects started and half finished, and not quite enough time to get everything done. Hmm, come to think of it, they might be right.
4. Who would play your favorite character if they made a movie of their story?
I suppose it’s sort of cheating to pick The Storyteller as my favorite character, as she is sort of my alter ego by being the narrator of the tales, and, sadly, I really don’t know that many teen actors. It is hard for me to say “this person” is the perfect Aideen or “that person” is the perfect Soifra. So, I’m going to be different and switch it up a bit.
My son once asked me when “they” were going to make the cartoon of my stories so he could watch them on tv, which I think is sort of amusing considering that a lot of my scenes start out in sort of an anime in my imagination. So if someone was going to translate Feyron into visual media, I would choose Hayao Miyazaki to make an anime of the world. I just love his work.
5. Do you have any projects currently in the works you want to talk about?
I do have a couple of projects in the works for Feyron currently. A third book is in process for the set of stories during The Age of Awakenings. A new set of stories from an older era, The Age of Fading, has been outlined and preliminary scenes written. I also have a short story set in the works that contains tales of lore such as the children of Feyron might learn of their own history. I plan to tie the different sets of stories together under the series title, Tales from Feyron – The Ripples of Power.
* * *
Thanks for joining us today, Diana, and good luck with your stories!