August 09, 2017

#CQWeek2017: @DiamondLB #Giveaway #Interview @CuriosityQuills

Welcome to this year's #CQWeek were so excited to share these titles with you!  Check it out and don't forget to enter the giveaway and come back later for more! 

 
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Author Laura Diamond: www.authorlauradiamond.com





Do you have a favorite character from your books? and why are they your favorite? 

Alex from DAWN OF THE VIE and BLOOD RUSH is my most favorite character of all time. He’s my favorite because he’s such a ginormous screw up, despite being an otherwise “perfect” immortal being. He just tries so hard to redeem himself, but continually fails. I think it’s similar to the human condition where we humans strive to be good and sometimes old, negative habits die hard and we mess up despite good intentions. It makes him “real” and gritty, IMHO, and that’s why I love him. 

Would you ever ask a reviewer to change their review if it was not all positive about your book/books? 

NO! A negative review is disappointing of course and a positive one puts my head in the clouds, however, like any art, perception of the viewer (or reader) is an individualistic thing. I cannot expect everyone to like my story, nor do I necessarily want everyone to. To each his own, says I. Just like I like or dislike books based on personal preferences, every other human being who reads a book will either like or dislike it. There have been several “best sellers” that I’ve tried to read and simply CAN’T because to me, they’re awful, AND there have been several “little known” books that I’ve found to be fantastic! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, LOL! 

What do you do to unwind and relax? Do you have a hobby? 

Well, reading of course! I must mention exercise (I have a treadmill and watch my Star Trek TV series DVDs, and I am learning yoga, which is an incredible relaxation strategy). I also enjoy paint and sips. I find putting paint on the canvas to be entirely engrossing and as a result the rest of the world disappears, along with my worries and anxieties. It’s extremely relaxing and refreshing. 

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..") 

For sure! In Dawn of the Vie, there are many morals, from Alex (a drug addicted scientist with immortality and vast riches/resources) who tries to do the “right thing” but ends up flubbing it up all the time because he always follows his basic nature (as a predator and killer) to Justin (a “lowly” Anemie trying to survive on the streets) who always thinks he has to solve the world’s problems on his own despite good people trying to help him, and several others in between. 


Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer? 

I’m gonna go with not really. I will see movies that have been translated from books, simply because I enjoyed the book, HOWEVER, I do my best to NOT COMPARE them because I don’t think comparisons are fair. The mediums are just too different. 

 What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it? What format is it?(ebook, hardback or paperback) 

I am currently reading VIROLOGY, by Ren Warom in paperback (I don’t use ereaders for the most part; I have one, but can’t remember the last time I used it). The genre is cyberpunk/scifi, similar to William Gibson’s writing where people jack into a virtual reality setting like The Matrix. I enjoy the interface between reality and perceived reality. Another fantastic series I enjoyed was Lightless by CA Higgins. The final book in the trilogy came out this year and I’m bummed it’s over.

Do you have a favorite genre of book? 

I’m definitely a Sci-fi junky. Throw in a spaceship, a new planet, some physics, and I’m THERE. Love, LOVE, LOVE!!! it. 


What piece of advice would you give to a new writer? 

KEEP WRITING. No matter what feedback you get, whether “bad” or “good,” keep writing. Keep practicing. Hone your words. Learn and try new techniques. Read, read, read for inspiration, then write some more. The thing about writing is that you’re never done learning. And if you get discouraged, KEEP WRITING. Write for yourself. Write for your cat. Write for the sheer joy. Write for the exercise. Write to create. 


Morning or Evening? 

DEFINITELY EVENING. I’ve noticed over the years, and especially now that I’ve worked evening shift (2-10pm), that I instantly feel better once the sun goes down. Not sure what that means, but during the day, I find the sun almost oppressive and once it settles beneath the horizon, I can breathe easier and move around with less pressure on my shoulders. 









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