Thursday, April 27, 2017

Interview with Movie Actress & Author Diane Sherry Case

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? I was originally inspired by a Tibetan monk who was such a colorful character, witty and playful, that I want to write about him. I had planned to go with him on a trek in the Himalaya, until I met a mother and daughter who had gone with him on a previous trip and barely came back alive! Somehow he ended up in a story influenced by the worst tragedy in my life, the death of my only sister who died of an accidental overdose from opiates.  My kids also inspire me - my relationship with them echoes throughout the book and I suppose the wacky mother resembles me! So there’s the adventure, the tragedy and then there’s the romance!  Both my own love life and my kids' reverberate throughout the story.  

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? I believe this is for anyone over fifteen - adults seem to like it because it’s a quick satisfying read and it is a terrific conversation starter between teens and their parents about the dangers of experimenting with drugs and about an even bigger topic of how to deal with the death of a loved one.   Anyone who likes drama with humor, adventure with tragedy and of course romance (as both the mother and daughter in the story find love) will enjoy this book. 

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? The young girl in the story asks big questions, like why were we born, what are we doing here and what is life for.  The monk has the ultimate answer, “To love, to love, to love."

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? READ.  And then read some more.  Try writing as fast as you can at first - just let you pen flow free without worrying about punctuation or spelling or grammar, and without thinking before you write.  You can fix it later!  The idea is not to think!  Bypass your intellect because your subconscious is smarter and more interesting and insightful than your conscious mind.  Just look at dreams!  

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? I don’t pay attention to trends in publishing except that I know many people are self-publishing and I think that’s terrific!

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book? Writing a novel is just a long boat race!  My biggest challenge was weaving together two diverse stories, a poignant friendship and the death of a loved one and a trek in the Himalaya to rescue two orphans.  But I did it and it works!

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? Because it will make them laugh and cry...

About Diane Sherry Case: As a young adult Diane played Lana Lang in Superman, the movie, appeared in countless television shows and two Super Bowl commercials. She attributes her ability to write complex and lovable characters, as well as dynamic dialogue, from her training as an actor. Diane also wrote, directed and acted in the series House Poor (also on Amazon).  She is the mother of two young adults and lives in Santa Monica, California where she teaches therapeutic writing.  

Her book, Write For Recovery, Exercises for Heart, Mind and Spirit, will be out in May 2017.EARTH TO SKYE by Diane Sherry Case, who also wrote Elephant Milk , winner of the best novel award with the Next Generation Indie Awards.

Here’s a link to the Facebook page  and the trailer

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