FAE AND WITCHES AND GHOSTS - OH MY!
Spotlight on Buzz Guest Diane Gallagher @diane_writes ya'll! #magicalrealism #historicalfiction author of The Bastard of Saint Genevra. Let's generate a buzz!
Today my BUZZ GUEST is Diane Gallagher. Diane has just released her book THE BASTARD OF SAINT GENEVRA.
Here it is!
Diane has also penned an interesting Travelogue/Cookbook called MANCIA DI SANU: A CANADIAN EXPAT’S TAKE ON SICILIAN LIFE AND CUISINE
Stories and recipes from that magical island - Sicily!
Another intriguing read of Diane’s is called GREENWICH LIST.
In an attempt to win back her abusive boyfriend, Gwen runs away to London and discovers a life much bigger...and much more fun.
Life: it's better than you think.
Diane has taken the time to answer some ‘normal’ and ‘not so normal’ questions for us today.
‘Normal’ Question Spot
1. You just released a novel. What is the name of it?
The Bastard of Saint Genevra
2. What is it about?
The Bastard of Saint Genevra is a story of family secrets revealed. It is a sweeping tale of three women that spans half the world and nearly a thousand years. Elena steps off a plane in Trapani in search of her birth mother. Genevra undertakes a spiritual journey that begins with an unexpected pregnancy. Cristiana gives up her child and leaves her half a world away to return to her life and family in Sperlinga. It is an exploration of what mystical connections ties these three women together.
3. If you could have anyone take something away from having read your novel, what would it be.
That secrets kill families.There are no secrets that are worth keeping.
4. What are you working on right now?
I am doing a final edit on a book called The Rose: A Hirsute Horror. It is a psychological horror about a man powerless to leave his apartment in a building with hallways stalked by a monster.
5. Do you have a book inspiration story to share with us?
I think it is more of an “author inspiration” story. Like so many people, I had always wanted to write a novel, but the thought of writing one to conclusion seemed so daunting, especially as I was a working single mother, that I had pretty much given up on the idea. One day, when I was 48, I heard Sylvia Olsen as she was giving a talk to a group of teens. She said that she had published her first book at age 50. I thought to myself, if she can do it, so can I. I entered the Three-Day Novel Contest, wrote Greenwich List, and it was published 16 months later, on my 50th birthday.
‘Not so Normal’ Question Spot
1. If you could invite any 5 people (i.e. cartoon character; famous person; rock band; poet; artist; living or dead) for a meal together, who would they be?
Sorry, it can’t be five. I can’t decide on five. Merlin (yes, the wizard), JK Rowling, Stephen King, Craig Ferguson, JRR Tolkien, and Oscar Wilde. This took some thinking. There were other people that, if I could have met them individually, I would have listed them, but as the guests at a literary dinner party, I think this would make an interesting group. Rowling, King, and Wilde are obvious. Craig Ferguson is a decent novelist, knows how to get people talking, and is (I suspect) a lot more intelligent that he would have people believe. Merlin could shed light on the Arthurian tales – plus I think it would be interesting to hear what an old-time druid would think about the literary scene now, especially since the druids were very much against anything written down. I would also love to host a dinner party of world changers – Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Viola Desmond, Charles Dickens, Malala, and the Dalai Lama – but that would be an entirely different meal.
2. What magical place that you’ve read about would you like to visit?
#1 is Hogwarts, of course, and then Narnia. Oh, and the Shire.
3. Would you rather have the ability to read minds or see into the future?
Oh, neither. I don’t want to know what other people think about me and I don’t want to really know what is going to happen. That isn’t to say that I don’t like getting my tarot cards read, but I want there to be an element of surprise in what is coming up. If I could have an ability, I’d like to be able to see into the past – what it was really like. What did it look like? What did people talk like or dress like or believe. And if it couldn’t be that ability, I’d like to be fluent in every language – real or imagined – that there is.
4. You have an imaginary friend that only you can see. What does he/she look like?
I’ve had a number of imaginary friends in my life. When I was little, it was an imaginary bear named Teddy (I know, super original, right?) who travelled all over the world with me on horseback. When I was a teen, it was Elton John. Not so imaginary, just imaginary in my life. And in my twenties…. Well, let’s just say he had a monster chest, great abs, and…. Nope. Not saying anymore. :)
Love your answers! And it makes sense that you would choose the ability to see into the past over seeing into the future given you are a historical fiction author. I too love history. It’s so interesting and there is so much to learn from it.
YOU CAN FIND DIANE AT:
Facebook -> https://www.facebook.com/dianegallagherwritings/
Twitter -> https://twitter.com/diane_writes @diane_writes
Website -> https://dianegallagherwritings.com
Goodreads Author -> https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8092262.Diane_Gallagher
Goodreads THE BASTARD OF SAINT GENEVRA -> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34565584-the-bastard-of-saint-genevra
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