LW: Intros first. Who the devil are you and what are you doing on my blog?
DD: I’m Diane Dooley, hack writer and proud of it. My goal in life is to make women read horror, men read romance and everyone read sci-fi. Yep, I’m the devil in disguise and I’m on your blog to be pimped like the little slutbucket I am.
LW: So what are you working on at the moment?
DD: I’m working on retaining my questionable sanity until various editors get back to me on stuff I’ve sent them. Writing-wise, I’m working on a story about a Scottish virgin (they DO exist!) and the brash Noo Yawker who has the misfortune to fall in love with her. I’m also scheduling some time for writing a few horror short stories with sci-fi, post apocalyptic and dystopian settings. Yes, I’m such a cheerful soul.
LW: Where have you been published?
DD: Why, how kind of you to ask. Here is a link to my published short stories. Most are free online reads, though one is a print mag you’ll have to purchase. Here is a link to Blue Galaxy, a sexy sci-fi novella that also costs money. It’s on sale for $1.99 in the month of November. ’11. I’ll give away a copy of this to one of your readers. Just leave a comment to be entered for the giveaway.
LW: Give us an idea of how you work – are you an outliner, an edit as you go type or more of a rewriter?
DD: I used to outline, but gave it up. I found myself straying ever further from the map and enjoying not knowing where I was going. I tend to drive like that too, much to my children’s annoyance. I’ve recently forced myself to do more editing as I go. I hate editing as much as I love writing. I needed to be more professional and mature about the editing process. Growing up sucks. Thankfully, my first drafts seem to be getting better as I improve as a writer and grow more skilled at beating my head against a desk in time-honored writer fashion.
LW: How did you get started? Short fiction or straight into novels?
DD: I was a stay-at-home mom with two in diapers (mum/nappies for you Brits) and on the verge of my head exploding from sheer intellectual boredom when my husband bought me a computer and told me to do something with it. I wrote two novels, subbed one, then cried when it got rejected. In my defense, I did have a horrible case of ‘flu on the day I received my rejection letter. After I went back to working full time I tried to give up writing. I got really depressed over that, so turned to writing short stories. Sold a few, started writing novellas and now I’m back to novels again.
LW: Can you tell us about your most recent pubbed piece?
DD: Um, are you sure you want to know? It’s really disgusting and gross. It’s about a waitress who loves her job, but doesn’t love all her customers. Here it is. My story, Served, is the last one in the issue. Do not read while eating. You’ve been warned.
LW: And what about your next pubbed piece? Can you give us any hints/teasers/clues?
DD: I have no idea which my next pubbed piece will be. It might be the short story about an evil Chihuahua. It might be the novella about a psychopath trying really, really hard to be a good girl. It might be the novel about a traumatized Hollywood celebrity. Who knows? Maybe they’ll all get rejected. If they do I’m going to go read my own advice in this piece I wrote for the delightfully batty Julia Knight’s blog. Then I’m going to drink many alcoholic beverages and make numerous immature comments on Youtube. Such is my life.
LW: What do you do when you’re not writing?
DD: Currently job-hunting, cattle-prodding children into doing their homework, prepping the house for the ferocious upstate New York winter, reading voraciously, baking bread and cooking huge pots of homemade soup, trying to talk my husband out of getting goats and chickens, supporting my fellow writer friends and finishing up some home improvement projects.
LW: Any future plans you’d like to share with us?
DD: World domination sounds a bit exhausting, so I’d settle for more opportunities to travel, an entry-level paid position in the publishing industry, increased income from my writing and a fabulous outfit for my sister’s wedding.
LW: Where can people find out more about you?
DD: On my blog. I group blog at Contact – Infinite Futures. I’m a regular contributor and commenter at The Galaxy Express. Um, where else? Oh yeah, Twitter and Goodreads and Facebook. Phew. No wonder I don’t have time to clean my house (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.)
LW: Most importantly, tea or coffee?
DD: Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, booze in the evening.
Thanks for having me, Luke. You’re a good egg and you look fabulous in your pimp hat.
Javan Rhodes, the hard-drinking, disreputable captain of space freighter The Kypris, took a mission to save himself from hitting the bottom of the food chain. Transporting Sola, a beautiful young aristocrat, from Earth to an unknown destination on the outer rim of the colonies is lucrative, but also highly illegal.
As tough as it is to evade both the law and the lawless, the hardest part of the job is not falling in love with his irresistible cargo. Just as he decides that he will never be able to hand her over to the warlord she must marry, he discovers that Sola has been playing a very dangerous game—one that could not only cost them their lives, but could also affect the balance of power in an increasingly dangerous universe.
Blue Galaxy available here
Diane's most recent story
And a very cool piece on handling rejection