As further proof that neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night shall keep the blogger from writing his post, I come to you from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy with another entry in the NaNoWriMo Writers Interviews. *removes shirt and wrings it out* Anyway, this time around, we are joined by the lovely Miss Diane Ham.

Diane, take a moment to introduce yourself to my readers while I finish drying off.

Okay … my real name is Diane Ham (I blame my husband for the surname ), I am a mother of two children in their twenties and a demented dog called Sniff. I love and have love to read since i leaned and devour books of may genre’s on a daily basis … especially on my bus journey to work Monday to Friday. I have been ‘Miss Thing’ on-line for a very long time … we’ve had the internet from it’s birth when it was all text and nothing like it is now. Miss Thing is the title of an Adam Ant song, another passion of mine 🙂

*tosses the towel aside and puts on a clean shirt* Ah, thank you, Diane. And for the record, I remember that proto-Internet, although I went by a much different moniker back then. Now, on to the questions…

1. How long have you been a writer?

I dipped my toes into the world of fan fiction many moons ago when Buffy The Vampire Slayer was the first to inspire me, however no-one ever read it, I didn’t have the nerve. But years passed and another programme, Torchwood had an even bigger impact and my confidence increased and i found myself actually posting my fic on-line for the world to see.

2. Buffy and Torchwood? You are a woman after my own heart. What genre(s) do you normally enjoy writing?

Sci-fi, fantasy and horror mostly with some humour thrown in along with some m/m erotica in the mix, i try to have plot 90% of the time! But this is going to original fic, with the intention of writing the novel i have wanted to for years.

3. Excellent! Considering your preferred writing fare, what sorts of books fuel your muse?

I recently re-read The Rats/Lair/Domain by James Herbert, the first horror books i ever read as a young teen (aged about 13) and i loved them just as much. I truly loved The Time Travelers Wife … but to be honest i have too many favourite books to list here. Mostly horror or sci-fi … and i have just discovered Steampunk, which is marvelous 🙂

4. I have yet to get into Steampunk, which, I know, is a travesty. I shall have to ask you later what books in that genre you prefer best. Now, my readers can be shady, but they are hardly ever dangerous. Where might they be able to find you online? 

I can be found here: http://missthingsplace.livejournal.com/ and here: http://missthingsplace.dreamwidth.org/

5. Excellent. And readers? Do be sure to be on your best behavior while visiting Diane elsewhere. We are civilized stalkers, after all. *wicked grin*

Switching gears now to NaNoWriMo… How many times have you participated?

This is the first time i have participated in NaNoWriMo but i did participate in Wrianojune about three years ago, which i utterly loved and i hit the 50,000 word mark way before the end of the month and didn’t finish it until December when it hit 182, 882  words in total. I am hoping this one will rival it.

6. Mmm… Fresh meat. Err, I mean, a newcomer to NaNoWriMo, relatively speaking.  How are you preparing?

I have the outline for the story, beginning, middle and end, which for me is unusual … normally my fan fic has an idea and a beginning and it grows from there. I have also fleshed out my characters and hopefully will have a title for it soon.

7. I am normally a ‘pantser’ as well. This seems to be the year for outlines. Do you have a playlist for this year’s story?

I can’t listen to music while writing, i find it too distracting as i find myself singing along … but i hate silence too so i have the TV on in the background on a low volume.

8. Tell us more about this year’s project.

As i mentioned above, it’s my first shot at writing a novel. The genre is horror/thriller/supernatural and set in modern day London. When DI Nathan (Surname undecided) investigates what appears to be the work of a serial killer in London he never expects to find himself drawn to the enigmatic stranger that he meets in the pub one night …  with some m/m romance thrown in.

I shall be looking forward to reading your updates. Best of luck to you! Now, before we let you go, would you share one of your favorite quotes with us?

Be Beautiful. Be You. (author unknown).

 

Thank you for allowing us to put you on the hot seat, Diane. And thank you, readers, for joining us. More interviews to come, including a response to my friend Steven Montano, who has asked me to share a bit more about myself with you all. Until then, be well, dear friends.

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