In the Spotlight feature kicked off in April 2015 and is an opportunity for authors, editors and publishers (basically anyone in the book industry (yes, even bloggers!)) to connect with fans. There is an option to do an interview, guest post, feature a book sale or book release or a cover reveal. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is click on the image to reserve your spot!
Now on with the show!
In the Spotlight with Didi Lawson
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, Didi! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started.
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I always loved to read. A holiday without books wasn’t worth celebrating. Fantasies and stories about castles and princesses were among my favorites. I live on a farm with my husband, a German Shepherd dog, twenty chickens and two peacocks, and love to look out over our property while writing.
Sounds like a fairy tale to me. 🙂 I love the thought of writing while looking out over everything.
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
What I like about being an author is that I can live with my characters. They become like family to me, and I’m sad when the novel is finished, because it feels as if I am losing some good friends.The best things about being a writer is the association with other writers, going to conferences, talking shop. The worst thing about being a writer is that you’ll have to deal with rejection letters.
Tell us a bit about your latest release. What inspired you to write it? Why should fans of Second Run Reviews consider reading it.
Hohenstein is set in Germany in 1910 about a castle in distress. I used three different castles to create Hohenstein Castle. It is the story of a young baroness who rolls up her sleeves and gets to work to save her ancestral estate. Determined to loose the shackles of propriety and gain the warm family life her upbringing denied her, she has vowed to marry a man of lower rank.
When she is forced to turn to a childhood friend for assistance, the handsome count may prove a temptation impossible to resist. Soon she finds herself caught between the comfort of a middle-class doctor and the passion of a nobleman, with the future of her childhood home at stake.
Oh, historical fiction with a bit of romance! I’m sold.
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books to you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I enjoy regency romances, historical fiction, fantasies and YA fiction. Of course, I love the Harry Potter books, the Ranger’s Apprentice series, books by Dean Koontz, the medieval romance novels by Joyce DiPastena, Janette Rallison’s YA fiction, Brandon Mull’s fantasies, and too many others to mention.
And I’m pretty sure I just added a load of new YA books to by TBR pile.
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
I don’t think that I have a secret obsession, except perhaps that I’m addicted to chocolate. I also like to travel, especially to far-away places.
I can get behind traveling and chocolate! My dream is to go to Paris in a couple of years to celebrate a birthday milestone.
What is one question you wish I would have asked, that I haven’t?
Where and when do I write?
I have a desk in one corner of my kitchen, and usually write in the evenings. When I go to bed, my mind keeps working on the manuscript in progress.
I have a cozy niche in our office all set up to keep me focused. It helps immensely to work in a consistent place and a consistent time for me.
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
Everybody has talents. Oftentimes, we don’t recognize them as such, because we are so used to them. For the longest time, I said jokingly, that when talents were given out, I wasn’t paying attention. Not until I was in my forties did I realize that I had a talent to make people feel comfortable around me. It took me several more years to finally acknowledge that writing was one of my talents. The signs had been staring at me all along.
My wise words, therefore, are: Find out what your talents are. Ask your family and friends. They can tell you. And don’t forget to magnify them.
Amazing, amazing advice and I hope my fans take it all to heart. And I can tell you from experience that friends and family do know. That’s one reason this blog exists and I volunteer to my project management skills to conventions.
Didi, it has been a pleasure having you In the Spotlight. I hope that you will return in 2017 and give us an update on your life as an author. And send pictures next time of all your animals!
Synopsis: Anything but a typical aristocrat, young Baroness Marie-Louise is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get to work, especially when it comes to saving her ancestral estate. Determined to shake loose the shackles of propriety and gain the warm family life her upbringing denied her, she has vowed to marry a man of lower rank. Blue-bloods need not apply.
But when she is forced to turn to a childhood friend for assistance, the handsome, debonair count may prove a temptation impossible to resist. Marie-Louise soon finds herself caught between the comfort of a middle-class doctor and the passion of a nobleman, with the future of her childhood home at stake.