The 2018 Author Interview Series Featuring D. Wallace Peach


It’s time for the next subject for my 2018 author interview series. Author interviews are posted every Friday throughout the year.

I am honored to continue this series with Oregon author, artist D. Wallace Peach

You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.

If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at don@donmassenzio.com

Now, please enjoy this interview with D. Wallace Peach:


book photo low low resDo you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

Well, I hope that these are occasionally the same thing! As a reader, I’m often looking for originality, and I think that may be the norm for fans of speculative fiction. Unlike some genres where certain tropes define the form, speculative fiction is incredibly broad, and there’s no reason not to experiment. Even if that weren’t so, I would probably still honor my preference for originality. My stories feel organic to me, inspiration sparking on the inside and bursting like fireworks into my head as fully formed ideas. I’ve never sat down and said, “I want to write a variation of “The Hunger Games.”

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I didn’t begin writing until I was fifty, so my younger self isn’t all that young. What I do wish is that I’d found the time and inspiration to starting writing twenty years earlier! I envy those 20-30-somethings who are carving out hours here and there to create. They’re so far ahead of where I was at that age (which was still figuring out what I wanted to do when I grew up). But life doesn’t work that way, and I’m happy to have started when I did.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

under novelHmm. This is a hard one. I’ll stick with fantasy and mention a series that few people are going to have heard of: The Legends of Dhanen’Mar by Peyton Reynolds. I loved the story, the characters, and her magic system just blew me away. I inhaled the books. She couldn’t write them fast enough, and there are 15 books in the series!

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I browse them all and look forward to the day when they’re rolling in so fast that I can’t keep up! A big fat dream, that one. Anyway, yes, I read them. I do happy dances when I get good ones, and I ignore the bad ones with one exception – a bad review that gives specifics. I try to view those as prickly little blessings because if the reviewer made a good point, I can go in and make fixes. By the way, this was not an option when I was traditionally published, and it’s one of many reasons I switched all my books to indie.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Rarely. In my first book, I named flowers after relatives. My niece was the only one who noticed.

Do you Google yourself?

I did when I was starting out. The whole publishing/blogging adventure was so new and exciting. I haven’t looked in years. Hmm… maybe I should take a peek… make sure there’s nothing embarrassing out there!

What is your favorite childhood book?

As a little kid, it was Charlotte’s Web, the first book to make me cry. As a teenager, it was The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I credit Tolkien for my love of reading and my decision to write fantasy.

If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

I’m not sure I would do something different as it relates to preparing for a career of writing. All my experiences, the sweet and the sour, the delightful and the miserable, the successes and failures, made me who I am today, and they feed my stories. Beneath all the fantasy elements, I hope that I tell human stories, and that requires that I endure and continue to endure a range of experiences – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

About six months writing full time. That’s my average, it seems, from start to finish. I’m a slow, edit as I go writer, and I do about 8 complete drafts with plenty of little edits in between. I wish I could write faster, but if wishes were made of silver, I’d already be rich.

About D. Wallace Peach:

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

D. Wallace Peach’s Books:

Ready for a reading adventure?

The Sorcerer’s Garden
Sunwielder
The Bone Wall
The Melding of Aeris

The Rose Shield Tetralogy:
Catling’s Bane, Book I
Oathbreakers’ Guild, Book II
Farlanders’ Law, Book III
Kari’s Reckoning, Book IV

The Dragon Soul Saga:
Myths of the Mirror, Book I
Eye of Fire, Book II
Eye of Blind, Book III
Eye of Sun, Book IV

Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Space Tale

Connect with D. Wallace Peach:

The Blog: http://mythsofthemirror.com.

Amazon author’s page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Myths-of-the-Mirror/187264861398982

Twitter: @dwallacepeach

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

 

150 thoughts on “The 2018 Author Interview Series Featuring D. Wallace Peach

    • Thanks for the visit, Darlene. I am so slow when I consider the hours spent at the laptop (I write about 250 words an hours). But speed isn’t really that important, is it? As long as we love what we do! Have a wonderful weekend. ❤

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  1. Diana is an incredible writer who I take lessons from often, just by reading her books (which are magnificently original) and by reading the stories and “tips” in her blog. In my writer’s mind, anyone who can write a book in six months is a miracle-worker. But in reality, I know that Diana accomplishes this because she works long and hard hours to bring another fabulous story to her readers.

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  2. I can never cease to admire Diana for her gifts…a lyrical prose and imagination that takes you into new lands. She has accomplished all this just within few years…amazing! Wishing you great success Diana. Thanks for sharing more about her Don.

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    • Thanks for the visit, Tina. I’m glad the interview is snappy! I never get tired of talking about writing and appreciated the chance to hang out on Don’s blog. I loved Peyton’s books. She’s an indie author and so talented. Her magic system is one of the best I’ve read and she has wonderful characters. I honestly couldn’t get enough. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend, my friend. ❤

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  4. Hi Don. Thanks for having Diana visit. She is one of the most (maybe the most) talented fantasy writer out there — particularly for what I think of as “high fantasy.” Her blog is always a treat too, the stories, the insights. Wishing you both a wonder-filled, hug-filled weekend.

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  5. Terrific interview, Diana, and thanks to Don for presenting it to us. So nice to know more about you, and I’m heading to Amazon as soon as I post this. But first, I wanted to say that the covers you shared in the post today are absolutely gorgeous, Diana! I can’t decide which I like best, but I’m leaning toward The Bone Wall. I’m always a fan of great covers, and these are just perfection! Now, away to Amazon, as soon as I share this. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Marcia. Don added in all the covers, and didn’t he do a great job? The post looks wonderful. I’m so honored that you might pick up one of my stories. The Bone Wall is my most gritty book (I always feel compelled to warn people), but I hope it’s also a worthy read. 🙂 Thanks again for the visit and have a fabulous and creative weekend. ❤

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      • You’re most welcome, Diana. I have added several to my Amazon List, and am just trying to make up my mind where I want to start. I’m drawn toward the Catling’s Bane/Rose Shield series, I think, so that may be my first choice. 🙂 Looking forward to checking them all out, though! Hope you’re having a great weekend, too. ❤

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  6. Diana, you have the same edition of The Lord of the Rings as the one I read to the falling-apart state they’re in now. I mail-ordered mine, and I still remember the smell of the printer’s ink when I opened the parcel. I associate it with a great reading adventure. Thanks to you and Don for an informative and entertaining interview.

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    • Thanks for the visit, Audrey. I just remember the magic of those books so vividly. I tried reading The Hobbit again, but it wasn’t quite the same. There was such a mystique the first time. Thanks for reading the interview. I had a lot of fun with Don’s questions and love everyone’s kind comments. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  8. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of participating in Don Massenzio’s Author Interview series. Want to know what I would tell my younger writing-self? Or how long it takes me to write a book? Head over for a quick visit. Many thanks to Don for the fun interview and the opportunity to chat with everyone on his blog!

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    • I haven’t done it since the first book, Carrie. I was so excited about it, and no one but my niece noticed and she only noticed her own name. I imagine it could be fun to leave a trail of clues for a loved one, or something like that. 😀 Thanks for the visit to Don’s blog. It was a fun interview. Happy Writing!

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  9. Great interview! I am such a huge fan-girl of Diana! I think she could write about toilet paper and make it interesting and touching and exciting all at once! It’s not just the stories, it is also the ‘world view’ she shares hidden within those stories. As a reader I think her values and ethics, honed by maturity, depth of feeling and life experience, resonate throughout her work and these are things we cannot copy. This is what makes a writer original. As I grazed down through the comments, I laughed out loud that people might call you ‘Sir’ Diana – clearly not!! 🙂

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    • What a beautiful comment, Pauline. You are so sweet, and clearly have a talent for the written word as well. I shall one day attempt to write a story about toilet paper. Ha ha. It’s already “unrolling” in my head. Yes, I get called “Sir” every once in a while, but D. is gender neutral, so I just let it go. It’s all good. Happy Creating, my friend. Enjoy your weekend. ❤ Hugs.

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  10. What a great interview! I loved learning more about Diana. We have something in common as I was a late blooming serious writer as well. I liked your question about hidden secrets, Don. In my first book, I had several that only relatives and close friends caught.

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    • Thanks, Debby. It’s sort of amazing how much we learn about each other without never having met. I feel like I know you better than many of my “in person” friends. That’s part of the fun of these interviews, and Don’s was really fun. 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by to read.

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      • Me too Diana. I enjoy reading interviews with my author friends. I agree with you that we get to know one another, often better than we know some closest to us. 🙂 xx

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    • Thanks for the visit, Jacqui. I have definitely made changes based on reviews when they’re specific and make a good point. It’s a gift in a way. And yes. That series is waaayyy under-appreciated, but I loved it. 🙂 The best magic system I’ve ever encountered! Happy Writing, my friend. You must be getting close!

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  11. Great questions, Don, and wonderful answers, Diana. I particularly like this one:

    ‘What I do wish is that I’d found the time and inspiration to starting writing twenty years earlier! ‘

    A lot of life experience goes into writing, but time is one thing none of us can avoid. Wishing you many more decades of writing! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for visiting, Brigid. 😀 Doesn’t Don do a wonderful interview? It’s been fun to visit with everyone over here. I suspect I’ll slow down a bit in the future (when my husband retires) but for now, I’m loving it! Happy Writing to you, my friend. 🙂

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  12. I love learning more about you, Diana, who I consider to be a role model. I understand your regret about not starting to writer earlier – I was 62! But like you am grateful to start at any age. I haven’t written a novel but I’m sure I would also edit as I wrote it, since that is my style now with short pieces. I can live with a terrible first draft but even as I type a paragraph am making corrections. Six months sounds like a short time for you to produce such polished results along with all the other things you do, like keep up with your blog and blog comments. Terrific interview!

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    • Thank you for the kind comment, Molly. 😀 The only thing I do is write and blog, and occasionally shower. Ha ha. I love it that our generation is finding such a powerful way to be creative and connect with each other. And it’s not something that requires us to “hand over the keys” for a long time, hopefully. Who knows what’s ahead for you in the writing world. At the very least, lots of fun. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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      • I look forward to the day when all I do is blog and write. My two days of work on Thursday and Friday are getting in the way! Haha! It is wonderful to connect with other creative baby boomers, like you. I am so proud of our generation and our artistic contributions.

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    • Ha ha. It’s so fun to talk about writing, Paul, and Don has some great questions. Part of the fun about interviews is learning how different we all are and how what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. That said, I’m glad we’re kindred spirits! Happy Writing!

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    • But I’m retired, Jen. And I have no life outside of blogging. 🙂 So maybe it’s a good thing that it takes longer for you. Thanks for the visit and I hope you get some writing time in. Above all, enjoy it. 🙂

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    • I don’t have kids at home, Teri. That has a huge impact on productivity! And I’m not working (besides writing). Thanks for the visit and scrolling all the way down to leave a comment. Don hosts a fun interview, and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  14. Nice to see Diana here and learn more about her and her books. I have Caitlyn’s Bane on my TBR list and look forward to reading it. This was a wonderful interview, Don and Diana! Hugs to you both

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  15. Thanks so much for the visit, Janice. Don puts together a wonderful interview and it’s been a lot of fun visiting with everyone over here. I’m so honored that you picked up Catling’s Bane. I hope you enjoy it, of course. Have an amazing weekend and Happy Writing!

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  17. Great interview, Don! In response to the first comment, I know so many (screen)writers who take the approach Diana cites: I want to write the next version of this or that. They look at Game of Thrones and ask, “How can I come up with something just like that?” No one who ever took that view of writing succeeded at it, as far as I know. You have to want to be a writer because you’ve got something to express — something that reflects your beliefs, your worldview, your unique imagination. I never read a story — even the ones that have inspired me — that I wished I’d written; only my own material adequately reflects me.

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    • Thanks for the comment, Sean. Don hosts a great interview and had some fun questions here. I do love reading something that feels authentic to the author’s experience and therefore “original.” Sometimes that shows up in the plot or characters, sometimes in the perfect details. It’s not hard, I think, if the author is invested and digs deep. Have a great long weekend! Happy Writing!

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  18. I am always impressed with anything Diana writes. I like her short responses, almost like flash fiction. I like when she introduces characters​, which I usually think of as sketches. She is amazing in description and ability to have the character walk off the blog post (or book page) and into your mind and heart. I have only read “Catling’s Bane” but have followed D. Wallace Peach for years. She’s a treasure and Don did an excellent job of choosing creative questions, too. Smiles, Robin

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    • You are so sweet, Robin. I feel like blushing at your kind words about my writing. You’ve given me a giant smile this evening. Don hosts a lovely interview and it’s been fun visiting. Yes, we’ve been following each other for years now, my blogging buddy. ❤

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