Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dianne Noble ~ an interview and her novel Outcast

Dianne Noble


Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A:   Definitely a morning person! I'm bright as a button at 5.00 a.m. but it's downhill all the way from lunchtime. No use at all in the evenings. Even as a teenager I was always the one falling asleep in a corner, just no fun! I think it's probably to do with the years living abroad as school would begin at 7.00 or 7.30 so we all had to be up at crack of dawn to get there.

Q: What is your favorite season?
A: It has to be spring when the first flowers appear and the trees start greening. It's a time when you can promise yourself that this year we'll have a brilliant and long lasting summer.

Q: When you think of a garden, do you picture vegetables or flowers?
A:   Flowers. Old fashioned garden flowers like lupins and stocks, pinks and snapdragons with bees buzzing lazily around them. Rose beds, honeysuckle scrambling over fences and an apple tree for shade.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all time favorite song?
A:   I love Country and Western, Merle Haggard, Charlie Rich and women like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. Such strong characters. My all time favourites have to be Patsy Cline in second place and Johnny Cash for number one.


Q: Which element of book writing is most difficult for you?
A: I think actually getting the ideas down on paper in the first instance. I've usually spent several months doing a potted history for each of my characters, I have a general idea of where the plot is going (or is planned to go!) and the setting, which has to be a bit out of the ordinary, has been decided upon. Writing the story is the most difficult for me, forcing myself to sit down and get started. Once it's moving it gets a little easier but I still find it tough.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A:   My favourite part is, unusually I think, the editing. I write longhand in pencil on an A4 pad and nothing goes on screen until I'm satisfied with it. I love going over and over the words until they're saying exactly what I want them to say. I adore fleshing out my characters, making them real, feeling people and the best part of all painting a picture of India, Egypt, wherever it happens to be that is atmospheric and evocative. I want my readers to experience my books, not read them.

Q: Your favorite title?
A: One of the best books I have ever read is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It is a quite horrifying story set in Afghanistan and I admire the author tremendously for the way he made the terror of the Taliban leap off the page at the reader, whilst painting a haunting picture of the countryside itself. Afghanistan is on my list of places to visit, along with Iran.

Q: What geographical locations are your favorite and why?
A: My favourites are hot and exotic locations. I always write about countries I have experienced personally and most of those seem to have been close to the equator! I was brought up in Singapore in a service family and have never become accustomed to the cold and grey of England, so every opportunity I have will be spent somewhere warm.


Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A:  I've just finished the first draft of 'Oppression' which is set partly in Yorkshire, partly in Egypt. It tells the story of Beth who is downtrodden by her husband, meeting Layla who is just about to be sent to Cairo for a forced marriage. As the story unfolds Beth travels to Egypt where she seeks out Layla and is drawn into a web of fear and violence.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A:   Hopefully Oppression! I am also re-working A Hundred Hands Outstretched, a novel set in Wales and India, dealing with the issues of paedophilia and child labour.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?

Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.

A:Yes I am. Click on the Url below for the dates.

Rose leaves her Cornwall café to search for her daughter in the sweltering slums of Kolkata, India.

In the daily struggle for survival, she is often brought to her knees, but finds strength to overcome the poverty and disease, grows to love the Dalit community she helps.

But then there are deaths, and she fears for her own safety.

Her café at home is at risk of being torched, and finally, she has to make the terrible choice between her daughter and the Indian children.

Buy links:
Amazon (universal link): http://mybook.to/outcast

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