I love individuals who have the courage to take a situation that normally is devastating and turn it to the welfare of others. The author for today’s interview has done just that. Meet Diony George. Her novel, Torn Apart, released in 2008, shows the devastation that pornography causes in families. Diony was kind enough to share the writing process that brought about this important book.
C.S.: Diony, thank you for being with us. When did you first know you wanted to be an author?
DIONY: I grew up loving to write. Something about creating a visual picture through description excited me. Words can be so powerful in eliciting a variety of feelings and emotions. However, I never thought much about writing a book until I felt strongly, I was supposed to write Torn Apart to help others struggling in similar situations. As the chapters began to fill pages I realized writing expressed a part of me I couldn’t express in any other way.
C.S.: What was the pathway like for you to get your most recent book published?
DIONY: Long and often, difficult! I started writing my book about six years ago; it took me five months to finish. Getting it published was a completely different challenge, including weeks and months when I didn’t want to think about it at all because of how frustrated I had become. The rejection letters from publishers got hard to take. But, once it was time, doors opened, the right people I needed crossed my path, and I was offered a publishing contract. That was a very happy day!
C.S.: Yes, indeed! What got you through those times of discouragement?
DIONY: Patience, prayer, and hope.
C.S.: So, in light of that, what words of advice do you have for other writers who desire to have their manuscripts become books in print?
DIONY: If you believe you have a message to share with the world, never, ever give up.
C.S.: What is your process of writing? Do you outline or just free-flow?
DIONY: I’ve done a little of both, but I’ve learned an outline, even if it is not detailed, keeps you focused and can prevent wasted time.
C.S.: Do you ever experience a snag in a story, a form of writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
DIONY: I find something else to focus on, and when I’m not trying so hard to figure out what should come next little thoughts of inspiration arrive.
C.S.: Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
DIONY: I write much better when it’s quiet, which in my house doesn’t happen until everyone is asleep.
C.S.: Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
DIONY: Richard Paul Evans. He sat at my table at a business luncheon. When I realized who he was, a very successful speaker and writer with many published books including NY Times bestsellers, I was in awe. But he was friendly, warm, and very down to earth.
He made me realize writers were “normal people” and that gave me hope to become a published writer myself.
C.S.: That must have been a wonderful experience. Are you a writer that likes critique groups? What works for you?
DIONY: I don’t use a formal critique group that I meet with regularly, but I do currently get input and varied perspectives from friends and family members.
C.S.: Where can our readers go to find your books and order them?
DIONY: You can get Torn Apart in local bookstore chains, order it from my publisher, Cedar Fort, online at Amazon and other well-known booksellers, or my personal website, http://tornapartbyporn.com
I thank Diony for visiting with me today and applaud her for her willingness to make a difference. Torn Apart is a book that would be well worth your while to read. Make sure to visit http://tornapartbyporn.com for more information.