How can you be a sweet innocent teen-age girl one moment and the psychological killer the next?
Follow Dianne Bates’ blog tour and find out how she did it in her thriller The Girl in the Basement. As well as reviews of this riveting spine-chilling thriller each day you will discover the reason she wrote the story, the research she had to do and much more. Comment on any of the blogs and go in the draw to win a free copy of the book.
Monday July 1st. www.creativekidstales.com.au Review
Tuesday July 2nd www.alisonreynolds.com.au Interview
Wed July 3rd www.buzzwordsmagazine.com Interview
Thurs July 4th www.christinemareebell.wordpress.com Interview
Fri July 5th www.buzzwordsmagazine.com Review
Sat July 6th www.elaineoustonauthor.com Interview
Sun July 7th www.kids-bookreview.com Review
Monday July 8th sherylgwyther.wordpress.com Interview
Tuesday July 9th deescribewriting.wordpress.com Interview
Tuesday July 9th clancytucker.blogspot.com.au Interview
Wed July 10th www.morrispublishingaustralia.com Interview
Wed July 11th www.jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com Interview
Thursday July 12th www.melissawray.blogspot.com.au
THE GIRL IN THE BASEMENT
by Dianne Bates
Enter the minds of a psychopath and a defenceless teenager in this mesmerising and timely page-turner, with its unforeseeable twists and edge-of-the-seat suspense.
The girl, Libby, is trying to shrug off a bad date. Not for a moment does she suspect that this night is the end of life as she knows it. The man pounces; Libby is grabbed and driven away. Held prisoner in a basement, she grapples with constant fear, all the while sustaining herself with thoughts of escape. Meanwhile, her captor is engaged on another mission, that of abducting a young boy to complete his ‘family’.
Will Libby ever escape? Or will the man kill her? And what of the boy who refuses to submit to the man’s demands? Can he possibly survive his merciless anger?
Interview with Dianne Bates…
Getting a book accepted, especially when I’ve laboured over it for 12 months or longer. And getting fan letters – that’s really special.
2. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting words to say precisely what I want them to say, but I know that in order to get those words right, I have to persevere and to re-write constantly, and I need to get my work critiqued at my weekly writers’ workshop group and to then get back to re-write.
3. What’s the easiest?
Getting ideas. I also love copy-editing my work; that’s when a lot of poor and mediocre writing is vastly improved.
4. What’s next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
Currently I’m writing a crime novel, with a draft title The Freshest of Flesh, about a woman serial killer with a fetish for disposing of paedophiles. I also am making notes for a junior novel about a boy from a dysfunctional family who is taken into care with his four brothers and sisters.
5. Do you have any tips for writers about the writing process or the path to publishing?
Lots of advice, but know that the road to publication is papered with rejection slips so believe in yourself and your work and be persistent. I once had 47 successive rejected manuscripts before an acceptance. One of my (non-fiction, children’s) books was accepted by the 32nd publisher to whom I sent it. Nobody but yourself makes you write so you need to be incredibly focussed and determined.
Finish what you start. Get critical feedback, even if you have to pay for assessment of your final draft before you submit it. Keep abreast with what’s happening in the publishing market. Now is a time of great change as e-book and book app publishers spring up alongside print book publishing houses. Check out publishers’ websites; see what they are currently seeking and/or publishing. Whenever you can, pitch book ideas to publishers at festivals and conferences. Network; get to know people in the children’s book industry both in person and online.
Finally, read widely and read the best of the type of genre which you are writing.
6. What are the greatest obstacles you’ve experienced on your writing journey?
The most difficult aspect of getting published for me is waiting for publishers to find my manuscripts in their slush piles. This has even been the case when I’ve employed the services of a literary agent: publishers are never in a hurry to read and respond to submissions.
I had a children’s book accepted by a major publisher in 2009 and although I’ve been told a number of times it will be published, I am still waiting for a contract. Smaller publishers seem to treat authors with more respect. There are numerous opportunities for new writers to get their work published these days with some larger publishers only wanting to deal with those who are unpublished; as well there are mentorships and writing competitions for new writers.
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