I would like to thank L. Diane Wolfe for stopping by and visiting with us these past few days. Please enjoy the following interview-and leave a comment or two :-)
L. Diane Wolfe the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
Spunky, determined, optimistic!
2. How do you think others would describe you?
Energetic, focused, stubborn, naïve
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
I’m passionate about my husband, my church family, photography, and roller coasters! (No thrill quite like riding a really big roller coaster…)
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
Rocko & Spunky! A few years ago, these little black kitties adopted us. We’d just lost Calvin & Hobbes, so they filled a void. They are energetic, crazy, and just about the weirdest cats I have ever owned! One of these days, I’ll come home and find them on the ceiling fan…
5. What is your most precious memory?
I have two special memories. My father died when I was eleven, but I still clearly recall spending time with him in his workshop, polishing his rock collection while he exercised his carpentry skills. My other special moment occurred during a trip to Scotland – my husband stood on the banks of Loch Ness and it was so magical!
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
My most embarrassing moment is actually someone else’s! I remember dumping an entire large soda down the front of me while at a restaurant. My friend’s uncle just stared in disbelief while my friend hid under the table! (I, of course, laughed myself silly!)
7. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
Probably what I was doing before I got into writing and speaking – photography! I owned a mobile studio and did portraits, weddings, stock photos, magazine shots – you name it! I still love photography and do it for recreation now.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
She was a devoted wife who loved people and animals. Diane was very involved with her Christian family, facilitating the Singles group at her church. An accomplished photographer, her images appeared in many publications and captured unique moments in time. A professional speaker and author, Diane’s goal was to inspire others to overcome their challenges and pursue their dreams. She possessed a zest for life and measured success by how many lives she touched.
(*She did not, however, enjoy writing her own obituary!)
L. Diane Wolfe the writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a “real” writer?
The completion of my first book gave me that feeling, but I more clearly recall the moment when I believed I could be a real writer. My English teacher in 9th grade pulled me aside after reading some of my work and encouraged me to pursue a career. That truly sparked the belief I’d be a writer one day!
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
Putting the finishing edits on the remaining books in The Circle of Friends series.
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
I want to do more non-fiction! “Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK!” really ignited a burn to do more inspirational works.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
In one word – chaos!! I am currently knee-deep in promotions, plus at the height of my speaking season, so my days are fairly chaotic. I do maintain a structured to-do list, though. Fortunately, I have never scheduled time for my writing – I continue to write a little here and a little there throughout the day…
13. Why do you write?
I write to inspire others to pursue their dreams…
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
Definitely my mentor & friend, p.m. terrell. Trish is the most genuine & positive person! She inspires me to be a better person as an author.
15. How do you define your writing?
Accessible, uplifting, and positive!
16. In one sentence—what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
That after all this time, they continue to re-read and draw encouragement from my books.
L. Diane Wolfe the details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
www.thecircleoffriends.net www.spunkonastick.net www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
My fans can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or friend me at any of my social sites – FaceBook, DeviantArt, MySpace – look for Spunk On A Stick!
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
The Circle of Friends, Book I…Lori - $20.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 368 pages, Fiction/YA, ISBN 978-0-9816210-0-5 / 0-9816210-0-7
Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting – $13.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 176 pages, Non-fiction/Self-help
ISBN 978-0-9816210-2-9 / 0-9816210-2-3
20. For new readers—what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
Expect encouragement! Expect inspiration! Expect to walk away from either my fiction or non-fiction with a positive self-image and ready to pursue your dreams!
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers—what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
Through my writing and speaking, I aim to encourage and uplift. Too often, we hear only negative – we can’t succeed, we can’t escape our past, we can’t better our lives. I believe everyone is capable of living a full and rewarding life! The most precious thing in this world is people, and our level of success is determined by how many of those people we touch in a positive manner. If I help just one person rise above a poor self-image and accomplish their goals in life, then that will be a great achievement indeed!