Ask the Author: Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell

“For those of you who won a copy of the hardback in my recent Goodreads giveaway, fire away and I'll answer your questions as best I can until March 3.” Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell

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Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell That's easy...my first book, The Protest, is inspired by the biggest mystery I will ever come up against. That is, how my only two children were brainwashed by Christianity gone awry and estranged from me for almost ten years.

And the answer to that mystery is the sequel, From Ice and Snow, available free on Amazon, April 19-23!
Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell Oh, Kevin, I don't know. The great and reclusive "one-shot at greatness and she did it" Harper Lee supposedly has a new novel coming out, and the work may be as timeless and insightful as TKAM, and with Ferguson and "I can't breathe," maybe has worthy contemporary fodder to address in her new work. I may just let it slide....

But not in this lifetime. Waiting on the edge of my chair.
Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell Hi John,

Unfortunately, I don't know anything about Smashwords. My book is hardback and recently, I've launched an e-book version.

Have others told you that downloading from Smashwords is difficult? Have you asked Smashwords for specific directions you could publish about downloading from them? Or, if Smashwords has provided you with a mobi file, you might consider going that route. But then, that means your prospective reader has to give you an email address - and not everyone is cool with that.

But if you choose to circumvent Smashwords, you could send your blogger friend a copy of your mobi directly. You might first email a copy of the mobi to a close friend as an attachment and make sure your friend is able to easily open the file. If it's easy to download, and Smashwords is difficult to work with, then you might consider changing your offer and fulfill each one yourself.

Good luck - and let me know how it goes.
Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell I am constantly amazed by the creative process. Here's an example: for a piece of flash fiction I was writing (100 words), I was stuck about how the father, on the ground, could stop a deadly fight between his sons on top of the roof. I got up from my chair and went out to pick some apples from the tree in my backyard to feed the horses later while I was on my walk - and voila! - my subconscious had been directing me all the time to see that the way the father could stop them was to be on a ladder picking apples and throw one with all his might at one of his sons on the roof, who stumbled and lost the knife he was holding.
Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell Everyone has a story. From my experience, the way to move from amateur to professional is:
1) Find a tough writers group that tells you your strengths and weaknesses
2) Read as much as you can in your genre
3) Read books that teach you the craft of writing
4) Edit and polish, edit and polish, re-edit and polish
Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell I'm working on the next book in the series, A Blue Moon Phase of the Heart. It should be released in June 2015.
Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell I am at my best as a spontaneous writer. When I started The Protest, I had an outline that I was following...then Louise showed up (the protagonist's schizophrenic sister). She was such a kick-in-the-pants character that I threw out the outline and decided to keep Louise. It was a very good decision.
Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell The Protest was inspired by the real-life religious hijacking of my two daughters, ages 10 and 12.

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