Diana Anderson

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I was born and raised in southeastern Oklahoma and now live in northwest Mississippi.
As a child, I made up stories in my head while working in the peanut fields on my father's farm during the long hot days of summer. My high school English teacher encouraged me to put my imagination on paper. Many years later, I submitted, Happy Valley and then the sequel, Mississippi Gambler. Both have done quite well.
Although Faded Rose was the third novel released, it was the first novel that I had written. I wrote Faded Rose as a form of therapy during a time in my life when I was struggling with personal issues. Writing has always been therapy for me just as when I was a child and made up stories in my head. Stories have always been my escape route
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Diana Anderson Lorena, Thanks for your question.
First question: Dark southern drama.
Second question: Because of my own life experiences, I started writing as a form…more
Lorena, Thanks for your question.
First question: Dark southern drama.
Second question: Because of my own life experiences, I started writing as a form of therapy. Each of my main female characters are flawed in some way because of an event or events in their past or events that take place during the novel, and how they strive to survive it, understand it, and overcome it.
I posted a blog earlier this week and talked about the subject. As I mentioned in that blog post, I hadn't really thought about it until a reader asked about a character in one of my novels who had become homeless. The reader assumed I must have experienced it to be able to write it so convincingly. I was glad that it had moved the reader in such a way. I told him that there were times in my life when I had been homeless. His question had me pondering on the many troubles my main characters face, and I realized that each of them are a part of me. My heart is drawn to victims of child abuse and domestic abuse, sexual assault and rape, the homeless, and those who've suffered disaster and have lost everything.
Thank you again for your interest and the questions. In case you're interested in reading more on the subject, the link to the blog post I mentioned is below. It's a short read.
http://enteringsoutherncountry.blogsp...
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Looking for a gift for an avid mystery book reader? From now until December 25th, all of my paperbacks are on sale. I’ve dropped the price as low as Amazon will allow. (Amazon offers free shipping on orders over $35.00.) With the purchase of any paperback you can get the Kindle version of that book for free.
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“Always remember, there’s no such thing as luck, nothing happens by chance, and all is by divine intervention. You’re like a magnet, wherever you go, the people you have relationships with and those that are connected with them will be drawn to you. You’re needed, and soon, the little ones will look to you as well. If you let God be your guide, you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime. Jo, take what God gives you and run with it.”
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“Always remember, there’s no such thing as luck, nothing happens by chance, and all is by divine intervention. You’re like a magnet, wherever you go, the people you have relationships with and those that are connected with them will be drawn to you. You’re needed, and soon, the little ones will look to you as well. If you let God be your guide, you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime. Jo, take what God gives you and run with it.”
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