Diana Nixon is the author of Love Lines, a new fantasy series set in Great Britain. Book one, Love Lines, is out now, and the second book in the five-book series, Songs of the Wind, is scheduled for publication at the end of this month. Nixon’s books are available in both English and Russian, as she’s a native Belarussian. We had a chance to ask her a few questions about her writing process, and here’s what she had to say.
“If you hear voices inside your head, and they talk like you are not even there, you are probably an author.” I don’t know who said that, but it’s so true, as all the dialogue of my books I write in my head. And being an author, I never stop writing. Even in my dreams my characters are still with me!
How does your geographic location influence your writing?
I live in Belarus, but I used to study in Britain and I fell in love with the country forever. That’s why the events of my books take place there.
Has your past influenced your writing at all, and if so, how?
First of all I should say that my past and my present are the main sources of my inspiration. Describing my characters’ lives, their families, their relationship and love I used my own experience, my own memories of my childhood, my school years, my university studies, the memories of my first love and the way I felt about all the above. It helped me to create my imaginary world of the Love Lines series, making a good plot that would be unique and different from the stories of the same genre.
Pick your poison: what’s your favorite writing fuel?
Coffee! I could have never imagined that I would be so addicted to coffee. But when you spend so much time writing and thinking over some new ideas for the book, it’s simply impossible to live without it.
What are your hobbies, outside of writing?
Listening to music, reading books (I can’t imagine my life without them), collecting porcelain dolls and shopping!
I would probably get back to my original profession which is the law. My specialization is international family law. I used to think that it was my calling, but when I started writing I realized that I like fiction more than codes.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
Somewhere where the sun is shining! October in Belarus is pretty cold and I wish I could close my eyes and find myself on some desert beach. But I’d still have my laptop in my hands.
As a self-published author, do you have any advice specifically for self-publishers?
There two main things that every self-published author should pay attention to. They are proofreading and advertising. Don’t publish your book if you haven’t edited it properly and don’t forget to create a personal internet page and join the literary societies, such as Goodreads or Shelfari. A Facebook account would also be very helpful.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment I’m working on the Love Lines series’ second book which is Songs of the Wind. I’m planning to publish it at the end of November. And my next book is named From Scratch, which is a short story about one of the subsidiary characters from Love Lines.