Let's welcome this weeks Author of the Week, Diana Coombes. Diana is is an author with several books under her belt. Taking time from her busy schedule Diana was kind enough to take time out to answer these questions! Hi Diana, welcome to your interview! Let's start with the books you've published. Hi Elizabeth thank you. So far I've written Sticks and Stones and It Won’t Happen Again. Sticks and Stones is about a young girl who is bullied and how she seeks help. It Won't Happen Again is about an abusive relationship and how Martha survives it. Tell me a little about yourself! I live in the United Kingdom. I am a proud mother of two grown up children and one granddaughter. When I’m not writing I paint by numbers. I’m not naturally gifted, but I do love creating something out of nothing. There's great pleasure is seeing something take shape. What got you into writing? I’ve always loved writing since I was five years old and read my first paperback ‘Katie’. It was a love of words that inspired me to write my own stories. What’s the main thing you love and hate about writing? I love that words can inspire your imagination. From a few sentences the reader can be transported to another world. When I was younger, I would immerse myself in a book and I want to do the same for others. I hate not being able to spend all day writing. It's a nice feeling creating worlds where readers can lose themselves. Who is the worst villain you’ve ever written, and why? Thomas is the worst villain I’ve ever written. He is a bully, and controls his wife with words and violence. Sounds like a nasty character, what is next on your list to write/publish? My next project is I’m at Home in the Dark. It is about a blind, female, food critic. Her husband was an investigative reporter. He received a call in the middle of the night. Hours later he was dead on a mortuary slab. Sarah never believed it was an accident. That sounds an interesting book, who is your favourite author, and why? Agatha Christie, because she created two of my favourite characters – Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. It was difficult for her as a writer because during that time period writing was a man’s world. It's amazing how relevant Agatha Christie still is today. She's a timeless author. Diana, who encouraged you the most to write? My dad encouraged me to write – when I was eight he brought me a pink, petite typewriter and I wanted to make him proud. Oh how sweet, I bet you still have it! Are you as avid a reader as a writer? I’ve always loved reading – you can be sitting in your own front room, and journey to another place entirely. I think most writers love to read although I've met a few who don't! Do you listen to music when you write? I tend to write in silence and have my own writing room at home. If you could interview any famous author who would it be and why? Kathy Reich - I would like to congratulate her attention to detail, and all the twists and turns she takes me on along the way. Tell me a secret that none of your fans know! I’ve burnt a few meals in my time so that my husband will take over the cooking. Mind you he is a great cook. Now I wonder if you planned that! Tell me what your main character would say about you! She would tell me to be brave and follow my convictions. Finally, any words of advice? Join a writing group in your area. It is through meeting like-minded people, you can find the inspiration to write. Not only that, but you will be able to share your writing with other writers. There is no feeling like it. Thank you, for taking the time to sit and do an interview! To keep up to date with Diana please find her at, Author Website: WriterRavenclaw.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/579390078845811 Twitter: @WriterRavenclaw Email: email@example.com Disclaimer. The opinions and views expressed in this article are the interviewees and may differ from the interviewer/general public. The works and images published here may be subject to the Author's Copyright, please do not copy the images as your own.