We are featuring a longtime friend of mine and wonderful writer today, L. L. Diamond! I have followed Leslie’s writing career from the beginning and have enjoyed all of her books. She is about to publish another new tale, PARTICULAR ATTACHMENTS, and I know you will want to get a copy as soon as it is available! Here is what Leslie had to say when we asked her a few questions about herself and her writing. Brenda
What are you currently working on and what inspires your muse?
At the moment, I’m working with my editor on the final edits for Particular Attachments and writing the still unnamed time slip posting at Austen Variations. This is the first time I’ve written two such different stories at the same time, and it really slowed me down some. It’s hard when you’re shifting from Regency to modern and a more comedic version at that.
My muse can be inspired by any number of things. I always loved to daydream when I was a child, and a lot of my stories just come from playing out different scenarios when I’m in a lazy mood (rainy days are the best for that!) or ignoring the television when my children are watching something I don’t like 🙂 Sometimes it’s something historical I’ve found online or read somewhere. Sometimes it’s a place I’ve been since living in England.
What prompted you to begin writing and do you write for other fandoms besides JAFF?
I tried to give away a plot bunny to some friends in a chatroom on another fan site, but both insisted I should write it. Oddly, that plot bunny is still in a folder on my desktop and I started Rain and Retribution on a whim. I thought one or two people might give it a look, laugh, and move on. Ha!
What first drew you to JAFF and how long have you been reading it? Do you prefer Regency or Modern? Do you have any hobbies besides JAFF?
I have loved Jane Austen for some time, though I’m still working my way through her books. About 9 years ago, I was visiting my sister in Kentucky and found a popular JAFF book in Target. I’d never seen one and bought it for a look. That prompted a search on Amazon, and when my husband objected to my reading bill, a search online where I found fan sites.
I enjoy Regency and Modern and I have different authors who are my favourites for both.
Hobbies are crazy for me. I have done or tried so many different things since I was a child. I never practice these days, but I can play flute and piano (I do practice that from time to time), I can draw and paint, and I swim competitively with a local Masters team. Because I swim, I also try to get to the gym pretty regularly to help out my swimming. I’m currently studying to get certified as a fitness instructor and spin instructor since those are my favourite ways of working out. I had someone lend me her old text books today and I’m a bit wide eyed at it all. Hopefully I make it through!
What are three of your favorite resources to turn to when writing?
Depends on what I’m writing! For Regency stories, like Particular Attachments, one of my favourite resources is Online Etymology Dictionary. I don’t catch every word that is out of place during that time period, but between myself and my beta redhead, we do catch a fair number that slip through. It’s so easy for them to do so, too! Another is Regency Encyclopaedia. It’s a pretty awesome resource with a lot of information in one place. I also love the time and distance maps as well as the fashion encyclopaedia. Colours were rather specifically named, so it’s helpful to use those and know what was in fashion for gowns, outerwear, gloves, etc. Lastly, is probably Write Like Austen, or as I like to call it The Austen Thesaurus. Type in a word and it will tell you if Austen used it, how many times, alternatives, and how many times she used the alternatives. I don’t use this one as much as I should, but it’s a great resource!
Are there any people in your life who have inspired certain traits in your character or scenes?
Oh! This question is evil! Yes, definitely. I don’t know of many authors who can keep things like that out. I think my male leads almost always have a trait or two of my husband. I don’t ever think I’d include a character that’s completely him, though. He’s mine and I don’t like to share 😉 My daughters have influenced the character of Melly in A Matter of Chance, and I’ve used things people have said or names that I like for some reason in my work. It’s a lot of fun. I also had two minor characters in A Matter of Chance that were modelled after friends I had in college/university. I did change the names, but I couldn’t resist including them because they were such characters.
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