A Chat with L L Diamond and a giveaway!

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.

Have you learned something you didn’t know about Leslie? We hope you did and we hope you will take the time to comment, I know she would love to hear from you. You must comment for a chance to win one of two kindle e-books of any of her books, including her newest PARTICULAR ATTACHMENTS when it is scheduled to be published on September 14.

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Betty Jo
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I have enjoyed all of your stories, Leslie! I am also reading your time travel story and look forward to seeing how your wrap that one up!

Leslie
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I’m thrilled you’ve stuck with me through the time slip! It’s been a crazy road, but we’re finally winding up. I still have one more chapter to write. We’ll see where Ellie ends up. Thanks, Betty Jo!

Lúthien84
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I cannot wait for the cover reveal of Particular Attachments. I am quite sure it will be gorgeous as Particular Intentions. Thanks for the great interview.

Leslie
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Thanks, Luthien! I have a mock-up already and I’m trying to get those last few bits in place. I should be putting it up in the next month.

BeckyC
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Wonderful interview

Leslie
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Thank you, Becky!

Connie
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I enjoy reading your stories Leslie! Keep them coming!

Leslie
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Thanks so much, Connie! I’m so glad you commented 🙂

Elissa
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Loved getting to know more about you Leslie. I have enjoyed your stories and reread Rain and Retribution often. Look forward to enjoying more of your stories. Many Blessings.

Leslie
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Re-reads are awesome! Thanks, Elissa! It’s great hearing from you.

Lis Batten
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Thank you for the tip about the Jane Austen Thesaurus – amazing. I love all your books, but my favourite is An Unwavering Trust. I’ve reread it so many times that now it remains as a permanent resident on my kindle – no point in removing it to the library!

Leslie
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Re-reads are the most amazing compliments. Thank you! So glad you like the Austen Thesaurus as well 🙂 Thanks, Lis!

suebarr
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I checked out the Jane Austen Thesaurus – what a fab research tool. Nice Post, BTW

Leslie
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Isn’t it awesome! It’s good when I just can’t think of a word sometimes. Thanks, Sue!

Patty Edmisson
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Just recently reread Particular Intentions in preparation for this newest sequel. Have loved all you have written.

Leslie
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I hope you enjoyed your reread 🙂 Thanks so much, Patty!

JanisB
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You will never play (piano) really well unless you practise more! LOL! A charming interview. As you know I greatly enjoyed Particular Intentions and am looking forward to Particular Attachments.

Leslie
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Oh, I definitely know! I don’t even play as well as I used to. It doesn’t take long for it to start to come back, but it’s finding the time. Thanks, Janis!

Lizzyb
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Loved the interview and loving your newest story. I had to go back and read particular intentions. Loved the interview and your background. I am a reader not a writer, but maybe if a plot bunny pops up I will be inspired. Thanks for all your literary works. Lizzyb

Leslie
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Thrilled you’re loving Particular Attachments! Thanks a bunch, Lizzyb!

Claire
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Great interview! I am yet to read any of your variations, but I am a huge JAFF fan and have just added An Unwavering Trust to my kindle library and can’t wait to read it!!

Leslie
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I hope you enjoy it! The sequel/prequel (if you read it, you’ll get why I call it that!) The Earl’s Conquest is still my favourite out of the books I have written 🙂 Thanks, Claire!

DarcyBennett
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I enjoyed the interview. I like how Melly was influenced by your daughter. If I ever wrote a story, I would definitely use my family as my muse.

Leslie
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She’s mostly my second daughter but without the mischievous streak. The vignette at the end with all three children is actually something that happened that I wrote into a short. My children actually had a funeral for a puff-ball lobster. It was the funniest thing ever. Thanks, DarcyBennett!

Carmalee
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I’m so impressed with your writing.. I have loved everything you have written. I would love to swim but there aren’t many swimming pools around me. It’s great that you are learning to be a fitness instructor it is harder than it looks. thanks for sharing your stories with us, you are awesome.

Leslie
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Well, when I’m not writing or at the pool, I’m at the gym. LOL! Just kind of made sense. I also think it will help with coaching and swimming as well. Thanks, Carmalee!

Linda A.
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Love your stories — especially Rain and Retribution, along with An Unwavering Trust. I know I have read some of the others, but those two stand out in my mind as I have read each of them multiple times. Keep writing!

Leslie
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Thanks so much, Linda! I always say re-reads are the best compliments 🙂

Glynis
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Well Leslie, what a lot of accomplishments you have. You would have done well in the Regency period. I am amazed at your ability to write one book at a time let alone two! No wonder you can only post one chapter a week of Ellie and Elizabeth’s story. I have all your e-books so it would have to be the new one for me if I was lucky enough to win. Thanks for a great interview.

Leslie
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I rather bit off more than I can chew at the moment 😉 I have enjoyed both, but I must admit it’s a bit of a relief to be winding things down. Thanks, Glynis!

Jennifer Redlarczyk
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Leslie, this was such a fun spotlight! First, I love that you have been able to live in the UK and can see first hand all of our JAFF reading sites in person and I love traveling along with you on your blog rambles, not to mention I know you have met several other UK JAFF authors from your FB postings. I didn’t realize that you do competitive swimming which is so awesome. What a great release for tension. Hmm… I wonder if that will somehow work its way into one of your moderns. And of course, anyone who loves… Read more »
Leslie
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Competitive swimming is only in the last few years. My daughter thought the idea was hysterical, so you know, I had to try. I wasn’t on swim team as a kid and was a self-taught swimmer, so it’s been a big learning curve. I’m also a Level 1 Coach/Swimming Assistant here, so I also work on poolside with the kids. I do enjoy my time in the pool because I have to think about what I’m doing. I can’t stress about everything. Thanks, Jen!

KateB
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Thanks for the great interview Leslie. 🙂 I love all your books and I’d love to see the other ones in audiobooks as well, if possible. (I enjoyed listening to Particular Intentions very much).
It’s so great you have a healthy hobby. Good luck in obtaining your certification.
Looking forward to reading Particular Attachments.

Leslie
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I’ve got An Unwavering Trust on ACX for auditions, but I haven’t had one that I really liked yet. Unfortunately, Leena (who did Particular Intentions) is flooded. I tend to write long books, which means I have to pay a small fortune up front, or I have to catch someone just starting out. The last audition I had the narrator got the name of the book wrong in the recording. Ummm…no! 🙂 Thanks, Kate!

KateB
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Oh dear, I’m not surprised you didn’t accept that particular narrator. Let’s hope you will be successful in your search and I’ll wait patiently. 💗

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