DIANA MURDOCK

Myndi Talks To...91hG7iHjg6L._SL1500_MYNDI: Today I’m tickled to introduce you to Diana Murdock, author of Souled. She’s agreed to answer some questions over a cuppa, so let’s dive right in!

Tell us – what word best describes you in each of these categories? CARS, BARS, and SCARS.

Go!

DIANA: I had to think about these for awhile. CARS: Fast. BARS: Loud. SCARS: Many.

MYNDI: Holy wow, I’m totally impressed – most writers find one-word answers impossible (including me). Incidentally, my answers would be similar (though longer) with the exception of cars. I like ‘em slow. Yes, I’m the grandma-esque driver folks love to hate.

Moving on…

If you could be a fly on anybody’s wall – living or not – whose would it be, and why?

DIANA: Well, Brad Pitt comes to mind for obvious reasons…but, for a PG-13 response it would have to be Lady Diana. She was such a multi-layered person, and I could only imagine the different issues she had to overcome with her upbringing and marriage into the royal family, and the benefits/repercussions that came with all of that. She was an amazing and generous person. I’d love to have seen her up close and personal.

MYNDI: Agreed – Lady Diana was such a fascinating person. She always came across as such a gentle, genuine soul.

Your picks here have me curious – are these the kind of individuals who your characters tend to evolve around? Do you ‘build’ your characters in your mind, or do they pop into your psyche ready-made?

(Also, what’s your pick for best Brad Pitt flick?)

DIANA: Brad Pitt flick? Troy.

My characters are ready-made. Sometimes I think they are one way, but eventually their actions throughout the story reveal their true nature. I can tell if I’m on track when it resonates inside my heart.

MYNDI: *grin* Troy is a great flick, and reinforces the widely-held belief that Mr. Pitt has NO BAD ANGLE.

So, if your characters come to you ready-made, how do you discover them? What triggers the story for you?

DIANA: Most of my triggers come from conversations or observations where I think, “Well, what if this happened to me?” How would the character handle it? I tend to be a bit of a Sybil-type of person. I go from one end of the spectrum to another, to blend in with the situation, so I draw off that. The paranormal/metaphysics world has so many dimensions to it, there’s always a good story somewhere.

MYNDI: Absolutely – stories hide in every nook and cranny of life…and when you add the paranormal twist, anything can happen!

On the ‘anything-can-happen’ note, would you be willing to share with us your most embarrassing (and funny) moment?

DIANA: You know, I can’t come up with anything! Not that something hasn’t happened…I just can’t remember anything. Maybe I’ve blocked it.

MYNDI: *giggle, snort* I wish I I could block my embarrassing memories. Lucky duck.

How about your characters? Do you enjoy putting them in embarrassing situations, or do you resist the temptation?

DIANA: So far the story lines haven’t needed to go in that direction, but I’m thinking I may have to give it a try in another book I’ve got brewing in my head…hmm…

MYNDI: Mmmm…brewing, brew…

Favorite brewed drink?

DIANA: I’ve been experimenting with brewing my own mix of tea. So far, my favorite is equal parts Yerba mate, gingko, and peppermint. Perfect for winter.

MYNDI: Yummo! I love a good cup of tea. And it’s kinda the perfect subject for my last question. Well, not so much a question as it is a task, for you.

Please write a haiku on the subject of tea.

DIANA: Okay, this took some thought. I think an entire novel is easier to write than a haiku! Here it is:

Anticipation.

Steaming warmth inside my cup.

Crushed leaves come to life.

MYNDI: Love it, Diana. Haiku or novel, either way, you’ve chosen a good profession for yourself. Thanks for popping in!

DIANA: Thanks for having me, Myndi! This was fun!

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img_0249-smldwnlodIf you want to know more about Diana, go check out her blog. And if you’d like to pick up her book, Souled, click here!

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13 thoughts on “DIANA MURDOCK

  1. Angela Brown says:

    Love the conversation ladies! Brad Pitt is such an excellent pick. And Lady Di is one whose life truly was cut too short.

    Diana, loved Souled and so ready to get my hands on Soustice 🙂

  2. Jess Witkins says:

    Fun interview! Liked getting to know Diana more! I must argue that the best Brad Pitt movie is Legends of the Fall. Drool…

    I have Souled in my kindle! Better bump it up on my list. So many good books!! So not enough time!!!

  3. Ginger Calem says:

    Great interview ladies! Also love these because I find out such cool things.

    Agree, Diana about Princess Diana. I still feel so crushed about her death much of your life as I suspect it was filled with a lot of sadness. 😦 And now, she’d be waiting for her first grandchild. *sniff*

  4. Karen McFarland says:

    Nice interview girls! Hi Myndi! Hi Diana! *waves from HB!* Cool haiku. And Lady Di, eh? I can see that, now that I’ve met you. Which I have to say was so amazing, by the way. I’m with Jess. Brad Pitt=drool. Just sayin’. 🙂

  5. Angela Orlowski-Peart says:

    Great interview, you two 🙂 Brad Pitt and Lady Diana are awesome choices – I must admit, I would have thought about them too. As for embarrassing the characters in the story, I’m all for it. It makes them (the characters) show their true self, doesn’t it.

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