Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Imperfectly Beautiful by Diony George

Welcome to Author Diony George

I’m a wife, mother of seven, and grandmother of two originally from Alaska, but currently live in Utah with my family and now consider myself a true city girl at heart. I will readily admit I don’t miss the giant mosquitoes or the cold and long, dark winters way up North, but I absolutely miss the fresh seafood. Fish and chips made with fresh-caught halibut is my favorite!

My beginning as a writer started in elementary school when a poem I had written for a contest was chosen as a winner, set to music, and sung by the whole school at an assembly. I wrote my first picture book, 11 pages long in fifth grade as an assignment, bound it myself and have read it to my children several times. The next book I wrote, I was in eighth grade, 48 pages long with photograph’s and was a memoir.

The first edition of my first published novel, Torn Apart was released in July 2008, when I was 42 years old, the second edition under a new publisher was released nationally in February of 2009. So…never give up on your dream of writing. I’m currently working on my third novel.

When I’m not imagining a new plot-line or typing frantically away at my computer, I love to spend time with my family, read (my favorite genre is romantic suspense) travel, cook or bake something delicious, sew, scrap-book, or work on crafts.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I hadn’t ever planned to become a published writer even though I’ve always enjoyed writing and I love to read! When I was confronted with the most difficult trial of my life, it was a turning point. The pain it brought was so intense at times I didn’t know how I would live through it, but with God’s help I did. Five years later I knew I needed to write a book. It took another five years to get published and its been quite the journey. My third book will be out in August and I love writing.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The most rewarding thing about being published is knowing I’ve helped others and given them hope by sharing a part of my own journey.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
I would tell them the best way to become a better writer is to read and write every day and if they don’t give up on their dream of being published it will happen.

How do you react to a bad review?
When I first read a bad review, my heart starts to pound and I am hurt. After I calm down I try to be more objective and see if I can use any of the criticism to improve my writing.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I went out to dinner with my family and when my first royalty check arrived in the mail, I made a copy of it to hang on the wall in my office.

What is your favorite Quote?
PRAYER CHANGES THINGS.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I read a lot of Nancy Drew Mysteries.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Victoria Holt, Mary Higgins Clark, Daphne de Maurier, and Rachel Ann Nunes.

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
I would go to an elegant hotel room, have a massage, get my nails done, order room service, read a romantic suspense novel, watch an old Alfred Hitchcock or Doris Day movie, take a long bath with candles, and sleep in!

Any other books in the works?
I am almost finished with an inspirational non-fiction book about prayer, and I’m working on another romantic suspense novel.

Imperfectly Beautiful by Diony George

At 1:30 am, in New York City, Regan Wright is ripped out of a sound sleep with a jolt – her heart thuds in her ears and her face feels flushed. Straining to hear anything out of the ordinary, she fumbles to turn on the bedside lamp. Nothing seems out of place. Suddenly her stomach twists in knots – it’s her identical twin, Rebecca. Something is terribly wrong…
Though twins, Rebecca and Regan couldn’t be more different. One chose a high-profile career in fashion design, the other chose to be a wife and stay-at-home mom, but neither is truly happy and they must discover why. When a serial killer strikes nearby, and the victim looks eerily similar to the twins, they fear that one of them could be next.

Giveaway Details:
1 Ebook of Imperfectly Beautiful
Ends 6/17/12

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