Rift Healer is the first installment of the ‘Forest Magic’ series, a Young Adult Fantasy/Romance set in Central and Western Massachusetts.
After a minor earthquake, the enchanted forest in Bidwell, MA, is infested with monster-spewing rifts. Gisele Westerfield’s great nephew, the gifted Micah, and his distant cousin, Selena, arrive to assist. Together with Gisele’s summer students, twins Haley and Lacey, they will try to heal the magical forest.
Much to the consternation of the beautiful Selena, Micah identifies Haley as The One whom he’ll share his future. But after witnessing a terrifying display of Micah’s Gift, Haley cools to his advances and unexpectedly discovers her own Gift– she can heal the earth.
Monsters, mayhem, and teenage angst follow the small group as they confront evil in the forest and a dangerous prediction that ‘one will fall’. Will they heal the rifts in time? Can they save the unicorns? And is Haley really destined to be with Micah?
Diane has lived in Massachusetts all her life where early on, her artistic talents were fostered, though her skills as an “excellent report writer” were often noted in previous employment.
On her brother Rick’s birthday, November 16, 2004, seven months after his death, she woke from an amazing dream which would not fade. She outlined the dream, made a few quick notes and days later produced a 12 page short story. After deciding her story was interesting but incomplete, she began writing her first novel, using her dream as its climax. She now believes the dream to be a ‘Spirit Gift,’ sent by her brother.
Diane continues to reside in Central MA with her husband and a very naughty Basset Hound named Basil and his new adopted sister-Basset, Ruby, both of whom cleverly wreak havoc on the Haynes’ formerly well-ordered lives. She spends her time writing, reading books about writing, talking about writing, painting with watercolors, antiqueing and attempting to train a very reluctant Basil and a willing, but highly comedic Ruby.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Waffles with strawberries and whipped cream.
One food you would never eat?
Easy–Liver and onions.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Rift Healer is a fun and exciting adventure/love story featuring four teenagers, their teacher and various fantasy creatures, both good and evil.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am currently working on “Necromancer,” the third (of four installments) in the ‘Forest Magic’ series. Essentially, it’s Micah’s story, told largely from his point of view. On the back burner right now, is my story of how mermaids and pirates really met.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published?
The ten year old daughter of a reviewer sent me pictures of the book report she did on Rift Healer, with all her artwork, graphs and quotes. It was wonderful. (Also, the day I found out Rift Healer was a Finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.)
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Arizona. I love the desert.
What is your favorite Quote?
“Leap and the net will appear.”
How did you know you should become an author?
I won a creative writing contest in Girl Scouts. I was about eight years old.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Yes, I resonate most with my elderly herbalist, Gisele, who’s funny, sarcastic and gives lots of advice, most of which is ignored.
I am AWESOME on my Etch-A-Sketch.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Twilight, Twilight, Twilight. I loved the series, love the movies. Can’t help myself–I’m a Twihard.
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
See above. (And yet I did.)
Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
The Harry Potter series. It was unbelievable, so innovative, imaginative, brilliant.
What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Curled up on the couch with a good book, my husband, a fire and a cup of tea.
I have two Basset Hound Rescues right now..Ruby, the perfect dog, never does anything wrong and is just the sweetest creature in the world and Boris, a three-year old who stinks, slobbers, barks, knocks over the trash, poops on the carpet and who totally makes up for Ruby’s shortcomings.
How did you go about publishing your book?
I tried for months to get an agent without success and one day I entered a publishing contest. Four days later, the Acquisition Editor e-mailed me and said that although I didn’t win, they wanted to publish my book.
Happiest moment in your life so far?
The day my friend looked at me and said he loved me. I loved him, but it kind of took me by surprise. We were only supposed to be friends.
Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
Oh, I’m a lurker for sure.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
I plot and plan everything. If I don’t know what happens in the story, I can’t write.
What makes your novel standout from the crowd?
Everyone tells me there’s nothing like it.
About how long does it take to write a book?
First book, four and a half years, second, two months. This book, two years. So far.
Do your characters talk to you?
Incessantly, but try as I might, I can’t go back & fix a published book.
Are you for or against books being made into movies?
Completely FOR. (Is anyone listening?)
Craziest thing you ever ate?
Alligator. Tastes like chicken.
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