Author Interview: Diantha Jones

Diantha Jones

Please welcome Diantha Jones. She’s joining us today for a stop on her Oracle of Delphi blog tour. In the past couple of months I’ve enjoyed watching how on the ball she is, and I hope you will feel the same.

1. Please provide a brief synopsis of your book. 

Prophecy of the Most Beautiful is a whirlwind Young Adult adventure filled with magic, romance, and scheming, underhanded Greek gods!

2. Tell us a little bit about what motivates or inspires your writing.

I write because it’s fun. Plain and simple. I enjoy it. I practically live for it. It’s my idea of a good time. I love letting my imagination take over my reality. It’s beautiful.

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3. It’s hard to pick just one, but what do you consider your favorite novel and why? 

I don’t have a favorite novel, but for me, great novels are character-driven. No matter the plot, if the characters are horrible, who cares about the rest of it. I don’t.

4. What is the name of your blog and what can readers expect to find there?

My author site is Diantha Jones. You can find information on all of my books, plus follow my memes M.E. Rant Monday and Show N’ Read Saturday. My book blog is DJ’s Book Corner. You can find my reviews and interviews with other authors there. Plus I host blog tours as well.

Diantha Jones Blog

5. Are you traditionally published or self-published?

I chose self-publishing because 1) I’m a control freak, and 2) I’m a control freak. I love having the final say in the direction my books take and how they are marketed. However, I would still like to be traditionally published one day. It would be nice to have my work reach a wider audience.

6. Can you offer one or two helpful tips for fellow writers when it comes to marketing and publicity?

Propose to social media on the first date. Marry it and make it your life. Traditional or Indie, all authors must have a strong virtual presence. If they don’t in this day and age (and your name isn’t Stephen King or JK Rowling), then call it quits now. You’re never gonna make it in this game.

Diantha Jones

7. Describe your writing background.

Well, I have a Bachelor’s in Journalism, so I’m definitely not untrained. But having a natural story-telling ability is something that just can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. I’m not a big writing conference person, but I hope to change that in the near future.

8. What does your drafting and/or editing process entail?

I write what I see. It makes for a very whacked-out writing process, but it’s how I have to do it. I just now started using outlines, and even then, I still write out of order. I like the chaos. I think it makes me more creative. And I’ve always been scared of beta readers. I have a vision and I want to stick to it. If the book sucks, it will be because I messed up, not because I listened to someone who doesn’t understand my vision. A professional editor is a must. Especially as an Indie. It’s the most worthwhile investment we make.

Diantha Jones

9. What future projects can we look forward?

I have a New Adult steampunk romance series, called Love & Steampunk on the way, plus the last two books of the Oracle of Delphi series. I’m also working on an Adult Erotica anthology with a fellow author which I’m really excited about.

10. Is there anything else you want your potential readers to know?

It would be cool to say my life is as fantastical as my books, but it’s not. It’s pretty ordinary. But maybe that’s why my books are so magical. They’re my own private Wonderlands where “ordinary” folk can become almost anything. In my mind, these places really exist. The people are real and amazing wonders are around every corner. But then I think, if real life was like this, I wouldn’t ever want to write a single word. So I guess, really, my ordinary life is perfect.

You can connect with Diantha Jones and her social sites via her author blog.

Her books can be found on Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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  1. Really enjoyed the interview. I’ll need to add your books to my TBR list…which is growing too large to tackle. But hopefully soon : )

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  2. I love her attitude toward social media.
    I’m definitely married to it! Of course, it’s a polygamous relationship with Facebook, Twitter, Blogs… laughing and tweeting all the time.

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  3. Great interview. I’ll keep an eye out for her books, they fall firmly in the relax and escape category for me. I agree with Candy, the best quote was, “Propose to social media on the first date”. :)

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  4. I am interested to see how the steampunk stories come out. I have been spending quite a bit of time in the genre lately.

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    • Me too! I think that’s why I decided to take it on. Should be fun! Thanks Jon!

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  5. This sounds like a wonderful young adult story. Grecian Gods are in (just look at Percy Jackson) and this sounds like a great read. I know my son will love it. :-)

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  6. Jeri – Wonderful interview and Diantha Jones sounds like a wonderful author. I love her comment about marrying social media from day one!!! That is so true. :-)

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  7. Am I the only person who had never heard of and doesn’t know what steampunk is? I read a lot but that’s a new one for me.

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    • Steampunk is like a sub-genre of sci-fi or fantasy inspired by the 19th century. It’s really awesome and I’m such a fangirl of it. I hope I do it justice!

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  8. Good luck to Diantha in her writing journey! It’s a pleasure to host her blog tour and to bring her work before more potential readers.

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    • Thank you so much Jeri! This was really awesome and you have such a great readership :)

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  9. Loved this interview Jeri. Diantha I love your energy and the confidence you communicate. I’ve never heard of steampunk so I’m delighted Jeannette asked about it. Continued success Diantha.

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  10. I love that she lives to write. It’s great to have something you’re so passionate about.

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