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Meet The Author: Diane Woods

Diane has bee writing transgender fiction a long time but only in 2021 decided to publish new material on Amazon. Since then, she has rediscovered her love of writing fiction – transgender fiction, to be precise.

When did you start writing books and what was your inspiration for it?

I started writing before I knew how to write. One of my early memories is sitting behind an easy chair, scribbling lines on paper, and telling my family I was writing a story. I was probably five years old.

What was your first book that you wrote?

I wrote some technical books and articles over the years. Then, about twenty years ago I wrote some TG novels for a specialty publisher called, I think, Reluctant Press. I wrote several of those books but never made more than a pittance so I concentrated on my day job. Then, two years ago, I learned about how one could self-publish books on Amazon. My first book there was Becoming Eleanor, and it’s been non-stop since then. In two years, I’ve published ten novels there—and I’m in the middle of number eleven.

Why did you decide to become an author?

Never felt like I had a choice. It was something that intrinsic to me.

What has been the high point of your career?

I’ll let you know when it happens. But every time a reader writes a favorable review of one of my books, on Amazon, I feel like I’ve just won the Booker Prize.

What are your favourite stories to write?

I’ve really enjoyed writing different genres the past two years. Some of these books have been coming of age stories that were fairly realistic but some others were a couple of what I call Twilight Zone style stories—Solstice and Devil’s Due. Then last year I wrote a Harry Potter style fantasy/adventure story called Transfiguration, with a teen trans witch in training. After that, I wanted to try my hand at a detective novel—that was Goethe Street. I enjoyed that so much that I’m currently writing a sequel to that, called Shadowland. After that, I think I’ll do a sequel to Transfiguration.

What makes your heart race as a reader, and also a writer?

I just love good storytelling. I love the Patrick O’Brian seafaring novels featuring Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. I’ve also obsessively read all the Bosch detective novels, and I’ve started reading a series of Chicago-set private eye novels by Michael Raleigh. But I’ve also loved Tolkien, and Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and especially Robert W. Chambers. Maybe at heart, I’m just an old time pulp writer, only for transgender-themed stories. That’s why all my Amazon books are subtitled A Transgender Tale, I guess.

I love stories that transport me and share compelling characters.

What is your favorite book that you have written?

Whatever book I’m in the middle of writing, at the moment.

What is your best selling book, and do you know why it sells so well?

Transfiguration. Not sure why. Maybe readers were interested in a Harry Potter style story with a trans heroine, but that’s just a guess. Close behind has been my latest book, Goethe Street, which is a very different kind of story.

How do you keep your ideas and stories fresh?

I don’t know. For me, writing is almost a subconscious act, letting stories flow and then applying a little judicious editing and conscious thought to make sure things work out properly.

Do you have a writing routine?

I write almost every day, mostly late at night, but also sometimes during the day.

What’s the secret to a strong title and great cover art?

Titles come first to me, and that’s a sort of spontaneous thing. As for cover art, seeing as how I self-publish these Amazon books, I use various apps to create cover art, usually starting from photos.

Transfiguration a transgender tale by diane woods.

Do you enjoy hearing from readers?

I absolutely love hearing from readers. Good feedback is greatly encouraging, and critical responses often help me to improve my efforts.

Which authors inspire you?

Patrick O’Brian, Michael Connelly, Elmore Leonard, Rod Serling, Robert W. Chambers, Michael Raleigh, Stieg Larsson, Ambrose Bierce.

How much of your work is based on personal experience versus fantasy?

A fair bit of my work includes autobiographical details, or details from the lives of people I’ve known.

Do you friends and family know that you are an erotic author? If so, how did they react when they found out?

I don’t really consider my work to be erotica, exactly, although most of my books have some sexual content. But transgender fiction would not be everyone’s cup of tea so I’m careful about sharing that information. My husband knows about my work, and a few friends, but otherwise I just concentrate on doing the work.

What mistakes have you made in your career?

Not writing every day, up until the past two years. Writing fiction, that is—I wrote technical stuff just about every day. But I didn’t make time for creative writing, on a regular basis, until recently.

What have been your personal triumphs?

Building a life as a trans woman in spite of all the obstacles and prejudice of this world.

What advice would you offer a writer who wants to embark or a successful erotica career?

Write. Just write. Use the online tools we have to let the world know about your work, but first of all, just write.

2 thoughts on “Meet The Author: Diane Woods”

  1. It’s great to see someone who has ‘made it’ in many ways when it comes to writing and publishing.
    The most impact for me in this entire interview was when I read the phrase ‘Building a life as a trans woman ….’
    A great interview, and another author whose work I’ll have to investigate.

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