January 25, 2014

Author Interview: Diana Green On the Outside #RLFblog #SciFiRomance

On The Outside 
On The Outside by Diana Green
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
In a not-so-distant future, the privileged live within protective walls, and the rest fend for themselves...on the outside.
From a life of relative comfort and safety, Orla is plunged into a struggle for survival. Her newly emerged phasing powers force her to become a fugitive, hunted by government agents, and driven to the edges of society.
In desperation Orla joins a band of smugglers. Their caravan could offer the perfect hiding place, or it could be her undoing. Much of that depends on Charlie, top gunslinger and 'teeth' of the operation. Will he prove to be a valuable ally or just another kind of trouble?

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Interview with Diana Green

Why did you write this book?
I was driving along in my car, when a song came on. It was The Ghost of Tom Joad by a Celtic group, Solas. Something about the lyrics, really gripped me. They painted a picture of a life living under railroad bridges and struggling to find enough food.
I started writing what I thought would be a short story about a young homeless woman, but the character and setting just kept evolving, until it grew to over a hundred pages. In the process the heroine, Orla, ended up with teleporting powers, and the setting became a dystopian future.
When I wrote about the smugglers' caravan, the story really took off. This setting provided such interesting characters. I had loads of fun with it.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, and combinations of those genres.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Oh dear. That is impossible to answer with only one. I'll have to list a few of my favorites.
Tyrion Lannister from The Game of Thrones, Tehanu from the Earthsea Series, Temmeraire and Captain Laurence from His Majesty's Dragon, Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbit, and Katniss from The Hunger Games.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I don't watch much television, but I love movies. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was excellent. I also appreciate intelligent sci-fiction films like Moon. Good historic films like The King's Speech are another favorite of mine. I have a special place in my heart for uncommon westerns, such as The Gray Fox, A Thousand Pieces of Gold, Appaloosa, The Ballad of Little Jo, and Two Mules for Sister Sara.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am currently writing the second book in my Dragon Clan trilogy, for The Wild Rose Press. The first book, Dragon Wife, should be released sometime in the first half of 2014. The series is fantasy romance and follows a clan of dragon shifters.
Tell us about your latest book.
On the Outside is set in a dystopian future where the privileged live within walled cities, and the rest of the population struggles to survive with limited resources and technology. Some people have inherited special abilities like teleporting or telepathy. These individuals are hunted by the government, in order to be used for research.
The main character, Orla, is on the run because of her teleporting ability. She ends up finding shelter with a traveling caravan, but things are far from simple. Adjusting to life with the caravan and learning how to control her powers provide ample challenge.
To complicate matters, the caravan's top gunslinger, Charlie, takes an interest in her. He seems like a dangerous individual, and Orla is not at all certain how to handle his attention. To find out what happens, you'll need to read the book.

Author Bio
Diana Green

Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been a storyteller, both with words and paintings. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led to her becoming a professional author.
Diana's favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, historical, and romance. She lives in beautiful Washington State, where she writes for Champagne Books and The Wild Rose Press.

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  1. Thanks.

    Things look great. You have a beautiful site here.

    Diana Green


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