The Dirty Dozen, featuring D. Wallace Peach


Well, I’ve been wrestling with a cranky internet this morning. WordPress was just NOT cooperating. I solved the problem by trying it once an hour for 7 hours and ta-da, now it’s working. A miracle.

So my regularly scheduled post is late, late, late.

I had the immense pleasure of participating in a fun interview series hosted by Alistair Lane of Alistair Lane Writes . Al is a poet with a great sense of humor and visits to his site always bring a smile. Besides hilarious zombie poetry, he also has a serious side (I think he’s also a bit of a romantic). You can check out a whole month of zombie haiku on his site: A Certain Point of View.

So on to the interview, I hope it keeps you entertained. I’m turning off comments here, so feel free to clog up Al’s site and I’ll chime in there too.

This is for you, Al.

This is for you, Al.

Source: Alistair Lane Writes 

Welcome to the second episode in a new series, the Dirty Dozen!

I read, and enjoy, a lot of blog posts with blogger/author interviews, and wanted to put my own spin on that. This will hopefully create something entertaining and informative for you, the reader, while sharing what platform I have with the amazing and talented people who have bravely volunteered to take part. Not all of these questions are easy, but hopefully they will give you an insight into the person on the other side of the screen. Ultimately, blogging is all about making connections. Show your humanity, show your love, and support each other. Because really, what else is there?

This week, I’m incredibly privileged to be hosting D. Wallace Peach in the Dirty Dozen “hotseat”. Diana is the author of numerous fantasy books, both traditionally published and latterly self-published, and is also a friendly and supportive voice in the blogging world. Recently she has also tried her hand at poetry… she claims with mixed results, while others (myself included) are more positive about it!

Check out her books on and her blog at:

1 – How in all the gin joints in all the world did you come across my blog?
 – I have no idea, Al. I don’t pay much attention to those things. However, I do remember one of the first posts I read was zombie poetry. I got such a chuckle out of it; I was totally hooked.

(I can sense my wife groaning and saying “don’t encourage him” in the background!)

2 – You, in three words?
 – Clueless, kind, lazy

3 – The last book/ film/ or album that you wish you’d made
 – Hmm. This is a hard one. I’m going to go with a fantasy book: Talion: Revenant by Michael Stackpole. It was written in 1997, but I just read it. A great thing about most fantasy is it ages well.

4 – Where are you now on your writer’s / blogger’s journey?
 – Oh, writing… I’m at my laptop about 12 hours a day. This creative journey didn’t start until I was 50, so I’m making up for lost time. The fantasy genre is as broad as the imagination, and I’m still exploring, pushing my limits, learning from mistakes, and trying new ideas.

I’ve got 8 fantasy novels out as well as a story in an anthology. My work in progress is a 4-book serial that I’ve put on hold in order to reclaim and reissue my traditionally published books – 6 of them. That will be done in August, a huge project accomplished. Then I’ll start on the serial again. Phew. I’m tuckered out just writing about all the writing. Honestly, it’s a joy.

And blogging? I blog between 20-30 hours a week, and after four years, I feel that I’m finally finding my comfort zone. My posts are writing related, not too long, and appear twice a week. I spend lots of time visiting other blogs and love the community out here on WordPress. Hugs to you all!

(Anyone wondering about how many hours a “serious” writer/ blogger needs to put in should read this… I, for one, am incredibly grateful that Diana puts in this time to share herself with us)

5 – A lot of writers and bloggers enjoy taking part in quote challenges, and sharing inspiring nuggets to help their fellow bloggers along. Can you tell us though one piece of life / writing advice, or quote about life / writing, that you are absolutely sick of hearing, that really doesn’t do it for you?
 – Um… well, I don’t necessarily agree with the “write what you know” advice. Of course, it doesn’t make sense to write a book about fixing cars if you’ve never fixed a car, but if I wrote about what I know, I’d write the dullest book in the world. “Here’s a woman typing in her recliner. The End.”

I believe that the human experience is in many ways universal, and the characters’ emotional depth is vital for a good book. We all have that resource within us. For the rest, research can be a blast. I went sailing on a tall ship, and we shot off the cannons. I was the nerd walking around with a notebook asking thousands of questions and wanting to try everything myself. I had a sword-fighting lesson and couldn’t stop laughing. Then there’s the time the end of my javelin flew off and skewered a fencepost, it quivered like a cartoon – do not try these things with people around…

6 – Two true facts about you, and one lie…. Don’t tell us which is which.
 – I used to rock climb some seriously high cliffs.
– As a kid, I had a rabbit living in my bookcase.
– I had a surprise encounter with a bear in Wyoming.

For questions and answers to #7-13 click HERE 🙂