Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – Fantasy Author D. Wallace Peach

I’m having a latte over at Sally Cronin’s Cafe and Bookstore this morning. If you have a chance, stop by 🙂

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Sally's Cafe and Bookstore

Welcome to the weekend edition of the Cafe Author Book Reading and Interview and my guest this week is prolific fantasy writer D. Wallace Peach. Yesterday I featured her latest release Oathbreaker’s Guild – The Rose Shield Book II and before we get into the interview here is a little more about Diana.

D. Wallace Peach was a kid with books in her blood, though she didn’t know it until the day she opened a book titled The Hobbit. Tolkien … literally changed her life.

Diana loves writing and has the privilege to pursue her passion full time. She’s still exploring the fantasy genre, trying out new points of view, playing with tense, creating optimistic works with light-hearted endings, and delving into the grim and gritty what-ifs of a post-apocalyptic world. She wonders if one day she’ll settle into something more predictable. Probably not. It’s simply an uncharted journey, and…

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36 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – Fantasy Author D. Wallace Peach

  1. When you say you write the whole story at once, do you mean you go on retreat and write the entire draft? Or do you mean that you don’t work on any other story while working on one? I have run into some difficulty in my series because I set it aside for a few months to release the book in my other line. It’s hard to get my head around what I have written. I’m about to do an outline, which I’m sure will solve it. But how do you write it ‘all at once?’

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  2. Great interview and excerpt, Diana! I agree, an outline is a definite aid when it comes to plotting a course through the book. I’ve not heard of Dan Wells’ 7 steps before, but I’m checking into it. Sounds like it might work for me 🙂 Good luck!

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    • I use Dan’s 7 Steps loosely, Julie, but I do find it helpful as I evaluate my outline, and I have made tweaks based on the recommendations – strengthened certain elements, for example. Thanks for checking out the interview. It was fun to get some targeted questions. Have a great Sunday!

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  3. Steven Baird says:

    Congratulations again, Diana. Truly well deserved. 🙂

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  4. Bringing my cup of (herbal) tea over to Sally’s. See you there, my friend. ❤

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  5. Great interview, Diana. I left a question over on Sally’s blog.

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  6. Fabulous interview, Diana! I love that you went indie, and I can tell you are so happy with that decision!

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    • Thanks for the visit and comment, Kathryn. I was not a happy camper as a tradionally published author, and am so relieved to be in charge of my destiny. I’m glad you can tell. It’s not easy, but it is a lot of fun to be fumbling through this with the support of so many friends. Hope you’re having a great Saturday. ❤

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  7. staceywilk says:

    Great interview, Diana! I wish you much success with your books. (I’m an outliner too.)

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    • Thanks for reading, Stacey. My first book was pure pantser and I ended up having to cut 60,000 words over 2 years. Talk about a need to tighten! Ha ha. Never again. Ever since then, I’m an avid outliner. Happy Writing!


  8. Great interview Diana. I enjoyed learning more about you.

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  9. Christy B says:

    I’ll take my coffee cup over there and join you, Diana! See you at Sally’s cafe 🙂

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  10. Heartafire says:

    I enjoyed this look into the author D. Wallace Peach; I’ve admired her writing for a long time…it’s great to read more about her and her published works. Congratulations on your latest release Diane ❤

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  11. What a wonderful interview–as well as Sally’s other articles. I’m thinking I need to subscribe.

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    • I don’t know how Sally does it, frankly. She explained it once, but I still don’t thinks she sleeps, or she has elves who work for her at night. 🙂 Her support of other authors is amazing. Thanks, Jacqui. ❤


  12. Diana, congrats on this lovely post at Sally’s. Well deserved. Mega hugs.

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  13. Joanne Sisco says:

    Diana – it’s always a treat to read about you and your journey as a writer. Sally did a great job in this interview.

    You answered a question I had always wondered about … how a multi-book story like the Rose Shield evolves. Having an outline – or a roadmap – for the story makes sense to me, although I suspect that sometimes your story lines end up in places you hadn’t intended.
    Do you wrestle it back onto the main road again or occasionally rethink the outline based on ‘new information’?

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    • Hi Joanne! Thanks for visiting. I work closely with an outline – I have to or I’d be wandering all over the place. That said, characters are their own people and they often insist on changes. I make them sit down with me and revise the outline to incorporate the new information. Letting the story evolve and the openness to change is what keeps the writing process exciting. Have a great weekend, my friend. Happy travels!

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