Diana Rodriguez Wallach
Today's interview is with Diana Rodriguez Wallach, author of ADIOS TO ALL THE DRAMA. There's even a bonus book trailer to check out!
Also, a reminder: Tommy Newberry, bestselling author of THE 4:8 PRINCIPLE, is chatting tonight at 9 pm ET over at The Knight Agency site. The direct link for his chat is here.
Adios to All The Drama BACK COVER BLUB:
Mariana Ruiz thought she left her summer fling in
Her best friends are little help as
Strained friendships, stolen kisses, and secret loves create plenty of surprises to unfold before the New Year’s bells start ringing…
You can watch the book trailer here.
Interview with Diana Rodriguez Wallach:
You can probably count all of my re-reads on one hand. But that is more of a testament of my personality than the quality of the literature. Once I eat at a restaurant, I often don’t go back. Not because the food wasn’t good, but because there are so many restaurants in the world that I want to experience as many as I can. Same with vacations, I rarely visit a place more than once. Thus, it takes a lot for me to reread a book. I have so many novels in my to-be-read pile, and I want to get to them all.
Have you ever fallen in love with a character (yours or someone else's)? How did that work out for you?
Doesn’t everyone love Edward Cullen and Mr. Darcy? Both characters tug at my heart. Though I was happier with the movie version of Mr. Darcy (Collin Firth also rocks as the Mark Darcy-version in Bridget Jones) than I was with the on-screen Edward. Don’t freak out Robert Pattison fans, I think he’s cute and all. I just pictured a different Edward in my mind.
Was there a pivotal moment in your writing or a single (or plural) epiphany that really changed or improved the way you write?
I think my style changed when I started writing in the first person. My first two novels (which I never published) were in the third person showing points of view of multiple characters. For Amor and Summer Secrets, I decided to switch to the first person and really get inside Mariana’s head. I enjoyed that experience, and I’m exploring internal monologue even further with my work-in-progress (WIP). I actually think my “voice” in my WIP is the stronger than it was in all of my prior works.
I don't think any character really lives and breathes without quirks. Can you talk about that?
I’m always noticing quirks on people around me, and adding them into my characters. I even used many of my own quirks for Mariana in Amor and Summer Secrets. For example, to steal a line from A Christmas Story, I was the “kid who wouldn’t eat.” And Mariana is also a picky eater. She refuses to try any of the local food when she arrives in Puerto Rico. She’s also very stubborn, as am I. I think forgetting those little details is often what leads to a one-dimensional characters.
Do you ever fear that people you've known will read your work and see themselves in the characters you create?
Yes! I often think that, though I usually warn people if they might encounter familiar tidbits in my work. For example, in the sequel to Amor, titled Amigas and School Scandals, Mariana’s brother Vince pledges a fraternity at Cornell. Many of those scenes have roots in the stories my husband and his buddies share (all Cornell frat boys). And clearly, Mariana’s family in Utuado, Puerto Rico touches upon my own father and my real-life family in Utuado. But so far, no one’s complained about the slight resemblances. As long as the story is entirely fictional (which mine is), they’re generous about giving me artistic liberties. And they’re good sports.
If you could meet any fictional character ever created, who would it be and why?
James Bond. Mostly because I’m working on a spy-related novel right now, and I think he could provide some amazing background info.