Author Interview: Diane Stanley

Diane Stanley is the author of award-winning novels such as Saving Sky, Bella at Midnight, and several others. She also writes children's books as well, but today we are talking about her new novel (out on April 29, 2011) The Silver Bowl.

                Unwanted at home, Molly goes to work for the king of Westria as a humble scullery maid.  She arrives at the castle with no education, no manners, and a very disturbing secret: She sees visions, and those visions always come true.One day, while she’s working in the king’s great hall, young Prince Alaric passes by.  Molly finds him unbearably handsome—also unbearably rude.  But what does it really matter?  She’ll probably never see him again.In time Molly is promoted to polishing silver and is given a priceless royal treasure to work on: the king’s great ceremonial hand basin.  But there’s something odd about it.  The silver warms to her touch, a voice commands her to watch and listen, and then the visions appear.  They tell the story of a dreaded curse that has stalked the royal family for years.  There have already been deaths; soon there will be more.As tragedy after tragedy strikes the royal family, Molly can’t help but wonder: Will the beautiful Alaric be next?  Together with her friends Tobias and Winifred, Molly must protect the prince and destroy the curse.  Could a less likely champion be found to save the kingdom of Westria?

1.      What would you say is the hardest part of the editing and writingprocess? What's your favorite?               Plotting is hardest for me.  Polishing the finished draft isby far the most fun.  But I seem to learn something new with every book.  Onmy current project (THE RAVEN OF HARROWSGODE, the sequel to THE SILVERBOWL), I've focused on being simpler and shorter, not letting my imaginationcarry me off in too many directions.   Come to think of it, I learned thatwith SAVING SKY, too; I guess it just didn't stick.2.      Do you have a routine before you sit down to write (a certain spot,etc,.)?               No.  I just go into my office, turn on the computer, andstay there till dinnertime.3.      Do you put a bit of yourself or somebody you know into your heroines(appearance, personality, etc,.) or do you start from scratch?               I put a lot of myself in my characters.  Though you wouldn'tthink it to meet me, Molly in THE SILVER BOWL is a lot like me.4.      What is an average day for you like?               See # 2 above.5.      What books are you looking forward to reading over the summer? Arethere any amazing books that you are reading right now?               Some of the most amazing books I've read recently are WOLFHALL, SPOONER, and ONE CRAZY SUMMER.  I generally read adult literaryfiction, but I'm trying to keep up with the good middle-grade books at thesame time.Thank you Diane!