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Marisa Cleveland Hurray!!! Diane, I want to ask you how you chose your hero’s name???
Christy Newton Do you know the average word count for romantic suspense and mystery?
Diane O’Key Risa, a bit bizarre, but he just popped into my head, full-blown, and I knew his name instantly.
Peggy Bennett Hope this all works for the chat. My question: What comes first, story line or characters?
Cecy Robson Diane, your novel sounds exciting. Without giving too much away, what’s one of your favorite moments / scenes that doesn’t involve action?
Lynnette Hallberg What’s your favorite scene from the book–if you can tell it without it being a spoiler.
Diane O’Key Peggy, For me, always characters first. My stories are character-driven.
Lor Huebner The book looks good. Did you have to do a lot of research in writing this novel?
Marisa Cleveland Diane, does your heroine resemble anyone famous or is she based on anyone I might know from today’s stars?
Peggy Bennett p.s. L-O-V-E the ferret!
Lynnette Hallberg I just read Cecy’s question, so ignore mine.
Lynnette Hallberg If you had a single piece of advice to offer a brand-new writer, what would it be?
Marisa Cleveland Diane, mine’s the same question as Christy – what’s your word count?
Diane O’Key Lynn and Cecy, oh boy! My computer did a funky thing and kicked me off. Cecy, your question’s not here. Ask again, please?
The Seymour Agency Don’t forget to keep hitting refresh so you can update the comments! These are some great questions so far!
Christy Newton Would it be okay to resend the same book to an agent if it has big changes?
Diane O’Key We used to have a ferret, and what I describe in the book as to her behaviors actually happened–with me, my son, and our sweet Sheltey, Grimme
Lynnette Hallberg So the ferret, Di, is an example of writing what you know, correct?
Diane O’Key Lynnette, yes, it’s write what you know a lot of the time–the rest it’s what I imagine, or wish, or just love 🙂
Ashlyn Chase Hi Diane! 4 times president of your RWA group? Yikes. I did it once and it was enough for me. How large is your group?
Jen J. Danna – Author It must have taken a boatload of research to handle the historical details. Did you already know a lot of this information or did you have to learn it all from scratch to be able to write the manuscript?
Diane O’Key Cecy, I think the black moment very close to the end of the book–Cort’s devastation–is one of my favorites
Julie Moore Walker Hey Diane! I’m here, I’m here! Woot! Soooo, what does your average writing day look like? Page count? Word count? Regimented? Fly by the seat of your pants?
Vicki Fewell You have been such an influence on so many of your students through the years, was there anyone in particular who served as a guiding force in your writing career?
Diane O’Key Lynnette, favorite scene? Good question. I have several. Cort and Lexi’s first meet, for sure. Their first kiss. The initial confrontation between hero and villain–heroine caught in the middle. Oh, my!
Christy Newton How does an agent figure word count? Is it the count the lines method?
Cecy Robson Your novel sounds like it has a great deal of action, which I absolutely LOVE. What’s one of your favorite scenes that doesn’t involve action?
Marisa Cleveland Diane, what was the greatest challenge about writing this novel? Do you have critique partners?
Lynnette Hallberg I’m not surprised you’re having trouble choosing one favorite scene. Cherish the Knight is full of them!
Melissa Landers I don’t have a question, Diane, but I wanted to say congrats!!!
Ashlyn Chase Oh. I like Marisa’s question.
Diane O’Key Lor, yeah, I love history–and did far too much research–though I never regret one minute I spend learning something new. Unfortunately, at least from my POV, the publisher said the modern reader doesn’t want that much info…hmmm…and I probably ended up cutting about 20 pages from the book. Managed to sneak some back in here and there, tho, in narrative and dialoge 🙂
The Seymour Agency Christy Newton: if you find an agent/agency that you feel completely matches you in terms of career goals, then it’s best to query them with new material – at a later date, you could always revisit the first manuscript for a rewrite – and don’t forget to keep an eye on author contests involving their agents. 🙂
Christy Newton Thank you, that helps!
Diane O’Key Marisa, not really. I just SAW her…talking to the hero, of course. You guys who are more movie/Hollywood savvy might be able to compare her to someone, but she’s totall unique and herself to me.
Lor Huebner Diane, love that you did manage to keep some of the history true to your own words 😉 Congrats on the novel. It’s going on my TBR list!
Ashlyn Chase I agree with Lor. Readers tell me they enjoy learning things about Boston from my novels.
Christy Newton What is the lowest word count an agent wants to see?
Diane O’Key Lynn, as a newly published author, my POV’s probably a bit skewed–though thinking about it, maybe my advice would be the same. Learn the marketing end of things, research publishing avenues…but don’t write to trends–hardly original advice. One thing that’s an absolute necessity in today’s world is computer savvy, something I sadly lack. Every day’s a learning curve–too many of them uphill at the same time . LOL
Peggy Bennett When you discovered your characters, did you picture the ending? And, how difficult is it to create the ancillary characters all around them?
Amy Davis Lillard Diane, tell us are you a plotter or a panster?
Cecy Robson Diane, when my husband walks in on me throwing myself on the floor, he knows I’m writing an action scene. So I must know, do you physically act out your scenes before writing them? I can’t be the only one, can I?
Diane O’Key Christy and Marissa, word count on this one almost 90,000. My short contemporary (not yet sold) is at 57,000. The medieval I’m working on–if I ever find time to finish it…will be 90.000+
Author Jessica Lemmon Congrats, Diane! Just wanted to say hello! 🙂
Patricia Campbell Diane, Tell us about your benefit for veterans book signing on August 18th.
Amanda Flower Diane, why did you choose historicals?
Diane O’Key Christy, if an agent asks to see you ms again after suggesting change, send it, for sure. If not, but you think some/all of the suggestions are good, make them and send it out to others. Word count’s all over the place. One of those things you really need to research by house, genre, and the line/market you’re shooting for.
Diane O’Key Ashlyn, actually, it’s my almost 5th time 🙂 President one year just disappeared without a word after 3 months, and I agreed to finish the year. What was I thinking?! 🙂
Peggy Bennett I would love to stay longer,but my kinfolk are bellowing for roast venison, wild boar and more ale. I leave to check the hearth. (If they call me wench, they’re gonna starve!). I’ll be back later to read all the questions/comments. Congrats again – nothing but the best is coming your way.
Lynnette Hallberg Marisa and Cecy, my crit partners and I have been known to act out a few scenes, too! 🙂
Diane O’Key Jen J, boatloads–not a harship as I said, loving history and having read it for pleasue (Is that weird?) most of my life. but as this book required some very specific historic details, which I hope I worked in in a creative way, I had to do a lot of research on the Conquest especially…then, of course, food, clothing, armor. I loved it!
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The Seymour Agency THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR STOPPING BY! We hope you had fun and had your questions answered. 🙂
Jen J. Danna – Author Diane – thanks for answering. And I hear you on cutting out the research details you love. Yes, I did it too. What do you mean the readers don’t want to know about this totally unimportant little detail? I love that little detail! 😉
Lor Huebner Good to meet you, Diane. Congrats again. Fun chat everyone!
Diane O’Key Amy, I’m a pantser thru and thru–both terrifying and fascinating. See bits and pieces, have to figure out (or my characters do LOL) how to get from A to D. Peggy, this segues into your question. I generally have a pretty fair idea what my ending’s going to be. Not verbatim dialogue, but I see the scene in my head and, for a change, have some idea where I’m going 🙂
Lynnette Hallberg This was great! Congrats, Di!!
Jean Harrington A fabulous historical. I’m nearly at the end–can’t wait to finish. On the other hand, I’ll be sad to have it end.
Diane O’Key Oh, and, Peggy, forgot. for me, they simply “appear” like the central characters
Diane O’Key Cecy, I’d love to see that! And here, after meeting you at our conference, I thought you were a sweet, quiet thing LOL I’m sure you’re not the only one who does this. sometimes, to be sure the action works, I’ll physically perform it, but no…sorry…as a rule it all happens in my head as I put it on the computer screen.
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