What Would You Like to Know?

Flower Question Mark-page-0 (2)This post is a little different for me, but I am hoping some of you might be able to help.
Regarding my novel, A House Near Luccoli published by All Things That Matter Press: I will be doing an interview in early April for Unusual Historicals, a blog where historical authors brave the wilds of unusual settings and times to create distinctive, exciting novels just outside of the mainstream.
For those who don’t know, the novel imagines a fictional intimacy with one of the most legendary and yet obscure composers of the 17th century, Alessandro Stradella. Set in Genoa where Stradella seems to have made a new start after being involved in scandals that forced him to flee Rome, Venice and Turin, his professional and personal life have begun to unravel once more. The novel begins as he moves into a new apartment to the curiosity and consternation of its caretakers. At first, one of them, Donatella, is in awe of and certain she will have little to do with Stradella. Slowly, his ego, playfulness, need of a copyist and camouflage involve her in an inspired and insidious world, exciting and heartbreaking as she is enlarged by his magnanimity and reduced by his missteps, forging a friendship that challenges how far she will go.
Of course, if you have read the novel or are reading it, I would love to know what you would like to know about it.
Even if you haven’t read it, I would greatly appreciate any suggestions on the kind of questions you might like to ask an author about their work specifically or generally or otherwise. (You can read more about the novel at its page on my website.)

Cover Artwork by DM DentonCopyright 2012

Just put any suggestions in a comment to this post. All those who do offer interview questions will go into a draw for a free Kindle or NOOK Book edition of the novel. (If you already have a copy, it would make a great gift!)
I look forward to your ideas! Thank you in advance.

PS: Likes, Ratings, and Reviews are always welcomed, whether on amazon.com, barnesandnobleGoodreads, or all three – and don’t forget my Facebook Author Page! (I am always willing to return the favor.)

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12 thoughts on “What Would You Like to Know?

  1. And a question from M.M. Bennetts:
    ‘Exactly how do you write about music? How do you convey in words that rainbow of emotions that music can elicit in our heads and heart and against which we can construct no barrier?’
    Thank you!


  2. Here is a question from Angela Nevitt through Facebook:
    ‘Were you tempted to write your own personality into any of the characters, and/or who do identify the most with, and why? Do the characters still “come alive” for you off the pages, in ways not written?’
    Thank you, Angela!


  3. Hi Diane,

    My question is very similar to Lauren’s but I jotted it down last night and intended to copy and paste it here so I will still do that. i may thing of something else of course, in which case I will ask that too if thats ok. My question (s) is/are below

    When were you first introduced to the music of Alessandro Stradella? And how did the interest/fascination in him grow to the point of wanting/needing to write about him?


  4. Hi Diane, This is so exciting for you, Congratulations! I’d like to know what inspired you to write about Stradella…You may have already answered this, too, but this is usually the first thing I think of when someone writes a book…many hugs!


  5. Hi Diane, congratulations with the interview, I would like to know if the house is still there 🙂 and did you visit? (Maybe you said so somewhere, but I don’t remember.) xx


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