Monday, October 20, 2014
HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY TO LENNY LEE!
We hope you are having an amazing birthday!
We miss your sunshine filled blog posts.
We are all sending you lots of love, hugs, and sunshine.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DUDE!!! XO
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
GONZO THE CURIOUS CAT IS NOW AVAILABLE!
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Inspired by my brother-in-law who survived many misadventures and lived to tell the tale.
Illustrated by the amazing MJ Daley-Prado.
Now available HERE
Gonzo is a curious cat who lives on Farmer Louie's farm.
As he learns the many lessons of life by his misadventures, he is often reminded of Farmer Louie's motto, "Safety First."
Farmer Louie always knew that Gonzo's curiosity and adventurous personality would one day get him into trouble.
But when Gonzo finds himself lost in an unfamiliar place, he discovers the true meaning of why it is important to be extra careful and less curious.
Will Gonzo find the special gift he is searching for while lost?
Come join the fun and meet all the playful barnyard friends, Gonzo the Curious Cat, and Farmer Louie.
Learn what friendship and safety can bring.
Gonzo the Curious Cat
Gonzo the Curious Cat
Monday, June 23, 2014
Super congrats on your latest release, Final Trimester. Your medical background certainly brings your books to life! Let's talk a little about what you do when you're not writing. I love writers who are able to incorporate their professions into their writings. It makes their stories so true to life.
How did the idea for Final Trimester come about?
Being an EMT and a Haz-Mat and FEMA Operative for a decade, I naturally implement my firsthand medical and rescue knowledge and experience into all my books. The idea for the killer’s character in Final Trimester sprouted to development the first month I worked in EMS due to an actual individual I encountered. I’m fascinated by intense human behavior that causes extreme chaos and destruction, and I love to see people step out of their comfort zones to stop that destructive person, no matter how difficult the task.
How long did it take you to write it?
I started writing Final Trimester (my sixth completed book) the summer of 2007 and finished January 2009. At that time, that was the fastest I’d ever completed a book, and I did so since I was agented and my agent was eager to submit it out.
My first release, The Hidden Son, was my fifth complete novel and took many years to write (just like the four books before it). Now that I’m under publishing contract with planned release dates, I must complete a new book – start to finish – in nine months.
Any writing tips? Writing rituals that helped you get going?
For the best answer on this, view my WRITING page on my website: www.diannatbenson.com
How long was your road to publication? And how did you deal with rejection?
I started writing my first book in 1993. After completing five books, I signed with my agent in 2007. Six agents offered me representation that spring; it was difficult to choose between them since all six are top-notch agents.
Fall of 2007, a film agent requested a screenplay of The Hidden Son after reading the book. In early 2009, just a few weeks before I finished writing the script, the film agent suddenly retired due to health issues. I never pursued anything further with the screenplay and focused back on novel writing.
Later in 2009, I was offered a four-book mainstream contract, but my husband was just diagnosed with head and neck cancer, so I turned it down to focus on our young family of five. During his treatments and surgery, I read inspirational suspense for comfort and support. I then wrote my first inspirational suspense and loved the genre. In 2011, I won the Genesis in the mystery/suspense/thriller category.
In February 2012, I had contract offer from B&H, a large traditional publisher. My contract was pending for thirteen weeks due to the publishing house facing difficulties (less than a year later they permanently discontinued their fiction department). Less than a month after my B&H contract fell through, Ellechor Publishing House, a small traditional publisher, contacted me and requested me to submit to them. Within days of doing so, they offered me a nine-book contract.
What an awesome story! And I just love how you are able to add your experience into your books.
Where can we learn more about you?
Dianna T. Benson
Dianna Torscher Benson is a 2014 Selah Award Winner, a 2011 Genesis Winner, a 2011 Genesis double Semi-Finalist, a 2010 Daphne de Maurier Finalist, and a 2007 Golden Palm Finalist. In 2012, she signed a nine-book contract with Ellechor Publishing House. She’s the author of The Hidden Son, her debut novel. Final Trimester is her second release.
After majoring in communications and a ten-year career as a travel agent, Dianna left the travel industry to earn her EMS degree. An EMT and a Haz-Mat and FEMA Operative since 2005, she loves the adrenaline rush of responding to medical emergencies and helping people in need.
Dianna lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three children.
Book One in the Quigley Triplets Series
Dianna T. Benson
Paramedic Jodi Duncan recognizes the work of a serial killer before the Myrtle Beach PD even suspects a connection between the deaths of two pregnant women. Despite the vast differences in the two cases, Jodi urges Detective Nate Quigley to think outside the box. After digging deep into the separate investigations, Nate finds no evidence to support a serial killer theory, and he warns Jodi to back off police business, which only fuels her passion for the cases.
When a third pregnant woman is murdered, Nate is named lead detective on the case and works to link the deaths in order to unmask and stop the serial murderer, a disturbed man who believes God and the devil battle inside his head to bend him according to their wills. As he fights both voices, his interest fixates on Jodi when he discovers her obsession with ending his rampage.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
I was on the treadmill at the gym when my husband pointed at the TV. Because it was far away, I couldn't make it out.
"Maya's dead," he said.
Dead? Maya Angelou?
My heart sank.
My husband and I just watched Maya on Oprah's Master Class TV show weeks ago. It was May 11th to be exact. On Mother's Day. I snuggled up on the couch and spent the day watching Oprah's AMAZING Master Mind and enjoyed every minute of it.
When I came across Maya, I felt so honored and blessed to get to know her through her story. I remember feeling grateful to have known her while she was still alive. Little did I know she wouldn't be with us much longer.
I knew a little bit about Maya, but very little. I knew she had inspired millions and that she was a poet and speaker, but I never heard her entire story nor had I ever watched her on TV.
As I watched her speak there was something about her sweet spirit and inspiring words that made me want to reach into the TV and give her a great big hug. I tried to find a way of contacting her but to my dismay, I never could locate her contact info. I wanted to write her a personal note to let her know how much she touched my heart and soul.
Here are a few things I learned about the beautiful Maya Angelou in Oprah's Master Mind class:
When Maya was seven-years-old, she was taken from her grandmother by what she calls her mother's people. She was raped by her mother's boyfriend. Maya confided in her nine-year-old friend about the incident and he told the family.
The man was put in jail for one day and one night and then released.
Maya later learned, the man was found dead. It appeared he was kicked to death.
From that point on, she thought her voice had killed him so she stopped talking. For six years she became a mute. Her mother's people sent her back to her grandma. Her grandma gifted her a notebook and ties a pencil to it. Maya kept this close at her side.
At eight-years-old, Maya started reading and discovers she loved poetry. When she reached twelve and a half years old, she read many poetry books, but it isn't until a lady in her neighborhood brought Maya books, that she's encouraged to read.
The neighborhood lady shook a finger in her face and harassed her for months for not speaking. She'd say, "You'll never love poetry until you speak it."
One day, all alone, Maya tried to recite a poem and finds her voice. She started talking and never stopped.
If that doesn't get you to find your voice, I don't know what would. I leave you all with some amazing Maya Angelou quotes and a glimpse of the video that stole my heart.
I can wholeheartedly say, Maya is one of the most beautiful souls that have ever existed. She truly is an inspiration and have touched many lives. May she touch the angels in heaven and rest with them in peace. I for one will never forget you Maya Angelou!
"Find a rainbow in your cloud. The light is always there. Yours to seek and to find."
"Be a blessing to somebody."
Her grandmother would tell her, "Sister, when you get give, when you learn, teach."
"Try to be the best human being you can be. You can decide life isn't worth living and that would be the worst thing you could do. How do you know...so far. Try it and see. Pick up the battle and make it a better world. It can be better and it will be better but it's up to us."
Lessons to live by indeed!
Remembering Maya Angelou
Maya's Last Tweet:
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) May 23, 2014