Guest Diann Shaddox questions from a blog hop
Today we have Diann Shaddox as our guest author.
Welcome Diann tell us about yourself:
Book title: Whispering Fog
What genre does you book come under? Time travel romance
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? One fall night a mystifying fog captures a young girl from the 20th century and a captain of an old sailing ship from the 18th century bringing them together.
Where did the idea for the book come from? I love time travel and the ocean, so it was a natural blend. ••• Keep reading About Diann click read more below
How or why did you decide to become a writer? I have so many stories to tell and decided it was time to write them down a few years ago.
Do you have other published works? ‘A Faded Cottage’ a South Carolina love story.
Who or What inspired you to write this book? It was a foggy night and the story began, of course I love lighthouses in the fog.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? A couple of weeks but then the edits took a while.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? “Whispering Fog’ has a lot of facts blended with fiction, so if you love history then you’d definitely love this story.
What advice can you give me about writing? Just sit down and write, you can edit later.
How long does it take you to write a novel? When I come up with a new idea it takes me a few weeks to write the book.
Which authors have inspired you to write? I love so many authors, one of my favorites is Edgar R Burroughs, and I love all of the Agatha Christie books.
Do you work from an outline? No, I just begin to write, then add an add an outline.
Did you always want to be an author? I’ve always had stories to tell, but wouldn’t take the time.
What is your favorite aspect of writing? Starting a new story and watching it and the characters come to life.
Your least favorite aspect of writing? The edits.
What aspect of writing would you most like to improve on? Learning to edit quicker, it takes me way too long.
What have you learned the most from being in the writing business? It’s a lot more work than I thought and you have to be alone to think in your own world.
How did you choose your characters names and location for your story? Most of my characters names just pop into my head and the location, but a few times I’ve had to come up with some new names. You never know when you talk to me if I might use your name.
Do you have a favorite scene in your book? I love the scene when Belinda is dancing at the Christmas Ball in Drayton Hall in Charleston, SC.
Do you have a character that you identify with? Who and why? I love Santos because of his strength but compassion.What are your hobbies? Reading, writing, and I love to listen to music.
Favorite food? Chicken Fried Steak, mash potatoes, and gravy
Favorite drink? Far Niente Chardonnay
Favorite Color? Blue
Favorite Song? I have so many, but these are a few of my favorites.
Somewhere Out There
What A Wonderful World
Ghost & Mrs. Muir
The Green Mile
Gone with the Wind
Favorite Holiday? Christmas
Favorite outdoor activity? Golf & working in the garden
Favorite childhood food? Home cooked fresh vegetable and cornbread
Favorite memory from childhood? Staying out late at night swinging on an old swing,
studying the stars in the dark sky.
Favorite time of day? Morning
Favorite day of the week? Sunday
Favorite Month? May
Who is a celebrity you admire most? Suzanne Somers & Chuck Norris
Which writer, living or dead, would you like to spend time with? Edgar R. Burroughs
Name some of your favorite books?
The Time Machine
A Princess of Mars
Bridges of Madison County
A wrinkle in Time
A Faded Cottage
Who is your favorite fictional character? To many to choose from.
Hardest thing you have ever had to do? Saying good-bye to the ones I love.
How can readers get a hold of you?
An excerpt of: ‘Whispering Fog’
With the tree clasped tightly in her right hand, her head turned around and she peered over at Neptune. The dog’s barks echoed into the misty night blending with the mysterious voices calling to her. “I’ll be fine boy, but I have to find that ship.”
Why hadn’t her dad heard the strange voices in the fog or the tolling bell from the ship? Her body shuddered. She was letting her imagination grow wild. The whispering voices couldn’t be from the sailors that had drowned hundreds of years ago – The Walking Spirits. If they were real voices, then could the ship in the waters below be a ghost ship? She’d heard tales from her granddad Elias about ghost ships. Ships that had sunk, reappeared and sailed on the open sea with the crew believing they were still alive. She shook her head no; it was just more tall tales like Johnny had said and ghost ships couldn’t be real.
Belinda knew every step of how to get to the bottom of the cliff. This was something she’d done many times, but not late at night or in a thick mist. She took one slow step placing her right foot on a slippery rock. Her thoughts spun in her head. She knew at the bottom of the cliff were huge jagged rocks pointing up to the sky along with the raging waters of the Atlantic, but she wasn’t letting that stop her.
Cautiously, she made her way down the high cliff. She stopped moving. She could hear the foghorn from the lighthouse; her dad had done as she’d asked. The loud foghorn sang in a rhythmic sound resonating as it called out to the ship. Her right foot found the next large rock protruding from the cliff. The muscles in her arms tightened as her hands gripped the rocks.
“DING, DING,” rang out from far below and echoed up the cliff. Yes, there’s a ship in trouble at the base of the cliff. She calculated each step in her mind before she moved even an inch. Slowly, she positioned one foot at a time onto the slippery rocks.