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In Conversation With “D.Wallace Peach” from “MythsOfTheMirror🐉” #AuthorInterview

Omigod! I am just so super excited to start with my Author Interview Series with one of my favourite Blogger (Myths of the Mirror) who is equally an awesome Fantasy writer. I personally like her more because she has helped me extract my (not-so-great, being humble☺) writing talent, hidden deep inside some dark corner of my heart❤ scared of coming out in front of the world😵

(Now the question in your mind would be) How she did that?🤔 Her monthly #writingprompts. If you haven’t participated yet, don’t forget to miss the next one.

I wanted to know more about her and then I thought the other Fantasy readers too, wanted that. So, here I am with this smashing Interview for you all to know more about none other than D.Wallace Peach.

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1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

First, Himani, I want to thank you for this lovely opportunity to be interviewed for your blog. It’s so kind of you, and I’m delighted and honoured to be here. I’m looking forward to meeting your followers and chatting about writing and books. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I enrolled in every writing course offered in college, but I never actually had the thought, “I want to be a writer.” Writing happened more by default, a way to fill some rare free time after my husband’s work required us to relocate. He suggested, “Why don’t you write a book?” I replied, “Okay.” And then I did. That first book was horrible, of course, and it took years of rewriting and editing before I found a publisher, but by then, I was hooked!

2. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

That depends on the age. A princess and ballerina first😅. Then during my teens, I wanted to be an outdoorswoman and go on wilderness adventures! In college, I studied acting and did a touch of theatre upon graduating. But as life often requires, I needed to be practical more than artistic, and eventually, I got a job that would pay the bills. Honestly, it wasn’t until I reached the age of 50 that I had the opportunity to discover what I really wanted to do when I grew up!

3. When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I wrote my first book at the age of 50. I think about all the writers that started in their teens, twenties, thirties, and how much more experience I could have collected if I’d begun decades ago. Sometimes I wish I had discovered my passion for words earlier, but life can be funny like that, and I’m immensely grateful that the opportunity finally arrived. It goes to show that it’s never too late to explore, learn, grow, try new things, and find something you love to do.

4. Which is your favourite book that you have written so far? And why? Also which writer do you love reading?

Oooh, hard questions! Sunwielder is a book that I’m immensely proud of, and it’s my husband’s favourite. It’s a time-travel story, and the premise has profound meaning to me. It deals with how each tiny choice we make resets the direction of our lives. It also touches on how the unfortunate events that befall us may contribute ultimately to positive outcomes. The main character, Gryff, is given a series of chances to go back in time and choose differently, thus changing his future and the futures of all those he encounters along his life’s journey. I love reading and there are a bunch of authors I enjoy! Tolkien introduced me to the magical world of books at a time when I thought reading was incredibly boring! The Lord of the Rings literally changed my life and remains a favourite for that reason. I read a lot of dark fantasy from authors like Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence, and Scott Lynch. I love any book, regardless of genre, if it’s filled with beautiful writing, luscious words, and deeply drawn characters.

5. What do you think makes a good story?

I think the answer to this question isn’t universal since we’re all different regarding our reading tastes. I’m a sucker for great characters. That comes first and foremost, more important than plot, pacing, action, or description. If the characters are emotionally flat, lacking in complexity, or don’t behave realistically, the best plot in the world won’t save a book for me. I also like the complexity of worldbuilding. Not that a book needs to be loaded with details, but the world has to be deeply planned so that I completely fall for its reality. I love becoming immersed in stories. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy reading big fat series.

6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Stories pop into my head at odd times. I might be driving or gardening or watching the news. I might be reading a book that sparks a sideways-related idea. Soul Swallowers was triggered by a writing prompt, The Sorcerer’s Garden by my brother’s death, The Bone Wall by the Iraq War. Now that I think about it, I know the seeds from which each of my stories grew.

7. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

For the first 7 years of writing, I wrote 10-12 hours a day, 6 days a week. I was a woman obsessed! Then my blog started getting busier and busier and busier, and the number of hours available for writing shrank and shrank in response. Now I try to write 4-6 hours per day with a goal of at least 1K words. Balancing the time required for blogging has been a continuous process. I think we have to actively safeguard the things in our lives that are important to us including the time to indulge our creative passions (which too often get pushed to the back burner).

8. Do you believe in writer’s block?

Not really. Or, I should say, I don’t allow myself the indulgence of a block. I have a lot of self-discipline, and I write no matter what, no matter how painful it feels to get the ugly words out. Often, just forcing myself to sit there and write crap for a couple of hours loosens the knot or helps me understand the problem that prevented me from moving forward smoothly. Outlining is very helpful in this respect. It gives me an idea of where I need to go, and I go there even if I find out later than it’s the wrong direction.

9. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I like physical labour, gardening and building things outside in the sunshine. I also volunteer in my town, and I like being creative in different ways, though I’m an amateur at all of them. My home is in the Dragon Wood🐉, and we have a gnome tree as well as a friendly troll, guardian snails, and baby dragon nests. My grandson, the Gnome King, and I spend a lot of time hunting for treasure in the woods😍. And finally, of course, I love to read.

10. Do you have any suggestions to help our readers become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Excelling at writing is an ongoing process and like anything we do, we improve with practice. Write every day, read great authors, read blogs and books about writing. Become a sponge for information on the craft, and then write some more. At the same time, be true to yourself and honour your work. Love what you do. The MOST important thing I did for my writing career was to join a writer’s group. For five years, I met face to face with other fantasy writers, and during that time, I received loads of constructive criticism. They could see the problems in my work that I couldn’t. I became a glutton for criticism because each thoughtful critique made my writing stronger. It still does!

Thank You, Diana!

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183 thoughts on “In Conversation With “D.Wallace Peach” from “MythsOfTheMirror🐉” #AuthorInterview

  1. Julie Holmes, author says:

    Wonderful Q&A! Love the Dragon Wood; what wonderful adventures you must have with the Gnome King. Haven’t put the garden in quite yet; it’s all of 50 degrees for a high this week, which is almost 20 below average. Then again, that gives me more time to write, right? I like your approach to “writer’s block”. I am slowing learning that trick–just write ugly until the creative knot straightens out. 😀

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    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      Thanks for stopping by to read, Julie. I’m planting my garden this weekend (I think). And next weekend the Gnome King will be here hunting for treasure. I love this time of year, but it gets so busy! Yeah, I power through writer’s block and it really does loosen things up. I’m glad that seems to work for you too. It’s torturous, but it works. 🙂 Happy Writing and Happy Gardening!

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  2. rijanjks says:

    You know, one of the most wonderful things about blogs is they stick around forever! This was posted on Rob Goldstein’s blog site yesterday and even though I read it before, it was fun to read back through again. I picked up some things I didn’t see the first time around like where Diana lives. 🙂 Such a great interview!

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    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      You read it twice?! Ha ha. You’re a trooper, Jan. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I like learning about other authors too, especially after getting to know them for a while through their blogs. Thanks so much for visiting and reading. Himani has been a wonderful host and I’m delighted to hang out on her blog. 🙂

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  3. Jacquie Biggar says:

    Enjoyed this interview with Diana and her lovely books! I found it interesting that she did some acting as a young woman and am curious if she thinks this helps her imagination soar for the types of stories she writes?
    Love, Love Soul Swallowers, by the way!

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    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      Thank you, Jacqui. Hm… the acting. I learned “method acting” which included writing backstories for my characters, exploring goals/motivations, strengths and flaws and blind spots. I do the same for my book characters, writing bios for them before I start a book. So maybe the answer to your question is Yes. 🙂 And thanks so much for the comment on Soul Swallowers. I’m just thrilled that you enjoyed it! Happy Writing!

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  4. Darlene says:

    A wonderful interview with an amazing writer. Proof that you can follow your dreams at any age. I agree with Diane’s advice to writers as well. Joining a writing group is so important.

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    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      Thanks for the visit, Darlene, and for the comment on the recommendation to join a writer’s group. Mine was critical to my growth and it turned me into a glutton for constructive criticism. 🙂 I never would have published without the support of those generous authors. I’m just tickled by your kind comment. Have a fabulous week. ❤

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  5. Marcia says:

    Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    Lovely interview with one of my favorite writers, D. Wallace Peach. And I like that she chose Sunwielder as her favorite of her own books. It’s mine, too. If you haven’t read it, you really should. Check out the interview for yourself, and learn more about this very nice and talented author who, like me, started her writing career later in life. Then pass it along to all your favorite social media sites. Thank you, Himani and Diana, for a fun and interesting read. 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      Oh, Marcia. You made my day with the awesome comment! You’re a writer’s best friend as well as a talented author yourself. I appreciate the share too, of course. Have a wonderful week ahead, and Happy Writing! Here’s to late bloomers!

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      • Marcia says:

        As we say around here, I calls ’em as I sees ’em. 😀 I’ve loved each of your books that I”ve read to date, Diana, with Sunwielder being my favorite, and I’m happy to recommend it. I’m also happy to share this interview, and hope passing it along brings you a lots of new eyes on your work.

        Thanks for the wishes for the week ahead, and I hope yours is a happy, productive week, too! I like to think you and I have saved our best “career” for our last. Long may we indulge our passion for writing! 🙂 ❤

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  6. acflory says:

    Great interview! When I read this:
    ‘If the characters are emotionally flat, lacking in complexity, or don’t behave realistically, the best plot in the world won’t save a book for me.’
    I feel as if Diana and I are kindred spirits. Goes without saying that her characters are always vividly human. Her world building is pretty good too. 😀

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  7. Robert Matthew Goldstein says:

    Thank you for this interview with one of my favorite writers. I always enjoy reading Diana’s thoughts on writing and feel as if I’ve done a good job when she leaves a positive comment on my work. It’s great to see another interview with you, Diana. 🙂

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  8. EDC Writing/Believing Sight Unseen says:

    Thanks to you, Himani, I know a few more things about Diana, which has got to be a good thing! Like so many, I’ve got to know Diana a little through her blog and the odd exchange of comments – always so positive, so encouraging, I’m not sure she knows this but she inspires me, a man of so few words, and hours put in compared to her. I’ll put it down to age, mine not hers, so young to start at 50, I started creative writing at the age of 60 after decades in the ‘publish or perish’ scientific world. For me, Diana is like the best of scientists I’ve ever collaborated with, you just know you’re in the presence of an imagination, a mind without limits.

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    • Himani says:

      Your welcome ❤ I really appreciate that you took out a little time to tell us what you think about Diana and you are so true because she is actually very inspiring and encouraging as a person. I personally find her to be a very supportive person and really love her positive attitude. Thank you once again for stopping by and reading through her words.❤❤❤

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    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      What a lovely comment, Eric. You started my day with a giant smile, and I’m delighted that we’ve connected. It’s interesting to me how some blogging relationships click and others fade away – typical of life, I guess. I started out writing procedures manuals. Ha! I like fiction much better. And the great thing about writing is that we are never too old to start or keep going. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Writing.

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  9. Teri Polen says:

    Himani, thanks for hosting Diana – I loved learning more about her. Diana, I wonder the same thing also, about what would have happened if I’d boarded the writing train earlier in life. But at least we’re both here now. I enjoy thinking about you and The Gnome King having exciting adventures in the forest!

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    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      I admire women who work, raise children, keep a household running, and miraculously find time to write, Teri. There was NO WAY I could have done it. But better late than never, and I love it that we can continue writing into old old old age. 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment. Happy Writing!

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  10. J.D. Riso says:

    Great interview with a wonderful writer. Interesting to know that she didn’t write her first book until 50! She really made up for lost time. I truly admire how prolific she is. Thanks for shining light on her, Himani.

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    • Himani says:

      Thank you so much, J. I am happy that you liked the interview so much. That pays for the little efforts I placed. And I am also happy that you liked Diana and her answers. She is a great writer and a great person too❤❤

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  11. balroop2013 says:

    What a lovely interview of my favorite lady who inspires with her words. Himani, I admire her style of writing and like a magician she can produce a wonderful poem though she writes such lengthy books! Thank you revealing so many aspects of Diana, a multi-talented author. 🙂 Stay blessed.

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    • Himani says:

      Thank you so much, Balroop❤. I am happy that you loved the interview and got to know Diana more. And she is truly a multi-talent. I too find her to be very inspiring❤. Thank you once again for your wishes❤❤❤☺

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    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      You’re so kind, Balroop, to mention my poetry. Ack, blushing to hear that from an accomplished poet as yourself. Thanks for stopping by to read, my friend. It’s been a blast to hang our on Himani’s blog. 🙂 Happy Writing!

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  12. Jacqui Murray says:

    Excellent interview, Diana. I learned new tidbits about you–liked you once wanted a career outdoors. Of course, writing allows that doesn’t it. I love your work schedule–we both want simply to fill our days with writing.

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  13. Mae Clair says:

    An awesome interview. The worlds Diana creates are pure magic. I am always enthralled by her books and vivid writing. Diana, even if you did wait to 50 to start writing, you have accomplished amazing things. The world of fiction would be much the poorer if you hadn’t taken pen to paper and fingers to keyboard. Wishing you continued success!

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  14. AmyRose🌹 says:

    When we are not attached to technology, it’s amazing what we can accomplish. I know this holds true for you, Diana. I’ve received some of the same comments as you have …. “I don’t know how you do it all.” No I don’t have published books. Yet. Like you I really didn’t fall into my Passion until later in life when tragedy struck hard. Your answers are inspiring and darn it, I’m just so proud of all you have accomplished. What a great interview! Thank you for sharing with us your wisdom. 💝💝💝

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  15. Molly Stevens - Shallow Reflections says:

    Always wonderful to learn more about you, Diana. Your discipline reveals the ‘magic’ of your writing productivity and constant improvement. The hours you spend supporting others and managing your blog are also impressive. And then of course, the added bonus of making time to frolic with the Gnome King! Lovely that you are back.

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  16. Thêa says:

    Super! But I really need to read the intervju once more (at least). Too early in the morning to really being able to take it all in. But one thing is for sure, Diana. You are great!

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    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      Thanks for stopping by, D. I hadn’t really thought about story origins before, so it was a fun one to contemplate. And I was surprised at the clarity of my memory for each one. Have a great Friday and Happy Writing!

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    • Himani says:

      I am extremely thankful to you, Avery for stopping by to read and I am glad that you could connect yourself with Diana’s answers. That truly completes the intentions behind the Interview. Thank you so much❤❤❤❤

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  17. roughwighting says:

    What an EXCELLENT interview, Himani. And Diana’s answers are helpful and inspiring. I, also, didn’t start publishing until after I turned 50. But I wrote a lot before then, and experienced a lot of adventures, so I think the “older” writer actually has a lot to offer once she devotes her time to it. Diana’s devotion is amazing and helps me keep on track with my writing hours. Same with blogging – as you know, it takes a lot of time, and at times I think I should reduce my blogging time, but I don’t because the community we have developed here only makes our writing better and stronger for many reasons. ❤
    Oh, one more thing. I thought I wasn't a "fantasy" reader until I ordered one of Diana's books. Now both my guy AND I are hooked – on D.W. Peach novels.

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    • D. Wallace Peach says:

      Thank you, Pam, you fantasy reader you. You’re so sweet and encouraging! I didn’t realize that your publishing journey didn’t start until after age 50 too. And actually, I don’t think it’s all that uncommon. It’s the time of life when many of us start having a little more free time. 🙂 I too am hooked on this blogging community. Its wonderful. Happy Writing, my friend. ❤

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    • Himani says:

      Omigod, I am extremely happy that you loved the interview. Diana is truly an inspiration for a lot of us in the blogging world. The way she manages blogging and writing and never hesitates to support people, it was she that made me realized that the community is extremely supporting and I learned this from her to support newbies out there in the blogging world,because she did that when I started and is doing even today. I just equally love her as you do. Thanks again for loving the interview❤❤❤

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  18. dgkaye says:

    Fabulous interview ladies. Diana, you are so well disciplined, and do I ever know how blogging and all that’s entailed with it can take up so much of what could be writing time. Yet, you do a wonderful job. Happy to have you back! ❤

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  19. House of Heart says:

    I enjoyed this so much. I’m always excited to read about D.Wallace Peach, To learn a bit more about her and her books. I am always awed by her energy and amazing attention she offers the rest of us bloggers and wannabes. Thank you for the excellent interview and thank you D.

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  20. Writing to Freedom says:

    Nice interview Himani. I agree with you and love Diana’s writing. Her writing captures my heart and imagination, and the prompts have helped me tiptoe in new directions too.

    Diana, it’s nice to learn more about you, your background, and motivations. I didn’t realize that you’ve written so many books. Kudos. I love your blog writing and look forward to exploring your books.

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  21. D. Wallace Peach says:

    Oh, Himani. I’m so honored and what a fun interview. I loved your questions and am delighted to kick off your series. You’re awesome, my friend, and best of all I’m tickled that my prompt encouraged you to write! Enjoy your creativity! Thank you for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog. Happy Writing. ❤

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