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November 10, 2012 / diannegray

Author in the spotlight

I’m an Author in the Spotlight this month. The lovely Tiffany is spending an entire month reading my books, interviewing me and reviewing. I don’t know how she does it – what an amazing lady! If you get some time please go over and check out her blog (oh – she’s also doing give-aways of my books).

I’ve had a great week. I found myself laughing so loudly on Friday morning that I think I woke the neighbors. Bonnie had commented on my weekly writing challenge post and we got into a conversation about her living on Clyde street – she said she can tell someone’s age by saying she is – Bonnie ON Clyde (this goes straight over the top of younger heads).

Yesterday I went to the dentist. I had a rebel tooth (back molar) that refused to play nice so it had to go. I have a lovely dentist. She works with an international agency who go to disaster zones to identify victims. When I’m sitting in her chair with my mouth in that awkward lock-jaw shape I feel lucky that she’s examining my teeth while I’m still alive. It kind of eases the pain a bit.

It’s now been a week since I retired and every day has felt like Sunday. Even though I’ve been furiously cleaning and packing for the big move, it’s still been good.

How was your week?



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  1. seakist / Nov 10 2012 8:15 am

    Congratulations! Please let us know when the “spotlight” is published.


  2. annotating60 / Nov 10 2012 8:21 am

    Well, you may find that having so many Sundays can become lackluster. Look at it this way, now you have Momndays off which you never had when you worked. And everybody else is working so you have peace and quiet to work in. >KB


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 9:37 am

      I wake up every morning and think ‘No work today – YAY!’ Lol. It’s wonderful 😀


  3. mrscarmichael / Nov 10 2012 9:01 am

    My week was good thanks and I am so pleased for you re recognition. It’s so important and will, I know, leave your big move in a basking golden glow. Enjoy it.


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 9:39 am

      Thank you so much 😉 I’m really glad you had a good week and I’m hoping everyone did!

      The big move is getting closer and closer – more packing and cleaning. I’m looking forward to not doing any more of that for a while 😀


  4. Rick Mallery / Nov 10 2012 9:02 am

    You deserve the spotlight, Dianne! Glad you’re taking advantage of your freedom. 🙂


  5. John / Nov 10 2012 9:11 am

    How fun for you! Hope to read more about this. Happy retirement!


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 9:40 am

      Thanks, John. I’m enjoying every second of it! 😀


  6. susannairn / Nov 10 2012 9:24 am

    My weeks seem to get better and better the more I write!! Hope the move goes well and you enjoy some much deserved time for you. (I’ve decided NOT to follow the news in Aus…..just in case. ;))


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 9:41 am

      Hahahaha! Love it, Susan!

      I’m glad your weeks are getting better. Christmas soon and holidays for all 😉


      • susannairn / Nov 10 2012 9:48 am

        I look forward to many more books from you since you will be dancing with your muse on that hill.


  7. Sheila Morris / Nov 10 2012 9:34 am

    Welcome to the good life with the exception of the visit to the dentist…doesn’t it amaze you when you begin to pack to move? Where did all this stuff come from and how can I get rid of it? 🙂 Hope the coming weeks are as freeing as Week 1. Warmest wishes from your friend across the miles and water!


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 9:43 am

      Thank you so much, Sheila! I’m seriously wondering where all this stuff came from. I’ve found new things I haven’t even opened because I forgot where I put them. It’s like Christmas! 😀


  8. robincoyle / Nov 10 2012 9:40 am

    Bonnie On Clyde. Good one.

    I didn’t know you retired! Good for you. Happy everyday is Sunday!


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 9:44 am

      Thank you, Robin. Ahhhh – retirement is such a lovely thing! Now it’s just full time writing and doing all those things I’ve always wanted to do 😉


      • robincoyle / Nov 10 2012 9:46 am

        I just entered to win your book~! What a great review she gave you. If I don’t win, it will be on my to-buy list for sure!


  9. adinparadise / Nov 10 2012 10:19 am

    Congratulations, Dianne. That’s a splendid review. I’ve entered to win, but I intend reading ‘Wolf Pear’ as soon as possible. 🙂 Hope your tooth feels a whole lot better now.


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 11:39 am

      My tooth does feel a whole lot better, thank you, Ad! Best of luck with the entry 😀


  10. justinwriter / Nov 10 2012 10:24 am

    I read Tiffany’s wonderful review. Isn’t it lovely when readers enjoy your stories.

    Ha, ha, Bonnie sounds fun. 🙂

    So why is it there’s no tooth fairy for grown-ups?

    I have a tip for packing (although you might already do this). Make a list of the contents of each box as you go e.g., 1. Frypan, toaster, kettle, can opener … then put the number on each side as well as the top of the box. I did this for our last two moves and it was great being able to know exactly which box to go to in an emergency.


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 11:42 am

      Oh dear! My boxes are packed 😦 I have put names on the outside though – like ‘kitchen’, ‘laundry’ and ‘junk’! LOL! It’s going to be fun unpacking…

      Thank you for going over to Tiffany’s site – I seriously don’t know how she can read so many books and give reviews on them as well as interviews. She’s a tough and fair reviewer so I was really happy when I saw it! 😀


  11. dennisberry / Nov 10 2012 10:56 am

    Hi Dianne, I sure hope you weren’t her disaster of the week. I had a dental visit this week, too. Wound up with an extraction and temp bridge. Ouch. Am enjoying The Eleventh Question. I know I promised to pay my 99cents but bad, bad, Amazon wouldn’t cooperate with my iPad so had to go to Smashwords to get it. Looking forward to the coming reviews on you blog. Take care and enjoy retirement.


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 11:45 am

      Thank you so much, Dennis! It’s very bad of Amazon when they don’t want to take your money – good on you for going over to Smashwords 😀

      I hope your mouth is feeling better after all that dental work 😦


  12. jmmcdowell / Nov 10 2012 11:06 am

    Ooh, “retirement” to spend time writing sounds loverly. 🙂 It’s been a good week, although I’m still getting used to the time change we had last weekend. And the Muse was nice enough yesterday to drop off the idea and some details for Meghan’s next short story. Not a bad week at all!


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 11:47 am

      I can’t wait for Meghan’s next short story! Woo Hoo!!

      So glad you had a good week – I hope the time change goes easier on your body clock next week 😀


  13. Ruth Rainwater / Nov 10 2012 11:31 am

    Congratulations! That’s great news. And I’m so looking forward to retiring, hopefully next year! Yay!! Oh, to be able to write when I’m not exhausted from working – I can’t imagine what that feels like.


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 11:48 am

      It feels wonderful, Ruth! Once I’ve got this move out of the way it will be full-time writing for me 🙂

      Thank you so much for the congrats! 😀


  14. Jacqui Murray / Nov 10 2012 1:02 pm

    I so want to retire, but every year, it seems further away. Sigh.


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 1:14 pm

      Oh, Jacqui – you’re a woman after my own heart! It seemed to take forever to get here. But it’s certainly worth the wait 🙂


  15. Don't Quote Lily / Nov 10 2012 1:15 pm

    Nice, glad you’ve had a great week! Being temporarily unemployed is like a sneak peak into retirement…I can see why you like it. It’s definitely something you can get used to. Enjoy. 😀


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 1:18 pm

      Thank you so much, Lily 😉 It is pretty cool…


  16. bulldogsturf / Nov 10 2012 1:34 pm

    I wanted to retire… but I wanted to be busy… so I called myself semi-retired, get all the benefits of a retiree and when I want, all the benefits of a working soul… loved the review you received on the other blog…


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 2:45 pm

      Thank you – I’m so glad you liked it 😀

      I’ve retired from my ‘day job’ (you know – the kind that sucks the life out of you and then spits you out at the end!) I want to spend all that time focusing on writing now – so I guess I could be classified as ‘semi-retired’ as well 😉


      • bulldogsturf / Nov 10 2012 3:52 pm

        I took a big leap in faith that a computer program I develop, would sell once encoded, we are testing the program as we speak and it is magnificent. We already have international interest in it, so we’re hopeful. I also wrote a 120 000 word book on the legal side of golf courses for the local market.. it was published by us and the first books rolled of the printers last week, before we were ready the first has sold.. not cheap I can tell you, R 7500 a copy… don’t know what that is in your currency, but I am so ecstatic that my semi retirement is going to be lived out at my pace and not an employers… the only thing, now I work for a horrible Boss… ME..


      • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 5:07 pm

        Hahaha! I bet you’re not a horrible boss 😉

        Congratulations on the sale of the book – that’s fantastic! It’s great when you put so much work into something to find others like it. Lets keep our fingers crossed that it sells like hot-cakes!

        Best of luck on the computer program – I may see your face on PC World soon 😀


      • bulldogsturf / Nov 10 2012 5:15 pm

        I’m hoping for a “stand back Bill Gates” moment.


      • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 5:19 pm

        I really hope so!! That would be wonderful 😉


  17. Maddie Cochere / Nov 10 2012 2:22 pm

    Very nice that Tiffany is reviewing and interviewing! Can’t wait to see your interview. Sorry about the tooth. I can relate and have had a back one have to go as well. Glad you’re having so many Sundays! (whispering … I remember when Bonnie and Clyde came out in the theaters, but mom said I was too young to go see it.)


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 2:50 pm

      Thanks, Maddie! The interview will be up in the next few days 🙂

      Bonnie and Clyde were a pretty violent couple – I don’t blame your mom for not wanting you to see it 😉


  18. Deborah Hawkins / Nov 10 2012 3:17 pm

    Congratulations. Very interested to read the interview! And I loved the review of your book. I want to read it.


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 3:41 pm

      She’s a very thorough reviewer so I’m really glad she liked it 😉 I think the interview will be going up in the next couple of days 😀


  19. nrhatch / Nov 10 2012 3:50 pm

    Sounds like you’re having a great week.
    Except for the dentist.
    And you even looked on the bright side of that. 😉

    Enjoy the Spotlight.


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 5:01 pm

      Thank you, Nancy! Life is very good at the moment which is great 😀


  20. pbh / Nov 10 2012 3:59 pm

    i’ve been just wondering if that’s the back of your head or if you haven’t shaved in awhile.


  21. harulawordsthatserve / Nov 10 2012 7:05 pm

    You don’t wanna know about my week – but this weekend’s gonna be amazing!:-) Hey congrats, that sounds very cool – I’ll definitely check out Tiffany’s blog. Retirement sounds fun…i feel a song coming on…”oh i wish it could be Sunday, every daaayyy…when there’s no to do just a whole full day of Plaaayyy”


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 9:38 pm

      I LOVE it when you sing to me!!! 🙂

      I really hope your weekend is better than your week. Thank you so much for dropping by to congratulate me and sing me a song! 😀


  22. cocoaupnorth / Nov 10 2012 7:42 pm

    Your week sounds great Diane, being an Author in the Spotlight and retirement. Congratulations and may you have lots and lots of fun with your Sundays:-)


    • diannegray / Nov 10 2012 9:39 pm

      Thank you, my dear!!!! My Sundays are definitely fundays 😀


  23. lacunakittie / Nov 11 2012 12:16 am

    Congratulations!! That’s awesome! You’re a great writer. I hope the big move treats you well. Are you moving far from where you live now?


    • diannegray / Nov 11 2012 6:46 am

      I’m moving a l.o.n.g way – about 3,500 kilometers. From the freezing to the tropics. It’s going to be fun trying to get my two big dogs in the car and driving them the three days there (ARGH!) 😀


  24. Anna Scott Graham / Nov 11 2012 1:36 am

    I will get over to check out that interview!

    My week has been wordy, also with some cleaning; we had recessed lights put in our kitchen, so so nice! But I took the opportunity to do one of those really big clear-outs, even wiping down framed pictures. Now it’s ready for the holidays, and just looks so nice. 🙂

    My husband has been talking about retirement for a couple of years now; too bad he has another dozen or so to wait! Must get writing done while he’s busy; no idea what we’ll do when he’s free.


    • diannegray / Nov 11 2012 6:54 am

      Recessed lights sound lovely (my husband is an electrician so I know them well) 😉

      There’s something so refreshing about giving the house a big clean – it must be good feng shui or something. I’ve finished doing all the ‘big stuff’ but unfortunately my back is really feeling it today ;(

      I really hope you get a chance to check out Tiffany’s blog 😀 She may want to do you as her author spotlight one day! 😀


  25. Hazy Shades of Me / Nov 11 2012 3:11 am

    Moving is horrendous. Good for you on taking time out to write! And, congrats on being in the Spotlight. :0)


    • diannegray / Nov 11 2012 6:59 am

      I totally agree with the moving comment – good grief I think my back will hate me forever! 😦

      Thank you so much for the congrats! 😀


  26. Janna G. Noelle / Nov 11 2012 6:42 am

    I used to not like the dentist either, but dental science has really come a long way since the 80s. Even longer since the medieval times. That always helps put it in perspective for me. 🙂

    I’m gonna go check out that interview riiiiiight … now!


    • diannegray / Nov 11 2012 7:30 am

      Thanks, Janna!

      I remember the dentist used to come around to my school back in the good old days and they were pretty tough back then. Things certainly have changed 😉


  27. Lonely Daffodil / Nov 11 2012 10:01 am

    Have fun with your Sundays! Full-time writing…that’s my future goal, too. I will follow you, Dianne, yes, someday 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 11 2012 1:20 pm

      I really hope you reach that goal soon, Miwako!

      Thank you for coming by to comment 😀


  28. Jessica F. Hinton (@jessicafhinton) / Nov 11 2012 1:22 pm

    Congratulations! This is great news!


  29. ocdreader / Nov 11 2012 2:53 pm

    Tiffany is amazing, I really don’t know how she does it either. I read her review a few days ago and really want to read Wolf Pear now!
    Congratulations on having your house packed already, that is awesome, it is really tough to move, I think I would have to get rid of so much if we were to move right now, which might not be a bad thing…


    • diannegray / Nov 11 2012 5:43 pm

      I’m really glad she liked Wolf Pear – we’ll just have to wait to see what she think of the others…

      I have chucked out so much junk – it’s ridiculous. I seriously don’t know where it all comes from. Also, moving from a freezing climate to a tropical climate, I don’t know what to do with all my beautiful winter clothes and boot and coats. Most of them are going to charity..


      • ocdreader / Nov 12 2012 9:16 am

        Ohh yea, I moved from NYC to CA and I still have a few sweaters and coats in boxes in the garage, I really just need to let them go! It is good you are just doing that now…I have a horrible tendency to hang on to things for far too long. But I tend to fill things up to fit the space I have. (bad me)
        I can’t wait to read her other reviews 🙂


  30. ramblingsfromamum / Nov 11 2012 9:32 pm

    I would LOVE every day to feel like a Sunday and I so envy you, moving to the sunny, tropical climate. We just had a weekend in Echuca and it was sooo relaxing… dreaded returning. Just think of what you shall be able to write about when you make the move! 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 12 2012 6:23 am

      Once I get this packing and moving out of the way – I’ll have all the time in the world to write (can’t wait!)

      Echuca is lovely – so glad you had a nice time! 😀


  31. Lisaman / Nov 11 2012 9:57 pm feels like I’ve been retired lately but when December comes about it will be nonstop work for 5 months in this lively winter tourist town..Enjoy!! 😉


  32. maggiemyklebust / Nov 12 2012 3:28 am

    Bonnie on Clyde… thats hilarious (I guess that means I’m old) 🙂
    Fantastic news about, ‘Author in the Spotlight’ I’m going to pop over and check it out.


    • diannegray / Nov 12 2012 6:38 am

      Thank you Maggie – and yes, I know who they are as well = I must be old as well 😀

      Thank you so much for checking out the ‘spotlight’ 😉


  33. LjS / Nov 12 2012 3:40 am

    Congratulations on ‘Author in the Spotlight’! And a fantastic week.
    I had the best week too! My love just published his first book and then took me on a cruise to thank me for helping him. It was a wonderful week 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 12 2012 6:40 am

      WOW! That sounds absolutely fantastic! What a lovely thing to do 😀

      Thank you so much for coming by and for the congrats 😀


  34. agjorgenson / Nov 12 2012 4:13 am

    Congratulations! You deserve the attention and I will check out Tiffany’s blog pronto.


    • diannegray / Nov 12 2012 6:41 am

      Thank you so much for the congrats and for checking out Tiffany’s blog 😉


  35. EllaDee / Nov 12 2012 3:56 pm

    Semi-retirement for you I think 😉 You have had an interesting week, cleaning, packing, dentist, and thank goodness… Author in the spotlight… I popped over to to Tiffany’s blog and am looking forward to your interview 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 12 2012 5:33 pm

      Thank you so much! It should be up there soon 😉


  36. jannatwrites / Nov 12 2012 4:55 pm

    Congrats on the author spotlight! I’m glad you have had a week of Sundays (Sundays for me mean thoughts of work on Monday….I look forward to the time when that’s not the case :))


    • diannegray / Nov 12 2012 5:34 pm

      It’s so nice, Janna (and will be even better once I get all this packing done) 😀


  37. teaandtao / Nov 13 2012 4:09 am

    Congrats and happy retirement!


  38. Daphne Shadows / Nov 13 2012 5:57 am

    Dental work is evil. I wish teeth would just stay picture perfect, without a problem ever.



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