Saturday, March 28, 2015

Finding My Thunder Blog Blitz

fmt banner LGAVAILABLE ON SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH, 2015 Synopsis Coming of age 1960’s. Hilly keeps her mother’s secrets. But she has some of her own, a love from childhood for the golden boy Danny, the one who no longer sees her. Soon they are tied by more than childhood history. It’s a long dark road toward finding her thunder.

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It was Danny Boyd. Mary was no less surprised when the Angel Gabriel appeared to announce the pregnancy that changed everything. My heart took off under the hand I’d splayed on my chest. I couldn’t have my senses more assaulted. It wasn’t possible. He stood there, a head taller, his black hair long, longer than I’d ever seen it, and long sideburns. His eyes, green in that tanned face. He had a thin moustache that met these carefully sculpted patches around his beautiful mouth. Rock and roll star. But muscular…I felt faint. Faint from his nearness. My shoulder where he’d tapped me, it throbbed. God, he was a man.

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All of Diane's available works can be found on her Amazon Author Page:
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Living comfortably in the heart of America, a fake extrovert who is genuinely introverted. Lots of good story tellers in my small world, then started first grade. They put me in the middle reading group (probably based on my math scores) and after one class moved me up to group A. That was the conscious beginning of loving story.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Finding My Thunder
Playlist inspired by the story

                  Finding My Thunder by jedigirlsc

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Upcoming Publications

Upcoming Publications

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Darnay Road – Coming April 18th 2015

Starts out in summer of 1963. Sweet little ten-year-old Catholic school girl Georgia Christine meets eleven-year-old smoker with armpit hair who really does live on the wrong side of the tracks, Easy. Georgia and her best friend Abigail May are mystery solvers in their spare time, and Easy and his brother Cap will keep these two little ladies on their sleuthing toes. But as the years pass, can a friendship that begins in childish excitement survive the dark twists and turns that brew under the surface of their lives?

My Wounded Soldier Book One:  Fight for Glory - Coming May 16th 2015
1866 Tom Tanner, just home from the war. Neighbor Addie has a tragedy and Tom delivers her baby. Seeing as she’s widowed, marriage makes sense. He doesn’t feel worthy, but he can’t step aside for her suitors. Competition amongst veterans

My Wounded Soldier Book Two: Fight for Love – Coming June 13th 2015
Tom Tanner, who having married Addie Varn, has inherited two children in the bargain. Now Tom must learn to leave that warrior behind as he becomes a husband and father.

Roar Like a Lion – Release Date TBD
1936, Grayson and Jack work as loggers. They work hard and play harder. Etta and Raymond come to the camp to open the school. Problem is the unmarried men have a great time running off the teachers. When Grayson sees Etta a roar starts to build inside. She’s everything he can’t stand. And he’s pretty despicable. Trouble.

Bea and the Ex-con – Release Date TBD
Cody is fresh out of the big house and Hannah is his new boss.

Hard Hearted – Release Date TBD

1946.  The boys are home from the war. Elliott meets Megan at the movies. Close dancing in a smoky club leads to love. Same night Elliott hooks up with the Irish mob. Love is thawing his hard heart, the same one needed for survival in his new and violent world. Megan vows to stand by but Elliott likes it on the edge. When a four-leaf-clover isn’t enough, can love prevail?

Look How You Turned Out – Release Date TBD

Clancy sheriff, Marta home from Chicago after getting fired, Caleb across the street, Clancy’s deputy, divorced father of son Juney. She’s always had a thing for him, but he’s so darn loyal to Clancy and now he’s got a girlfriend. He thinks Marta is still a kid. He always pinches the wrong set of cheeks.

Deep in the Heart of Me Book One – Release Date TBD

Opens in 1934. Tonio is oldest of nine, farmboy. Sobe is the new lawman’s daughter. She shows up at Tonio’s school. What seems inevitable quickly becomes impossible.
Deep in the Heart of Me Book Two – Release Date TBD
Deep in the Heart of Me Book Three – Release Date TBD

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Book Announcement!  
The wonderful story "Darnay Road" will be available on Amazon soon.  Here is the cover reveal!

Friday, March 13, 2015



Robsessed interview with 

Diane Munier / Counselor on 3/13/15

Giveaway: Our interview with Me and Mom Fall for Spencer author, Diane Munier, for Fiction Friday!

ROBsessed Giveaway: Our interview with Me and Mom Fall for Spencer author, Diane Munier, for Fiction Friday!

Our giveaway for Me and Mom Fall for Spencer is still going on for another week. We'll announce 4 worldwide winners next week and more details are below.

We got a chance to speak to the author, Diane Munier, and she answered some questions about her first published story, fan fiction, Edward and of course, Rob!

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ROBsessed Interview with Diane Munier (counselor)

ROBsessed: How long have you been writing? Did it start as a hobby or did you study the form?

Diane Munier: It started very young in one form or the other. The movies were such an escape for us from a turbulent home life. I remember being very bad in the theater. I don’t think Mom was paying attention, but finding those heroes on screen and then in reading-- I can almost see that process in my life. I needed heroes to believe in for a fundamental sense of safety. I did this comedic writing in high school (which explains why I still can’t speak French after two years.) And I wrote my first novel in those years and really enjoyed the process of creating a tale, moving the characters around.

Study came later. Lots of it. Writing seminars for years. I watched several people explain methods of putting a story together. Some had elaborate storyboards. Those were the years I thought a more organized method held the secret to good writing. But…nah.

I found many things helpful but nothing substitutes for keeping writing. Actually learning to write is where many writers were camped out so they didn’t have to face writing. So….

The characters in my stories drive the plot. I may know where they are going vaguely, but I’m willing to change all of that if they show me something new. And they do that all of the time. I just start writing. At some point I’ll go back and review the chapters and start an outline. But that’s only for reference. The most helpful thing is that act of writing the outline. I remember this way.

I’ve had some positive validating experiences along the way and worked really hard to claw down to an authentic voice. That was like a digging process—writing honestly. For a lot of years I was so angry at my writing. I’d think—what a bunch of (bleep). But that’s just part of the journey. For me it was. I suspect a lot of writers quit there. Which is a shame.

ROBsessed: The first story I read by you was Turkey Baster. Where did you get the idea for this story and why was it one of your early adventures for Bella and Edward?

Diane Munier: I was lying in bed thinking about someone I knew and loved and they so badly wanted a baby and I was thinking of surrogacy, did I love this person enough to imagine having a child for her, and what could motivate such love and was it even possible, and how was it possible, and that led to a woman who might do such an outrageous act and then who was the man that signed up for this? And I started to laugh because the title hit me (it was probably close to Thanksgiving) and I had read of someone using a turkey baster for artificial insemination (don’t try this at home). But what if you used a person that way—as the baster? So it went like that.

ROBsessed: What was inspiring about Twilight that it was the fanfic road you traveled over other stories/characters? 

Diane Munier: For me, Edward was an old-fashioned hero. And I love them. I really was most intrigued at how much Edward had in place. Of course his hundred and five years of life had given him time to be prepared. But I loved how he had this thought-out world. In their family everyone knew their role and performed it perfectly. They worked for each other. And he pulled Bella into that. His family is very old-fashioned and traditional (potential for blood-sucking aside). But think about it. Edward gave us family.

I think that is missing today and that protective Cullen-family-dynamic stirred a deep ache in the readers.

Edward was not only a lover, he was a devoted son and father. He hit all the bases.

Yes he was handsome and romantic and doting, but he protected and sacrificed and provided. The second half of that sentence is what is lacking today in relationships for many women. The cultural message has been to protect, sacrifice and provide for yourself. Bella was doing that. Then along came Edward and we all went wild. Don’t shoot the messenger.

Bella is the lone wolf. She’s had to parent her mother, and then her father. She comes from a fragile place of not being very protected and not developing much of a sense of self-protection. Bella’s family dynamic was very today and now. Edward and his world transcended Bella’s fragmented family structure.

And we loved it.

[Editorial note: *swooooooooning at her answer*]

ROBsessed: One of the many things I love about your work, is that you've kept canon relationships with the core Twilight characters but can still bring in characters we love as if we've known them all along - your kids especially (Johnny, Charlie, Junie). And your last two works, you practically don't use the names we know, DITHOM especially. Hello Tonio and Sobe! Those are names that I imagine you get to use in a published version. Has this been a conscious decision? Moving away from the obvious Twilight identifiers? I feel like DITHOM isn't fanfic and publishable material already...except that last name ;)

Diane Munier: I’m never writing with Twilight foremost in mind. I am writing to the ancient themes that are also done very well in Twilight, the biggest one being the devotion of the central characters.

When mama and papa are committed a whole world can be built on top of that (Carlisle and Esme, Bella and Edward). When that kind of covenant is there, it’s like the table under the dishes. There has to be a commitment and B and E have that—it’s unto death! If the commitment isn’t there the dishes fall to the floor (Bella’s family.)

Once that central commitment is there, a family can be built on it, and that includes friends.

SM built a solid traditional family. Women went wild.

I respect those themes and the generous opportunity to write in the Twilight arena with, in my opinion, the best readership ever, and SM’s generosity and technology have allowed this merge of writers and readers. Out of that merge has become a continued evolution of tremendous creativity—some extraordinary creativity. Not only have writers been validated there, but readers have evolved. They have been able to turn into super-readers. By that I mean, what readers (like myself) have only wished they could do (have access to those writing books they love, have a way to show support, watch a story be developed allowing a level of reader involvement and investment on a grand scale here-to-fore unparalleled and unknown) the technology today has brought things to a whole new level.

On the names like Isbe, Sobe, etc., that’s probably for me. It helps me keep them distinct. I’ve been turning out a lot of work and want to honor the workroom of Twilight while maintaining something unique and individual to my characters if possible.

ROBsessed: Why was Me and Mom Fall for Spencer your choice for a debut? Tell me what you loved about developing Sarah, Spencer and Marie.

Diane Munier: I choose this story to debut because it’s middle of the road for me, test the waters. It was well liked but not my most loved. That’s about how deep that decision was. And four of my stories were tied up with my agent. And I’d only pulled MaMfiLwE and HH. So since HH was in New York, that left MaM,etc. That’s about it.

What I loved about developing these characters was their weirdness. Sarah is childlike. She’s made a very good life and she’s tried to be compassionate in her life, but she’s also in a state of arrested development. Like a lot of us. So much time passes while we figure things out. Then when we do we say—wish I’d have figured this out sooner. But there is a process of growth in life that’s hard to control. Even if you determine to live all-out the process still has to move along at its own speed. Once the change comes, you can’t say, “I should have just leapt to this. The process was a waste of time.” On the contrary, the process brought the change. No change without process.

Spencer jars Sarah’s process in a big way. And she challenges his. He’s a runner, but she doesn’t run. And…she can’t. Run. So vicariously everyone is affected and everyone ultimately moves vertically or horizontally.

I had women who felt very passionately about Sarah as a heroine. They related to her quirks. Most of us are Sarah-like in that we are not the standard idea of the leading lady. Sarah was in that gap so she became a vehicle for the under-represented perhaps. People like me.

ROBsessed: I find lovely threads of humor in many of your stories but this story was the first time I read something you specifically noted was part of the humor genre. I love the humor in Me and Mom Fall for Spencer, mainly because of Sarah. Was this a test for you write or is it something that came from the characters naturally?

Diane Munier: It came from them. It flowed out of them. Even hurtful people can be incredibly funny. And hurt people are often the funniest. I didn’t give it a thought really. I just listened and sometimes they were funny.

ROBsessed: You set several stories in the Midwest. Is this a preferred location? What inspires you about a setting when you decide where to place your story? Do you see the characters is certain settings and/or eras first?

Diane Munier: I love the Midwest and we need to get over the stereo-types about it. We have access to the same ivy-league schools, the same books and movies and music. We are no less enlightened. Yes, it is my preferred location. I adore it actually. But I love us sea to sea as well. My roots are Midwestern however.

When it’s locale first I see it and it inspires me to hear and see what might have gone on. So right away I’m seeing the character. If it’s character first I’m immediately drawn to an idea of his or her environment. The kiln where they were forged.

What is the history here? What happened here? When? Who lived here and who died here? On and on.

ROBsessed: Tell me what you hope readers experience when nestling down into their favorite spot to read Me and Mom Fall for Spencer?

Diane Munier: I hope they can suspend judgment long enough to enter and ride in someone else’s skin. I hope they can go that deep in, that I’ve gotten out of the way enough to allow that. I hope they are entertained, yes, but also blessed in some way, reminded of something good, maybe even precious.

I’m writing small stories about real things that may be some of the most important things. That’s my hope anyway.

ROBsessed: I saw Darnay Road is up next - a story that keeps its name and its Easy. That made me smile. Is that still slated for late March?

Diane Munier: Yes. And Finding My Thunder. They are fighting it out right now. I’m kind of pulling for FMT but we’ll see. It mainly relies on manuscript preparation as we get under the wire.

[Editorial note: The cover for Finding My Thunder was shared on Diane's blog! Here's a glimpse of it if you haven't seen it already. It will also be the next book up and Darnay Road will follow.]

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ROBsessed: I hope to interview you again for your next release and I can't wait for the day I see My Wounded Soldier in upcoming. We'll get Rob to play the movie version. It must happen. ;) Final question and since we're a ROBsessed blog, what's something about Rob that you believe is worth adoring?

Diane Munier: Thanks so much for all of this. Really. I have always been blown away by your support on Robsessed. I remember the first time it happened, that you mentioned one of my stories, someone told me and I thought it was a mistake. I still do! But I really appreciate it.

On Rob - Due to technology we have been allowed to watch Rob’s story unfold. That has been as captivating as Rob’s role as Edward. What I find most endearing about him is that he is his age, put in this beautiful exterior, and at first he seemed bewildered by the whole thing—all the accolades and he seemed painfully aware it was too much. And it was!

But let’s face it – God made him on a good day. (quote stolen from MWS) And we’ve watched him figure it out as he’s been pulled along on a speeding train. He provokes the young girl inside (sigh) and the mother (no don’t do that! Or I’m so proud!). For me as a writer, he’s downright inspiring. Like Edward, he hits all the bases. I get it. I do.

Well if that wasn't an awesome note to close the interview on, I don't know what is. I get super sappy when folks dish out some sweet-lovin praise for Rob. Diane nailed it. He hits ALL bases. *le sigh*

Click HERE if you missed the synopsis for Me and Mom Fall for Spencer last week as well as some other 411.

You can enter the giveaway just under the guidelines. Many ways to enter!

Giveaway Guidelines
  • You only have to click a button, which you'll see when you enter. Tweeting the giveaway, following Diane on Twitter and visiting her Facebook page are optional but give you more chances to win!
  • Giveaway is worldwide!
  • You MUST enter using Rafflecopter or your entry will not be counted 
  • You can enter once a day, everyday, until the closing date - Friday, March 20th
  • There will be 4 winners receiving an eBook (Kindle) of Me and Mom Fall for Spencer by Diane Munier! You can download Kindle apps for free. We can give winners instructions if needed. 
  • Winners will be chosen by and announced after the giveaway ends
Good luck!!!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cover Reveal for

Finding My Thunder

coming March 28, 2015 !

Monday, March 9, 2015


ROBsessed Giveaway: A beloved author has published Me and Mom Fall for Spencer and it's here for Fiction Friday!

So how do I feel right now about this particular giveaway?

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By this point, you guys should definitely know who counselor is. If you don't, you haven't been reading the ROBsessed Giveaway posts. At all. ;)
In fact, there will be no FanFiction Friday at the bottom of the post because it's all blended up in this goodness.

counselor has published her first story on Amazon! Me and Mom Fall for Spencer by Diane Munier was released last weekend and is the star of our giveaway. You might have read the fanfic (Me and Mom Fall in Love with Edward) but in case you haven't, here is the synopsis for the published work:

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The house next door to Sarah and her mother Marie has been vacant since the murder that happened there when Sarah was ten. Their neighbor, Frieda, was like a second mother to Sarah and she died brutally and the neighborhood never recovered. No one has lived in Frieda’s house for seventeen years. 
Imagine Sarah’s surprise when it finally sells to an on-line buyer. She looks through the thick growth separating her house from the other and a wild man looks back. 
He’s not exactly wild. He’s thirty-seven year old Spencer Gundry. Once he shaves the beard and gets a haircut, he’s not hard to look at. 
Well Sarah’s mom doesn’t think so, and neither does she. Problem is, Spencer has a few secrets of his own.

I looooooved this leading male - Spencer. Oh my goodness. And this leading female - Sarah? She was hilarious. Laugh-out-loud funny. Her inner thoughts are a treasure. The lightness, sexiness and hilarity that unfolds in the beginning is a joy. When the story shifts gradually into serious and deeper issues, you find yourself completely committed to the healing and happiness of the characters. You've laughed, cried and swooned this whole time so that you long for Sarah to grab her piece of light in the darkness and never let go. It brings a smile to my face remembering this reading adventure and you won't be disappointed by this debut novel.

counselor has also reported on her page that several other stories are being pulled except for the first chapter. If you haven't saved or read these yet, you have until March 7th to get busy! Here are the stories being pulled and we'll eventually see on her Diane Munier Amazon page:
  • Darnay Road - oh this rich, coming-of-age story. This story is a gem and wonderfully relatable. This is also the next story to be published later this month! Click HERE to check it out and look whose name is the same. *le sigh*
  • My Wounded Soldier - SCREAMING! This one. I'd like this book optioned and Rob starring. TYVM.
  • My Ex-Con - OMG. Could I love a ex-con more??? I think not. Not that I have experience loving ex-cons or anything. I just mean...oh you guys get what I mean. He's HOT and so loving and knows how to get down down down. 
  • Bringing Bella Home - I feel like this one is underrated compared to the period cousin, MWS, but BBH is wonderful. The strong, silent type never had meant so much. 
  • Love Like a Hurricane - What an excellent title because I felt like the love in this story was oh helluva twister, just like love can be. Whips your heart up into a mess and you can't see any way out of it but with that one person. I love when we go on serious adventures in counselor's stories and this is no exception.
  • Roar Like a Lion - If you haven't noticed already, counselor doesn't just do exceptional (and unique) characterizations of Edward & Bella, she NAILS her supporting characters. Each story, they're all fantastic and this is another one that features a great bond between Edward & Jasper. 
  • Look How You Turned Out - I loved this Bella in a similar way that I loved the Bella in Me and Mom Fall in Love with Edward (now published and featured in this giveaway!). They're stories that let us get deep into Bella's mind and I love seeing Edward through Bella's mind ;)
  • Finding My Thunder - This story read the most personal to me. I felt deeply invested in Bella "finding her thunder". Maybe it's because of the tragic elements that make the story very emotional. Likely it's just counselor's skill to take her readers down the roads she paves and experiencing her characters lives so fully. Yeah that sounds about right. 
So those are the ones heading out! The other stories will remain and counselor is not leaving fandom. Of course she isn't. Not when we are still HIGHLY committed to Tonio! Did you cry on the last update of Deep in the Heart of Me? Because I sobbed like a baby. Pops and Tonio get me all verklempt.

My adoration is clear. I've followed counselor's stories for years and I'm very happy for her. We're going to do it up for her and this will be a worldwide giveaway with 4 winners, running 2 weeks with lots of ways to enter and win! Check out the details....

Giveaway Guidelines
  • You only have to click a button, which you'll see when you enter. Tweeting the giveaway, following Diane on Twitter and visiting her Facebook page are optional but give you more chances to win!
  • Giveaway is worldwide!
  • You MUST enter using Rafflecopter or your entry will not be counted 
  • You can enter once a day, everyday, until the closing date - Friday, March 20th
  • There will be 4 winners receiving an eBook (Kindle) of Me and Mom Fall for Spencer by Diane Munier! You can download Kindle apps for free. We can give winners instructions if needed. 
  • Winners will be chosen by and announced after the giveaway ends
Good luck!!!

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Diane Munier aka Counselor interview on - ADF

Interview with Diane Munier aka Counselor

on ADF

posted 3-5-15

Organized by tinie432

Many here know fellow camper JediGirl. She's here to help introduce Counselor's newest book news.
Come on by and chit chat with JediGirl and Counselor. :)

Hello ladies welcome. We try to spin these Author Chit Chats with serious vs. silly. Let’s start off with the silly with these questions. :p

What are two things you think your readers would be surprised to learn about you?

Counselor: Probably my occupation and definitely my occupation.

JediGirl: I listen to fanfiction/ebooks like audiobooks. I listen to them when I’m driving or working out.

Counselor: Moved from LW to PandP as I aged

JediGirl: Little Women

Counselor: Historically a talker who's turned into a listener

JediGirl: Listener

Counselor: Moved from dancing to singing

JediGirl: Sing in the rain

Counselor: Hb books

JediGirl: E-book but I like to collect Hardback books

Counselor: The coffee! Then the new fiction

JediGirl: Fandom merchandising

The voice is just a listening thing. I'm listening to the character, reading aloud, hearing it in my head. Asking myself would they say it that way? Getting the voice and the cadence or rhythm. How do they finish sentences, or how do their thoughts run. There is a unique pattern in most of us when we speak. Do they overspeak or underspeak or ramble or are they stingy with description. It just flows eventually. They won't shut-up after a while.
piece two - Get your butt in college.
piece three - I know Mom said you're only here because the condom broke, but you're meant to be here!
piece four - Keep loving. It turns out great.

Counselor’s Stories Blog

I have my Twilight collectibles in their own room I call “the game room” and my son calls it the “Twilight shrine.”

JG, that made me smile and it reminds me of my son that I bribed to hold a spot in line during Twi premieres. :D.

Lightning Round:

Pride and the Prejudice or Little Women?

Listener or talker?

Sing in the rain or dance in the streets?

E-book reader or Hardback book?

When you walk into a book store, where do you head to first?

Sexiest super hero?
 Counselor: The kid in Kick A**
 JediGirl: Sawyer from LOST TV series

If you could sit down with Stephenie Meyer and ask her anything what would it be?

JediGirl: I would ask if we can get the other Twilight graphic novels printed soon. Also I would ask her to continue stories in the Twilight saga the way she is with the Facebook movie shorts that are coming out soon? There are more canon stories that can be told.

Counselor: What do you think of the Twific world?
What SM achieved in my opinion was the ability to make women feel first love. She went into the ache. She succeeded. Like the writing, don't, this, that or the other. That woman took us into the ache.

How did you discover Twilight and the Twi fanfic community?

JediGirl: At our neighborhood pool party, a girl was reading Breaking Dawn. I checked out the audiobooks from our local library and was hooked. My daughter sent me links to Cleolinda’s Twilight book parodies and then I joined the fandom communities on livejournal.

Counselor, what was the first fanfic you read and what invoked you to write your own stories?

Counselor: First story? One of them was Volition by Rochelle Allison. Wide Awake. I was just blown away by how good the stories were. I jumped in and jumped right back out. I didn't know if I had the guts. Then I tried again and just committed.
I had struggled for so many years with the middle men. To get to jump right into the hands of readers, it was worth the risk. The middlemen had taught me all I needed to know about rejection. And weathering rejection is the only way to get better. So I just dug in.

JediGirl have you met with any fellow ADF campers?
jedigirl, lizzied1951, dovelove1097, megz0317, ohthecuteness , LeslieAnn1107, allthingsHHH; Front: keytattoo2, musicdaydreams, niko0921, janewithay

JediGirl: We have Carolina meetups in Greenville SC and Charlotte NC. These wonderful online Twifans are now real life friends: the people in the picture along with Southern Charm, Sunflower Fran, TracySurething, Legna989, VickiMolnar, and others I haven’t mentioned (sorry!). I’ve also met PawsPeaches and Spanglemaker9!
We talk about Twific and random things and laugh until we’re hoarse.

Many are familiar with your green light saber and it’s awesome that you have actively supported authors by recognizing their works- whether fics or their OF. What is your most fulfilling aspect of your involvement?

 JediGirl: There are certain stories that just “grab me”. I want to participate in getting the writers recognized and in spreading the word about their stories. If these writers can put hours into writing quality, moving stories for us, the least I can do is spread the good news about them.

Your website is a valuable & informational resource for Counselor’s stories. Can you share for new readers how you would define her writing style and why you think her stories have resonated for so many people?

JediGirl: Counselor’s stories are often written in a style that resembles someone keeping their journal. The reader can jump in and become part of the characters’ adventures. When most people would see people and objects as ordinary and mundane, Counselor describes people, objects, and places in a way that is captivating and endearing.

For fun, If you could be a character in any of her fanfics who would you want to be and why?

JediGirl: It’s hard to say because most characters lived through some great times and difficult tragedies, but Bella from “Love Like a Hurricane” had a life that seemed like a non-stop adventure, so I would pick her.

What impresses me about you is your responsiveness and how tech savvy you are with the social media. How did you acquire those skills? Do you have a working background with all that? ;p

JediGirl: I’ve worked in computer companies in sales. I would make up my own website that was more user-friendly to help sales.

Thanks for sharing JG. And just these questions for Counselor next. :)

Counselor, who is the one person you look up to in the literary world as your source of inspiration for your writing?

Counselor: The ultimate Savior. He teaches me about love. I mean this. Put even a few of those qualities in a man and you've got a real hero.

You have captivated readers with your unique writing style. How much was learned through education at school?

Counselor: I am able to write in spite of my education. They tried to suck the creativity out of me by making me write reports and research and thesisssssses precious. But I managed to hang onto some little spark of the writing bug and fan it to life. Actually I had some fantastic teachers who did their part and I'm forever grateful. I still don't know why they made me do math though. Wrote my first novel length manuscript in study hall, geometry and religion class. It was about a girl, and a boy, and the ocean (which I hadn't seen at that point) and a surf board, and she loved him, and he took her to the dance. And he was cute.
I had to write a continuation of To Kill a Mockingbird in freshman year of high school and the teacher thought it could be right out of the book. (there's a possibility she was lying) I still have that paper with a big red A. I had been working all through grade school to be a writer, writing lots of depressing poems I would force my friends to listen to or at least my mom. That teacher freshman year was the first one to tell me I was a good writer.
Of course many people after her told me why my writing was not good, and sometimes they were right, and sometimes they weren't. I have frustrated a good number of readers, editors, agents and contest judges and fellow writers. "You can't do that. That wouldn't happen. I don't like you. I don't get you."
I just kept going.

During our prior interview you shared that the character’s voice is a “listening thing” and you used that device to learn more about your character’s motivations. Have you ever been in a point where you didn't agree with your character’s choices?

Counselor: Many times. Mom, Marie, in my new book, Me and Mom Fall For Spencer. She starts out seeming pretty great but she's made some terrible mistakes toward her daughter. Yeah every story I've written is pretty loaded with terrible choices. That's one of the things I try to stay true to. I realize what a character is going to do and having the courage to let them do it and not fix it right away is hard. I try to succeed at that, but probably don't always.

Your uses of metaphors are so affecting and successful in providing readers a life-like quality to the imagery and the character’s POV. Does it just creatively flow?

Counselor: It just flows but I still have to check it out and that has led to the murder of several ones I really liked.
If I'm writing historical I have to think of how the character would see it. I think of the metaphors they might use. What are their familiar everyday objects that they might 'see' in other ways?
I think it's lively inside of most people. None of us tell everything. We're full of secrets, opinions we never express, fears, prejudice. I'm skimming that stuff in my mind.
I've had interests in so many things, I guess I've been researching for years just for the love of it and also for many attempts at writing about it. History, I've read and visit and try to get a feel for a place or time. Imagery, I think we talk that way in my family, but I've always had an ear for it, for metaphor. My father speaks in the most hilarious metaphors. I just learned to look at things making comparisons.

Have you used any of your father’s metaphors or quoted him in any of your stores? :)

Counselor: I made someone say, If you play you pay, as far as a direct quote. He said that to me constantly when I was a teenager and of course it's not original, but he put his own spin on it. I have to admit though, when I got pregnant he didn't say it, he just sat at the kitchen table with his head down.
Dad shows up in my stories. He's given me lots of material. I used some of his darkness in Finding My Thunder. I magnified it (a tiny bit) but I was so glad to know his anger enough that I could comfortably dwell in it for that story.
He shows up in reality or he shows up as I write who he would have been in a perfect world. I use his life a lot in my stories. Hard Hearted, which I will probably release as Running With Monkeys, he's all over that book. Of course I've imagined him there, but much of it is real.

Do you ever giggle or laugh when you write? I reread MWS and Edward’s inner thoughts are still so funny to me. It just doesn’t get old. ;D

Counselor: All the time I'm laughing. In the book you mentioned My Wounded Soldier I loved the tension between Edward and Bella. He's suffered but he's in such a level of self pity he's outraged by what she makes him feel. It just pulls the rug out from under him. I love his angry side. Weird, I know, but his anger is my favorite thing about him.
In LHYTO I love where Edward says he'd like to give it a shot after Bella describes her inability to have sex due to a spastic condition. It makes me laugh just thinking about it.

You are such a brilliant author, is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?

Counselor: I suck at academic writing. I want to imagine things and you have to prove everything. Darn.

Let’s discuss that you’re published now- congratulations! What was your biggest challenge moving from fanfic to original fiction?

Counselor: Still having those challenges. My daughter is doing all of the technical stuff and she's burned out at the moment. I can talk this stuff endlessly and she's just found out I even write FF, and now going to books, she's catching up to all of it.
The work of publishing on top of all the work I already do, and she does. We're adjusting. It is a small business in every sense of the word. I have now started a small business on top of a very busy life. And all I want to do is write.

What were the factors in choosing Me and Mom Fall for Spencer as your first published Book?

Counselor: I went middle of the road in terms of what was popular in my FF library. I was on the cusp of getting bigger with that book. The next book would push me over a million hits-- LHYTO. And it went up from there (Ex-Con). So, I wanted to learn the process (or draft my daughter to learn it!) and see what the response was, how it felt to do it.

For new readers, can you introduce the characters and share a little about Me and Mom Fall for Spencer?
 Counselor: Yes, thanks. My heroine is a twenty-seven year old young woman, Sarah, who has never left home. She is possibly on the high functioning side of Autism. Or she is possibly a little different from the trauma suffered in childhood. That trauma brings out a hyper-protectiveness of her neighborhood. So when the house next door finally sells and this guy moves in, she is immediately shocked as that house was the scene of the trauma. A scene she has been protecting externally and internally.
She is immediately intrigued by thirty-seven-year-old Spencer. He's not exactly conventional either. He's left not only home, but his entire life behind. So why is he here, invading her neighborhood and living in a house no one else wants with its history?
Her mom, forty-five year old Marie, is also intrigued by Spencer. He is a new available man practically in her own backyard. And he's damn attractive. Bring it on.
So there's the conflict.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? Do you have plans on publishing all your fanfics and will readers be able to look forward to original fiction from you?

Counselor: I hope to publish most of my FF's. Darnay Road is probably next, then My Wounded Soldier which in the publishing world where it was slated to be published but it fell through, they wanted it in two books because of length. A book that is too long can actually hurt sales in certain genres and it really is two stories. I think I'll be writing a sequel to my current FF Deep in the Heart of Me. If I'm alive and coherent I'll continue to write. I hope to put more work out.

And just this last question for you both, if you could give your twenty-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

JediGirl: Travel as much as you can while you can!
Tinie, thank you for asking me to participate, and thank you to for hosting.
I am happy to be on the sidelines and applaud the real star: Counselor / Diane Munier ! <3 <3 <3

Counselor: Here's piece one - Stop being so afraid.
Thanks for these great questions and your work Miss Tinie and your interest dear readers.

Oh you’re welcome! Thanks for coming by JediGirl & Counselor for this week’s chit chat. :D
Diane Munier Website

Jedigirl - 
Thanks everyone!  Thanks to Tinie for organizing this and to Counselor who gives us these great stories we get excited about.
I have Pinterest story boards that help illustrate the stories a little bit.  They have pictures of imagined characters, and there are many out of canon characters and their "actors."  I also include songs and pictures from the time period that are mentioned in the story.

Deep in the Heart of Me

Darnay Road         

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

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Me and Mom Fall for Spencer

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Counselor / Diane Munier interview on Counselor's Corner Facebook Group

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Question: Does the historical time period come first as an idea, or does the character appear full blown, & how hard is it to think & write in the mode of the particular era being written about?
This really made me think. I usually visit my location. It may not be exactly geographically where I place the story. I am more instinctual, an absorber. I'm looking to feel the place as much as see it. And I'll hear of an incident, or read of one maybe and I'm saying -when did this happen? To whom did it happen?  That incident will be the thing that gets me going. In Wounded Soldier, it's an old newspaper story from the Civil War. Two soldiers lying in the field in the aftermath of battle. As they look up a white dove flies over head. One says to the other, "That's a sign. Peace Will Come." The original title to that story is Peace Will Come and I plan to bring that back. Peace Will Come. That incident so moved me. Then my central character showed up. Tom Tanner he was called originally in one of my fifteen versions. Tom shows up and there we go. He's this hardened civil war vet who is basically dead inside and the story starts where he has to deliver a baby. Can I imagine what that is like for him? It's wonderful but painful. Coming back to life is so painful, and much as he wants that, he fights it.
For FF I rewrote that story and Tom became Edward in that he loved like that. The story became renewed and I never looked back at the original when I rewrote it. I hadn't seen the last version for five years. That story was so deep in me and Tom was (no pun). His wound somehow merged with mine (fundamental. I let them go to my own wounds. I don't write around my wounds, I write OUT of them. It's the only way to make your fiction real. It's not just a knowledge of history that makes them real. Oh no. It's being healed enough from your own pain, being unafraid enough of your own pain that you can use it. When that happens, when you are that courageous, you can write REAL and connect with people. Until then you'll just do what everyone else does. You may do it well, with perfect grammar even, but perfect grammar wonderful as it is, is no substitute for writing something so authentic, so full of your own blood where you've spared yourself nothing so others can connect, then your writing Blesses them. You can hire someone to polish your story, but you can never hire someone to put heart in your story. That's got to be you. Whatever you're protecting in yourself will sour your story) but I digressed there.

Back to this inspiring incident:  It won't be linear or organized. In other words, that incident may or may not show up in my story. But it will get the whole thing going. Often the persons involved in the incident show up as a voice. They just start talking. He or she is the one to lead me into the story. I may be writing with that incident in mind, but the character is going through this process. I'm developing the story by trying to stay true to the journey this character is on. I'm trying to stay true to how this character reacts to their environment on this journey.
Others show up. I decide how important they are through the eyes of the character. I am willing to cut anything/anyone precious. I have to protect the important part of the story--the central journey. I am constantly amazed at the important place my sub-characters can take.
One more thing on these inciting incidents:

For example, in DiTHoM I heard of an incident. And I thought of the person this might have happened to and it went on from there. Tonio was born. As I'm writing that story, I'm writing towards that incident. It hasn't happened yet. So all the story I've written is a lead-up to this incident. And I was very willing for the incident not to happen at all. It may have started a story it will not even show up in. But it was still key in leading me to the character and then the character leading me to the time period and the journey.

As for the voice or talking in the time period, I look up a lot of stuff, but the voice is very easy for me. Easier than many things others can do easily and I cannot, like math or speaking in front of crowds. Why I got that voice-gift thing I don't know. Writing makes it useful.

Question: Were the Twi characters the impetus to your writing career or did you write before that?
Answer:  I wrote way before that. It was very early in me. I had gone through a lot trying to get published. Won some literary awards, got close to publication, got my heart ripped out a few times. Quit. Finally finished college and got a Masters and went to work. But it wouldn't leave me alone. I found FF and what I always said to agents and publishers was 'If I could just get to the readers I know I have an audience out there!" So FF gave me that. And I found you all so point made!

Question: How did she choose her name she will publish under?
Answer: It's very significant, that name. It chose me. It really did. I knew I'd use it someday.

Question: Does she read many fanfic stories?
Answer:  At first. Then even the best ones became a distraction from writing. Much as I loved some of those stories, it was the writers I was interested in. FF has some extraordinary writers. If I start to name I will leave some out--what the heck:  Pattyrose, Rochelle Allison. There are many, many more. I used to try and look up every writer who reviewed. I would get a sense of her writing. Some writers who haven't broken out yet in FF, small writers are tremendous. I would think--my gosh you're good! So keep going on FF. And some of you are so ready to branch out from SM's studio.
 Question: What are her all-time favorite fanfic stories and does she have any current favorites? Answer: Volition was one of my first. Rochelle Allison.Loved the classics - Wide Awake, Clipped Wings. But haven't been able to read much for a couple of years. Because of writing.

Question: Does she have any favorite fanfic authors.
Answer: Sexy Lexi Cullen's mob stuff is great. The ladies I mentioned above. Sheviking. There are many. So many. I honestly believe some of the finest writing going is happening here. That's nothing but appreciation for SM's work. Her success made a place where writers could develop. She didn't just shake up readers, she inspired writers with her generosity. To define what has happened in TwiFF in a closed way is to demean it, I think. It's to put a tight lid on a box of endless possibilities. This has been an open-ended writing workshop for many of us. There is nothing unfair to SM in that. It elevates and continues to elevate her work.

Question: While reading some sections of "Deep in the Heart of Me", I was struck with marvel again at how you are able to express such sacredness for the earth, the soil, the river as sources of nourishment for both body and soul. Very much in flavor with Jim Harrison, Hemingway and Steinbeck. Who are your favorite fiction authors (non fan fiction)?
Answer:  Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea was a life-changer in fifth grade. Also the movie, Spencer Tracy my goodness.  To Kill a Mockingbird of course. Profound. Book and movie. Jem and Gregory Peck. Gregory was my first Edward.
I was always completely moved by some really great heroes. Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath--I'm a sixth grader just dying over these characters and trying to write them. I'm wondering from that age 11 or so - how do you put such people on paper? If I only had words like that!
Thanks for even putting me in the same sentence with these greats. You're very kind to bless me like that.

Question: How did you choose which of your stories you would publish first? Was it a bit like picking among your children?
Answer: I thought I'd start middle of the road. Now I will tell you this little gem--I have not shared my FF writing life with my fam. I was in writing hiatus, just coming off a degree and all that work when I found FF. I jump back into the fiction writing I'd abandoned for the past five years. I was done with the torture of academic writing (a whole other beast).
But when I pulled HH and MaMFiLWE, it was emotional. I was dismantling my collection there amongst readers I love. That's what kept me there. You guys. And I'm not good at ending things. Not that I'm ending things, but I didn't want to rock that boat. So I went middle of the road and removed those two stories because they were favored, but not thee favorites.
I would have preferred to start with HH which I'm retitling Running With Monkeys, I think. But I shipped it off to the traditional publishing world and I have to get it back. So I wanted to get started and that left MaM, etc. It was like that. Now the next one I publish, that's impossible. Darnay Road probably. Yeah it's like what you said. They are all clamoring.

Question: I'm also curious about what the process was like for moving it from fanfiction to fiction. Did you have someone else edit it or was it still a one-woman endeavor? What parts were the most difficult for you? What advice would you give to others about self publishing?
Answer: My poor daughter. I've got a story here:  She's my last kid, my youngest. Flashback: I'm hotly pursuing writing (of course) when I find out I'm pregnant. Again. Are you kidding me? The kid before her (my youngest daughter) is eight so I'm feeling some freedom and I'm writing like crazy. So I'm pregnant. I cry.
What I didn't know--that last minute pregnancy that came out of (ahem) nowhere? She would be the one to publish me. I would have to wait for her to get born, grow up, go through college. An internship. Get married. Have a baby. And then, one day, I would say, I am writing fanfiction. Twilight. I...have a following of wonderful readers and...I am tired of waiting on New York. I am going to self-publish. Can you...figure it out?
What I'm saying is--just stay open to your life. Embrace your life. God is blessing you, but sometimes, like me, you may be fighting it. You're figuring it out, you're planning, but he's blessing you all the while in ways you can't imagine. Don't go blind to that. Open up.

There's my sermon.
And I was writing Peace Will Come (wounded soldier) when I got pregnant with her.
Back to your question:  So my daughter has done what I could NEVER have done. She's been so careful, editing my manuscript. So here's what happened. Like it or don't like it this is the truth. Knowing she was going to read it, I took out most of the sex. She had never read me before, so I did a final read over the book and took out all the sex--like a last minute panic thing.
So it would have gone up that way but the cover didn't come through so we got delayed. And the night before it went up I sat up until two in the morning and put the sex back in. That's how the original got published with one "Billy" left in. That was me.
So the next morning I told her what I'd done. I told her the dilemma. See my family and friends do not know what I write. I keep it all secret. No one knows. But now she knows. My youngest.
She's read the sex scenes and says the book was missing something without them. It seemed cut off like I was holding back. She said don't ever do that for me.
I said I wouldn't.
I messed up her edit, but a big thing got settled. I came out to my daughter. Thank God for the cover delay.
Advice for others. Save up around five hundred dollars. You are starting a small business. If you don't already have a tech savvy daughter, or person who will do the technical stuff, local colleges with a design department might be able to help. There could be a student who is looking for some side-work.
For me, the time it would take me to learn is time I can't create. You can do both, and some writer's are doing that so splendidly, but I would rather be writing. I oversee and approve and boss. But like Fran Walsh told me--it is A Lot of work. And we're still learning. We have so much to learn. It's a very big endeavor. But it is full of possibilities. A small business. It is exactly that. Would you rather sell vacuums or your voice? I'd rather have a voice.

Question: Will you be coming out with actual books, not just e-books? 
Answer: That is the goal. One way or another I hope to.

Question: What made her decide to publish?
Answer: I was always trying to reach readers and that takes publication. When I connected with readers on FF I got in my comfort zone but some of you kept at me and you were holding a goal in front of me and I thank you for that. I want to reach readers before I'm done on this earth. I've got something to say.

Question:  I'm interested in hearing how she first came to the fandom, and how she feels about Twilight/SM.    Did she read the books first, or see one of the movies first?  What about Twilight made her start writing fanfic?   Who's her favorite canon character
Answer: Came through youngest daughter. My publisher. She saw the movie, thought I would like it, we went, like ten times or more. then she loaned me the books. From there I went into my covert Twilight life and she went back to school.
My favorite canon character is Edward. With all of my daddy issues, I've always been drawn to the male hero. I've resonated with him, whoever he is.
I found the fandom through a blog somewhere, just a remark someone made. I went there and wow! I asked my daughter and a few other young people, did you ever hear of FF and they all said, "I read some when I was in Jr. High." Or something like that. See how it has evolved?
With Twilight I went right into the fictive dream. People want to tear up the writing, but let's see them accomplish what she did. SM lit a fire. It swept the world of women. Many women would say, "Not me!" But who grabs every person? SM grabbed the lion's share of them with the hope of being completely, sacrificially, loved by someone god-like. That is a fundamental spiritual need in every human being, even the nay-sayers. It supersedes our daddy issues and goes right to our god-issues.
Hats off to SM. She is complete enough in herself to give a dimension to Edward that rattled the hungry cage inside of womenkind. We have spirits. Why else do we give Edward a pass for his many flaws when judged by human standards? Because he loves to the point of sacrifice. We hunger for that kind of love because we were made to be loved like that. Fundamental.

Question: What are your concerns about making the leap from ff to publishing?  What scares you about it?  What excites you? Why did you decide to do it?  
Fears: More criticism. The viciousness of the internet. Writing words you don't have to own and lobbing them at people who are vulnerable to your attacks.
Exciting to think of sharing my stories with more people. Worth the risk. And sticks and stones....
I'm not getting any younger.
If the main reason I'm not doing something is fear, that's not enough of a reason to NOT do it. That is an honestly I hold myself to.

Question: Do you think the majority of the work you publish from here will be OF, new material, rather than starting as Twi? I ask bc you often seem to post as you go - 500 words here, 2,500 there. How do you think you handle writing OF where you don't have that immediate feedback?   Get pre readers? (Sign me up!) or just trust your gut and write as normal, but hold it all until something is complete?
Answer: I will post my work from Twi cause some version of some of those stories are essential in me, essential I not abandon them but push them forward. SM's generosity in letting the Twi inspiration continue also meant it kept evolving. Live things evolve. I came in as it was already evolving. It was moving into every genre, every idea imaginable.
None of us are purists. We are inspired by one another. SM had her inspirations and she was out with them--classical romantic stories. That didn't mean her work wasn't original. It was. It was her interpretation of types she found in classical literature. 
She accomplished something few authors ever do--a level of commercial success that resonated. She did that! Then she allowed others to keep it up using her characters and let's face it, her actors. We reimagined her characters and  her actors in our roles. That's really where the evolution went because the actors became those beloved characters in our minds. So we were inspired to keep giving them other roles and redeveloping their personalities. And they are classic roles. They are types that go all the way back to ancient writing. SM took what she loved and through her unique self created this incredible studio and allowed us to go in and play and out of it came newly imagined things.
I have a sequel in mind for DiTHoM. It's a big story if I go all the way. Will I write that on FF? I don't know. Can I write without my readers? I did for years and found the isolation the reason I went back to school. That led to my real job. Now I fight to find time to write. But I couldn't handle another year of the isolation and FF takes that away. But I found my audience and I have them (you) and I will come back to you, just in another venue. Will knowing you're out there be enough in my creative process? Well, you sure brighten my days. That's why I've stayed so long. Can I do this? I don't know. I'm a hands-on learner.
Pre-readers, maybe, but there's an old discipline in me I might be able to tap, if it's not dried up. I have to write. I have to. But not having  your immediate feedback? Yech, no fun. So I don't know. I'm in transition here. Stay tuned. Please.

Question: What captivated you about the Twilight Saga?
Answer:  Edward. SM created an outrageous world and she used standard types and brought them through her unique voice to make something that turned her readers upside down. Throughout her story she brings the classic themes of pure undying love. It's been done a million times because we need this story in all of its forms and variations. She just did it very well. Argue that all you want but jealousy is unbecoming. SM did it very well. Obviously.

 Question: If you were to write a Twicanon-based story, what would it be about?
Answer: High school-aged  love. Like she and many others have done. It's so pure because you're so open to love. You see love. You embrace it. All of its complications come later. So to tap into that time of purity we all remember is to do something human and beautiful and fundamental.

Question: Do you still plan on writing counselor fanfic or will you now write as Diane?
Answer: Doing both at the moment. Can't imagine letting go of FF. I don't know. I'm open. I do not plan to abdicate any time soon and right now see myself always doing something there. I'm proud of it, that world, such intelligent readers and fine, fine people and the evolution revolution. I'm blessed there. I can bless there. It's a rich thing.

Thanks for this. Just...thank you.