The Dirty Dozen, featuring D. Wallace Peach

Welcome to the second episode in a new series, the Dirty Dozen!

I read, and enjoy, a lot of blog posts with blogger/author interviews, and wanted to put my own spin on that. This will hopefully create something entertaining and informative for you, the reader, while sharing what platform I have with the amazing and talented people who have bravely volunteered to take part. Not all of these questions are easy, but hopefully they will give you an insight into the person on the other side of the screen. Ultimately, blogging is all about making connections. Show your humanity, show your love, and support each other. Because really, what else is there?

This week, I’m incredibly privileged to be hosting D. Wallace Peach in the Dirty Dozen “hotseat”. Diana is the author of numerous fantasy books, both traditionally published and latterly self-published, and is also a friendly and supportive voice in the blogging world. Recently she has also tried her hand at poetry… she claims with mixed results, while others (myself included) are more positive about it!

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1 – How in all the gin joints in all the world did you come across my blog?
 – I have no idea, Al. I don’t pay much attention to those things. However, I do remember one of the first posts I read was zombie poetry. I got such a chuckle out of it; I was totally hooked.

(I can sense my wife groaning and saying “don’t encourage him” in the background!)

2 – You, in three words?
 – Clueless, kind, lazy

3 – The last book/ film/ or album that you wish you’d made
 – Hmm. This is a hard one. I’m going to go with a fantasy book: Talion: Revenant by Michael Stackpole. It was written in 1997, but I just read it. A great thing about most fantasy is it ages well.

4 – Where are you now on your writer’s / blogger’s journey?
 – Oh, writing… I’m at my laptop about 12 hours a day. This creative journey didn’t start until I was 50, so I’m making up for lost time. The fantasy genre is as broad as the imagination, and I’m still exploring, pushing my limits, learning from mistakes, and trying new ideas.

I’ve got 8 fantasy novels out as well as a story in an anthology. My work in progress is a 4-book serial that I’ve put on hold in order to reclaim and reissue my traditionally published books – 6 of them. That will be done in August, a huge project accomplished. Then I’ll start on the serial again. Phew. I’m tuckered out just writing about all the writing. Honestly, it’s a joy.

And blogging? I blog between 20-30 hours a week, and after four years, I feel that I’m finally finding my comfort zone. My posts are writing related, not too long, and appear twice a week. I spend lots of time visiting other blogs and love the community out here on WordPress. Hugs to you all!

(Anyone wondering about how many hours a “serious” writer/ blogger needs to put in should read this… I, for one, am incredibly grateful that Diana puts in this time to share herself with us)

5 – A lot of writers and bloggers enjoy taking part in quote challenges, and sharing inspiring nuggets to help their fellow bloggers along. Can you tell us though one piece of life / writing advice, or quote about life / writing, that you are absolutely sick of hearing, that really doesn’t do it for you?
 – Um… well, I don’t necessarily agree with the “write what you know” advice. Of course, it doesn’t make sense to write a book about fixing cars if you’ve never fixed a car, but if I wrote about what I know, I’d write the dullest book in the world. “Here’s a woman typing in her recliner. The End.”

I believe that the human experience is in many ways universal, and the characters’ emotional depth is vital for a good book. We all have that resource within us. For the rest, research can be a blast. I went sailing on a tall ship, and we shot off the cannons. I was the nerd walking around with a notebook asking thousands of questions and wanting to try everything myself. I had a sword-fighting lesson and couldn’t stop laughing. Then there’s the time the end of my javelin flew off and skewered a fencepost, it quivered like a cartoon – do not try these things with people around…

6 – Two true facts about you, and one lie…. Don’t tell us which is which.
 – I used to rock climb some seriously high cliffs.
– As a kid, I had a rabbit living in my bookcase.
– I had a surprise encounter with a bear in Wyoming.

7 – The zombies rise and take over the world. You have five minutes to pack a bag and hit the road… You’ve got the essentials – water, tent, sleeping bag, vitamins, toothpaste, signed One Direction photos… What else do you grab?
 – A sword, of course. One has to have a sword. Laptop, backup laptop, and coffee beans.

(On reading, “one has to have a sword”, I have to admit to falling a little in love!)

8 – I’m often mistaken for John Cusack (sadly only in my head… the reality is more a fat, jovial John Malkovich/Patrick Stewart)). But who would play you in the movie of your life?
 – Oh, Diane Keaton would probably play me – kind of unassuming, clueless, and goofy. No Woody Allen in the picture, thank you.

(To re-iterate, this is a Woody Allen-free blog.)

9 – Doc Brown pulls up outside your house in the DeLorean… He’s got a few hours to spare, and fuel for one return trip… Where/when are you heading?
 – A DeLorean? No, no, no, Al. He’s in a Jeep and we’re off to Glacier National Park in Montana to backpack for a summer and live off the land.

(An interesting take on “no time like the present”!)

10 – Your beloved partner (real or imagined) is out for the evening, and your celebrity “pass” is popping round. (You know, the one celebrity who your partner would allow you to spend a night with, without it being considered cheating… that’s a thing, right?) Who knocks on your door?
 – Oh yeah. The hubby will definitely go for that…yep. Well, assuming a little fantasy here, it would be Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. I can’t cook so he’d have to bring the ingredients and cook for moi. I’ll eat just about anything. I’ll have one glass of whiskey and be completely looped. Music is crickets and frogs, great horned owls and coyotes. The line signaling the end of dinner? Oh, I can’t go there (blushing).

11 – You manage, fortuitously but entirely accidentally in a bizarre toaster incident to rid the world of its most dangerous inhabitant… Who do you call to help destroy the evidence, and burn that hairpiece?
 – Someone I know well (I probably shouldn’t say who) hasn’t actually disposed of bodies, but he’s collected them from remote wilderness places – usually in garbage bags that he then keeps in his garage for a few days until the authorities can take them away. He probably knows some great places to stash a corpse. Bwahahaha.

(What a great person for a writer to know!)

12 – Another apocalyptic scenario, only now the pet food is running out… You have a dog, a cat, and a rabbit, but only food supplies for two of them… Which one misses out?
 – What a terrible question. I refuse to answer. Ha ha.

(You’re right. This is a terrible question. Full marks for refusing it outright!)

13 – In a line, any regrets??
 – I can’t time travel.

Aragorn’s come knocking, so we’ll leave it there! So, that’s Diana in 12 or so questions, revealing her affinity for swords, Diane Keaton, and living off the land in Glacier National Park… not to mention the commitment needed (the butt-in-chair time) to engage with a blogging community and keep on writing those amazing novels.

Now, go and check out her blog, buy her books, share the love 🙂


Join us same time next week for another Dirty Dozen, featuring the wonderful… sorry, you’ll have to wait and see!

Do you fancy a turn in the hotseat, with a new batch of questions? Leave your email in the comments and I’ll be in touch 🙂


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50 thoughts on “The Dirty Dozen, featuring D. Wallace Peach”

    1. I completely agree! And bearing in mind my theme for April, I think people who want to survive zombie times would do well to get to know Diana better 🙂

  1. Yay! How cool are you. I am so honored to meet the giggling sword fighter, easily looped, clueless (but kind) writer lady! And thank goodness YOU grabbed the coffee. I’ll share my peanut butter, if you’ll share your coffee. <3

  2. This was a joy; one of my mates interviewing one of my favourite authors… 🙂
    I feel like I know you both so well (I just knew zombies & sword would crop up). But Diana, surely there’s a missed opportunity in your answer to question 9, considering your response to question 13… Doc Brown drives a time-travelling DeLorean! 😉

    1. Ah, yes. Excellent point there, Babbitman. Time travel is tricky though, and a car may require some awkward explanations. I think time-travelers are better off if they fit into the destination’s time to avoid being burned at the stake and other unpleasant consequences. As you can see, I’ve spent considerable time pondering the implications just in case it happens (sort of like planning how I’m going to use my lottery winnings! Ha ha).

  3. I love Diana’s consistent connection to the natural environment and all living things , maybe her fantasy writing can drift over to Glacier National Park and create a great wolf story.

      1. I have a CD of Wolves howling in Glacier National Park accompanied by naturalistic music Diana. I don’t know where or when I got this in Australia but it lingers in my mind. Your interview took me straight there. Al is really playing with our minds!

  4. What a wonderful chat with Diana and lovely to get to know her even better. I think she sells herself rather short regarding the three words to describe yourself question. Lazy?? I think not!! Clueless?? Diana seems to be one of the most switched on people and bloggers I know. Great fun post.

  5. Fun interview! I’m guessing the climbing high cliffs is the lie, Diana, because I’m going to pretend you’re scared of heights like me. 🙂 (Of course, I also wouldn’t want a bunny in my bookcase. They’re almost rodent-like. 😉 )

    1. Aha, the old internet is working again! I have to write this quick before it dies on me. Wrong, Carrie. I can’t handle heights now, but I used to rock climb in my younger years in the Gunks. Beautiful clean cliffs with great views 🙂

  6. Well, that’s going to be a tough one to follow. Glad I’m not planning on it for a little while, other much less fun writing to be done in the meantime.
    I love Diana, and one day I’ll have time to actually read one of her books. Sigh!
    Thanks both of you for making this fun interview. At least reading it I got one of my answers. Now to see if it changes by the time my turn is up 🙂

  7. Thanks, Al, for the great interview!

    I find Diana to be one of the most inspirational writers/authors on WordPress. I know her to be a kind and generous soul with an unmatched passion for writing. She inspires me greatly. And her versatility is remarkable.

    If I had to describe her in just three words, the words would be: authentic, passionate, and graceful.

    I wish her all the success in the world and am very proud to call her my friend.

    (Yes, I can get carried away, and trust me, I am holding back so I don’t cross the line into gushing territory, but probably already did!)

    Thanks again for the fun interview of an incredible person. 🙂

    1. I am only just getting to know Diana, but I would echo this… and to inspire someone to the verge of gushing to speak so well of their friend says it all 🙂

    2. Yeesh, Kelly, you’re making me blush! Ha ha. You didn’t like clueless and lazy, huh? Thanks so much for all the sweet words and making me smile. <3 Al is a great host and lots of fun 😀

      1. Had to comment here directly, kept getting send failures through the reader. And NO – those words do not describe you at all! But humble does. 🙂
        Have a great day! xo

  8. Since I’ve recently read something on Diana’s blog I can assume she reached home safely without accepting a zombie dinner invitation. I’ve learned a few important things about her thanks to you, one being her fondness for swords, which reminds me to stand a little further back next time we talk in case of any language misunderstandings.
    A great interview of a great woman whom I love dearly.
    Hugs to you and Massive Hugs to her.

    1. Thanks, David. I’m not very good with swords. I laugh too much. Hopefully I’ll be a little more serious about it during the zombie apocalypse. Thanks for reading the interview. Al’s questions were great fun. Hugs back at ya. 🙂

  9. Wow, great interview, Diana (and Al)! So much fun. Aragorn, huh? I can see that. Not sure I’d trust his cooking, though. Might end up with roasted rabbit or goblin or something. 🙂 Doc Brown and a Jeep? I can definitely see the trip to MT for hiking—beautiful country there. Loved how you ducked out of the celebrity pass *snicker* I’ll remember that if someone asks me–safer that way 😉

    1. Thanks for reading, Julie. Al has a great bunch of questions. I never considered Aragorn’s cooking skills, but they can’t be worse than mine! I had to duck out of the celebrity pass. My husband would be heartbroken LOL. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  10. Hi Diana,

    That is something more than a breath of fresh air!! Wonderfully framed questions and well handled answers…to say the least. I know Diana, you must have added your touch of fantasy to them. I didn’t know interviews can be so much of fun! Thanks to Al and you 🙂

  11. I’ve read my share of author interviews, but I think this is the best one yet. I enjoy following Diana’s blog and because of it, I read The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and FELL IN LOVE with her writing. I enjoyed the book so much more than expected (I always thought I didn’t like fantasy… and now I need to read more of her books to find out what the heck my problem was). Anyway, clever questions, even cleverer answers, and nice to meet you Al.

    1. Thank you, roughwighting. What a lovely set of compliments to both Diana and myself. Diana’s an absolute star! Glad to make your acquaintance 🙂

  12. Big Kudos on both the questions and the answers to them. Funny thing, Diana: when I read the question about who would play you in a movie, my first thought was Diane Keaton! Then I read your answer …

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