My guest this morning is author Diana Wallace Peach who enchants and enthralls young readers with her fantasy and science fiction series. Apart from YA novels, Diana has recently written and illustrated her first children’s book. More about her work later.
The official biography.
About D. Wallace Peach
D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.
For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit: http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.
Now it is time to find out which of the questions Diana had chosen to answer….including phobias, dress sense, town or country and water skiing!
Welcome Diana and perhaps you could start by telling us if you have a phobia and do you remember how it started?
In 1975, the movie Jaws hit the theaters. I was 16 and loved going to the beach with my friends to roast in the sun and swim in the swells. That movie scared the heck out of me, and for the next 15 years, I didn’t go in the ocean deeper than my kneecaps.
Zoom ahead to 1990, I found my self divorced, a single mom, and all my friends had been his friends. I needed to get a life! The local community pool offered a free “Discover Scuba” event, and I figured why not? Three months later, I waded into the deep, dark, shark-infested ocean for my open-waters in order to get my certificate. Somehow, I escaped a sure death as shark snack food.
A year later, as a certified deep diver, rescue diver, and dive master, I went swimming with sharks. About 2 miles from shore, the crew of the dive boat threw chum (fish guts) into the water to attract about 20 wild sharks. I jumped into their midst and kept my fingers tucked… except for the times I reached out to pat one as it swam by.
Sally here: the best I could do Diana….. very brave of you…..thanks to Wise Wanderer
How would you describe your fashion sense?
Abysmal. I dislike shopping and am perfectly happy with a pair of jeans and a big flannel shirt. It’s all I really need up here in the woods anyway. And that assumes I even bother to get dressed. I’ve cut wood, worked in the garden, and gone to the post office in my pajamas and slippers. I still wear the same clothes I wore as a teenager, and by the same clothes, I mean the exact SAME clothes. I wear them until they fray or disintegrate! About 3 years ago, I bought a shirt. My friends all noticed immediately, and my daughter was shocked. Her jaw dropped, and she declared, “You got a new shirt!” You’d have thought I won the lottery.
What is something you look forward to when you retire?
I’m going to attribute the answer to this question to blogging. As a younger person, I never had an interest in traveling. I hadn’t done much since I was a child, so I didn’t know what I was missing and the bug hadn’t found a chance to bite. And I’m an introvert and homebody who gets anxious and shy when out of my element.
Blogging has expanded my view of the world. I’ve “met” great people, seen amazing sites, learned that the world is wondrous and beautiful and friendly. There are so many places now that I want to visit, people I want to meet for lunch or drinks, cultures I want to explore. Retirement is just a few years away. I’m going to put on my wings and fly.
What was the one thing you could never learn how to do no matter how hard you tried?
How to water-ski. Ugh. I tried, I swear I tried, over and over and over again. When I was a kid, my uncle had a boat on the New Jersey shore where he rented a summer house. My family would drive down visit for a week, and one year, he decided the kids were going to learn to waterski. So, he dumped me in the ocean with all these giant motorboats and cabin cruisers practically running us over. Already terrified, he had me hold the handle of the towrope and lift my skis. Then he’d take off. Every single time, I’d flip right over, land face first, and get dragged through the water until I let go. He made me do that about a dozen times, refusing to acknowledge that someone simply could not waterski, EVER. I made him a believer.
Sally here: Oops Diana, looks like there was someone with a video camera watching all your attempts (or someone with your talent)….thanks to NeverMindYourOwn
Do you prefer the big city or country life?
I’m a country girl through and through. Cities make me nervous. I’m afraid I’m going to drive the wrong way on a one-way street, run over a pedestrian, hold up traffic while I try to park, get lost, end up in a bad area, get mugged, get lost, drive in circles, panic, get lost, have a traffic accident, take the wrong bus or subway or train… Did I mention getting lost? But, if I’m not driving and I’m with someone who knows their way around, I’m a kid in a candy shop. I love it! And then I get to go home.
My thanks to Diana for sharing some of the little things we might not have known about her… and looking forward to seeing her here in Ireland when she is on her grand tour.
The first book in the Dragon Soul Series – Myths of the Mirror
About the book
In the distant mountains of the Mirror, exiled skyriders fly dragons in the old Way, merged in flesh, blood, and bone. Twenty years past, they fought for the freedom of the valley’s dragons … and lost.
Imprisoned in the stone lair, the captive dragons beat their webbed wings and thrash serpentine tails. They tear their flesh and batter their bodies against the black bars of their cells, iron grating against iron. The once peaceful creatures howl, tormented by spine and spur, their fury matched only by their despair.
Treasa, the daughter of exiles, seeks the secrets of a hidden past and a father she never knew. Gifted with visions, she glimpses pieces of years long lost and a veiled future that only raises more questions. The dragons visit her dreams, laden with contradictions that tear at her heart—for one day she sails in unfettered flight, her arms thrown wide, and the next she writhes in tortured darkness, desperate to be free.
The lair’s black-garbed riders sense the dragons’ growing savagery. Yet Conall longs to grasp their power, to subdue them and soar. He will endure the reek, filth, and terror of the lair to earn his right to fly. With a heart encased in steel, he masters the weapons of compliance to see his will done. At the cost of the woman he loves.
Then, a curved talon rends flesh and dragon scale, rattling against white ribs. Blood falls like rain and the world shifts. Treasa and Conall must decide who they are and what they stand for. Thus the battle for the dragon soul begins again. Alliances form, old myths are revealed, and new myths are born.
One of the recent reviews of the book
After I finished reading D. Wallace Peach’s The Rose Shield Series, I found myself bereft, desiring more of her storying. A visit to her Amazon Author page gave me everything I needed. I was thrilled to find her first series, Dragon Soul Quartet and couldn’t wait to dive right in.
The Myths of the Mirror, Book One, is a haunting tale of resplendent dragons, exhilarating magic, and how the myths of the people from Taran Leigh and the Mirror intertwine and intersect. Their myths become the allegory from where ancient enlightenment springs.
Far from the village of Taran Leigh is a spot in the wilderness where a bowl-shaped lake, called the Mirror, hosts a civilization of people who ride the bejeweled dragons in the Old Way communicating with their souls as they become one with the dragon’s spirit. This merging of man and dragon comes by invitation from the dragon, signifying a magical union like no other.
In comparison, the dragons of Taran Leigh are imprisoned, forced to live in a stone lair, and brutalized by their captors, all the while compelled to perform for “coin.” Years ago, the greedy governors tricked the skyriders into believing their lies, looking only for ways to line their own pockets. The people of Taran Leigh have lost their connection to the old ways.
It takes a calamity greater than Terasa and Conall have ever known to teach them the myths of their people. Conall faces his demons while Terasa learns the myths of her father and those of the magical dragons who teach the lessons of “the tie” and of “the belonging.”
I know I’ve written before how I feel like a silly fan gushing over Diana Peach’s work. But, I must share with you that this book touched me in ways I have never experienced before. It was as if I had my own epiphany, at one with the divine truths the author penned in this tome. I can only say that my reading was akin to a spiritual encounter. The entire reason I read is for that magical connection, and The Myths of the Mirror delivers that and more.
I loved this first book so much, I’ve bought the entire series! ❤ Myths of the Mirror (Dragon Soul Quartet Book 1)
MY RATING: Character Believability: 5 Flow and Pace: 5 Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5 Reader Enjoyment: 5 Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Myths-Mirror-Dragon-Soul-Quartet-ebook/dp/B01KQ317Y8/
A selection of other books by D. Wallace Peach
To discover all the books and read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Read more reviews and follow Diana on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach
Connect to D. Wallace Peach
If you would like to participate in the Getting to Know You series… here is how, with the questions to select your five from: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/the-new-series-of-the-smorgasbord-sunday-interview-geting-to-know-you-and-i-will-go-first/
Thank you very much for popping in today and I know that Diana would love to answer any questions you might have. Thanks Sally