Today’s guest is Diane Doniol, co-author of the short story anthology, 41 Strange. Diane was born in Paris, France. As a young girl, she developed a passion for writing from her father, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, co-founder of the New Wave magazine CAHIERS DU CINEMA, and from her grandfather, French filmmaker André Cayatte (original THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES). She earned a B.A. in English literature from the Sorbonne University, and an M.F.A. in film from New York University while apprenticing on the Lauren Hutton show. She has co-written screenplays for such films as Lionsgate's PENNY DREADFUL, starring Mimi Rogers, and MGM's HIT AND RUN, helmed by Enda McCallion and starring Kevin Corrigan. 41 STRANGE is her debut book. She lives in Los Angeles.
Thank you for this interview, Diane. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I was born in Paris and am a screenwriter working in L.A. I was 13 when I started writing, bedridden with a bout of stomach flu.
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
41 Strange is a “first-of-its-kind” e-book anthology exclusively devoted to short-short stories of the strange and horrifying. We hope curious readers who are kind enough to check it out… will get a good dose of tingling up their spines.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I always had a taste for the macabre. Film was a major influence, especially Tod Browning. Freaks made a big impression on me.
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Selecting the stories that felt right together.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
We decided to self-publish.
Was it the right choice for you?
Yes, I think so. We truly wanted as much control over the content and artwork as possible. We were also inspired by a friend, Neal Edelstein (producer, Mulholland Drive), who released the new horror app Haunting Melissa direct-to-audience, and we thought it could be neat to control the distribution with the short-short stories direct-to-readers.
How are you promoting your book thus far?
With the help of a wonderful publicist, Charlie Barrett.
How is that going for you?
Great. Coming from film, it’s a whole new world, we’re learning the ropes!
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
Reaching out to readers through facebook.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Not at the moment.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Build a very simple and clear site. Be open to risk.
What’s next for you?
Among other things, working on the next volume.
Thank you for this interview, Diane. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Thanks for having me. The links are below.