Coffee Break 013: Diane Vallere

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Today, our Coffee Break guest is fashion mystery writer Diane Vallere, who has written four cozy mystery series and is a self-described mix of Barbie, Trixie Belden, and Rocky Balboa.

Also, a teddy bear inspired her to write her latest mystery series.

(Seriously, how delightful is that?)

“Those risks… those are what make us feel alive.”

Diane was working as a buyer for a top luxury retailer before she took the leap and, as her website puts it, “traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder.” She writes full-time now and loves every minute of it.

“You have to believe that what you’re doing is valuable, that it’s not just an exercise in creative writing. That there’s a point to it.”

We talk about finding the courage to do what you love and love what you’re doing, the ups and downs of self-publishing vs. working with a publisher, the elements of a good cozy mystery, and what it’s like to be a “pantser”. I think you’ll enjoy it.

“The best thing you can do to improve your writing is to read. A lot.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Originally published at www.sarahwerner.com on April 17, 2016.