Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WRITING THE NOVEL by Dianne Harman






   One of the things I’m constantly asked from people who have read my novel, Blue Coyote Motel, is how did I get the idea for the book?

   After writing Blue Coyote and my soon to be released book, Tea Party Teddy, I’m convinced there is no formula. Coyote happened in a strange way. I had always wanted to write a novel, but like so many people, I didn’t think I had the credentials for it. I hadn’t attended numerous fiction workshops or seminars; I hadn’t spent weeks at writing retreats, etc. My husband gave me Stephen King’s book, On Writing, which freed me from all the things which had held me back. King kind of says, like the Nike logo, “Just Do It!” But what to write?


   We were at a wedding in October in the old section of Palm Springs, California, at a boutique hotel which had recently been renovated. It was 106 outside and the air-conditioner was silently wonderful. I remember turning to my husband and saying, “Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone put a ‘feel good’ drug in the air-conditioner and everyone felt good all the time?”

 He looked at me and said, “There’s your book.” I started writing on my iPad about ten minutes later. The first character was a salesman whose life was not going well. He stopped at a motel in the desert near Blythe. He felt much better the next morning after his time in an air-conditioned room. And so it went.


   From there the characters seemed to be everywhere. At dinner a priest sat at the table next to us wearing the biggest gold cross I’ve ever seen. He became a character. The following night at the wedding dinner I was seated next to a couple from Brazil who owned gold mines. They became characters. Within a couple of days the rest of the characters appeared. The book took on a life of its own. I’m not sure whether I wrote it or chronicled it. If I had sketched it out in detail ahead of time, it never would have evolved the way it did. The characters seemed to tell me how it should go. It was one of the most interesting experiences I’ve ever had.


   While I was finishing Coyote up, I attended three receptions in Sacramento where my husband was a Senator. At all three of them I kept running into a new legislator who was the most conservative anti-illegal immigrant person I’d ever met. The more I kept thinking about him, I knew there was a story there and so I began to write Tea Party Teddy, the story of a fanatic who eventually loses everything. It’s a tell-all California political novel with an overlying love story. The names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent.


   Now I’m convinced there’s a story everywhere. If you’ve ever wanted to write, “Just Do It.” 


BLUE COYOTE MOTEL SYNOPSIS



You'll never look at motel air conditioning the same way after you read Blue Coyote Motel.

Blue Coyote Motel is a suspense filled thriller about six travelers who stop and spend the night at a remote California desert motel. Each of them leaves the following morning "feeling good," but unaware that they have inadvertently become addicted to a gaseous drug piped into their rooms. '

Jeffrey, the owner of the motel, is a scientist who was recently fired by a prestigious Southern California drug manufacturer for giving an anti-aging hormone he discovered to his beautiful Latina wife. Spinning slowly into the depths of insanity, he decides to test the effectiveness of another of his drug discoveries on unsuspecting motel guests. He calls the drug Freedom because it frees people from depression, anger, stress, grief, and aggression. Jeffrey has grandiose plans to make Freedom available throughout the world in order to bring about peace and harmony, but instead it causes grief and chaos in the lives of the motel guests. The cast of characters includes a defrocked priest, a Native American pediatrician, a wealthy widow, a Brazilian couple who owns gold mines and a salesman intent on finding himself.

Blue Coyote Motel presents an engaging look at the human frailties present in all of us.







ABOUT DIANNE HARMAN


Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, leaving that industry and opening two yoga centers where she taught yoga and certified yoga instructors. Dianne has traveled extensively throughout the world, most recently dividing her time between Huntington Beach, California and Sacramento, California, where her husband is a Senator. A gourmet cook, she has entertained Governors, Congressmen and numerous other political figures in her homes. An avid reader, Dianne brings the richness of her life experiences to her novel, Blue Coyote Motel.
Her second novel, Tea Party Teddy, a tell-all California political novel, will be out in early 2013.







Twitter @DianneDHarman











2 comments:

Giora said...

Interesting concept, but not so far from the future. Now that Marijuana is become more legal in many places, one might wonder if the Motel's owner, with the permissions of some guests, will put it in the air condition. The synopsis describes interesting characters that will keep the readers glue to the pages, but the plot itself also needs twists and turns to keep readers wondering what will happen next. Best wishes with all your novels.

Giora said...

Interesting concept, but not so far from the future. Now that Marijuana is become more legal in many places, one might wonder if the Motel's owner, with the permissions of some guests, will put it in the air condition. The synopsis describes interesting characters that will keep the readers glue to the pages, but the plot itself also needs twists and turns to keep readers wondering what will happen next. Best wishes with all your novels.