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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Interview: Author Diane Sweeney

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Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace by Dianne Sweeney

In her new book "Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace," Dianne Sweeney's account of dating in the 21st century takes you on a hilarious, often poignant journey of online dates, dumps, and disasters.

In today's age of virtual “hook-ups” and online encounters, it is no surprise that there are thousands of websites devoted to Internet dating.

Told in a series of vignettes, Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace, Dianne Sweeney's revealing account of dating in the 21st century takes you on a hilarious, often poignant journey of online dates, dumps, and disasters. As she discovers the world of Internet dating is blessed by those seeking true love and plagued by those just “seeking.” Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace uncovers the reality of online dating–its pleasures, its horrors, and all the quirky stuff in between.

The author is quite like you or me - an average, thirty-something, working woman of today--sometimes sarcastic, sometimes too honest for her own good--but she does tell it like it is. Professionally, she's set. Friends--she has plenty. But love...well, isn't that what we're all looking for?

We interviewed Diane to find out more about her exciting new book. Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace (Adelmore Press, $9.31) can be ordered at most bookstores.

Thank you for this interview, Dianne . Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

[Dianne] I grew up in Alameda, California. My parents live in Tucson, Arizona...and Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace is my first novel. I teach high school English, and I love every minute of it.

Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?

[Dianne] In today's age of virtual "hook-ups" and online encounters, it is no surprise that there are thousands of websites devoted to Internet dating. Told in a series of vignettes, Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace, Dianne Sweeney's revealing account of dating in the 21st century takes you on a hilarious, often poignant journey of online dates, dumps, and disasters.

Who is your intended audience? Have you been able to crossover into other audiences as well?

[Dianne] My intended audience is mostly 20-40 year-old women;however, I have had many men tell me how much they enjoyed my book.

Why did you choose your particular genre?

[Dianne] One of my friends said, "You have to write about what you know." So, I did!

Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work?

[Dianne] All the time. Even now I look back at the book and think I should have changed this, or I should have done that.

Where do you write? Do you have a favorite place?

[Dianne] I like to write while sitting on my couch. I always have the television on for background noise.

What kind of research did you have to do during the writing process?

[Dianne] Well, the book is about my online dating experiences, so I had to go on a lot of dates.

Who is your publisher and how did you get accepted by them? Did you pitch your book yourself or go through an agent?

[Dianne] My publisher is Adelmore Press. I was very lucky. A dear friend of mine knows someone who owns a publishing company. They read the book and said, "We'll take a chance on you, but you are going to do all the work.

How are you promoting your book thus far?

[Dianne] You name it, I am doing it. I have my own web site, book signings, promotions, begging!

If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?

[Dianne] Throw a debut party. Invite everybody you know and their friends. Don't leave anybody out.

What’s next for you?

[Dianne] I am working on a new book. I am writing about other people's dating experiences! Do you have a crazy story? Send it my way.

Thank you for this interview, Dianne . Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?

[Dianne] Please visit me at http://www.diannesweeney.com.



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