I mostly ignore them. If you stop to think about your fears for too long, they take over and paralyze you. So when I’m afraid of something, I tend to take a deep breath and dive right into it. I’m too stubborn to abandon things once I’ve started them, so it’s just the first step that’s difficult. And I’ve found that the sooner I take that first step, the better.
What scares you the most?
Probably time. I’m scared of time flying by and me not achieving the goals and dreams I have. I don’t want to get to the end of my life and be sorry that I didn’t fight harder for those dreams.
What’s your greatest character strength?
I’m stubborn. That could be considered a flaw by some, but it’s always been an asset for me. It means I’ve been able to do a lot of things people kept telling me weren’t possible.
Why do you write?
I can’t imagine not writing. It’s just so organic and natural for me. I wrote my first story when I was 5. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), that story is lost forever, but it ignited a passion for everything that has to do with words. Writing got me through a difficult childhood and a really painful breakup. It also made me who I am. I’ve been making a living with words for the past six years and there’s nothing else in the world I’d rather do.
What writing are you most proud of?
Aside from books, I also write articles for magazines and websites. It’s a pretty different world to fiction but I love the variety. I recently wrote a couple of pieces for Popular Mechanics, which I’m really excited about. Growing up, my family had a subscription to PM, so I grew up reading the magazine. It’s weird (in a wonderful way) to see my byline on something I loved reading as a kid.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Overcoming my past. I didn’t have the greatest childhood and it would’ve been easy to let that define my entire life. But I chose to focus on what I wanted out of life (traveling, writing, working with animals) and I’m proud of myself for the things I’ve done so far in those areas. I am still very, very far from where I want to be, but as long as I keep fighting and taking steps forward, I think I can consider that positive.
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Genre - Paranormal Romance/Dystopian Romance
Rating – R
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