Diane Capri is a spectacular woman, a New York Times bestselling author, and a good friend. She's been in the book industry for decades and has received much acclaim for her novels. Diane joined the International Thriller Writers at its onset, becoming a member of the board along with her friend, Lee Child.
At a cocktail party in 2009, Diane and Lee were discussing the whereabouts of Jack Reacher. They mutually agreed to develop a series to answer that burning question. Don't Know Jack is the first in that series.
Diane is an advocate for aspiring writers and someone who understands the business better than most. She also knows what it's like to get discouraged as a writer and offers some wonderful tips on never giving up on your dreams:
Many aspiring writers become discouraged because they feel there is too much competition, everyone wants to write a book, and they'll never make it. I get laughs every time when I say they're forgetting the millions of people who don't desire to write a book — and millions more who have no desire to read one.
I believe that when we have a desire to write, and that desire sticks with us, we've been given at least a modicum of talent.
We might not have the quantity or quality of innate talent the great writers were born with, but few people do. Still, the talent we have can be nurtured and developed until we succeed. I've seen it happen. Many times.
It happened to me. Keep at it and you'll get there, too.