Monday, June 24, 2013

Blog Tour, Interview, and Giveaway: Rift Healer (Diane M. Haynes)

Rift Healer Tour 

Rift Healer

rift healer
Rift Healer is the first installment of the 'Forest Magic' series, a Young Adult Fantasy/Romance set in Central and Western Massachusetts. After a minor earthquake, the enchanted forest in Bidwell, MA, is infested with monster-spewing rifts. Gisele Westerfield's great nephew, the gifted Micah, and his distant cousin, Selena, arrive to assist. Together with Gisele's summer students, twins Haley and Lacey, they will try to heal the magical forest. Much to the consternation of the beautiful Selena, Micah identifies Haley as The One whom he'll share his future. But after witnessing a terrifying display of Micah's Gift, Haley cools to his advances and unexpectedly discovers her own Gift-- she can heal the earth. Monsters, mayhem, and teenage angst follow the small group as they confront evil in the forest and a dangerous prediction that 'one will fall'. Will they heal the rifts in time? Can they save the unicorns? And is Haley really destined to be with Micah?


dianeAuthor Diane M. Haynes

Diane has lived in Massachusetts all her life where early on, her artistic talents were fostered, though her skills as an "excellent report writer" were often noted in previous employment. On her brother Rick's birthday, November 16, 2004, seven months after his death, she woke from an amazing dream which would not fade. She outlined the dream, made a few quick notes and days later produced a 12 page short story. After deciding her story was interesting but incomplete, she began writing her first novel, using her dream as its climax. She now believes the dream to be a 'Spirit Gift,' sent by her brother. Diane continues to reside in Central MA with her husband and a very naughty Basset Hound named Basil and his new adopted sister-Basset, Ruby, both of whom cleverly wreak havoc on the Haynes' formerly well-ordered lives. She spends her time writing, reading books about writing, talking about writing, painting with watercolors, antiqueing and attempting to train a very reluctant Basil and a willing, but highly comedic Ruby.

What gave you the inspiration to write this book? 
A dream several years ago when I 'saw' three kids in a meadow and a fairy landed on a girl's cheek. She was enchanted and so was I, so I wrote a 12 page story. Days later I expanded the story making the fairy meadow the climax to the story.

Who is your favorite character in the book? 
Gisele, my elderly herbalist does what she wants, when she wants and leaves others to sort it out.

Which came first, the title or the novel? 
The novel came first, but the title came soon after. "The Rift Healer" was my working title, though when my publisher suggested dropping 'The,' I quickly agreed.
What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why? 
There's a scene in a restaurant where Micah demonstrates one of his Gifts to Haley, scaring her in the process. It completely changes their relationship and complicates things in a way I never expected.

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now? 
I learned SO much in the editing process! I now try to explain things more fully. Just because I know what my characters will do, and why, doesn't mean everyone will understand. Also, I now know what 'head-hopping' is and I avoid it like crazy.

What do you like most about the cover of the book? 
The mysteriousness and moodiness of the Enchanted Forest. It wasn't my first choice for a cover, but I do love it.

 What was your favorite book in 2012? 
Gotta say, "Rift Healer!" Second favorite: "11/22/63" by Stephen King.

What’s up next for you? 
I'm working on Necromancer, the third installment of the Forest Magic' series,  which is being written largely from Micah's point of view.

Is there anything that you would like to add?
I'd like to thank everyone for their interest and hope you love spending time in the forest with some of my favorite characters and creatures.

  Blog Tour Giveaway
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 7/8/13

1 comment:

  1. Beth--
    Thank you for the interview & thanks so much for being part of my blog tour. It's been lots of fun. Now for the coincidences...I am also a step-mother, my step-daughter's name is Beth, and my stepson's name is Matt! Cool, huh?
    Thanks, again.