Quick Five© Diane Mannino

        Courtesy of  Diane Mannino
Courtesy of
Diane Mannino

Name: Diane Mannino

Who is Diane? A well-rounded author with a taste for beautiful book covers :)

Website: http://dianemannino.com/

Books: Running from Romeo and Waiting for Romeo

Buy: Amazon

Perfecting your craft is an extremely important part of life. Whether it is a hobby or your career, you need to be to zone in on your skills to be the best. Take author Diane Mannino, interviewed by Tania Lasenburg, Mannino explains that she did what she loved . . .  her entire life.

You’ve had a successful career as a writer for different media outlets. What made you decide to write a novel? Did you simply want to add another scratch on the to do list or was this always the goal for you?

I definitely wanted to write a novel. English was always my favorite subject, I was an English major in college, and I’ve always loved to read and write. It just took me some time to get around to doing it!

Why did you choose Young Adult as the genre for your first novel?
That’s a good question because I like many different genres, but I would have to say I wanted to write YA because I not only love the genre, but I have two teenage daughters who love the genre. They read all the time and recommend books to me. I’m a huge fan of  “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and the “Hunger Games” series because they recommended them. But the bottom line is that I had a story and characters in mind and I thought it would be a good YA/NA novel.
What was your inspiration for “Running from Romeo”? Do you feel that the story of Romeo and Juliet is still popular enough to make reference to?
“Romeo and Juliet” was a big inspiration. I love the passion they have for each other and I love Romeo’s pursuit of Juliet. I love romances and characters that you care about and root for. I knew I wanted Classic Literature to play a part in the story. I want my daughters and other young adult readers to enjoy and love the classics as much as I did. I think not only is the story of “Romeo and Juliet” relevant but all of Shakespeare’s works.
              Amazon  Published June 1, 2013       345 Pages Ebook
Published June 1, 2013
345 Pages Ebook
How has your experience been publishing your book through Amazon? Do you feel that compared to a well known publishing company such as Harper Collins you receive the same attention and affection from those helping with the marketing of your book?

Well, I can’t really compare the two. I would LOVE Harper Collins or another publisher to publish my books, but I didn’t want to submit and re-submit for years to wait for that to happen. I think self-publishing is a great way to get your book out there and Amazon is awesome because as soon as you submit your book it’s immediately available. That’s amazing to me.

But as a self-publisher you have to market your book. You’re on your own and you don’t have anyone telling you how to do it. It is pretty much a sink or swim situation. I’m trying very hard to keep my head above water. There’s so much to learn, but I love that my books are being read and that people are enjoying them.

Finally, do you have any plans of stepping out of the YA genre? If so where would you go?

Hmm. I haven’t really thought about that. I love thrillers and mysteries. The sequel to “Running from Romeo,” “Waiting for Romeo” has a little bit of these elements in it so I’d probably say those genres. I really enjoyed writing these books because I got to do a little bit of not just one genre, but a couple of others as well.


Diane loves loves speaking with those who are interested in her books. Follow her here for more Romero



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