Diane Bator presents Drop Dead Cowboy and a NaNoWriMo teaser

Today, I'm taking over!!

I'm so grateful to see this blog grow and expand but today I've had to reschedule someone so here I am! I'd love to tell you more about me and what I do as a writer. Here it goes....

Hi everyone, my name is Diane Bator. I am the author of 10 mystery novels and a member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime Toronto, International Thriller Writers, and the Writers Union of Canada. I am proud mom to three grown kids and grateful to be a prolific writer. When I’m not writing, I work in a theatre which may be subject to immortality in a whole new series. No surprise I’ve considered trying my hand at writing a play, right?


What genre do you write?

I used to love reading mysteries and inhaled the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter, Mary Marks, Lillian Jackson Braun, and so on. Ironically, I never tried my hand at writing one but I didn’t have one specific genre. Then a few years ago I entered a contest to write a mystery novel and won! Just like that, I found my niche.

Thanks to a couple great friends, I’ve also slid into writing fantasy, which isn’t a genre I’ve read much of until lately.


If you could offer once piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?

Write the book YOU want to read. I love to create books that speak to me in some way and I hope that they will interest other readers. If you write to the market, it may become work and no longer fun. That’s where something like Nanowrimo comes in! For me, November is playtime with stories.


What are you working on now?

Part of the way I write is that I always have a few irons in the fire. Currently, I’m working on:

All That Shines (Book 2 Glitter Bay Mysteries) coming June 2021

Dead Without Remorse (a Gilda Wright novella) coming August 2021

Written in Stone (an AJ Cadell Mystery – ALL NEW) coming November 2021

As well, I’m planning to self-publish my award winning novella, Murder on Manitou. Watch for that as well!


AND This is where the Nanowrimo part of this comes in!

My newest novel, Drop Dead Cowboy, was written during Nanowrimo 2019. If you’re not familiar, the goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November, which works out to 1,667 words per day. (You can find out more at https://nanowrimo.org/)

Since many authors find that to be far too many words to deal with, they will set smaller goals for themselves. Personally, I find writing about 1,667 words per day is a great challenge and have “won” the contest twice. Winning just means that you meet YOUR goal!

Do you have to write a complete story? No. You can write poetry, non-fiction, flash fiction, whatever you want to write. The biggest goal is to WRITE!

Aside from my blog, you can find me just about anywhere. I’d love for you to follow me around social media. You never know what I’ll post:

  My publisher:  https://bookswelove.net/bator-diane/















Sugarwood Mysteries is my newest series that features Audra Clemmings and her partner in Stitch’n’Time Merilee Rutherford as well as Audra’s dog Drake. Needlepoint, a collection of voodoo dolls, and small-town antics are all featured in this series.

In Book 1, Drop Dead CowboyAudra Clemmings sees the display of voodoo dolls in the shop next door that resembles nearly everyone in Sugarwood, Ontario—including her. 
Then there’s the matter of the dead cowboy on the bench in front of her shop Stitch’n’Time…

Book 2 (a future project) will feature the same characters, a Christmas theme, and even more voodoo dolls!
Just what is going on in Sugarwood?


The best place to purchase my books:  https://bookswelove.net/bator-diane/

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