Monday, November 15, 2010

Countdown to Turkey Day with The Knight Agency: Diana Pharaoh Francis

UPDATE: The winner of a surprise book by Diana Pharoah Francis is Zombie Joe! Please send your address to Contests(AT)

From today until Tuesday, November 23rd, Knight Agency authors are counting down to Turkey Day with special guest blogs and giveaways every day. Contributors will include Diana Pharoah Francis, Maria Geraci, Marjorie M. Liu, David Mack, Renee Bernard, Jenna Kernan and Knight agent Pamela Harty.

Diana is starting us off below. To win a suprise book from her backlist, leave a comment. The winner will be randomly drawn and announced in this post tomorrow morning.


Diana Pharoah Francis:

I’ve been through a lot of interesting (in the Chinese curse sense of the word) health issues in my life, particularly over the last ten years or so. Odd health issues, like scar tissue in one artery, plaque in other arteries (nowhere near my heart), three back surgeries, chicken pox, and whooping cough. Oh stop looking at me like that. Yeah, I’m a walking disaster. But I believe I understand the why behind it all.

The universe is testing my sense of humor about life. It’s determined to find out if I can laugh in the face of whatever it decides to throw at me. And this year was a doozy.

In short, since last Thanksgiving I had a fusion in my neck, my father nearly died, my puppy had a second femoral head osteotomy (they removed the femoral head to help with hip displasia), my mother-in-law had some terrible episodes with her diabetes and also nearly died, and now my dad is back in the hospital.


I still have a sense of humor and a lot to be thankful for. My dad and mother-in-law are recovering well. My back is doing really good for now. The whooping cough is passed (oh, yeah, that was a couple of months ago).

And, to make the cup runneth over, my books are pretty successful, my fans are terrific, my kids are amazing and lovely, my husband is also amazing and lovely and I’m as much in love with him now as I was almost twenty four years ago when we met. I have wonderful friends, I love to write, I have a house and a day job and insurance, and my bed is awesomely comfortable. (We got the bed this year too and if you knew how uncomfortable and small the old one was, you’d really get why this hits high on my list.)

But here is my top ten list for day-to-day things that I’m grateful for that aren’t mentioned above:

#10.)  Flannel sheets
#9.)  The ocean. We go camping out on the Oregon coast each year and it is always so fun and I adore the cold waves, the sand, the tidepools, the fog and the tang of the salt.
#8.)  Music. I tend to take it for granted, but it is so important in my life and in my writing.
#7.)  My new kitchen. It’s so functional and pretty! I love cooking in it.
#6.)  Wide open spaces with wildlife everywhere and air so clean you can see forever. The smell of sage and irrigated pasture and pine—there’s nothing like it.
#5.)  The puppies that follow me everywhere no matter where I go and always want to sit on my lap. I can’t ever feel down with them around.
#4.)  Awesome fans who want to keep me warm with soft, cozy knitted things. You know who you are.
#3.)  Books. Oh, how I love that they never run out and every day brings another book I want to read.
#2.)  Being easily amused. I am so easily amused and it’s a good thing. I laugh a lot.

And the number one thing I am grateful for:

#1.)  Snuggles and kisses from the kids who still are willing to be cuddle up with their dorky parents.

I may face more trouble in the future, and I may have to climb up a lot of tough hills, but I try to always remember that there are a lot of things in my life that are wonderful and amazing and no matter how bad things might seem, I still have a lot to be grateful for.
Diana Pharaoh Francis
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Twitter: dianapfrancis

Coming December 2010: CRIMSON WIND: A Horngate Witches book

Also Available at Most Bookstores:

Horngate Witches:

The Crosspointe Chronicles:

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Blogger CrystalGB said...

I am so excited to see a new Horngate witches book.

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10:59:00 AM EST  
Blogger Cybercliper said...

Dang, your proverbial cup has definitely been full! A wonderful hubby, a twisted sense of humor and books - that's how I've kept my sanity for the last decade :-)

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 12:17:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kelly said...

So Excited.... I love finding new authors.... Yeah!!!! *doing the happy dance*

Thank you for a chance to win!!

So Many Books, So Little Time

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 1:25:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jeannene Walker said...

Put my name in the pot. I've found something else to add to TBR pile!

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 1:36:00 PM EST  
Blogger Heather said...

Diana's story is so inspiring! I would love to win a copy of her book. In the meantime, I'll be checking out her other novels.

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 1:39:00 PM EST  
Blogger Zombie Joe said...

I went through only one of those 3 back surgeries you had and stubbornness is what keeps me off of the cane. Well that and that attitude you speak of.

A lot of the same things keep me going. Of course I would include the TBR stacks in my office and the ever-growing list. Not to mention bringing my copies of my books to authors for signing. Too bad I'm missing LA this year. ;)

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 1:44:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey Diane - great post, love your books!

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 1:51:00 PM EST  
Blogger Carlie Angelus said...

Love your positive attitude! Enjoy those snuggles and cuddles while you can. My 4th grader is already getting "too grown". If I hear "seriously, Mom?" one more time I will scream!

Nice post and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 2:58:00 PM EST  
Blogger Traevynn said...

Your writing is just what I needed on this rainy Seattle Monday. Seems that I need to make a list of the bright spots as well. Thanks!

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 7:57:00 PM EST  
Blogger Writergirl said...

You are a wonderful role model of writing and have a wonderful respect of things big and small. Good on ya. Don't ever forget that humor exists as much in good literature as it does in a good cartoon. ;)

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Pamk said...

yep you do live in interesting Glad ya'll are better and/or getting better. I've not had the pleasure of reading your books but they are on my wish list.

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8:26:00 PM EST  
Blogger Sara said...

Good to know that despite it all Di can find that her cup run over. I wish I could do that lately. Though I got to say her list gave me pause to think about what I do have to be thankful for today. It was nice to pause for a while.

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 8:43:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are right that you are truly blessed. Sometimes life can truly beat you down and make you forget that. But, your writing is really, really wonderful and readers enjoy the worlds you create. So, you cannot stop writing and you must stay healthy so you can write more!!!

Your BFF

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 9:41:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're feeling better - that cough did hang on, didn't it?

And I'd love to win a book :D

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10:12:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I forgot to say that I pre-ordered your next book--which will be out in DEC--so that I have a little holiday pick me up (torturing characters is always a picker upper!)
If others haven't pre-ordered Crimson they should do so! And they can spend the holiday season wrapped up with a great book and a blanket.


Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

i didn't fully say congratulations on how your books have grown in popularity not just in the states but worldwide...way to go!


Monday, November 15, 2010 at 11:14:00 PM EST  
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