Wednesday, May 1, 2013



Each a stand-alone story, all featuring a runner as the main character. The Running Suspense Collection will engross and move you. 
This riveting collection of short stories features an unforgettable cast of characters: Luke Randall, a simple. fifty-something widower finds himself fighting for his life after following a scruffy puppy into a house of drug-crazed squatters.
Cora Franklin, an attentive mother of two makes a decision that will forever change her life, if she lives through it. 
Issac Fisher, a young Amish father and husband leaves the Amish community only to return secretly to visit a long lost lover.
Claire, a flirtatious teenage girl in love with an Ironman bound track star loses her innocence after she catches the eye of a twisted red-haired groundskeeper.
A disgruntled husband loses his mind while waiting for his wife to awake from a coma after she is found at the bottom of a ravine during a long-distance trail run.
A tuff as nails single mom is put into an unthinkable situation in a sad-looking trailer house after she loses her keys during a run. 
Often surprising, always suspenseful this collection will captivate and enthrall you. It may even make you think twice before heading out on your next run.

Let's begin with the Diane Strong TWITTER'VIEW Author of The Running Collection Suspense

Dragonheart: Welcome Diane. Thank you so much for joining me tonight.

Diane: Thank you so much for having me.

Dragonheart: It's an honor. Tell us about your current project.

Diane: I have two, I am finishing up my Running Suspense Series (putting it into a paperback collection), and I am starting a new fiction novel that I'm really excited about.

Dragonheart: Sounds interesting! What sparked the idea for this project?

Diane: The stories are suspense stories with runners as the MC. I got the ideas for all of them while running on back country roads. I would run by an abandoned house and think "hmm, what if...? And the story would build from there. There are 6 stories now.

Dragonheart: And they are amazing! How do you choose book covers?

Diane: I just think them up in my mind. I try to get an image that will represent the story and catch someone's eye.

Dragonheart: How do you choose character names?

Diane: The characters tell me their names.

Dragonheart: Wow! Music seems to influence a lot of authors, what music influences you?

Diane: I love all music, but it doesn't really help me write. I prefer silence when I write so I can hear the music of the story.

Dragonheart: What a beautiful answer! How do you handle "writers block?"

Diane: Simple. I go for a run. It works every time.

Dragonheart: Who has been your greatest influence?

Diane: Probably the English teachers I had in high school and college. They encouraged me even though that wasn't my major.

Dragonheart: Teachers are our greatest resource. Do you have or have you ever had a muse?

Diane: The death of my mother was the muse that got me writing again after 15 years.

Dragonheart: I'm sorry for your loss. What one subject is TABOO in your writing?

Diane: Children. My stories can get a little twisted and sick, but I leave kids out of the real bad stuff.

Dragonheart: What do you do when you aren't writing?

Diane: Homeschool my kids, RUN, bike, swim, hike and do fun stuff with my family. We love to be outdoors.

Dragonheart: :) If there was a book you wish you'd written, which would it be?

Diane: Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. It was such a great read and it influenced so many people including myself. Nearly every runner who reads that book looks differently at the way they run. And many of us wear little to no shoe.

Dragonheart: I think I know the answer to this but....What is your greatest passion?

Diane: Running...duh. But there is more. I am passionate about protecting the earth, nutrition, animals, living green, buying organic, supporting local farmers, living life to the fullest, being optimistic and being matter what.

Dragonheart: What ONE word best describes you?

Diane: I noticed the CAPS on ONE :) That is tough. Okay, one word to describe me...UNIQUE. Or, never mind.

Dragonheart: LOL If you could change places with any of your characters, would you? Which one and why?

Diane: Switch places with one of my characters? Hell no!
Seriously, I wouldn't trade places with anyone, especially my characters.

Dragonheart: :) Is there one, current, TV show, that is can't miss for you?

Diane: I don't have a TV, so no. When I do watch a movie, I usually get documentaries or comedies. "This is 40" was a hoot. "Food Inc", "Food Matter", "Forks over Knives" and "Super Size Me" are big winners in my view too.

Dragonheart: NO TV? Money is no object, where do you go?

Diane: If money was no object I would go backpacking around the world. New places, new people and lots of exercise...perfect. :)

Dragonheart: Tell us, please, the first two books on your TBR list.

Diane: I am currently reading "Flying Lessons" by Francis Potts and have "The Cloud Seekers" by Jayne Lockwood in cue.

Dragonheart: Tell us one thing we may not know about you.

Diane: I once gave mouth-to-mouth to a chipmunk. Hey, you asked. 

Dragonheart: Nothing wrong with that! What do you want to be when you grow up?

Diane: When I grow up? I want to be a big kid. I don't want to take life so seriously, just play.

Dragonheart: Final question. Of the 7 Deadly Sins, which one have you committed most recently?

Diane: Gluttony. I ate almost an entire head of cauliflower today...and I intend to have a couple of beers after this TWITTER'VIEW.

Dragonheart: :) Thank you for joining me tonight Diane. It has been an honor and privilege.

Diane: and thank you Debby, this was really fun!

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