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Word Associations with Novelist Diane Chamberlain


Diane Chamberlain is a New York Times bestselling author with 24 books to her credit. Her latest novel, Pretending to Dance, is "an exploration of family, lies and the complexities of both." With a background as a social worker and as a private psychotherapist, Stay Thirsty Magazine thought that doing a word association with her was a most appropriate way to learn more about her themes, her work and her life.


Diane Chamberlain (credit: John Pagliuca)


DIANE CHAMBERLAIN: I come from the sanest, calmest, most supportive family in the universe, which is odd since the families I write about are anything but.



DIANE CHAMBERLAIN: Lovers, mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, sisters and brothers. I enjoy exploring love in all its many forms.


STAY THIRSTY: Compassion.

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN: The best quality for a character to possess if a reader is to care about him or her.



DIANE CHAMBERLAIN: They feed my stories.



DIANE CHAMBERLAIN: Every book needs intrigue, whether it's a mystery, general fiction, a memoir or even self-help. Why else would a reader keep reading?


STAY THIRSTY: Redemption.

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN: I believe redemption is the ultimate target of every one of my stories. I always want my characters to triumph in the end. 



DIANE CHAMBERLAIN: What I feel when I imagine my mother peering over my shoulder as I write, ready to criticize my characters' actions.


STAY THIRSTY: Shared bonds.

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN: Is there anything better than feeling connected to another human being in this way? I don't think so.


STAY THIRSTY: Brainstorming.

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN: My writers group. There are seven of us and a couple of times a year we go to either a haunted mansion (really!) or my beach condominium to help one another brainstorm our works in progress. Couldn't write without them!


STAY THIRSTY: Psychotherapy.

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN: As a former therapist and occasional recipient of therapy, it's hard for me to imagine going through life without the help of a good therapist at some point. It's a relief to be safely transparent with someone trained to help us become our happier selves.



Diane Chamberlain

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