Author Interview // Author Whitney Dineen
We are so thankful to have Whitney Dineen, author of Kindred Spirits, here to answer our questions. Learn a bit more about the author behind Kindred Spirits and then jump into reading ASAP!
Your bio mentions that you were “bitten by the writing bug” while living in LA. Describe that first moment you knew.
I was a plus-sized model when I lived in L.A. As a result I read voraciously while travelling or on location for a shoot, etc. I usually I read about five books a week. At any rate, around this time random stories started to pop into my head and wouldn’t stop until I wrote them day. That’s when I knew I was bitten.
You have several genres that you write in from Children’s, Romantic Comedies, to a memoir. Do you find that your life – modeling to motherhood – helps you develop within these genres?
My rom coms are full of quirky heroines who all relate to my life very closely. My middle reader series is about an eleven year old who moves across the country with her family and feels totally out of the loop. I moved twice as a kid, so I wrote of what I know. My humor memoir, Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs is a memoir, so it’s all about me letting out the embarrassing stories of my life. It turns out my life is great fodder. I think that’s probably true for all of us, you just have to be prepared to let yourself be vulnerable. That’s not always easy.
Congratulations on your latest release, Kindred Spirits. What was your most satisfying moment while writing?
Thank you. My fans have been wanted this book since, The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan was released. Yet, I wasn’t inspired to write it then. I think my most satisfying moment was when I sat down at the computer and realized the story was ready to come out. It was one of those, “Finally!” moments.
From all of the books you’ve written, which character is your favorite and why?
I’d have to say Mimi Finnegan. Mimi is me. She’s a tall, insecure wearer of double digits who loves life, but is not always sure of her worth. Until she becomes sure, and then it’s such a joyful thing you want to crawl into the book and celebrate with her.
We know what you like to write, let us in on your favorite genre to read.
I love to read all kinds of genres. Clearly I love rom com, but I also read spy thrillers, murder mysteries, memoirs, anything on quantum physics and string theory, and humor.
I ask this question in author interviews often and it seems to be the hardest one to answer – what is your favorite book and why?
It’s because this IS the hardest to answer!! How about I give you one of my top faves in three different genres?
- Twenties Girl, Sophie Kinsella
- Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Jenny Lawson
- Cosmos, Carl Sagan
Of course we have to know, what is in-store next – books, events, etc.?
I’m currently working on my second humor memoir titled Standing in a Crop Circle. Here’s a small idea of what it’s about:
Why did I go on national television wearing only me underwear and a bunny tail? How did I end up being a witness to the planet’s largest UFO sighting? And why have Steven Spielberg and I exchanged Holiday gifts for the last twenty years?
All I have to say is that it’s Oprah’s fault. Everything is Oprah’s fault. Right??
Maybe this all sounds a bit odd, but I promise I’m as normal as the next gal. After all, aren’t we all a little crazy? The trick is to own it. And I embrace insanity like nobody’s business!
Thank you, Whitney, for stopping by and answering our questions! We wish you all the best with your new release, Kindred Spirits!
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Whitney Dineen is a multi-award-winning author of romantic comedies, non-fiction humor and middle reader fiction. When she’s not spinning stories, Whitney’s raising her young daughters, wrangling chicken, or eating french fries, not necessarily in that order.