Diana Rumjahn received her bachelor’s degree in social science from San Francisco State University and has worked at the university for over the past two decades. She is currently an administrator at College of Creative Arts, where she received the “Star of the Month Award.” She wrote, directed, filmed, produced and edited the international award-winning film Going Home, which has been shown worldwide. You can visit her website at www.dianarumjahn.com.
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Diana. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
Diana: I am a first-time published author.
Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?
Diana: Choices For All. It was not published because my interests changed over time.
Q: For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?
Diana: I decided to self-publish it.
Q: When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?
Diana: BookSurge is the publisher of Charlie and Mama Kyna. A friend of mine published her book with BookSurge and I decided to follow in her footsteps.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
Diana: I felt that there was a lot of work still needed to be done in terms of promotion and I did not celebrate.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
Diana: I informed everyone by internet.
Q: If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?
Diana: For Charlie and Mama Kyna, self-publishing was appropriate because I was in supervisory role throughout the process. I am very happy with the results.
Q: Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?
Diana: I have not published since, Charlie and Mama Kyna. The experience of publishing and promoting a book has made me grown as an author.
Q: What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?
Diana: My book won the Best Short Story For Children Award from The 39th Annual Marin County Fair, Marin County, California. This award came 6 months after being published. Hopefully, the book will win more awards.
Q: If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?
Diana: University Professor.
Q: Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?
Diana: I would try to combine the best of both worlds.
Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?
Diana: I can’t see that far ahead while living in a big city.
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Diana: Be persistent and prepare yourself for a lot of work.