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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Diane Graham--Clash of the Titles' Latest Victor

The winner of COTT's epic month-long Clash is....

Diane Graham!

Diane joins the ranks of COTT Conquerors as a pre-published author. She writes speculative Christian fiction steeped in allegory. Her excerpt garnered comments from readers such as:  
  •  a fully charged powerhouse of emotion and raw courage.
  •  All of them are intense, but I cannot shake the first excerpt from my mind. It moved me just as deeply the second time I read it as it did the first. I find myself deeply concerned for the well-being of this character.
  •  [it] grabbed me with such powerful emotion and desperation, that I found myself wanting it to not end.
  • Excellent emotion.
 Her novel I Am Ocilla, was a winner of Marcher Lord Press Premise Contest 2009.
A peek at her excerpt:
The darkness of my abyss consumes. Direction is irrelevant and time is worthless. If only I could pinpoint the moment when it all faded, then maybe I would be able to crawl back into existence. I slip in and out of reality. My heartbeat taunts me with hope for life, but the aches and emptiness of the rest of my body only offer death.
(cont. here)
Congratulations, Diane! We can't wait to see you in print!

Readers can keep up to date with Diane's journey here, or connect with Diane on Facebook.
Join us at COTT again on Monday when two Antagonists square off. Vote for your favorite and be entered to win a free book! Will it be a mustache-twirling fiend, or the unassuming granny-type? Who knows what kind of antagonists we'll find!

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bio: Michelle Massaro is Assistant Editor for the literary website Clash of the Titles and an aspiring author. She and her husband of 15 years live in sunny So Cal with their four children. Connect with her on twitter @MLMassaro and Facebook


A.M. Kuska said...

Wow, lots of exciting stuff going on here. I'll have to put something fun together for you guys. ^^

Michelle Massaro said...

Yes, you should definitely send something! =) Here's are page of upcoming Clashes: http://www.clashofthetitles.com/p/submissions.html

Thank you for stopping by, have a great week!