Author Archives: Diana Forbes

About Diana Forbes

Diana Forbes is a ninth-generation American with ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. She lives and writes in Manhattan. When she is not cribbing chapters, she loves to explore the buildings where her 19th-century American ancestors lived, loved, survived, and thrived. She is passionate about vintage clothing, antique furniture, and ancestry, and vows to master the quadrille in her lifetime. Diana Forbes is the author of Mistress Suffragette. Prior to publication, Mistress Suffragette won first place in the Missouri Romance Writers of America (RWA) Gateway to the Best Contest for Women's Fiction. A selection from the novel was a finalist in the Wisconsin RWA "Fab Five" Contest for Women's Fiction. Mistress Suffragette won first place in the Chatelaine Awards in the Romantic and Sensual category and was shortlisted for the Somerset award in Literary Fiction. Learn more at dianaforbesnovels.com.

The Contest Fix: How Writing Contests Can Help Your Career

Coffee. Cigarettes. Liquor. Let’s be honest: All writers have their addictions. Mine is submitting to writing contests. (Please don’t tell my mother!) Some writers turn up their noses at writing competitions and insist they are scams, but I don’t subscribe to this cynical theory. Other writers assert that one should never...

How I Gained 3,000 Twitter Followers: 8 Easy Lessons

When my debut novel, Mistress Suffragette, was about to be published, I realized that I wanted to have a Twitter presence. But I wasn’t certain how to go about achieving that. I wanted to tie my messages into my novel, but not reveal so very much about it that no one would...

Brand You: How to Find Your Author Brand

I come to novel writing by way of advertising, and I tend to view the task of marketing one’s books through an advertising lens. It took me a long time to get an agent for my newly published book, Mistress Suffragette (Penmore Press, 2017), so I was able to devote plenty...