An April Fool in December?

April Fools cover on Amazon~Di B

Author: Diana Bettinson

Title: April Fools

ISBN: 978-1718954496

Formats: Paperback Kindle

When Paula’s husband of thirty-two years dies suddenly she wonders if she can cope. After a lifetime of being told what to do, and how to live her life how will she carry on? Will she find love again, and will she want it? Watch how Paula blossoms from down trodden wife to a confident fulfilled happy person. This is a story of love, betrayal, control and manipulation.

Author Diana Bettinson

Welcome, Diana Bettinson…

Di B

Hello. Lovely to see you

Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine? Beer

A nice cold white wine would be lovely


 *Hands a cold white wine to Diana*

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

Most of my working life was with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau firstly as a debt counselor and later as a welfare rights worker mainly for cancer patients. I have always jotted down the odd poem and knew I had a story or two in me.

What is the title and genre of your book?

 GARI is aimed at the older child but adults seem to be my main audience the life story of a mini cooper.

Do you write in first or third person? Please explain why

Partly the book is in first person as the car is telling his story but things that go around him are in the third person.

How did you come up with the story?

The idea was boiling in the back of my head for several years and for 50p I bought an old workshop manual at a fete which gave me a lot of background information. My husband is a mechanic so gained some information from him and Gari grew from those small seeds.

It has a lovely cover, did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

Yes I did and I love the cover. Hope the readers do too.

 Di B front cover

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Just keep writing and reading. Whatever takes your fancy. We all have stories in us.

What is your writing routine?

Not so much of a routine but I find it all consuming when I feel a story coming together and become single minded about it.

Do you have an editing process?

I guess I do as I read, re-read, read out loud and edit from those processes. I also have other people read and give me constructive criticism which is very useful.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

When the words are flowing and the ideas are popping up I love to just sit and write. Sifting the waffle out and moulding the story is fun as well and meeting such lovely people in the writing group is a bonus. But when a story grinds to a halt for some reason that is the bit I hate.

Where can people find you on the internet?


Twitter: @Dibett

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Just thank you to all those who have followed me and supported me. Keep up the good work

I am appearing at the East Anglian Festival of Culture at the Hatfield Hotel in Lowestoft on Sat 9th Sept and would love see my readers there.

Thank you for a lovely interview.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule.

Di B front cover

Available in paperback and Kindle

Busy! Busy! Busy!

It’s been a busy time for some members of the Waveney Author Group.

Here are some of them at The Loddon Street Fayre:


Under the willow tree

We were in the red gazebos under the beautiful willow tree in the Millenium Gardens, aptly named Literary Garden for the day.


Sandra showing us her new t-shirt

Aisha reading

ADP Sorisi reading from her book ‘Tutankhamun:  He Is Born (Book 1)

Me and a buyer

Suzan has just signed for this lady

Viv supporting us

Sandra Delf book signing

Two sandras

Sandra Joanne Forder and Sandra Delf (on the right).


10 members of the Waveney Author Group are invited to TAKE OVER the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library. Some arrived by bus, some by car and these, well…


Having arrived at Norwich Station authors Davina Baron, Suzan Collins, Diana Bettinson and Enrico the much loved character ‘Big Fella’ from Bertie’s Diary, get a photo before climbing into the taxi.

Di and Aisha


Busy start to the day for Diana Bettinson and ADP Sorisi.

Di reading

Diana Bettinson delighting readers with tales from her book, ‘GARI’.

Viv reading

Davina Baron reading from her book, ‘Bertie’s Diary’.

Me and Lucy's grandson2

Suzan Collins reading ‘Stealing Poop’ from the Chatty Cat book series ‘Chatty Cat: My Purr-fect Friends’.

Sandra D reading

Sandra Delf reading from her book, ‘Keep Smiling Through’.

It was a really busy day and we didn’t get chance to photograph all of the 10 members. Sorry.

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Until next time, happy reading x

Library Takeover!


It’s an exciting time for members of the Waveney Author Group. We have some aspiring authors and some already published authors who are busy putting the final touches to their books prior to publication. Ten authors will be reading and talking about their work at this fabulous event.

Milenium Library~poster for Waveney Author Group visit on 30th May 2017

Milenium Library~FINAL poster ~with times