Blogs

After years of blogging on the Blogger platform, Diana has made the switch to Tumblr. If you’re unfamiliar with the social-networking site, it’s a micro-blogging platform that allows you to delve deeper than Twitter (though she loves those 140 characters) while not giving your readers the expectation of a lengthy post (like, Blogger).

So please follow her on Tumblr (and Twitter, and Facebook, and Goodreads, and whatever else is developed by the time you read this). And enjoy the embedded Tumblr posts here. If you want to view her full Tumblr page, here’s the link:  http://dianarwallach.tumblr.com

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      Today marked the first time I taught my Creative Writing Workshop to educators. Thanks to @mightywriters, as always, for hosting me! Together with these teachers and nonprofit staff, we outlined a new short story about a teenage boy serenading the lunch lady in the cafeteria for free food. 🙂
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      #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #amwriting #writerslife #IReadYA #YAlit #bibliophile #bookaddict #bookporn #bookworm #read #bookaholic #bookish #author #dianarodriguezwallach @dianarodriguezwallach (at Bartram’s Garden)

      06/18/18

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      Sunset, glass of wine, good book, Jersey Shore, bay view—must be summer. #nofilter
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      #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #amwriting #writerslife #IReadYA #YAlit #bibliophile #bookaddict #bookporn #bookworm #read #bookaholic #bookish #author #dianarodriguezwallach @dianarodriguezwallach (at Sea Isle City, New Jersey)

      06/14/18


    • A peek inside my process as I begin Page 1 of a new book! I’ve never been this prepared before writing a novel—my outline is 37 pages long! Let’s do this! “Staring at the blank page before me…”
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      #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #amwriting #writerslife #IReadYA #YAlit #bibliophile #bookaddict #bookporn #bookworm #read #bookaholic #bookish #author #dianarodriguezwallach @dianarodriguezwallach (at Devil’s Pocket, Philadelphia)


      05/31/18

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      Exactly how many colored pens and pencils does it take to outline notes for an upcoming novel? The answer, I am lucky I have a seven-year-old in the house!
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      #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      05/24/18

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      What it takes to edit a book—a 10-page edit letter combining my travel notes, beta reader suggestions, and my editor’s feedback; a large screen with the manuscript; and a second screen with photos/videos of my recent trip to Poland and Prague so I can accurately flesh out my settings. #anastasiaphoenix
      #bookthree #EndoftheLie
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      #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      05/04/18

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      Book research means rereading my leather-bound journal notes from my trip to Poland and Prague earlier this month. I’m deep into edits for Book 3, END OF THE LIE, today! #AnastasiaPhoenix
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      #Prague #journal #journaling #traveljournal #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #AmReading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      04/25/18

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      PHILLY FRIENDS! I will hosting a reading and signing of LIES THAT BIND tomorrow, April 14th in my HOMETOWN! See me at the mall where I bought my prom dress! I will be at the @booksamillion in the @springfieldmall tomorrow at 3pm! See you there!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Springfield Mall)

      04/13/18

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      When I was asked to come in for a photo shoot for the cover of @aldianews (Philly’s Latino newspaper), I thought it would be a tiny image in the bottom corner or something. I had no idea how wrong I was. Check this out! (And compare it to the size of my daughter’s actual head in the photo.) You can’t miss me in Philly this week!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach (at Liberty Bell)

      04/09/18

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      Felt quite fancy at my photo shoot at @aldianews today! Check out my COVER on next week’s issue—it’ll be out on Wednesday at all Philly news stands. Look for the red newspaper box. (This is my pre-shoot selfie, not the real deal. There’s had fancy lighting and cameras and stuff.)
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach #philly (at AL DÍA News)

      03/28/18

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      Marching for our kids’ lives in Philly! #neveragain

      #marchforourlives #kidlitmarchesforkids #marchforourlivesphilly (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      03/24/18

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      Thank you @motivosmag for featuring me in its latest issue! The article is in English and in Spanish (as always), and was written by fabulous college freshman, @samgougher! Sam and I met at the @doylestownbookshop last summer when I did a signing with fellow @entangledteen author Victoria Scott! (Make sure you check out all the pictures to see a cat photo bombing.) 🐈 📖 ❤️
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Devil’s Pocket, Philadelphia)

      03/23/18

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      Deep into edits of Book 3 in the #AnastasiaPhoenix series, LIES THAT BIND, in advance of my trip to Eastern Europe in 2 weeks! Hint: Anastasia might be stamping her passport in Krakow and Prague soon! #amwriting #amediting
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      03/20/18

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      What a cool photo by @wherethereadergrows! I’m not sure what’s written her shirt sleeve here, but I’m intrigued. I love it!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      03/19/18

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      AUTHOR MILESTONE—My first-ever Amazon yellow tag!! LIES THAT BIND is a #1 New Release! I am documenting this for prosperity. ❤️ 📖
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen

      03/16/18

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      Doing a school visit with my new poster for the first time! It’s also the first time I get to bring LIES THAT BIND with me! 😊 📖
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Northeast Philly)

      03/14/18

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      Look what’s #Free today! My own book showed up on my Book Bub email! Get it fast so can binge read it with the sequel, LIES THAT BIND, which is out now!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      03/13/18

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      Sometimes I think I write books just to have the book launch party! Had an amazing time celebrating at @headhousebooks this weekend! Thank you to everyone who came out! I love my job. ❤️ 📖
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      03/12/18

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      WRITER DILEMMA: Trying to figure out exactly where to stop reading during my signing tomorrow. Chapter 1 is 10 pages, which is way too long IMO. I think I will lose the crowd. But finding a cut off point in the middle, isn’t very easy…

      QOD: How long do you think authors should read? Five minutes? Entire first chapter? Excerpt from the middle?
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writersofig #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #bookstore #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      03/09/18


    • My Vlog Tour continues in honor of LIES THAT BIND’s Book Birthday!! Thank you @confessionsofayareader for hosting me!!

      And damn you, IG, for cutting off the last five seconds of my answer! Just consider it part of my YA thriller-writing madness—I need to leave you all with a cliffhanger!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen @melissa.montovani @weechagirl @tmartindalekean (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)


      03/06/18


    • It’s my Book Birthday today!! LIES THAT BIND, the sequel to PROOF OF LIES, is officially out in the world! I’m so excited!

      In honor of the second book in this YA thriller series coming out, I am hosting a Vlog Tour on Instagram. Want to know my favorite part of the writing process? Check out my video for @readloveblog!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #bookshelf #Book #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen @entangled_publishing @tmartindalekean @weechagirl @melissa.montovani (at South Philadelphia)


      03/06/18

    • What It’s Like to Be a Latina Author in a Publishing Box--An Essay for #kidlitwomen

      The third blog I ever wrote in my entire life was titled, “Hi, My Name’s Diana and I’m a Closeted Latina.” http://blog.dianarodriguezwallach.com/2008/03/im-diana-and-im-closeted-latina.html It was posted on Blogger, to give you an idea of how long ago that was, and it was right before my first YA novel, Amor and Summer Secrets, debuted. With reddish hair, freckles, and skin so pale I buy the “ivory snow” color of liquid foundation, I fly under the Latina radar at first glance. Yet my father was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and my last name is Rodriguez. It’s what Amor and Summer Secrets is all about. And in the publishing world, that book and my name, put me in a box.

      Don’t get me wrong, the box isn’t all bad. For the first time in my life, I felt included by the Latino community. Amor was given awards by Hispanic associations, it was put on lists for diverse reading, and I was invited to speak at schools, conferences, and community groups serving Latino populations.

      Then I wrote Proof of Lies.

      It’s not about a Latina character. No one travels to Puerto Rico. There’s no coming to terms with ethnicity. Proof of Lies, and its new sequel Lies that Bind, are YA spy thrillers. I didn’t realize I was breaking any publishing rules when I penned Anastasia Phoenix’s story. I simply wrote the book of my heart.

      I love kick butt heroines, like Buffy and Veronica Mars; I love espionage movies, like Jason Bourne and Spy Kids; and I love to travel, which is why my books are set in Italy, England, Brazil and Eastern Europe. Proof of Lies is the book I wanted to read when I was a kid.

      Then I tried to sell it.

      Let’s just say I was on submission for a long time. Like seven years and three different agents. I rewrote the manuscript constantly, absorbing tons of constructive feedback along the way, but there was one repetitive piece of criticism I refused to accept, “I’m surprised the main character isn’t Latina…”

      I don’t know if this is an issue limited to female YA writers, or just Hispanic writers in general, but there seems to be an assumption in the publishing world that if your last name is Rodriguez (or anything like it), your books will feature Latino kids, Spanglish, issues with ethnic identity, and a few cultural stereotypes (like alcoholism, crime, or poverty).

      Even when Amor and Summer Secrets came out, I had to negotiate with my publisher to change the cover image. The entire book is about a girl with red hair and freckles who doesn’t look Puerto Rican, and still they tried to put a dark-skinned, dark-haired model on the cover. Just look at the cover of book two, Amigas and School Scandals (http://dianarodriguezwallach.com/wp/amigas-and-school-scandals/ )—there’s no one in the book who looks like that.

      A prior agent once suggested I just revise Proof of Lies to make Anastasia Latina. I’ll admit, after staring down a few repetitive rejection letters, I considered it. But it wasn’t my vision. I wanted to write a traditional spy novel, only featuring a girl; I wanted to pay homage to the Czechoslovakian spy-turned-BU professor who inspired my espionage elements; and I wanted to give a nod to my mother’s Polish heritage. Frankly, I just didn’t see Anastasia’s parents as Puerto Rican spies, and it didn’t feel right that I should have to make that change simply because that was where my father was born.

      So while I strongly agree in the #ownvoices movement, and I agree that #weneeddiversebooks, I also feel Latina authors shouldn’t be expected to only write stories about characters coming to terms with their ethnic identity.

      For me, it’s an offshoot of the feminist belief that women should have the right to make any life choice—whether it’s working on Wall Street, opting out and being a stay-at-home mom, or not having children at all. True equality in publishing should mean authors, of any ethnic background, should be able to write books about anything they want. We know editors don’t snub their noses when men write from the point of view of females. Guys don’t hear, “I’m surprised the main character’s not male…” So why is there a box for us?

      Women of color have spoken out a lot recently about needing more inclusion in the feminist movement. While I can’t speak for other’s individual experiences, my Puerto Rican father and my last name put me in this group, and my belief is that we deserve the same freedoms to write about any topics we choose, featuring characters of any backgrounds we choose. If an editor isn’t going to say, “I’m surprised the main character isn’t Irish…” then they shouldn’t say it to us either. It’s like the old saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by the author’s last name.”

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      Celebrate Women’s History month with 31 days of posts focused on improving the climate for social and gender equality in the children’s and teens’ literature community. Join the conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kidlitwomenor Twitter #kidlitwomen

      03/05/18

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      When it is raining so much, the Weather Channel is threatening a “bomb cyclone”, you bring out the big mug.

      And yes, I have definitely put a lot of real people into my books. Names maybe changed, but you know who you are…

      QOD: if you could use a real person as inspiration for a character, who would it be? I’ll just say there was this mean girl in sixth grade…
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writers #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #YA #YAlit #amwriting #writing #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #read #bookaholic #bookish #dianarodriguezwallach (at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

      03/02/18

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      A list of all the blogs I need to write in preparation for Tuesdays’s launch of LIES THAT BIND! Admittedly I’m not as far into this list as I would like. But I can’t wait for next week. Thank you to all the bloggers and websites that are hosting me!
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #goodreads #bookporn #instabooks #bookgram #ilovereading #ilovebooks #bookish #booklove #booklover
      #bookphotography #books #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookaddict #booklover #bookworm #booknerd #bookgeek #book #igreads
      #yalit #yaliterature #ireadya #yabooks #thriller #bookstagrammer #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Devil’s Pocket, Philadelphia)

      03/01/18

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      On Fat Tuesday 11 years ago (wow!), I got THE CALL that my first book sold—AMOR AND SUMMER SECRETS. I was at Mardi Gras in New Orleans wearing beads and a feathered mask (pictured here moments before the call).

      Now I am about to publish my fifth #YA novel, I’m with my third agent, and I write full time (while also teaching an online writing class for JHU). A lot has changed since I celebrated with hurricanes at Pat O’Briens, but #MardiGras will always hold a special place in my heart. 📚 ❤️ #fattuesday
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen

      02/13/18

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      Fantastic writing workshop today with middle school students from Philadelphia’s Performing Arts charter school! I even got sign everyone’s books and I’ll be back with another workshop at the end of the month. #greatgroup
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      #AnastasiaPhoenix #writersofinstagram #writerslife #writing #writers #Entangled #IReadYA #BookNerdigans #writer #write #YA #YAlit #book #bookstore #bookshelf #BookNews #BookClub #Reading #bookworm #bookstagram #booklover #read #books #bookaholic #bookish #proofoflies #dianarodriguezwallach @entangledteen (at Northeast Philly)

      02/06/18

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