Thursday, February 19, 2015

An interview with Diane Sager #Author of Summer of Haight '67 #HistoricalFiction #Giveaway

Welcome to the Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour for Summer of Haight '67 by Diane Sager.

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Hi Diane! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Firstly, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to share my passion with you all. I very much appreciate it and I hope that this will help to get my stories enjoyed by readers everywhere.

I am Diane Sager, although I also use the nom de plume of D.S. Sager when I write under my horror/zombie/vampire genre. For all but my toddler years, I have lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area. I reside with Russ my husband, three dogs, two cats and a parrot – not necessarily in that order!
Up until about five years ago, I was a high school teacher of emotionally disturbed and high risk youth. I loved my job and some of my students are still in touch to this day, many years after they graduated. I think I helped to shape their lives and I know they helped to shape mine.  

I have worn a POW bracelet since the beginning of the Iraq war and I vowed to keep it on until all our troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan. It bears the name William H Searfus who was tragically killed in Vietnam in 1967 and on MY birth date, November 25th.

All my published books have a character in them named Searfus as a tribute to this man and all the other brave souls who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. This gentleman has son living in Southern California named Stanley Searfus. I hope to make contact with him some day and pay my respects. I have tried.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

Or did the genre choose me? I started with vampires and kept the macabre/horror genre going in my writing. I guess it’s what I know best. I studied weird things as girl growing up in California. I have more that the average bear’s knowledge of serial killers, witchcraft and the occult, world religions and the supernatural. Oh, and I read Tarot cards.   I’m weird huh?
The first full length novel I wrote was a vampire story back in 1999/2000. As a child growing up in the late 60’s I was one of those kids who rushed home every day after school to watch a show on TV called Dark Shadows. It was a daytime gothic soap opera which ran from 1966 to 1971. The vampire in the series was Barnabas Collins played by the late great Jonathan Frid. Vintage television at its best! 

This got me intrigued by vampires and I guess this is where I got the inspiration to write “Shadows of a Vampire”. I never seriously tried to get it published as I was a very busy high school teacher of emotionally disturbed and high risk youth at the time. It sat in a box for many years….vampires? / box?  Well, you get my drift……….LOL

Since I’ve now been successful in publishing my later works, I have re-written it and it’s with my editor as we speak. I hope to have that published by the summer.

But the reason I am here today is to talk about SUMMER OF HAIGHT ’67 which is NONE of the above genre – albeit a bit supernatural. But thanks for letting me ramble.

Where do you get your ideas?

I always have multiple projects going on and a backlist of book ideas in my head – too many to mention and certainly not enough time to write them all. I need a clone. “Send in the clones !”      If only I could plug the computer into my head and download the stories!  WAIT, that’s another story…..LOL
I keep a pad by my bed and try to capture my crazy dreams. I make notes all the time when I get book ideas.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

Talk about writing by the seat of my pants!  LOL

I never start with an outline. In fact, I don’t usually have any written notes until I get several chapters into it. So far, I have never known how my stories will end – but I know when I get there….

When I start to write a new book, I see a movie playing in my head (I’m nuts, I know) and I write what I see. I mostly know what the next section will be about, but I can change my mind on a whim if a better idea strikes me.

I really do want to be more organized, honestly I DO, and I try……. I have a notebook that I keep notes in as I move through a story. I keep names and places and I have been known to draw maps! If I don’t force myself to do this I can spend ages going back through my work to check for something I can’t remember. My next step is a bulletin board – like on CSI……….LOL

How did you come up with the title?

We struggled a bit with the title. It had to indicate a period in time and the so called Summer of Love became known around the world. We tried all ways to say it but my husband suddenly said “Summer of Haight ‘67” and it clicked. 67 gave it a time period and we get the vision of the Summer of Love on HAIGHT Street.  Plus my editor LOVED it too.

I am a horror writer too and if you say Summer of Haight without reading the words it twangs just a little of the macabre. Go a bit deeper and there is some hatred in the story as Katie goes back in time and confronts the man she married in her former life that turned out to be a disaster. She can fix that!

What project are you working on now?

Apart from the zillion ideas I have buzzing inside my head, my current project is a horror anthology which I haven’t named yet. I have four short stories written and I’m working on the 5th. 

I also have a vampire novel being edited right now. It’s a re-write from my first full novel I wrote in 2000. I never got that one published and it sat in a box for years……..Vampires?    Box ?  Sorry about that …….Anyway, it’s better than before and I hope my readers enjoy it.

The rest of this year will see the final volume in my EVIL VEIN trilogy and I plan to have Katie and some of her friends from SUMMER OF HAIGHT ‘67 stick around in the past…….. but I can’t blow the whistle on that just yet……….

Summer of Haight 67
by Diane Sager


KATHERINE RHODES has a tragic accident which sends her back in time. She wakes up as the 20 year old hippie she was back in 1967 in the Haight/Ashbury district of San Francisco. This was the period known globally as the “Summer of Love”. It’s all here, Hippies, Hells Angels, Black Panthers and the abhorrent war in Vietnam. “KATIE gets the chance to re-live this era with her friends FROG and MOONBEAM. This time she knows what to expect and tries to change things……….. Can she ?



Katherine Rhodes drove through the mountain range too fast. The rain was brutal and made visibility nearly impossible.  She knew she was endangering herself, especially in this weather, but she didn’t care. If she crashed, so be it. In her present life there wasn’t much to live for.  She’d turned sixty-six years old last week and her life was a farce.

She had two grown children, both too busy in their own lives to bother with her.  Her husband Mark had cheated on her numerous times during their thirty-eight year marriage.  She had gotten used to the infidelity, but recently he’d actually run off with one of his “flings”. 

Katherine thought the novelty would wear off and he’d be back. It wasn’t the first time Mark had taken off with one of his girlfriends, but he always came crawling back. It had taken her totally by surprise when she was served with divorce papers that morning. 

According to a mutual friend, Mark was starting a new family and “they”, meaning him and Tiffany, wanted to be married before she gave birth.  A baby!  The man was sixty-seven years old and the mother-to-be was twenty-six. She was younger than both of his adult children for God’s sake.

When Katherine was presented with the divorce papers she was numbed.  She had never really been happy with her marriage, of course, but she was secure.  Mark had his life, his work clientele, his friends, his private vacations, and his work related trips to Mexico.  She had her own friends, her hobbies, and an occasional trip to an exotic location.  She knew that Mark had his girlfriends, but she had lived with his indiscretions. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine he would divorce her.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author Diane Sager was raised and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her awesome husband Russ, three dogs, two cats and an African grey parrot named Storm. She holds a fascination for all things macabre and has developed a deep knowledge of serial killers, vampires, zombies, the Tarot, world religions, witchcraft, horror and the occult.

However, her latest indie release, SUMMER OF HAIGHT ‘67 is none of the above albeit a little supernatural……..This story is nestled between her zombie series “EVIL VEIN” published by Permuted Press and penned under her “apocalyptic” name of D.S.Sager

A former high school teacher of emotionally disturbed and high-risk youth, Diane is now dedicated to full time writing.

Contact her at, @celticdi on Twitter,, Author – Diane Sager on Facebook.


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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Julie Small said...

Love the interview! Nice way to come up with a title! Let the hubby do it. Cover is amazing.


MomJane said...

I really enjoyed your comments about the bracelet you wear and why. I hope some day you hear from his son.

Interesting excerpt. I am anxious to read this story.

Rita said...

I liked the excerpt.