Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Diane Noble and Irene Ziegler at the Poisoned Pen
Noble was an English major, who wrote nonfiction before turning to fiction. She worked for Worldvision International, reporting on their projects.
When The Sister Wife opens, Gabriel is about to marry Bronwyn, his second wife. Bronwyn, from Wales, was Mary's best friend. Mary and Gabriel had married, and she loved him. Their marriage was a love story, and then the polygamy edict came down, saying men should take second wives. Mary was upset with Gabriel at the beginning of the novel.
Noble quoted Sol Stein as saying, "Don't ever take the reader where the reader wants to go." So, she tries to have unexpected twists in her stories. The lives of the characters might not turn out as readers expect. Since she loves research, Diane used first hand accounts, including writings of Joseph Smith, and dialogues written by Ema Smith. Noble said her characters do take over her stories at times, taking her in unexpected directions.