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Radio Interview Transcript

On November 13, Di Bauden did a reading from her book, A Saving Solace, on the Indiana University campus.

This interview was aired on WFHB community radio in Bloomington Indiana that afternoon.

Intro: DS Bauden is a nationally known lesbian author who will be speaking on the Bloomington campus tonight at 7:45. Her new book conveys a message about how fragile family relationships can be. Standing by with Bauden are WFHB's Helen Harrell and Mark Brostoff.

Helen: This evening we are interviewing DS Bauden who is a lesbian author of several books. We are very happy to have you with us.

Di: Hi guys, thanks for having me.

Helen: Why don't you tell us a little bit about yourself.

Di: I actually started writing after watching a little TV show called Xena. I started writing fan fiction and it gave me a small base to begin writing. It led to working on Xena Live and led up to me publishing novels. It's been an amazing ride.

Mark: When you write, how much of the story is based on your actual experiences?

Di: As of late, I've been writing a lot of just... trying to clear the juju out of the past I suppose would be the best way to describe it. But I use a great deal of past experiences of my life to put into the stories. I find I write a much truer story if I can use a lot of personal experiences or just do a little touching of research. But a good majority of my work is from life experiences.

Helen: Is there a central or common theme you see in your writing?

Di: I one of those romance writers I guess you could call me. I love to write about finding soul mates and finding your other half and all that. But I touch on abandonment, loss, death — things that happen in everyday life that people can relate to them. Those are the common themes I've stuck with and I get a lot of fulfillment out of writing them.

Mark: A lot of our listeners, being associated with the university, might want to dabble in writing. What would you say to them about what the most rewarding part of writing would be? How would you encourage them?

Di: I would say write until you have nothing left to say. Just write from your heart and continue to write. The only thing I can truly say is don't listen to other people telling you what they would like you to write. Write something for yourself.

Helen: Which writers have influenced you?

Di: I've been asked this before and my response surprises people because I didn't really read a lot. I haven't been influenced by a whole lot of literary people. It's just my drive to get these thoughts on paper. When I was in high school I read the standard Judy Blume and VC Andrews. I didn't really have any one writer or two that influenced my personal writing. It was just a need I had to get these thoughts out.

Mark: So I get the sense that it took you a long time to get the story out. You said you wrote sections and then took time to walk away. How long did it take you to write this book?

Di: It took me almost two years to write it. It's funny because it's one of the first stories I've written that I've written out of order. Usually people have outlines but I can't write that way. It was a long process and I had to write certain pieces and it was a very raw experience to relive a lot of it so it took a long time to finish it. But I am so pleased that I did it and very pleased with the final product.

Mark: That must be a rewarding feeling when you get someone who has read your books to communicate back to you. Tell us a little about that, how does that make you feel?

Di: Oh God! My goal is to reach one person. If I can reach one person it is incredibly rewarding to me. The amount of letters that came took me by surprise because I wasn't writing for anyone but myself because of the personal history of it. And to know there were that many people out there that had suffered so much or hadn't communicated with their parents for so long, having them read a story that I wrote and make the phone call they hadn't made in 10 years blew my brain. It was incredible. It was so rewarding to know that someone had taken something I had written and it changed their life. It's kind of hard to put to words what it makes you feel.

Helen: I think it's great that people reach out to you after they read the book. That's very interesting and probably really good for you and them.

Mark: I would imagine it will be a best seller.

Helen: I do too.

Di: One can only hope. But if that never becomes the case, I will still be so happy that I have written this piece. I know my Mom is proud of me and she is looking down smiling at me. It all comes from the heart and I couldn't be happier with it.

Helen: Well Di, I want to thank you very much for meeting with us.

Di: Thank you very much. I've enjoyed talking with you guys.