Featuring a blend of mystery, comedy and urban fantasy, Esther Diamond is quickly becoming a GraphicAudio favorite, and we had the opportunity to speak with author Laura Resnick. Here, she discusses the genesis of Esther Diamond, her love of radio plays and how she turned rejection into success.
Q: What was the inspiration behind your Esther Diamond Series and the characters in Esther Diamond?
A: I wanted to write something different than what I had done before, and after casting around for a bit, I narrowed that broad goal down to writing a comedic contemporary fantasy series. I had a background in acting, and I wanted to write something featuring an actress and using a number of settings related to that profession.
A bit of trivia: When working on the first book, the name Esther Diamond just popped into my head. I liked it - it felt familiar or broken-in, so I used it. After Disappearing Nightly was published, a longtime family friend read it - and surprised me by noting that I had named my heroine after my great-grandmother. I hadn’t even realized it!