Welcome to the blog Diane Dean White today! Today, she talks about books (like having several books on her Kindle she’s trying to get to – I can relate), writing, and more.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
Hi Cherie, thank you so much for the opportunity to share with your readers about my new book and journey on the road to writing fiction. Guess it started when I was in grade school and asked for a typewriter one Christmas. It was an old Royal manual and I started pounding out short-stories and poetry. I had a short-book done in junior high with illustrations from an artist friend, and doubt anyone but she and my grandmother saw it; and in my senior year of high school published a book of poetry. I went in the direction of speech and drama in college, and a few years later when my hubby’s job took us South I took a job as a newspaper reporter. Once the bug bit me I kept on writing. I’m from Michigan, raised in the college town of East Lansing, (now University) next to the state capitol, in Lansing. It was a great place to live as a kid growing, and many short-stories have come from those memories.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
ON A SUMMER NIGHT, is a struggle with forgiving and trusting the Lord to turn bad to good in the life of my main character, Kate. It begins in the mid 1960’s with two girls going south to enjoy a graduation gift and they witness something they pray hard to forget. The chapters go to present day and Kate and her hubby take an early retirement and return to the house her uncle leaves to her, only to face the bad memory again. There are a number of twists, turns and surprises and the story comes full circle through her travels back to Michigan and out to Montana to follow her uncle’s wishes. I hope readers know it’s never too late to seek the Lord and expect answers in a ways we can’t imagine, in His timing.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
My next book I just sent to the publisher, THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN, includes a young woman from ON A SUMMER NIGHT, and readers follow her into rural Georgia. The book stands alone and it takes place present day; romance and suspense…and although we know God is real, readers will also see how He allows things to happen on earth to draw us closer, and nothing is perfect until we reach Heaven.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Oh, there are so many good ones, and at various times in my life. I think Barbara Taylor Bradford and her series about Emma Harte is a wonderful read. Starting with, A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE, and I enjoyed Catherine Marshall’s CHRISTY when I was in high school and Eugenia Price’s wonderful stories in various parts of the South. Sidney Sheldon was a great suspense writer and so many others have given me pleasure over the years. I like John Grisham and court room drama, too.
Book you’re currently reading?
I’ve literally over one-hundred books on my Kindle now, and try to get through a few every couple of weeks. I have Deborah Raney’s SILVER BELLS and enjoy reading that, and several soft covers which I like to hold, in our world of instant tech and Kindle’s. J
Any type of writing ritual you have?
I’m an early riser and up by six to start writing. I spend time during the day doing research and often critique other writer-friends work at night. We live in a high rise, empty nesters now with three grown children spread across the globe. I have a lovely view of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoy time alone with the television music channel supplying instrumental easy listening. I don’t go out to get ideas at area café’s or crowded scenes…I’ve had a life time to view that, and rely on my memory for action. J
What is one of the things you’re most thankful for as a writer?
After a bad fall and a back injury I’m grateful to the Lord that He gave me the desires of my heart. I feel the wealth of memories over the years helped contribute to my four-year weekly column and sharing with others over three-hundred short-stories that I’ve written, many published in magazines, books and other outreach publications. I’m grateful for the journey into novels at this time.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
I think in each area of life, writing groups ACFW, wherever you are among others, there are leaders and will always be writers who have published more and have recognition for such.
They are to be commended. Also, the writers who work just as hard on that one book that makes a difference in the lives of others. I think success means something different to each person. To me it’s to know I’m doing what the Lord places on my heart, and others receive encouragement for my craft.
Where can we learn more about you?
Visit Diane on her website at www.DianeDeanWhite.com
Her blog page at http://simplepleasureswithdiane.weebly.com/
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Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for the time we’ve shared. I encourage readers to come and visit your lovely blog site and wish you a wonderful Merry Christmas celebration, Cherie.