Welcome, Diana. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I’m not really sure, but I can say that I tend to pick (unconsciously) some part of my personality that is either needing to be fixed or I’m a bit strong on. For Heaven it was the need to trust in our God instead of herself.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
This is the hardest question for me! I’m predictable and cautious so doing something out of the ordinary seems to have been blocked from my memory. It might have been knocking on doors and asking people if they know Jesus when I was in high school.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Fourth grade when my teacher picked my Thanksgiving Day prayer to read as the best one. She was a tough teacher and having her give me that small honor was enough to give me courage to write more.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I’m all over the place, historical, mysteries, women’s fiction and odd things I find at booksales. I’m reading one now written by a woman who grew up in Soulard, a neighborhood in
It’s fascinating because it is close to where my mother grew up and in the same
time period. St. Louis, Missouri
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I don’t get out of bed. J Actually this year I started reading my Bible on a read the Bible in a year plan. It’s help so much. I’ve also found peace in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
I love that devotional book. How do you choose your characters’ names?
That should be easy shouldn’t it? Find a phone book or a baby book and pick one. I find it hard. Sometimes it takes me a few chapters to settle on a name that I fell fits my character’s personality.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Raising three boys into amazing men.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A goat hands down. They can eat whatever they want!
What is your favorite food?
Cotton Candy. That’s a food right?
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I have trouble staying on task when I start. It’s as if I’m afraid I’ll mess up. So I spend a lot of time looking at my computer, write a sentence, put in a load of laundry, go back to the computer—this continues until I get to some chore I hate, like cleaning the bathroom. Suddenly I’m ready to write.
Tell us about the featured book.
Heaven’s Stolen His Heart
After witnessing the ravages of the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis knows he must lend his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place, so he heads to Caleb’s farm to fulfill his promise.
Weeks of facing marauders and caring for her father’s home have finally taken their toll on Heaven Wharton. When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.
As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?
Please give us the first page of the book.
Travis Logan leaned over the deck railing and watched the river swirl and froth as the steamboat shoved its way through the muddy
An older gentleman stood next to him. Travis hadn’t seen him on board before.
“Nice out here on the water.” Mississippi
“Better than down below.” The man swayed.
“Are you feeling okay, sir?” Travis reached over and steadied him while he grasped the railing.
“Must be the motion. It’s the first trip I’ve taken on a big ship.” The man’s knuckles were white.
The man did look a bit green. Some people couldn’t handle the rhythm of the ship. “The fresh air should help.” Travis relaxed. Other than suggesting a piece of ginger to settle the man’s stomach, there was little he could do for seasickness as a doctor. And he’d left that life behind. Now a horse claimed his thoughts and his future. He walked a few paces away and then stopped.
He should offer the man some assistance, maybe collect a family member? He turned back to ask, “Can I get someone for you?”
The man released the rail and dropped to the steamboat deck with a thud.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website: www.dianabrandmeyer.com
My blog: www.pencildancer.com
Twitter: @DianaBrandmeyerFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/DianaLesireBrandmeyerAuthor
Thank you, Diana, for the interesting interview. I've read this book and loved it.
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