Welcome back, Diane. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write Christian suspense. I like to sit down with a good book and not have to worry about bad words or inappropriate scenes. But on the other hand, I don’t want a boring book. I like suspense and excitement. I like to think outside of the box.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
There are too many to name just one. Marriage, the birth of my children, the birth of my grandchildren, and spending time with family to name a few.
How has being published changed your life?
Being published has given me that extra confidence. It’s made me realize I can do anything I set out to do. When I started writing, I never really thought I’d get published. I didn’t know the steps required. When Jean Kinsey and Becky Kelley came alongside and started mentoring me because they liked my writing, my life changed. I gained confidence and was excited to put forth the effort needed to get where I wanted to go.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished Mississippi Nights by D.M. Webb
I’ve featured her on the blog. What is your current work in progress?
I am now working on Unintentional Deception. A romance where Cathleen must deal with her past and come to terms with the present in order to move forward. She is torn between getting married her best friend, Simon, who is safe, or taking a chance on Adam, the man she really loves.
What would be your dream vacation?
A quiet writer’s retreat somewhere with beautiful scenery.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
When I write, my imagination takes over and I just write. Whatever flows from the pen sets the course for the story.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
My mother. You never know how long you have. She’s been through so much. And even though she’s always come through, I know one day she will go home to be with the Lord.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I like to paint and make crafts. Working puzzles has also always been a favorite. My daughter and I have puzzle wars, where we work the same puzzles to see who finishes first. My husband loves auctions, and I love yard sales. We both love finding treasure among someone else’s junk.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Myself. Sometimes I just get lazy, but other times I’m really good at finding excuses why I don’t have time to write. I have to remind myself it’s all about priorities and remember what it is I want to accomplish and why. I then make myself get back on track. Once I get started again, off I go.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Don’t give up. Also don’t be super sensitive when people criticize an aspect of your writing. Take their advice and learn from it. The more people correct you, the better you will get. Super sensitive people have a lot of trouble. They get their feelings hurt and have trouble moving on. As a writer you will be rejected and corrected many times. Each time should make you stronger and a better writer. Keep at it. One day you’ll realize that you’ve got it!
Tell us about the featured book.
Determined to keep his vow to God and be the best Secret Agent he can be, Brad infiltrates a cell of traffickers and does the unthinkable in order to solve his case and save Christene. The reckless decision sends both Christene’s and his lives into chaos as they strive to outwit elite Black Mamba warriors who are determined to kill them. Overcoming one obstacle after another takes its toll when events transpire to keep Brad and Christene apart, but Brad is determined to keep them together.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Secret agent Bradley C. Whitmore pushed past the man who blocked the entrance of the Honey Jam Café. In an instant he exchanged the busyness of the street for the buzz of conversation and the clatter of dishes inside. He took in a deep breath, and cringed when his stomach growled in appreciation. The food smelled delicious. Refusing to be distracted his trained eye took in the diner’s occupants and came to rest on the one he sought. Miss Christene Bickley.
His pulsed raced at the sight of her. Tray in hand she maneuvered between the tables. Ten years of searching and here she was, a waitress in his sister’s café. What were the odds of that? Brad chuckled as he made his way to an empty table.
His smile faltered when he met his sister’s stare. Standing at the counter, her eyes widened in disbelief, and then her back stiffened. The fisted hands at her side pierced his heart. Faith hadn’t forgiven him for deserting her years ago. If only he could tell her the truth—explain what happened. But he couldn’t.
Faith held his gaze as she made her way to his table, poured him a cup of coffee, and took his order. Tucking the pen and pad in her pocket, she ran her hand through her tight blonde curls.
“Aren’t you even going to say hello?” Michael arched a brow in her direction.
Faith glared at him, turned her back, and headed for the kitchen.
A few minutes later she slid a plate in front of him. The salty scent of bacon and eggs had him salivating, and his stomach screamed for him to take the edge off his hunger. He would confront Christene after he ate. Maybe she wouldn’t be so busy then.
“Okay, out with it. What are you doing here”" Faith took silverware from her apron and placed the napkin-bound bundle on the table.
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