Welcome, Diane. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I don’t purposely do it, but I’m sure actions and dialogue work its way in. My new release, This Side of Heaven, includes a young wife/mother age 27 and an older aunt who comes to spend time at the ancestral home. An autumn romance blooms with the older aunt…and yet I realized I’m her age!! It’s fairly easy to be both ages in fiction. J
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Hum…let me count the ways. I think starting to drive across the
and deciding I simply couldn’t do it, might rate up high on the scale. My
grandmother was in the front seat, and our three grade-schoolers were in the
back. I knew as we approached where the water started, I couldn’t do it. I was
grateful the traffic wasn’t busy. I backed up all the way and took the first
ramp off! Mighty Mackinaw Bridge
When did you first discover you were a writer?
In 6th grade, I ask for a typewriter for Christmas. I enjoyed writing stories and poetry. I used the hunt and peck method until summer school, and they held a typing class. It was nice to learn on an electric typewriter … but I continued to type away on my old black manual, Royal. Being able to express my feelings was so important, and the best way I could do it was through poetry and stories.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I enjoy suspense, Grisham and Sidney Sheldon. But also Eugenia Price, Victoria Holt, Barbara Taylor Bradford and many others. I enjoy a wide range of genres.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Fairly easy. I rise early and have time with the Lord and pray about the day ahead and for those going through difficult times and health issues. Because of a back injury I don’t do a lot of running, or even driving now. I have a loving hubby, and he’s been a blessing for 44 years in July. J
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Depending on the time period, which most of mine are present day, I go with names that are popular and also known in the area where I’m writing. We have two grown sons, and somehow names that start with the first letter of their name seem to make its way into my manuscript. Our daughter and hubby have three daughters, and I try to work their names in at various times, too.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
In my life, it would be our three grown children. They have been a real blessing to us, and thank God for them and allowing us to enjoy raising them, creating memories that we will always enjoy.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
That would be a lamb … to be led by the Shepherd.
What is your favorite food?
My taste buds have changed with most foods, but good chocolate remain a best-seller for me, and I love See’s candy most. I also enjoy a good Sunday roast, turkey, and ham. I love fresh seafood, and living in
Florida we eat that
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Because I started out as a newspaper reporter with a weekly column, and continued to do freelance work and then started writing short stories, I believe relearning the method most publishers consider correct was my biggest hurdle. In a short story you tell it, and POV and back-story aren’t issues. It’s short to the point. When I wrote Carolina in the Morning I didn’t know about the rules and what I would later learn when joining a critique group. I was taken back that the many people who enjoyed my writing didn’t realize how bad I was, according to the new rules. Once I grew a tough hide and reworked my craft, I continued to learn. I also learned a lot by critiquing others books, and that’s something I continue to do and enjoy helping other writers.
Tell us about the featured book.
This Side of Heaven takes place present day in rural
main female character is brought from her northern roots, along with two
preschoolers, in an underground protection program. She has been on the run
from an abusive husband, and in protection for several weeks. She finally
arrives in the warm climate, a small house, surrounded by flowers and pecans.
Her children are safe and play under her watchful eye. Detective Gafee, a
neighbor stops by to welcome the young mother and children, offering a small
puppy for their enjoyment. He immediately falls in love with her, but thinking
she is grieving for her dead husband. Darlene doesn’t want anyone to know the
truth, including Brett.
Please give us the first page of the book.
A dove cooed softly as Darlene glanced up from gardening to capture a gentle breeze in the unbearable October heat. Buttons was chasing a butterfly. Probably wants a playmate. She laughed, what a wonderful day when the handsome police officer brought that little German shepherd into their lives. Could life be any better? The earth beckoned her, and she resumed her work in the flower beds. Grateful thoughts for the single-story house the underground protection provided after her escape from a violent husband, always a constant blessing. Darlene enjoyed the fragrance of flowers in bloom, treasures from the pecan tree, and a peaceful country setting, allowing her children to safely play surrounded by natural beauty. Inhaling the floral scent of Honeysuckle nearby, her attention was diverted by a
Strait classic drifting her way; “All
my exes live in Texas…”
Patti Sutton’s little red sports car made a sharp turn into the driveway, as the tires chirped through a hard down shift. The door opened, and the thirty-something five-foot two redhead wearing tan Capris, a coral T-shirt, and a “Go Bulldogs” ball cap, stepped out with painted toes, matching her T, onto the concrete. Darlene set aside her gardening tools and removed her gloves. She stood rubbing a sore muscle in her back and blotting moisture from her face … I wonder why Patti is so eager to see me this early. She’d been a big help to Darlene in the underground program, giving her advice on everything from where to buy children’s clothing at fair prices, and which grocery stores carried the best coupons. It would soon be a year since Darlene and her children had come to rural
in the care of two strangers that late night. Darlene placed her hand over her
eyes to shield the sun and greeted her guest.
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Thank you, Diane, for sharing this book with us. Mine recently arrived, and I am eager to read it.
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