Archive | September 2014

Diane Dean White Interview

Diane1What inspired you to write your first book?
I started writing at a young age when I asked for a typewriter in sixth grade.  I pounded away writing stories and poetry on that old black Royal manual. I think it was the best way I could express myself, and keeping private thoughts between myself and my typewriter!

Do you have a specific writing style?
No, I really enjoy using different voices in my stories.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
This is pure fiction romance, and I’m trying to show my main characters can have a good relationship without the pressures of worldly views, and as Christian’s they are tempted with the same desires. Also, that through a prayer life they receive answers.
Are experiences in most of your books based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
They aren’t based on a person, rather an area, a time, events taking place, and yes, I think there are experiences in our lives that come out in our writing, but never what most people guess.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Growing up I loved Heidi; a neighbor and I pretended to live in the Swiss Alps and had slices of bread, cheese and milk to use in our play world. I also enjoyed The Little House series and later Victoria Holt and Eugenia Price were favorite authors.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I don’t have one. I enjoy a variety of authors, but seem to fly solo.
What are your current projects?
Having finished Texting Mr. Right, I’m ready to publish This Side of Heaven, a novel I’ve worked on for two years. Another novella, City Sidewalks will be available before Christmas, and Lilacs in May this spring.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your writing career?
Yes, I would have started earlier…yet, I can’t trade my happy life as a Mom, those were great rewarding years….so I trust the Lord had this all planned out His way.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I rewrite certain parts, and it takes a number of critiques to get things right. I wish I had a full time editor to catch my corny mistakes, but my girl friends who also write, are good critters and proof-readers; so we depend on one another.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
This book was fun, and strictly romance. Most of my books are suspense, with romance and much longer. This is a novella and it was shorter, but a good first experience.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope they enjoy Texting Mr. Right. And please leave a short review on Amazon.
What were the challenges in bringing your writing career to life?
I had a back injury in 2000 and it gradually got worse. I don’t go out a lot because it’s difficult for me and I look forward to my writing room, computer, comfortable chaise lounge and starting my day with prayer, asking God to direct my thoughts. I probably wouldn’t have spent as much time on my craft if I wasn’t confined to the house fourteen-years ago.
What is the funniest thing about you as a writer?
I find it fun to critique other writers work as a relaxation time. Since they write in other genres, it gives me time away from my own work, which is needed after hours of writing. I’m not a coffee or soda pop drinker, and enjoy chocolate a lot; it gives me an extra boost during my busy writing day!