In my contemporary romance/suspense, ON A SUMMER NIGHT, it starts out in 1966 with two eighteen year old girls on a senior trip to Florida, to stay at one of the girl’s uncle’s winter home. They come in contact with something that at that time period, and probably still is, more popular in the south. They went through an experience they had to turn over to the Lord, and pray hard about forgetting. My main character, Kate, could never really give the experience from the summer night completely to the Lord. Like many of us, she kept taking it back. The story jumps to present day after a few chapters. Her hubby and she leave for Florida when he takes an early retirement; Kate’s uncle leaves her the Florida home, where memories haunt Kate and through a hard lesson she has to learn to let go. There are a number of twists and turns and we go to Montana and back to Michigan before the story comes full circle.
Letting go is a tough thing to do. This sounds like an interesting story. What is next for you?
I’ve just completed a present day suspense/romance that takes place in rural Georgia. It follows one of my characters from my new release, but stands alone. THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN shows events in the lives of people who petition God; wonder when He will answer, but realize nothing will be perfect on earth. It’s a story of love, murder, suspense and redemption. I had a lot of fun writing this and enjoyed my characters a lot.
Please describe your writing space. Do you prefer to write in quiet, or do you like noise like music in the background?
We live in a high-rise and over look the Gulf of Mexico. I have a corner in our room where although the television resides, it doesn’t come on until evening, and after checking early morning events. I write to easy listening, instrumental music in the background and rise early, by six each morning. I write for a few hours, and spend afternoons on FB or answering emails, proofing, and then critique chapters with my partners in the evening. I’d love to go to fun places and with a lap top write my book, but I can’t even imagine doing that; I need more quiet and I get ideas from my imagination, not watching others. I’ve had a lifetime to do that. 🙂
What is your favorite genera to read and what is the most recent book your read that you’d recommend in this genera?
I enjoy historical fiction as well as contemporary. I usually don’t have time to read a book while I’m doing a promotional and fine tuning another one. Deborah Raney is a favorite author and I look forward to reading her new release, SILVER BELLS. I also have a zillion books on ebook and often pick out one for an hour or so, and try to zip through it, when time permits.
lol I hear you about the zillion books on ebook. I’m am way behind on my to-be-read list! Thanks so much for sharing with us, Diane.
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Diane started her writing career at an early age when she asked for a typewriter for Christmas. She pounded the keys writing poetry and short stories in grade school on an old black Royal manual. Grateful when she took a summer typing class a few years later, she could type on an electric typewriter. It wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper, covering hard news and feature stories in the area. Returning to their home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations; while doing her favorite job ever, as a stay-at-home Mom. She is the author of Beach Walks and Carolina in the Morning. Diane was a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years, and her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and books. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. Her book, newly released, On a Summer Night, is a story of suspense and romance. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-one years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals. Diane thanks the Lord daily for her loving husband, three great kids and for giving her the desires of her heart.
Visit Diane on her website at www.DianeDeanWhite.com
Her blog page at http://simplepleasureswithdiane.weebly.com/
Her ministry, Seeds of Encouragement, for hurting people. http://www.dianedeanwhite.com/seedsofencouragement.html
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