Friday, July 15, 2011

with Diana Brandmeyer

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Diana!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

Before writing I wondered around talking to produce. It was sad really. I had to get these characters out of my head and on to paper before someone (my children) found a way to commit me. Did you ever notice green peppers often look like people?

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
I just finished Susan May Warren’s book, My Foolish Heart, and I love Rachel Hauck’s books too. And then there is Julie Lessman, she’s lining my bookshelves.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Let’s see, I have to eat gluten free now so I should be one of those in case I get hungry and need to nibble my fingernails. I think I’d be these. I found this recipe on a gluten free site, but I can’t remember which one. I think it was Elana’s Pantry.

Chocolate Almond Joy Bars

4 eggs
¾ cup coconut milk (canned)
2 teaspoons almond extract
¾ cup palm sugar
½ cup blanched almond flour
½ cup coconut flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
¾ cup dark chocolate chips

1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, almond extract and palm sugar
2. In a smaller bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda
3. Mix dry ingredients into wet with a handheld mixer
4. Stir in ½ cup of the chocolate chips
5. Grease an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish
6. Pour batter into dish, then sprinkle shredded coconut and remaining chocolate chips on top
7. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes
8. Cool for 1 hour
9. Serve

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
What a fun question, but if that happened in my kitchen in the morning I’d probably just say help yourself. I don’t wait on anyone. (Just ask Becky Melby!)

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
Walking the beach in the rain to get to a lighthouse with my husband. It was so peaceful and the stress of the previous months just melted away.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Cleaning bathrooms. I hate it, really I do. If it didn’t feel so weird I’d pay someone just to clean them while I did the rest of the house.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
He’s been making me leave my safe place a lot this past year. I’ve even had to be on the radio. Can I just say there is an advantage to that which wasn’t at first apparent? You don’t have to be skinny for radio.

What prompted you to write this book?
I tried to NOT write this book. It’s very personal since it’s about my family and I was afraid to trust that God would make it all work out. Ever have something in your eye that you can’t get out? That’s what this was like for me. I had people telling me how much it would help others and I decided to trust God and do it.

What was it like working with a co-author that is also a psychologist?
Scary! I’d write a chapter and then Marty would respond with how it would have worked better if only I had, sometimes I got a ‘thata girl’ moment from her. Those felt good. Working with her strengthened our friendship and I wouldn’t mind writing another book with her.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The next book is coming out May 12, 2012. A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee, Barbour Publishing. It’s a historical, where a woman is willed to man by her father along with the family farm.

You can purchase We're not Blended, We're Pureed from Amazon.

Diana is giving away a copy of We're not Blended, We're Pureed. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Julie Lessman said...

ESTHER AND DIANA -- What an incredibly FUN interview, but then Diana is a pretty fun gal, I know!

And, DIANA!!! Your blended book is out -- I am SO excited!! I am definitely going to buy a copy, my friend, AND cannot wait for A Bride's Dilemma!! Is that a contemporary or historical because it sounds like a historical?


Anonymous said...

This looks like a very fun book.

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apple blossom said...

please add me to this giveaway thanks

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ann said...

I cant wait to read this one. PS .... I liked the recipe to


Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This sounds like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


margie said...

Being the mother of a blended family of 9 children...yours mine ours and somebody else's (5 added through adoption)...this book sounds like it is right up my alley!!! Please enter me for a chance to win..Thanks!!! margie at mijares dot net

Meredith said...

The recipe sounds delicious!

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