Monday, October 21, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Diane Dean White

Is there a story behind your book On a Summer Night?
There are some things taken from life experiences in On a Summer Night, but most of the story is fiction. I attended Florida College in the 60’s when this story starts and the girls encounter a bad situation, there is much truth in the book, and research is always a part of it, especially in fiction.

What started you on your writing journey?
I loved to write from the time I was in grade school. My first writing job was working as a reporter in a southern town, far away from my home in Michigan. I covered hard news, local events, feature stories and had my own column, “Yankee Viewpoints.” Possibly not the best choice of titles in the late 70’s…Back in Michigan, I did stringer work, while at home raising my family and donor appeal writing for non-profit organizations, and historical research. I self published two books in the early 2000’s. I also wrote for a magazine and had a weekly column for four years before I started On a Summer Night.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
I write early mornings, often until mid-morning before a break. I have my own area and don’t get distracted. I know when I’ve got to stop and rest my mind. I’m eager to start writing each morning. Less eager to critique, however, I’ve learned a lot by critiquing on the loop with the scribes. I’d rather do that than watch television. But other than an electrical black-out, which Florida is famous for, nothing distracts me. Maybe a hurricane warning if one gets close. J

What is your favorite season of the year? 
Oh, each one. We live in Florida now and there are no seasons! I miss the changes and in the autumn, trips to the cider mill and pumpkin patch; the first snow-fall and hearing the Salvation Army bell ringers on city sidewalks. And the springtime is beyond gorgeous and a sign of rebirth and newness in Michigan, with tulips, daffodils and lilacs.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I grew up in the college town of East Lansing, Michigan, next to the state capitol. It was a great place to live. We walked to the college and took children’s classes, fed the ducks and learned cheers as youngster from the State cheerleaders. It was a great place to live, and later after I returned from a year at Florida College, I worked at MSU as a secretary for a few years, before my hubby’s job to us south, where I became a reporter.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
I had loving grandparents, and many of my short stories are written about the small town in the thumb of Michigan where they lived. I spent summers visiting them, and was truly blessed to have a great-grandmother and grandmother who lived into their 90’s. Kids today don’t realize how much they’re missing by tuning out older people and glued to their computer devices, etc. Our elders are our gift of ancestral history for generations to come.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
I want to be sure to include the plan of salvation in my stories. I also try to show how we can’t blame God for things in life, and we need to accept that they happen, and because of our faith in Him, He’s with us during these times. This is a challenge for someone who doesn’t know Him, and many who do.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
Since we are empty nesters I have a lot of quiet time. I often have the television music station playing low with instrumental easy listening when I write, and I have my devotional time alone and then with my hubby….and prayers for friends happen at all hours day and night.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)  
Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give thee the desires of thy heart.” I learned this as a very young Christian, and I believe He knew my desire for writing and allowed it to happen in His time. I wanted to be at home for our children when they were growing up, and other than substitute work in the school system, which gave me the same hours they had, I was. It was special and there were sacrifices with one income, but I believe the Lord honored that, and we’re blessed to have wonderful children.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I’m completing This Side of Heaven. It’s a sequel to On a Summer Night. Yet it can also sand alone. This takes place in rural Georgia, while my first one is in southern Florida. It follows one character and her life to Georgia in a witness type program…and then her new life. Although life is good, we know things happen there is no control over, and we will never know on earth how beautiful it will be compared to Heaven.

Back Cover

A fusion of past thoughts with fragrances and salty air played in the recesses of Kate’s mind. More seagulls flew in formation against the blue sky that now showed gray clouds, with splashes of pink. She took her husband’s strong hand, full of love and warmth. Nestled, she sat next to his broad frame as he drove into the village. Memories flooded her soul. She’d been eighteen, and with youth, wrong decisions often led to grave consequences. There was no erasing the past.

It had been years ago when she and her best friend, Vanessa, made this journey. What a special time their two-week trip after high school graduation had been. She’d never shared with her husband what had happened on that summer night. Kate wasn’t sure she should. Did it really matter? She knew the answer…they shared everything. Maybe it was time to tell him her story.

To buy her book:

About Diane:
Diane started her writing at an early age, but it wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a small southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” in a local newspaper. Returning to her home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work over the years, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations. Diane self-published two books in the early 2000’s, and she became a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories, and her book On a Summer Night was released in October. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-one years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals.

To connect with Diane:

Diane Dean White is giving away a copy of On a Summer Night. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

 Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Anonymous said...

Thanks for introducing me to a new author. I enjoyed this interview. She sounds like she's had a very interesting life. And wow with all of her jobs. Sounds like real important stuff. And, so many stories. I will have to check her out. I would love to read this book.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

cjajsmommy said...

I loved this interview! And the back cover blurb has me looking forward to the excerpt tomorrow. cjajsmommy [at] gmail [dot] com

Patty said...

Like Diane I grew up in MI, not far at all from East Lansing, and now live in the South! I would love to read On a Summer Night.


Jackie McNutt said...

Thanks for the interview with Diane. I appreciate her comments on the value of interacting with older adults, they can be a treasure trove of teaching us the past through their experiences. Also that we can't blame God when things go wrong.
Her books sound like a good read, am looking forward to checking them out. Thank you. I follow you by e mail at mcnuttj(at)rocketmail(dot)com.

Anonymous said...

ohhh sounds awesome...I am intrigued!

Cindi A said...

The cover blurb really caught my attention. I'd love to read this book. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks!

Linda Finn said...

I look forward to reading your book. I am so glad you are giving this chance to win it and I would love to read and review for my blog.
Linda Finn
Faithful Acres Books

Mary L. Ball said...

Diane Dean White is an awesome author. I enjoy her novel very much.

Joy Hannabass said...

This is a wonderful interview. Thank you so much! And I am excited to meet a new author for me. On a Summer Night sounds like a great read and I can't wait to read it!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Rick Estep said...

Great review, thanks for the chance to win it!

Librarybooks at religious dot com

Diana montgomery said...

I liked the interview. Would love to read and review your book.
Diana Montgomery

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