Monday, August 17, 2015

Interview with Romance Writer Diana Leshire Brandmeyer

Thanks for sharing your novel with us, Diana. Is there a story behind your book Mind of Her Own?

Yes, there is a story. One night I had a terrible headache, my sons were playing in the other room with a few friends, the dog was barking and it was time to make dinner. I really wanted to order pizza but knew I should make dinner. I kept my George Foreman grill on the top shelf of my pantry. That night I went to pull it down off the shelf as I did the dog ran next to me and bumped my leg knocking me off balance. I didn’t fall in the grill did not hit my head, but I did wonder what would happen if I were knocked out and woke up as someone else. And that’s how the story began.

Question: What distracts you from writing the easiest?

Hands down email and Facebook win. Writing is a lonely job. There are no coworkers to chat with. So it’s easy to fill that need with checking email and Facebook. I do have one other distraction. His name is Wendell. That’s one of my cats and he always wants to go outside or inside the moment I’m deep in thought. I’ll be writing furiously the best scene ever and I have to get up. It seems I can never regain those wonderful words. I just know were going to be on that page.

Question: What's your favorite meal with family and friends?

Pizza! Because I have to eat gluten-free restaurant food is not always wonderful. We have found a charming pizza place in our neighborhood that offers a gluten-free crest. It even comes with jalapeno marinara sauce! Well, no one seems to want to share with me. I at least get to feel like everyone else with a really good pizza in front of me. I do have a recipe for macaroni and cheese that I really like and I make that for holidays to share with my family. You can find it at this link. http://dianabrandmeyer.com/posts/spicy-spinach-mac-cheese-gluten-free/

Question: What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud? 

Nothing makes me smile faster than looking at my grandson. He still a little guy, not even two and I am amazed by the things he can do. I realize my children did them as well, but I must of been tired because I don’t remember seeing or enjoying them as much as I do him. Not long ago, he discovered he has hair and kept touching it and pulling on it. That was pretty funny.

Question: What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?


A few years ago, a friend gave me a tiara and I love it. It’s not full of diamonds or precious jewels, but it sparkles and it makes me happy. On days I feel like it’s just not going well with the writing or I have to do laundry. I sometimes slip it on my head. I do that to remind myself that I am God’s child, a princess, but not one who has others serve her but one that serves. Okay, that sounded pretty high and mighty. The truth is I really like to wear it, and it’s fortunate. I don’t have neighbors dropping in often. I’ve yet to be caught wearing it.

Question: Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

It’s quite embarrassing to write this, but I will admit to disliking cleaning my house, grocery shopping, and decluttering. I do it, but not with a smile on my face. The other day. It occurred to me that this is a job I will have until I die, yes I was devastated. So I’m thinking I need to get one of those tiny houses and eat out more often.

Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?

Louisa/Jazz fascinated me. Probably because there were times as a mom I thought what would my life had been like if I hadn’t had children? I love my children and I’m so glad I have them, please understand that growing up it was my heart’s desire to have a houseful of children. But sometimes it seems all you do is take care of them and have no time to be yourself, and it’s Sunday night and someone forgot they needed poster board. Then you visualize living in a chic New York apartment, a closet full of beautiful shoes and places to wear them. That is until one them wraps those arms around you and says, “I love you, Mom.” Then you can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Question: When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Available for preorder now, The Honey Bride is a novella set in Trenton, Illinois. To keep from losing her family farm Katie Tucker must overcome her fear of the bees her father left as her inheritance. When Pete Dent offers to rebuild her barn she can’t help but wonder if his friendship is genuine or is he helping fix the farm so he can buy it, leaving her homeless?  You can find it in The 12 Brides of Summer- Novella Collection #4.

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6 comments:

Linda Kish said...

I also dislike cleaning my house, grocery shopping, and decluttering. For the most part, I try to ignore them and let the kids (grown) do them. I never though to wear a tiara to boost my mood. Maybe I should try that. Your book sounds fun. I'd love to read it.
lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Connie said...

My granddaughter is almost 18 months old and I also am amazed at the things she does and how intelligent she is! Her mother was just as intelligent and sweet but I was also worn out and frazzled! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life with us.
Connie
cps1950 At gmail Dot com

cjajsmommy said...

I can relate to this: ". . .there were times as a mom I thought what would my life had been like if I hadn’t had children?" I went to college with a career track in mind and laid all of that down with the birth of baby #1. Now I have ten (soon to be eleven) grandchildren and sometimes I wonder to myself, "Who am I?" I'd love to read your book. cjajsmommy /at/ gmail /dot/ com

Deb R.

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer said...

Linda , for sure grab yourself a tiara-your whole attitude will change!

Connie , being a grandmother is so much fun! I agree and in my DIL and son I see my reflection of exhaustion. So much easier to love on that baby and hand him back to those who care for him all the time.

Cjajsmommy , I think it is a common problem for women to wonder who they are or what happened to who I was going to be. I loved being a mom and now Nana but I can see now God had different plans than I did and by following Him (not always willingly) I'm okay with how life has turned out. Rough roads make you strong. Right?

*hoping the HTML tag works to bold your names!

E C Jackson said...

Gluten-free pizza with jalapeno marinara sauce sound delicious. I loved getting to know this author.

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer said...

Thanks E C Jackson. Now I'm hungry. Might have to order that pizza today. :)

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