Is there a story behind your book Gold Earrings?
I wrote the short story that became Gold Earrings while I was in high school.
Having grown up in
I had learned the legends and stories about different regions of the state. Missouri ,
was the site of the Pony Express as well as the beginning of the trails West. St. Joseph, MO
politically charged time. Though Missouri Missouri
never seceded from the Union, it was a slave state admitted to the Union with in what was called
the Missouri Compromise. Reconstruction did not occur there, but political ties
had to adapt to changing belief systems. Maine
What started you on your writing journey?
Since elementary school I have written stories. My friends and I pretended to be someone else frequently during sleepovers. We wrote notes to one another advancing our own story line in these fantasies. I chose my first career, accounting, in order to have time to write. God changed my path to being mother instead. I began freelance writing once my boys went to school and finished Gold Earrings during that time.
I changed career paths again and graduated with a Masters of Teaching-Language Arts and a certification to teach middle school. I taught middle school Language Arts to provide my sons assistance during college. I still had ideas and a book gathering dust on the shelf.
My husband finally convinced me to “stay home and write your books” once the college days had passed. Gold Earrings was published by Tate Publishing. I am praying for another publisher to take on my series.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
The telephone and the Internet are my biggest distractions.
I hate the telephone! It has its place as vital communication, but rarely do I want or need to hang on the phone for long periods of time. That said, the phone propels me to doing other things than writing, i.e. calling others to spread info, doing the thing the caller wants me to do, or just derailing my whole train of thought!
The Internet is a similar distraction of my own making. Research online= important; Shopping online=distraction. Email=important; Email=shopping online, browsing fun websites, using my time finding free knitting patterns=distraction. You get the picture.**
What is your favorite season of the year?
Spring is my favorite season because the temperature moderates (cool is good for me!) and everything is returning to life. The resurrection of nature affirms
resurrection and points me toward Easter.
Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
We have made 4 trips to UK/Ireland since 2003. Three of those trips were to
Scotland and . The
history of these places enthralls me. We enjoy the castles and places we’ve
read about and the people who lived so long ago there. Our recent trip to England Scotland also included Northumbria to Lindisfarne
My new series begins in
where my characters plan to escape the tyranny of the king and his family and
start fresh in . America
Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
We took a family vacation to
While there we stumbled across the grave of Adonirom Judson, a famous Baptist
and first missionary to Boston .
Odd as it sounds, the trip took on a new significance as a result. My
characters in Gold Earrings are from Burma
as are my families’ heritages in my new books. Boston
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
One theme that comes out in my writing as well as my life is that God will do what He will do in His own timetable. Often that does not coincide with my own time. How we cope with waiting for God to ‘show up’ is a time of exploration of mine. Conflict and tension definitely are part of waiting for God’s will to play out.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declare the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This verse was given to me when I was trying to decide about going back to school and changing career paths. It assures me that God is watching over me, gently guiding me to that place me wants me to be in order to accomplish His purposes for my life. It also confirms that even the ‘bad’ that comes into my life will work itself to good (my other favorite verse – Romans 8:28).
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I am writing a series of books under the heading Faith in the Crucible of American History. The first concerning American Revolution and the third during the Civil War are complete and I am at work on the third taking place during the War of 1812. Prayers for a publisher or a clear sign that I should self-publish are appreciated.
Back Cover Blurb
Daughter of a bordello madame and an Italian captain of the seas, Angelina Mercy longs for a new life, free from the condemnation associated with her mother’s home in
. A former navy
man, Jonathan Thomson has accepted God’s call and become a minister of a small
congregation. Adrift from his Yankee heritage in the Boston plains, Jonathan longs for a family
of his own. Pursuing Alice, the daughter of the town’s wealthy patron, Jonathan
believes he can tame her wild ways and accomplish more as a preacher once so
established. When Angelina’s guardian and Jonathan’s seminary professor learns
of Jonathan’s misguided intentions, he seeks out a solution to aid both
individuals, providing a new home for Angelina in St. Joseph, Angelina and
Jonathan are brought together with a strong initial attraction. Missouri
Can Jonathan ignore Angelina’s Gold Earrings, a constant reminder of the implications of her less than pristine parentage? And will
succeed in keeping
Jonathan from Angelina? The resilient heroine of Diane E. Tatum’s novel will
inspire you in this touching tale of love against the odds. Alice
To purchase Diane's book:
While in high school in
Diane E. Tatum wrote the short story that grew into this novel. After teaching middle school language
arts for eleven years in St. Louis County, Missouri , Diane retired in 2009
in order to write full time. Currently she is an adjunct English professor at Tullahoma,
Tennessee . She
writes for ‘Tween Girls and God
emagazine and blogs for Tatum’s Thoughts for Today, Tatumlight@Wordpress, Life
To the Fullest, and Boomer Bits and Bytes. Diane teaches youth Sunday school
and has written Bible study materials for middle schoolers for LifeWay and
David C. Cook. Diane and her husband, Ken, live in Motlow State
Community College .
They have two sons and daughters-in-law and three new grandsons. Tullahoma, Tennessee
To connect with Diane:
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Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart