Diane, as a writer of Christian novels and stories…how has the Lord influenced your life?
When I made a profession of faith to accept Christ into my heart, I also made him Lord of my life. In my writing I ask, is this something that He would be happy to read, and would I want my children to read it? I try to include the salvation plan in my books, and my short-stories are written with the same thoughts in mind; would the Lord like this and would my children? I pray about the books I write and how best I can project reality in life, forgiveness and redemption. When I’m unsure I give it to the Lord, and He always has an answer for me. J
How long have you been writing?
I started writing in 6th grade on an old black, Royal manual typewriter. I wrote stories and then poetry, and had a short book of poems published just out of high school. It’s something that seemed to come natural to me. I was a secretary at Michigan State University and didn’t get serious about writing until we moved to a southern town in Georgia and I applied for a position as a newspaper reporter. Little did I know I’d soon have a weekly column. I named it “Yankee Viewpoints,” I loved interviewing people for feature stories and learning about the area through our time together.
Did you start out pursuing novels?
No, I started writing short stories, and in 2001 after a fall when I began having back problems, I had a number of my stories featured on mailings that went out over the World Wide Web. I got so much feedback from people I decided to make a compilation of short-stories and I self published a book called Beach Walks. Many of those stories were picked up by Christian magazines and other books, and next I wrote a novel. Carolina in the Morning was a reality two years later. I loved doing the research for that story. We’d moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and made trips to Charleston, where my book is centered. After that I started writing a weekly column for a Michigan based magazine, and was with them until I started on my next novel. I’ve written well over 300 short-stories and although it’s different from a novel, I enjoy writing them from time to time.
What was your next book?
Last fall On a Sumer Night was released. I’d worked on that for a few years and went with a traditional publisher. I began another novel, This Side of Heaven, and enjoyed writing this so much…since it’s over 90,000 words, I decided to take a break and write some short-stories. I published Stories on a Porch Swing, an ebook only, with Amazon last April. Then wrote my first novella, Texting Mr. Right, which was just released last week…it was fun and I hope readers enjoy it.