Diane Dean White is a wonderful author. She has a way of taking the reader into the pages of her books, as if they're beside the character.
Here’s a little about the woman behind the stories.
Diane started her writing career at an early age when she asked for a typewriter for Christmas. She pounded the keys writing poetry and short stories in grade school on an old black Royal manual. It wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper, covering hard news and feature stories in the area. Upon returning to their home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations; while doing her favorite job ever, as a stay-at-home Mom. She is the author of Beach Walks and Carolina in the Morning. Diane was a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years, and her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and books. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. Her book, On a Summer Night, released fall of 2013 is a story of suspense and romance. Stories from a Porch Swing is a compilation of short stories Diane recalls from her early child hood. You’ll laugh and relate to what she shares in this sweet ebook, released April 2014. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-two years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals. Diane thanks the Lord daily for her loving husband, three great kids and for giving her the desires of her heart. Her next book This Side of Heaven will be released this fall.
Where do you get your ideas?
I don’t know where all of my thoughts for over 300 short-stories are from. I suppose every day observance and many memories. I usually choose a setting for my novels and then do research or know of something exciting that took place and build around it. For instance in Carolina in the Morning, I watched them bring the submarine from the War Between the States, out of the Charleston Harbor in 2000 on television. I knew I wanted to include that historic information in my book. We made a number of short trips, touring the city, visiting the Naval ship yard where the sub was taken and people could see it on display; but the rest of my story was fiction. It was a sweet romance with suspense, and my first novel.
Do you work with an outline or just write?
I keep notes but I don’t outline first, I pray about my book and what the Lord would show me to write. I always share the plan of salvation in some part of my story. People aren’t perfect and my books don’t have globs of happiness, rather reality in the pages. When I give it to the Lord and follow my heart and His leading I never seem to be at a loss for ideas or which ones to use.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Never….look around and see the beauty which is everywhere. The Lord made so much and we should be thankful. I let those thoughts run over and a very simple idea may come from a flower, a bird chirping, and the clink of a truck a few streets over, the ice cream man; there are always things happening. Grab one and write!
Is anything in you novel based on real life experience?
Stories from a Porch Swing is forty-one pages of stories that deal with memories from my early life, and yes, many are true. I change names because some people I’m writing about are still living. One story in particular called “Kool-Aid Kids” is about my younger brother and me growing up in the college town (then) Michigan State University in the 50’s. Other stories include visiting both sets of grandparents during my summers and the simple, yet exciting things in a small town. The title and cover is much like the porch swing at my dad’s parents’ home, and thus the title came from a memory with my paternal grandmother. It’s one of three books of short-stories I’m planning. People who write seem to relate to the time period and remember when life was much like I’ve written about. J
What project are you working on now?
I’m writing a book for a little over a year now and hope to have it released this fall. This Side of Heaven takes place in rural Georgia present day. It starts out with two characters from On a Summer Night, but it definitely stands alone. I enjoyed writing this book so far more than any other. We lived in Georgia in the late seventies and early eighties; some of these experiences are in my book, but the fiction has been great to create…and because it’s romance and suspense I worked closely with a Captain from the police force in Atlanta to be sure my legal fiction was accurate. People think as writers we’re able to put together a story and let it fly. Some may do that, but it’s important to have facts and information correctly written. Otherwise we tend to lose readers if they find mistakes.
Where can readers connect with you online?
My hubby is presently working on my main website for me, after years of showing various photos, scenes, stories, and music we’re doing a facelift, so www.DianeDeanWhite.com is under construction presently. Other places to visit or connect with me are below. I welcome you on my author’s page and facebook pages, and email me if you’d like. Thank you, Mary, for your time and sharing you lovely blogsite with readers about me.
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