Oct is a wonderful month. Fall spreads its wings, and the mountains paint a lovely picture with seasonal colors. I believe some of us look back during this time of the year to the memories past. This is a great time to have Diane Dean White on Monthly Smiles. She’s an awesome author who knows how to make readers feel warm and cozy with her novella Stories From a Porch Swing.
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” for 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 became a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. Her books to date are: Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Texting Mr. Right, Winter Wonderland, This Side of Heaven, and Stories from a Porch Swing. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-four years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals, and live in the Sunshine state.
Meet this great lady and comment for a chance to win an eBook.
Thank you Mary, I appreciate you inviting me to talk about my book. In my new paperback release, Stories from a Porch Swing, I share the loving gratitude for two sets of grandparents that took time to spend with me. They shared their memories while I cherished new ones we made together. It’s important to preserve the past and I’m grateful for those gifts from them.
Tell the readers about Stories From a Porch Swing.
STORIES FROM A PORCH SWING…is about special memories shared with two sets of loving
Grandparents and one old porch swing.
What inspired you to write Stories from a Porch Swing?
Both sets of grandparents had porches, but just one had an open large porch with a swing at the back.
The other had a large enclosed from porch with windows to watch everything happening on Main Street.
Chatter went on from a young age until those homes were sold, and I’ve chosen to have the porch from my dad’s parents illustrated on the book cover. This is a big part of my memory bank.
How did you choose the title of your book?
It just made sense remembering the talks on that old porch swing.
What is your favorite scene/chapter?
These are a collection of short-stories; many have been published in magazines, books and even a Japanese college study book. All the stories are special to me. They’re very different and although most take place in the two small towns my parents were from, there are a few written about my home town and the capitol city of Michigan, in the 1950’s.
Is there a message in this book, you want readers to grasp?
The big one would be to share your life and that of older relatives with young kids today. They can spend all day with their ears glued to whatever device they have, but have them listen to you and share the things from past generations. I often suggest people video gatherings and use a recorder to speak with the oldest person there, asking questions and getting background. Once that generation is gone, you’ll have only what you took time to learn about.
Diane, that is so true about the younger ones of today. I think the art of handing down memories has faded, but I hope that it never dies because a good memory can comfort us and give us hope. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book?
Maybe add a few more stories.
Are you working on a new project you can tell us about it?
Yes, a story about an orphan train in the 1920’s that took children from poverty stricken areas to farming and other communities to give them a better chance at life. I’m enjoying the research so much.
This sounds like a another wonderful novel. I’m looking forward to reading it and I know others will enjoy it too.
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