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. Grateful when she took a summer typing class a few years later, and she could type on an electric typewriter. 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. 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, newly released, On a Summer Night, is a story of
suspense and romance. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-one
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.
Please tell the readers about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it?
Hello, Mary, thank you for having my on your blog and taking time from your busy schedule to interview me about my new book, On a Summer Night. My story starts out in the late sixties with two girls on a graduation trip to southern Florida. Within a few chapters it comes to present day and a secret that one girl was never able to forget.
Many main characters are a reflection of the author or somebody the author knows. Are there any tidbits that you've put into you characters that mimic people around you?
The teenage girls are patterned after me and a close friend from my school days, but only as far as the trouble we often got into…teen pranks which were harmless, but sometimes scary. My characters are fiction although the story plot holds a lot of truths.
How did you decide on the setting? Did you need to do research?
Oh yes, always research is involved and especially in fiction. I’d attended college in Florida and I knew a lot of background, but had to be sure the right fruits are in season on a particular month, deep sea fishing had to be revisited, and other small things that were double-checked.
How long did it take to write the book, including preliminary work?
After having a weekly column in a Michigan magazine, which is my home state, I decided I wanted to write another work of fiction. This was at the end of 2010…and although it took about a year to write it, I went through rewrites and fine-tuning for over another year to prepare it for publication.
Many authors say the novel has a voice all its own. Did the plot change once your characters started forming the story?
Yes, I knew the plot I wanted to follow, however, another idea surfaced and I did include that in my work; which allowed for a spin-off, following one special character in my next
book in the White Dove series, This Side of Heaven.
How did you choose the names of your characters?
I have a favorite Aunt Katheryne, who at ninety-five just went home to be with the Lord. I named by main character Kate, after her. She was very alert until the end, and I sent her my chapters to read. The other names were favorites and I incorporated one, Brianna…after our son Brian and grad gal Anna!
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I loved writing it all. Probably when my MC goes to MT and answers to the past start to unveil. I’ve never been to Montana, but a friend who lives there sent me photos and being from the snowy state of Michigan, those chapters were fun!
On a Summer Night is available at: http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Night-Diane-Dean-White/dp/1936746689/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381262384&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=On+a+simmers+night+diane+dean+White
Visit Diane on her website at www.DianeDeanWhite.com
Her blog page at http://simplepleasureswithdiane.weebly.com/
Her ministry, Seeds of Encouragement, for hurting people.
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