Diane writes Amish romance, contemporary romance, inspirational romance, romantic suspense, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Although she enjoyed being published with traditional houses, she made a decision to switch to self-publishing her fiction to have control over all aspects of publishing. But there’s more - she’s also a wife, mother to six children and grandmother to four grandchildren in southwestern Ohio! Diane’s dream vacation is going to the beach.
Welcome back to my blog, Diane. Please tell us about your new book.
I couldn’t say goodbye to the characters in my first Amish series, The Dreams of Plain Daughters, so they are included in my new series, The Bishop’s Daughters. I decided it would be fun to write about Luke’s sisters and his sister, Beth is a one of the main characters in my new release, Amish Baby Snatched.
In this first book, I enjoyed writing about Englisher, Chloe Parrish, a new character, and her friendship with Beth. Their backgrounds are so different, but they still find a lot to share with each other because of their pregnancies. Chloe is single and considering adoption while Beth is looking forward to having her first baby.
During their prenatal visits, Chloe and Beth meet a new obstetrician, Dr. Tony Cunningham. He becomes interested in the lovely Chloe. Tony and Chloe find themselves at crossroads in their lives—she’s torn about what to do about her baby, and Tony isn’t sure he wants to do Amish home births.
After a baby is kidnapped, anger explodes between Beth and Chloe.
It seems as if more and more Amish stories are coming about. What interests you the most about Amish stories?
Faith is an important part of Amish stories, so I love that aspect of them. I think my Amish novels appeal to many readers because they want stories that they feel comfortable in buying. They know Amish books are clean reads and are uplifting in content. Readers have expressed to me that they like it when I include Bible verses in my stores, and especially like how my characters handle their problems spiritually. Amish families have a closeness because they are not constantly texting, watching TV or on computers, so their simple lives interest a wide range of readers.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I did a lot of research for this book because of the medical aspect. There is a tragic loss of a child in my book, so I researched the topic of stillborn deliveries. I share how it is difficult for the family, but also is a hard situation for the nurse-midwife and doctor. They become involved with delivering babies because of the miracle of life. When a baby dies, it is sad for them too.
Do you consider your female characters to be strong and determined or meek yet spirited?
In my romantic suspense, A Fiery Secret, my main character, Catherine Steel, was inspired by my daughter, Christina. She is a strong and determined woman. Another character, Miranda, a Down syndrome girl, is based loosely on our daughter, Amanda. Miranda is definitely no shrinking wall flower and is a feisty person. My female characters are strong and determined in all my novels.
Where can my readers find you online?
Diane’s Website: www.dianecraver.com
Thank you very much for this wonderful interview. Amish stories are becoming more and more popular lately. I hope my followers will check out your book.