Monday, April 25, 2016

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Diane Craver


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.

57 comments:

Diane Craver said...

Linda,
Thank you so much for hosting me here on your awesome blog. I love how it is family friendly and you always ask great questions!

Elaine Shorb said...

Thank you, Linda and Diane, for your interesting interview. I am really looking forward to reading this book! Diane, I enjoy reading your 📚 books. Your inspirational stories are wonderful! Thank you.

Elaine Shorb said...

I did not give my email address. Here it is:
tinkerbell2by2@gmail.com

Linda D. McFarland said...

I enjoyed the interview. You are definitely one busy lady. It's fun to meet new-to-me authors. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Linda dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com

loretta said...

A little different subject matter, thank you for an opportunity to win this book. I'm thinking I don't need to write my email if I give a google ID?

Amy Fields said...

Great interview. I'm interested in this book and would love to see something a little different in the Amish genre. Thanks for the giveaway! My email is amyfields417@yahoo.com

Karla said...

Very interesting interview. Would love to win this book and review it!
k_hanns@yahoo.com

Mary Ellen Ashenfelder said...

Wonderful interview. Sounds like a very interesting read. Would love to add this book to my collection. Thank you.

Connie said...

Thanks for an interesting interview. I have a friend who helps an Amish midwife with the Amish deliveries in our area and she does become very involved with all of the mothers and babies.
Connie
cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

Stella Potts said...

Great interview. I would love to win this book. It sounds very, very interesting. spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

Belinda Hoskins said...

This sounds like a book I need to read. I honor their faith and love.

Marilyn Ridgway said...

Linda, Thanks for a great interview with Diane Craver. I loved reading Amish Baby Snatched! Diane created a beautiful story and her characters were well developed along with their faith to see them through their struggles. I have enjoyed every book I've read by Diane. God bless.

Linda Moffitt said...

This looks like an Awesome Book Thanks for sharing it with us and the giveaway I would LOVE to win a copy of it iamabho @ gmail . com

Michele said...

I understand wanting to go to the beach! I'm from SE Indiana, so the beach is a distant dream! I love the beach but get there so, so seldom!

Diane Craver said...

Elaine,

I'm so happy that you like my books. Thank you for your kind support.

Diane Craver said...

Hi Linda,
I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Thank you for visiting Linda's blog. Life is definitely busy right now because I'm scoring tests that students hate to take. :)

Diane Craver said...

Loretta,
I'm so glad you stopped by and should be fine about your email.

Diane Craver said...

Amy,
You're right, I think AMISH BABY SNATCHED is a bit different. I haven't had a lot of feedback, but what I have received has been very positive. Thanks for visiting here!

Diane Craver said...

Hi Karla,
That's awesome you are interested in my new release. Thanks so much!

Diane Craver said...

Thank you, Mary Ellen. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and commenting.

Diane Craver said...

Connie,
That's nice you have a friend who helps a midwife with the deliveries. I actually wanted to have a home delivery with our first child, but it wasn't meant to be. It turned out to be a blessing that I had our daughter in the hospital. Thanks for taking time to visit here.

Sonja said...

I am a long time Amish book fan. I look forward to reading this from a new author to me! My favorite genre! Thanks for the great interview and chance to win.

Diane Craver said...

Hi Sonja,
Thanks so much. I hope you get a chance to read my Amish books. I also have two short Amish books - An Amish Starry Christmas Night and An Amish Starry Summer Night. Each one is 99 cents.

Diane Craver said...

Thank you, Stella! Glad you visited Linda's blog.

Diane Craver said...

Hi Belinda,
The Amish faith is inspiring and how they focus on what is important. Thanks for stopping by.

Diane Craver said...

Marilyn,
I'm so glad you have enjoyed my books. Thank you so much for sharing. Hearing from readers and what they think is so important. I love your comments here and on FB. So happy I have met you online. Blessings to you!

Diane Craver said...

Linda M.,
I hope you get a chance to read my new release. It's one of my favorite Amish books I've written. Of course, an author always seems to like their latest book. :)

Diane Craver said...

Michele,
Our family is going in May to Myrtle Beach when the rates are cheaper. We have never done this for a long time with the whole family and first time with our little grandchildren. I hope you get to go sometime and have some fun time at the beach. Thanks for stopping by.

Kimberly H said...

`These sound like great books.. Im going to have to "find you". :)
Have a great day!

Diane Dean White said...

Nice interview, Linda. I think your plot sounds exciting,Diane.
The research is always an ongoing part of writing, although sad
at times. The twist from most gentle Amish reads looks like this
book has you involved until the last word. May the Lord guide you
as you continue to write from your heart. Blessings, Diane

cbuckley said...

Good evening, Thanks for sharing your talent of writing awesome books. Love reading your books.

cbuckley said...

Good evening, Thanks for sharing your talent of writing awesome books. Love reading your books.

susanlulu said...

This is a new author for me, so I'm interested. I love Amish fiction. I think I'd like this because it seems so "different."
susanlulu@yahoo.com

Daniel M said...

liked the interview and prefer print - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Diane Craver said...

Kimberly,
Woohoo,glad you want to find me and have lots of information and excerpts on my website and also I have a blog. Thanks for the interest!

Diane,
Thank you so much. The Lord definitely guided me in writing AMISH BABY SNATCHED. Ongoing prayers from friends gave me the words and inspiration to finish the story.

cbuckley,
I'm glad you love my books. Thank you for your wonderful support.

Susan,
I'm happy you stopped by and are interested in my new release.

Daniel,
My Amish Baby Snatched print books are gorgeous. I'm so pleased with how well they turned out and the colors are lovely. Glad you liked the interview.

Pam Cloud said...

Thanks for a lovely interview and blog. Amish inspirationals are favorite. I prefer ebooks. Ran out of space for paper books. Lol. Keep up the great stories!!

LAWonder said...

WOW! I have read most all of Beverly Lewis's series, I am beginning Fishers. I had never heard of you,
Diane!
I Love the Amish series! I would love to win and read your book to compare! They sound
great!

Jackie Tessnair said...

You are a new author to me and this book sounds great.I am looking forward to reading it.Thanks for the chance to win it.jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

Diane Craver said...

Pam,
I was happy to get a Kindle because my print books were taking a lot of room. I love being able to download books whenever I need something to read. Thanks for commenting.

LAWonder,

I wrote my first Amish book, A JOYFUL BREAK, in 2012. It should be free later today on Amazon and is already free on Apple, B & N and Kobo. Thanks for your interest.

Jackie,
I appreciate you stopping by. I hope you get to read AMISH BABY SNATCHED. It's the first book in my new Amish series.

Teresa said...

I would love to read this book. It already has my interest!would love to win!

Teresa said...

Forgot my email: tsheroke@sbcglobal.net

Larry Hammersley said...

Hi Diane: I've not read any of your novels and must do so. The storyline sounds packed with lots of emotions. I have read a few Amish novels however and enjoyed them. My buddy and I stopped at an Amish residence some time ago asking for directions to an old cemetery. The people were very nice and I recall the children didn't say anything but looked at us Englishers with a lot of curiosity. Mine and your interview overlap. You have a lot of visitors in just one day. Throw my name in the hat for the giveaway. email addy lhammersley@comcast.net. I think your novel will be a success.

Larry Hammersley said...

Sorry I forgot to check the follow up box.

Lisa Guenther said...

Would love to start your books!
lisaguenther19@gmail.com and a book please..

Gina said...

Great interview, Diane. I am sure this is a wonderful book because all your books are just fantastic, you are such a good writer and an amazing person and friend. Wishing you the best of luck and many sales!

Linda, your blog is absolutely outstanding! It is such a treat! Thank you :)

Frances Cavallo said...

I would love to win a copy of your book, I could even write a review for it, if u like! I just love Amish books, it is such s great kind of genre, seeing things simpler, happier, faithfulness, hard work coming together, and so much more!!! Thanks so much for this opportunity! Have a wonderful, Blessed Day!!! Good Luck and God Bless Everyone!!!

Diane Craver said...

Teresa,
Thank you so much for your interest in Amish Baby Snatched! I appreciate you stopping by!

Larry,
I'm happy you visited here. I did finish your book A CHANGE of HEART. It's a great book - sorry I haven't written your review yet. I'm glad you want to read my Amish books. Thank you!

Lisa,
That's awesome you are interested in my books. Thanks so much for stopping by here!

Gina,
You are so sweet and thanks for the praise for my books. You're right - Linda's blog is so wonderful and she does such a great job on the author reviews. I value your friendship and my life is richer because of you!

Diane Craver said...

Here are links to A JOYFUL BREAK, my first book in my Dreams of Plain Daughters Series (it's free):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009D3TV78/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-joyful-break/id820387684?mt=11
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-joyful-break-diane-craver/1113130171?ean=2940152205336
https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/a-joyful-break

If you have a moment, there is a blog post (FALLING IN LOVE WITH AMISH MEN) about Samuel, a character in A JOYFUL BREAK! I think you will enjoy learning more about him!

Have a nice evening and thanks for all the fantastic comments so far!

Karen Sue Kimberly said...

I would like a chance to win.

Diane Craver said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for visiting Linda's blog and for your interest in my new release!

loretta said...

The interview sounds as though the story is a very good one. Sad, even. Dianne would be a new to me author to read. Thanks for this opportunity.

Diane Craver said...

Thanks, Loretta! I'm glad you visited and took the time to comment.

momofemmett said...

I love your Amish writings. You have a sweet way to keep your readers turning pages.

Diane Craver said...

Hi momofemmett,
You made my day. Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you love my Amish stories and hope you get a chance to read my latest Amish book.

Diane Craver said...

Hi Frances,
Thank you for your awesome comment! I love writing Amish fiction and glad you love reading it. Hope you are having an enjoyable and blessed weekend. I appreciate readers' reviews a lot!

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations to Karla! You are the winner of this wonderful book. I know you'll enjoy it.

Diane Craver said...

Thank you for all the great comments! I'll be doing another giveaway of AMISH BABY SNATCHED soon either on my blog or maybe when I get a newsletter started. I really want to have one soon. Blessings to all of you and I enjoyed your comments a lot!