Monday, May 23, 2016

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Diane Dean White


Diane started writing for a local newspaper, covering hard news and feature stories including a column, “Yankee Viewpoints” in the late 70’s.  She’s written ancestral history, donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations and had a four year running weekly column for a Michigan based magazine. She is the author of Beach Walks, Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Stories from a Porch Swing, Winter Wonderland and Texting Mr. Right. Diane is also the author of over three-hundred short stories. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for almost forty-four years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals.

Welcome back to my blog, Diane. Please tell us about This Side of Heaven.

The story takes place in rural Georgia with a single mother who has relocated from a large northern city, under the protection of an underground group of people who help victims of abuse. Darlene has two preschoolers and a small home among the gardenias and pecan trees. A neighbor and also a handsome detective, heir to large pecan orchards stops by with a small puppy for the children. Unaware of Darlene’s situation, they slowly fall in love. He thinks she’s still grieving for her deceased husband, and she’s afraid to let anyone know where she is.

Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

The story and plot are fiction, but we lived in rural Georgia for just under four years in the late 70s. It was quite a time of adjustment for me, from the capital city of Michigan. Steve’s mother was from the area, and we got to know many people, made some nice friends and built our first home among the pecan trees. It’s taken me a long time to write this story, to be able to release some of the feelings from the past, then to write, and finally allow the story to take wings.


Did you do any research for this book?

Oh yes! There’s a lot of suspense, and part of the storyline deals with how easy it is to make meth and sell drugs today, as well as a number of things legally related. I had a good source in Atlanta who’s a captain in the police force, and able to answer many of my questions. And although we had pecan trees, things have changed, and today there are a lot in harvesting techniques. The story is fiction but the life style and characters are true and what exists in some of the rural areas.

Please tell us about one of the main characters in this story and what you like about him or her.

Brett is a bachelor when he meets Darlene and falls in love with her. In the story he’s a dedicated detective who is exceptionally good with his skills in this field. He also falls in love with Darlene’s two children, Maddie and Mark, and takes time to be the father they so desperately need. His concern for Darlene is very protective, and when problems arise for her, and adjustments, he has a loving way of speaking with her, bringing the Lord into their talk. Brett’s a Christian and his actions throughout the book show readers he can do his job as a detective, a father, husband and maintain those values, despite his position and wealth.

Where can my readers find you online?


Thank you very much for this wonderful interview. Your book sounds very intriguing.

27 comments:

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Linda and Diane,

Thanks for the interesting interview. This sounds like a really good book!

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you, Gail. It's been my favorite to write to-date.
Thank you for coming by~ :)

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a really nice story (other than the abuse part, of course). I'd love to read it. I'm an abuse survivor from long ago. I never forgot the horrors of it.

Ann Ellison said...

I enjoyed the interview with Diane. I am a big fan of her books. Please do not enter me into the contest as I have already read This Side of Heaven and I loved it. lacy1942(at)gmail(dot)com

Louise said...

I love Christian books, so the title, alone, hooked me!

Sherri Stewart said...

I think we may be from the same hometown. I also moved to the Ga from Mich.

Kathlene Miller said...

I sure would love to win this eBook from Diane..... my email is GrandmaKat2000@gmail.com

Diane Dean White said...

Hello Linda,
I'm sorry to hear about the abuse in your life.
Our character has escaped from it, and turning to
Christ her world becomes new. Thanks for coming by! :)

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you Ann for stopping by.
Ann's the captain of my cheer-leading
squad...or head cheerleader! :)

Diane Dean White said...

Hello Louise,
The title came about when I was critiquing
another writers work. It jumped out at me
when I was reading a paragraph she'd written.
I ask her if she was going to use it, and she
said NO...so I did! I'm glad you like it, too!

Diane Dean White said...

Hi Sherri,
We lived in GA in the late 70's.
I grew up in East Lansing, MI.
It was a culture shock for me,
but years later I'm able to capture
some of that. :) Where in GA were you,
and from where in MI? :)

Diane Dean White said...

Hello Kathlene,
Your "grandma" logo is cute.
Thanks for coming by. :)

Sherri Stewart said...

I'm from Lansing. I went to Everett HS, graduated from MSU, and moved to Atlanta after graduation (1974). I taught there for 5 years, worked for Delta, and met my husband, who was with the Atlanta Flames Hockey team. We moved with the team to Canada. Then moved back to Atl in 1999 until 2011.

Diane Dean White said...

Sherri, have we met online before? Everett High School? Wow, a rival in sports maybe, but that's home! I was probably working as a secretary at MSU when you were there. The Atlanta area is nice, we lived in Norcross for awhile, so it probably wasn't a big culture shock for you. I have family on both sides who are from Canada. Sounds like you keep busy! :) Thanks for sharing! :)

Melanie Backus said...

Thank you for the great interview and giveaway opportunity!

Diane Dean White said...

Hi Melanie, thanks for stopping by.
BTW, I'm looking for recipes to share
on my blog page of my website. Those
who enjoy cooking...zip on over. :)

jean602 said...

This sounds like a wonderful book.I can't wait to read it.

jean602 said...

This sounds like a wonderful book.I can't wait to read it.

Diane Dean White said...

Hi Jean, Thank you for stopping by.
I hope you enjoy the book. Let me know!

Todd Ferrill said...

This is going to be a great book and hit home for many people a lot who will never admit it.
I can't wait to read it, what a blessing this giveaway is!
Thanks for blessing us readers!
Toni

Dianne Casey said...

Great interview, book sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading it.

Dianne Casey said...

Great interview, book sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading it.

Diane Dean White said...

Toni, I appreciate your comments and I hope my
book will be a blessing to you. Thank you for
sharing. :)

Diane Dean White said...

Dianne, thank you for coming by.
I hope you enjoy This Side of Heaven. :)

Connie said...

I look forward to reading this book.

Diane Dean White said...

Hi Connie, I hope you will read this.
Where are you a librarian? :)

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations to Linda Kish. You are the winner of Diane's book. I hope you enjoy it.