Diane writes Amish romance, contemporary 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 to my blog. Where did you get your inspiration for The Bishop's Daughters Series?
My inspiration for my new series came from my previous Dreams of Plain Daughters Series. Bishop Amos King tried to influence his only son, Luke King, in Book 4, to stop dating Violet Robinson, a U.S. Senator’s daughter. I thought it would be fun to write about the bishop and his daughters in a new series.
Please give us a description of book one for us: Amish Baby Snatched.
Instead of going backpacking in Europe for the summer, pregnant eighteen-year-old Chloe Parrish ends up in Fields Corner. Her parents send her there to work in her aunt’s restaurant. Chloe’s parents and her boyfriend Logan want her to consider adoption.
Amish and happily married, Beth Byler is pregnant with her first baby. When she sees how sad Chloe seems at the doctor’s office, Beth asks if everything is okay. Although they come from different backgrounds, their pregnancies give them something to share and they become friends.
A young obstetrician, Dr. Tony Cunningham is hired, so he meets Chloe and Beth during their office visits. 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. Can both women recover from a heartbreaking situation, and trust God still knows what is best for them?
Now tell us about book two: A Plain Widow.
A Plain Widow is about the bishop’s oldest daughter, Molly Ebersol. Her husband, Caleb, goes into their barn when it is on fire to save his horses. Although firefighter, Jonathan Mast, tries to save Caleb, he fails. Now alone, Molly has to cope with her pregnancy and their little toddler, Isaac.
A mysterious donor leaves money for her. She doesn’t think it was an Amish person. The fire investigator wonders if the arsonist feels guilt about Caleb’s death and left the money. During this time, Jonathan is a new neighbor who lives close by, and he helps her family members with planting her crops.
When the fire investigator tries to learn who torched the barn, she uncovers that Caleb had secrets he kept from Molly. She is crushed by what Caleb did before meeting her.
Although she has feelings for Jonathan, can she ever trust him to be truthful to her? She isn’t sure she can fall in love again. Caleb hurt her deeply that he never trusted her enough to share about his past.
Did you have to do any research for this series?
My research for Amish Baby Snatched, Book 1, consisted of medical research about stillbirths. For my second book in the series, I researched Amish firefighters because I hadn’t realized they volunteered in their local fire departments. Some bishops frown on their members working with non-Amish firefighters, but many districts don’t have a problem with it. I also researched arson investigators. One of the characters, Nicole Spencer, is one and wants to find out who caused the tragic fire in the book.
Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?
Thank you for this interview, Diane. I hope my readers will check out this new series.