Monday, February 27, 2017

Interview with Inspirational Romance Author Diane Craver

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.


Diane Craver said...

Thank you, Linda, for having me on your blog. It's always a pleasure to visit here and to hear from readers.

wall-to-wall books said...

Oh these books sound awesome! I love Amish fiction anyway but these sound very original.
They will go on my wish list.

Diane Craver said...

Hi wall-to-wall,

Thank you for commenting and visiting Linda's awesome blog.


Melanie Backus said...

What great books! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love reading your books, Diane Craver!
Cannot wait for this book to release!

Elaine Shorn

Shirley Strait said...

Thanks you both for taking the time to do this interview and for the giveaway. This sounds like a wonderful read.
Thanks for introducing me to a new author.

clenna said...

I really enjoy reading Amish fiction. Thank you for the chance to win

Diane Craver said...

Melanie, Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

Elaine, Thanks so much for your support! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

Shirley, I'm glad you liked the interview. I hope you get a chance to read my new release.

clenna said...

Forget to add my email

Marilyn R. said...

Linda, Thank you for featuring Diane Craver on your blog. I've enjoyed every book I've read by Diane. I look forward to reading A Plain Widow and catch up with characters in Amish Baby Snatched. Thank you for the giveaway with an opportunity to win. marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

Edye Nicole said...

Thank you for the awesome giveaway, Linda! My grandmother is an avid Amish book reader so I'd love to win this for her.


Sonja said...

Amish is my favorite genre!!! I am absolutely crossing my fingers. Would love to read this! sonja(dot)Nishimoto(@)gmail(d0t)com

Diane Craver said...

Clenna, I'm glad you enjoy reading Amish fiction. My great-grandfather was a Mennonite minister so there are some similar beliefs between Mennonites and Amish. One reason I became interested in writing Amish fiction was because of my great-grandfather.

Marilyn, Thank you for reading my books. I know you're busy and appreciate the time you spend reading and writing reviews for me and other authors. Reviews mean a lot and are so helpful.

Edye, That is wonderful of you to stop by here and comment. Nice you are thinking of what your grandmother likes to read.

Sonja, I'm happy to hear that you love reading Amish fiction. Thanks for visiting!

Robin in NC said...

Wow! Both of these books sound like great page turning novels! Thanks for sharing! rw620 AT aol DOT com

Linda Marie said...

I can't wait to read both ! Both stories sound so good and Your a new author to me !!
Amish Fiction was my first love over 20 some years ago !!! I look forward to reading your
books !
Linda Marie Finn
Faithful Acres Books
Faithful Acres Body Soul Spirit !

Thank you for Sharing Linda !

Diane Craver said...

Robin in NC,
Thank you for commenting and glad you are interested in my Amish books.

Linda Marie,
Thanks for visiting and checking out my books.

Sorry I didn't reply yesterday. I was at Children's Hospital. Our little grandson had surgery but is doing fine.

Kathleen Greffin Popp said...

I love the Amish & reading Amish books. I have not had the opportunity to read one of your book's but would love to. Happy writing & thank's for the give away!

Linda Moffitt said...

I love Amish books. Thanks for being on the blog Diane and Linda Thanks for the giveaways.

Linda Moffitt said...

iamabho at gmail (.) com

Diane Craver said...

Hi Linda,

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment! That's awesome you love Amish fiction. Have a lovely evening.

Diane Craver said...

I loved all the comments and could not pick a winner. I wrote your names on slips of paper and had my daughter, Amanda, draw a name. She drew Sonja's name. Congrats,Sonja. I'll be emailing you. My book, A PLAIN WIDOW, will be available this Friday.

Diane Craver said...

A PLAIN WIDOW is now available on Amazon for 99 cents. It will only be this discounted price for the weekend.I wanted to give readers a deal. It should also be available on Barnes and Noble for 99 cents soon. Sonja has her copy and a $5 GC to Amazon.

Hope everyone has a terrific weekend.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Sonja Nishimoto. Diane told me that she picked you as the winner of this awesome book. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.