Diane is the author of Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Stories from a Porch Swing, Texting Mr. Right, This Side of Heaven, Lilacs in May and Journey of Redemption. A former newspaper reporter and weekly magazine columnist, Diane has written over three-hundred short stories which have been published worldwide. She lives with her husband of 45 years, they are the parents of three grown children and three granddaughters.
Welcome to my blog, Diane. Please tell us about Lilacs in May.
Thank you for having me Linda. It’s always fun to share on your blog. LILACS in MAY takes place in the rural area of Saginaw, Michigan. A graduating senior and her younger sister take on responsibilities due to an unforeseen situation. Their older brother returns from his ship in the US Navy, and introduces Heather to a college friend who helps them carry on after the tragedy they go through.
Where did you get your inspiration for this story?
I wanted to do some more stories that take place in Michigan, and honestly as a fly-by-the-seat writer…it truly led me!
What kind of research did you do?
A little about legal laws for Michigan and some fun song lyrics. This takes place in 1971, so I had to remember to dial O for operator, there was no 911, the kind of perfume that was popular then, and those fun hair dryers aren’t blow dryers!
Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?
I enjoyed Heather and her personality and how she knew what her kid sister was up to but also how she encouraged her to do the best with the talents the Lord gave her. Her faith was strong and there were many hard decisions to make.
Where is your website and blog so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?
My website and author blog are at www.dianedeanwhite.com. The books are all there and links to where they can be obtained.
Thank you so much for this interview, Diane. I hope my followers will check out this book. I love your book cover.