Today we welcome, Diane Dean White, hailing from the SS, text for the Sunshine State, and me hollering from the HH, or rather the Hoosier Homeland. Thankfully, I won’t have to strain my voice, thanks to modern technology! Which is exactly how I met my friend, DDW. BTW, AWHFY? (By the way, are we having fun yet?) I think so. C&G (Chuckle and grin.)
By now you’re thinking, okay, seriously, what’s with the acronyms that I usually save for a quick text? So glad you asked!!!! Diane’s new book is entitled, Texting Mr. Right!!! I love it. Mixing in the cutting edge new, with the classic romance, ‘happily ever after,’ ending that’s timeless! What could be better?! Less acronyms, perhaps?! LOL Not a chance! However, YAFIYGI! (You asked for it, you got it!) Author and friend, Diane Dean White! LLOTA (Lots and lots of thunderous applause.)
PT: Welcome Diane! So glad to have you! I’ll try to tamp down the texting, but it will be difficult. But I can’t tamp down my excitement of your new book, Texting Mr. Right. What exactly lit the flame of your new novel?
DDW: LOL~Well, I’ve wanted to do a book about Michigan and a publisher who was doing novellas was interested. I thought the title was good. My problem is I don’t text! Thus, the texting abbreviations were eliminated and the normal reader could understand.
PT: Yes, Yes. I hear echoes of dissatisfaction with just my intro. But, TTGBTW. (Time to get back to work.) I noticed Michigan is the backdrop for this book. What’s been your favorite location to set a story?
DDW: The location for, Texting Mr. Right, was primarily set at my parent’s cottage on Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan. I haven’t been back for a number of years, but spent so much time there it wasn’t difficult to picture. A favorite location in my books is, This Side of Heaven, coming out next year. It takes place in rural Georgia, where we lived for several years.
PT: I know you collect glassware and enjoy beautiful tea settings. Do some of these favorite things find their way into your writing?
DDW: Very few thus far have made their way into my writing. Since I enjoy antiques, it’s been hard with contemporary settings to use them. In, This Side of Heaven, my main character decorates her ancestral home, and I’m able to use some collectibles and tea cups in that novel. I think my china/glass slipper collections makes its way into a scene.
PT: Usually you write romance with a touch of mystery or suspense. Why did you choose to go strictly romance for this one?
DDW: In, This Side of Heaven, I have a lot of romance, but equally a running mystery. I enjoyed writing romance, and thought a book strictly with romance would be fun. It was and yet I had to create a distraction, thus the lime disease scare in Traverse City was developed. There’s just so much romance you can do.
PT: First and foremost, we are witnesses for JC! (Jesus Christ) What do you think has been your most influential form of showing Jesus to others?
DDW: Sharing the plan of salvation makes its way into most of my books. However, as Christians, I also show weaknesses that with God’s help. can be made right. The reality of harboring a deep fear, grudge, or running from God, that some people deal with is faced; and with faith, trust in our Lord, redemption is always possible. All things are with God.
PT: Wow! That is 2G2B4G!!! (Too good to be forgotten!!!) Well said, and so true. Now, what’s next for DDW?
DDW: My book, Winter Wonderland, to be released soon, is a sweet Christian, Christmas 50’s romance, with a lot of history as well as a focus on Christ, the Salvation plan, and helping others.
PT: ICW! (I can’t wait!) Thanks for joining us today, Diane!
DDW: I’m glad you invited me to stop by and share more about, Texting Mr. Right. I’ve enjoyed your blog and appreciate you having me, Peggy. J
PT: No, Diane, 10Q! (thank you!)
Diane’s Bio: Diane started her writing at an early age, but it wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a small southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper. Returning to her home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work over the years, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations. Diane self-published two books in the early 2000’s, and she became a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. Her book On a Summer Night was released in October and her ebook, Stories from a Porch Swing in April. Texting Mr. Right was released September 1 of this year, and her Christmas novella, Winter Wonderland will be out the end of October. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-two years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals.
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