Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Author Interview with Diane Dean White

Christian author, Diane Dean White visits our Writing with God's Hope blog today. Diane, I'm eager to "meet" you. Thanks for stopping by.

Hello, Janet. Thank you for allowing me to share time on your nice website with your readers.
Where did you get the idea for your book?

The idea for, THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN, has been with me since my hubby’s work took us to rural GA, in the late 70’s. It’s one of those stories that took a long time before it could be told. The title was through a critique partner and something I was reading of hers, and a phrase jumped out at me. I ask if she was going to use it and she wasn’t ,so I did!


How did you find your publisher?


I had been with two different publishers for previous books, and had also self published. I was headed down that road again, but at the last minute researched a few smaller publishers…and happily Winged Publication liked my book.


Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?


Yes, I’m contracted with Winged for a winter romance, a run-away bride, and a story about the orphan trains. I’m having fun working on them. With all my books I share the plan of salvation and pray that those who read the pages and don’t know Christ will think about that important step. 

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy a variety of genres.  I like both Christian historic and contemporary romance, and suspense. Some of my favorite authors are Eugenia Price, Victoria Holt, John Grisham, Sidney Sheldon and Barbara Taylor Bradford. Sadly several are no longer with us.

What has your writing journey been like so far?

I have always enjoyed writing and asked for a typewriter in 6th grade. That summer I wrote a short book, but probably only my artist friend and grandmother read it! In the 70’s I did some newspaper reporting. Once the bug bites you, your name is in print along with your stories, and people enjoy your column…it doesn’t stop. Our children were preschool at this time, and although I continued to do stringer work and ancestral history research, my writing was put on hold until our youngest was in his junior year of high school. After that I had a number of short stories published in various books and, magazines. I had a four year weekly column in a Michigan based magazine, and then I took time off to write ON A SUMMER NIGHT, and my writing hasn’t stopped.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Since we’ve been living in first South Carolina for twelve years and now Florida, I enjoy going back to our home state in Michigan. My parents are both gone now, but for years we enjoyed their summer home on Lake Michigan, and our daughter and family have a home in MI too. It’s wherever the kids gather and we can go!

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I had a small boutique of collectibles and antiques when we lived in SC. They were packed and put into storage while we became acquainted with Florida after our move, while were living in a small high rise. When we purchased our home those boxes of antiques and collectibles were placed in our new 2 ½ car garage. My poor hubby has never used it for our car, and people in Florida are down-sizing and not interested in my cherished collectibles and antiques...I’m considering an auction sale! It’s really hard to see a good buy and pass it up!

If you could be a song, what would it be?

“This World is Not my Home.”  Thank goodness we have the assurance of a place in Heaven, especially today with all the changes in our world.

I so agree, Diane. Thank you, Jesus. I can identify loving to be with family.

Where can we find you online?


Give us links where your book can be purchased. 

Darlene arrives in rural Georgia with her two preschoolers to escape an abusive marriage. In hiding, she struggles to adjust to a secretive life among the pecan trees and gardenias. Then comes an unexpected visit from a neighbor. Detective Brett Gafee is married to his job and his community, and heir to large pecan orchards. Expectations of a loving relationship dwindle over the years, and he sets aside all thoughts of marriage. Then he introduces himself to Darlene. Is it fate or the Lord that brought them together? Will Darlene adjust to the southern ways and become the loving wife she so desperately wants to Brett? Can she imagine the life that awaits her?



Diane started her writing career at an early age when she asked for a typewriter for Christmas. She pounded the keys writing poetry and short stories in grade school on an old black Royal manual. It wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper, covering hard news and feature stories in the area. Upon returning to their home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations; while doing her favorite job ever, a stay-at-home Mom.
She is the author of Beach Walks and Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Stories from a Porch Swing, Winter Wonderland, Texting Mr. Right and This Side of Heaven. Diane was a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years, and her stories have appeared in a number of magazines and books. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-three years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals. Diane thanks the Lord daily for her loving husband, three great kids and for giving her the desires of her heart.

Visit Diane on her website at

Hopefully, you'll gain new likes, Diane. I love the idea of the story. May God continue to bless your writing.


Becky said...

The World is Not My Home, either! Great interview!!!

Sherry Moe said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. I've added it to my Amazon wish list so that hopefully someday soon I can purchase it.

Unknown said...

Enjoyed the interview. Please do not include me in the drawing as I have already been blessed to read this wonderful book.

Gail Kittleson said...

I like how your title came to me, Diane - title-choosing really intrigues me! And I can relate to your collectibles a little - although a dust allergy really toned down my vice. smile.

Jan H said...

I like your song. When I told a friend how sorry I was to hear that she had stage 4 cancer she had the perfect reply. She said there is nothing wrong with going home. I loved her answer.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much, Becky, Sherry, and Ann for reading the interview. I loved "meeting" Diane.

Unknown said...

Oh, wow, Gail, how neat that you gave Diane her title. I like it.

Unknown said...

What a sweet thought, Jan. How comforting at times to realize this isn't our final home.

Sherri said...

Diane I finally got to start reading your book tonight! On chapter five now. :)

Unknown said...

Becky, it's one of my favorites!
Sherry, thank you for adding it to your list!
Ann, thank you for coming by and your kind words.
Gail, so true about really has to fit!
I wish I could say the dust got to me and I no longer
have the love for antiques...but being one I can appreciate them!! :)
Jan, I'm so sorry about your friend. How wonderful to know she'll
be with the Lord.
Janet, thank you for your sweet invitation, it's fun being here!
Sherri, didn't mention it but she just wrote "The End" to her book,
and has a copy of now she'll have time to read it!
(I'll try to keep up with future responses, Janet, a little earlier.)
Thanks, all!

Unknown said...

Hey, Sherry, good luck with finished your work in progress. That's always a good feeling. Diane, I don't keep up very well either. Leaving town for my grandson's high school graduation. Great weekend ahead with family. Sure enjoyed having you on my blog.

Unknown said...

What an exciting time, Janet!! Our granddaughter also graduated
this year,but she's in Shanghai, China, we talked over the
phone, but the trip was a bit too far! Enjoy your weekend and
this special time. :)

Unknown said...

Thx Diane sorry you couldn't be with yours