Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RWDDW!!! (Rappin' with Diane Dean White!!!)

HFAWTTDM!!! Translation: Hi folks and welcome to the Diamond Mine!!!

 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!)


 Don't miss it, readers! You can win a free copy of, Texting Mr. Right!  Leave a comment below with your email address to enter! 



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.

Catch up with this Diane Dean White here:
http://simplepleasureswithdiane.weebly.com/

Texting Mr. Right, available on Amazon and B&N booksellers.







36 comments:

Mary L. Ball said...

Great interview. I'm like Diane, my texting skills are bad! But her books are wonderful. Texting Mr. Right is awesome and I enjoy each book she writes. Diane Dean white is a very talented writer.

Diane Dean White said...

That's sweet, Mary Ball. You are one of my biggest fans! I loved writing Texting
Mr. Right. I'm finally realizing how hard it is to say good-bye to the characters we
create in writing. :)

Britney Adams said...

Texting Mr. Right sounds like a fun romance! TY for sharing this great interview and giveaway.

texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

Peggy Trotter said...

No problem! You will LOVE her book!

Laura Wright LaRoche said...

Such a terrific interview. I enjoyed getting to know a little more about you, Diane. You're writing is an inspiration and will touch generations to come. Keeping with the theme. TTYL : )

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you Britney. I enjoyed the interview, and writing the romance was fun too. :)

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you for coming by, Laura. I appreciate your sweet comments. :) Laura is my video producer and the cover designer for my next book, Winter Wonderland.

jude urbanski said...

Ladies, I enjoyed this post and hearing from both of you. Diane, your book sounds a hoot and I must say, all my kids and grand kids are after me to text. gonna have to give in it seems! I love antiques also. Would love to read. urbanski4u@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Wonderful interview. I have already been privileged to read the book and it is a fun read and a sweet romance that I really enjoyed. I don't need to be entered into the drawing since I have already read it will give someone that hasn't read a chance to win a copy.

Ann Ellison
abilene_nana@yahoo.com

Misty Russon said...

Sounds like a fun book. Can't wait to read it!

Diane Dean White said...

"Hey Jude"...had to say that...a golden hit! :) I had fun writing this book. A novella is much different from the novels I've written, but I liked it. I know what you mean about kids and grands. They are so far beyond my tech challenged mind. Yes, let's visit one another and talk "antiques." A favorite subject! :)

Diane Dean White said...

Hello Ann, one of my cheerleaders from my FB Author's page. It's sweet of you to share your chance to win to someone else. You're already a winner in my book. :)

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you, Misty. It is a fun book, and was fun to write. :)

Justina Prima said...

I am looking forward to reading it, Diane. And I look forward to meeting you, whenever I can get to Florida. You are definitely providing great reads!

Renee Blare said...

It's great to have you here, Diane. I love your books, dear friend. :)

Diane Dean White said...

Thanks, Justina. I can't wait for your next book! And we'll definitely meet when you get to Florida. Thanks for coming by~ :)

Diane Dean White said...

Thanks, Renee. I love what you gals did working together with this blog!

Anonymous said...

Dianne, God has given you such a creative and prolific gift; I praise Him for that! I can hardly wait to read, "Texting Mr. Right!" URL-less Tom Chambers

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you, Tom. Thanks so much for coming by. Your words of encouragement
mean a lot. :)

Dolores Ayotte said...

Great interview Diane....I'm looking forward to reading Texting Mr. Right. Wishing you much success.

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Great interview!!! I would love the chance to read your book "Texting Mr. Right"! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and God Bless you Diane!!!
sarahrichmond(dot)12(at)gmail(dot)com

Diane Dean White said...

Thank you, Dolores. I appreciate your support and kind words. I do hope you enjoy TMR~ :)

Diane Dean White said...

Thanks much, Sarah. I hope you do enjoy TMR. :)

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Dawn Kinzer said...

Fun interview. Love the cover and title for Texting Mr. Right. :D

Caroline said...

Fun book: TMR! Loved reading more about my dear, new friend, Diane! Great interview.

Jennifer said...

The title tells me there's humor and that's what I like! I'm so out of touch with the texting scene and so I was glad when you had the meaning in parentheses. :)
jennydtipton at gmail dot com

Diane Dean White said...
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Diane Dean White said...

Thank you, Dawn. I had fun creating the cover, and the title seemed right on today! :)

Diane Dean White said...

Thanks much, Caroline! I appreciate your review, too.
And I'm looking forward to your book launch on the 10th of
November! :)

Diane Dean White said...

Jenny, thank you for relating to my feelings. I don't text, but would have used the abbreviations. The pub thought it would be easier for people to read without those. I know many adults text, and our kids and grands do too. It's not in my make-up. Think its a left brain thing. Like music and math! :)

nancy bolton said...

Hi Diane! Good to see you on the Mine! I'm curious about something. As an experienced author, how much time do you invest in promoting your books, and what avenues do you utilize?

Diane Dean White said...

Hi Nancy, nice to see your shadow. :) If the book is through a publisher I contact B&N and try to set up a signing. They are able to order through Ingram and other large printing companies. I contact the society editor of major newspapers in the area, especially if there is a book-signing, also smaller book stores around to take a few on consignment as well as Hallmark stores, where I've held previous book-signings. I use Facebook as a good source, where many friends are, and post on book groups on FB. I also have a good video producer and people enjoy seeing a trailer about the book. Hope this helps~ :)

Diane Dean White said...

PS ... Nancy, I'm not an "experienced author." You need to reach out to Tamera Alexander, Deb Raney or Barbara Taylor Bradford for much better resources and their answers. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane! After having read "Texting Mr. Right," I am impressed with the title, the cover, and the story content within the pages. I found it very authentic to the era, and loved that it is a faith-based story. It flowed well and while somewhat predictable, it still packed a punch here and there. Sometimes too many surprises in a book are just - too many. I enjoyed figuring out in my mind what I was expecting to happen next, and sometimes I was right. It was a pleasure to read this book and I hope you have many more on the way. May many successes come your way!
Maria Harden (no web site, sorry)

Diane Dean White said...

Dear Maria, thank you for your kind, encouraging post. I'm so happy you enjoyed the book, and yes with Christian romance we have to introduce the lovers-to-be within the first couple of chapters. Which does make it predictable. :) I enjoyed writing the story about Michigan, and using the setting at my parents cottage for Megyn. Her name, BTW, was taken from Megyn Kelly on Fox News...one of my favorite news-reporters. LOL~ Thanks for coming by. :)