She met her husband while teaching at an orphanage, and they married in 1975. While raising their six children in southwestern Ohio, Diane started writing nonfiction. Later, she decided it would be a nice escape to write fiction.
Diane published through a variety of houses, including Samhain, Desert Breeze, Whimsical Publications, and Victory Tales Press. She writes fun and inspiring stories filled with memorable characters. Diane gives thanks to God daily for all her wonderful blessings.
Diane’s blog is http://www.dianecraver.com/blog and her website is http://www.dianecraver.com
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Some of A Christmas Gift is based on my childhood experiences, so that lends an authentic feel to the whole story. Love seeps through the characters, even though the story line and characters are fictional. Debby Reeves is an adult in the prologue and epilogue of the book. The rest of the book is told through the viewpoint of Debby as a bright seven-year-old. Her father, Justin Reeves, is a man who has it all: a good job, a loving wife and children who are the center of his universe. Justin also has a secret he’d hidden from everyone his entire life. One night Debby stumbles upon his secret and is shocked by what she finds. She confronts her father with the awful truth. What happens next is heartwarming and proves that obstacles can be overcome at any age.
Despite the title, this is not one of those stories that only makes sense during the Christmas season. This is one to be enjoyed all year long
Buying links: (In both paperback and ebook format. Can be purchased at many online places so will just give two here.)
Can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing. Now on to the interview!
I’ve always enjoyed writing and when our oldest daughter Sara was a toddler, I started writing nonfiction. I wrote a partial manuscript, Born to Love, about her and how my faith became stronger as a result of having Sara. It was very therapeutic for me to examine my faith and to learn to give thanks to God for our situation of having a child with special needs. I never finished the book, but several articles about my faith journey were published in various Christian magazines. I also have had articles published in Woman’s Weekly and other publications. Later, I started writing fiction. My first inspirational romance was published in 2006.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
I had thought of writing a story about my father for a long time. His life was hard with his mother’s rejection at a young age so he was raised by various relatives. Some homes were better than others, because he stayed at times with an alcoholic uncle. Even though both parents deserted him, he had a deep faith and was able to be a good father to me and my siblings.
Sounds like a powerful source of inspiration.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
My characters are sometimes inspired by real people, but I’ll only use bits and pieces from their personalities. For example, in my chick-lit mystery, A Fiery Secret, two characters are based loosely on two of our daughters. And seven-year-old Debby in A Christmas Gift is definitely what I was like as a child.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
Actually the research for A Christmas Gift was the most interesting because one character is a heart surgeon. I’ve always been interested in medicine, so thoroughly enjoyed learning more what a surgeon does in the operating room to repair hearts.
That's one of the fun parts of being a writer, you get to research and learn new things all the time.
Where do you go to do your research?
It depends on what I’m researching. If it’s a setting that I am not familiar with, I’ll use the internet and if I know anyone living in the location, I’ll ask them questions to get a feel for it. If it’s a career I’m researching, I’ll get some answers from the internet, people with the same career, and sometimes our local library. For heart surgery, I actually learned a few things directly from my brother-in-law when he had surgery.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I’m working on a story about a father and daughter. Both teach at the same college in Virginia. The father is anxious for his daughter, Lexi, to get married and give him a grandchild. Lexi thinks her father needs to move on with his life. Her mother died three years ago on the way to the bridal shop to pick up Lexi’s wedding dress.
You've got my interest. Sounds like a good story.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book?
Even though I’m published now, it’s been a long road to publication for my books. Getting published has never been easy. But I made it with self-discipline, faith in my writing, family support, and determination. If you are an aspiring writer wanting to get published, hang in there. You have to continue to write and to believe in yourself. Writing is not a career for the weak. You have to be persistent and develop a thick skin when it comes to rejections. Remember this is a subjective business so don’t get discouraged.
Very good advice. You definitely need to keep believing and never give up.
Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Publishers don’t have the resources to spend a lot of money to promote each author’s books…so I need to spend time doing interviews, blog articles, book signings, contest giveaways, and just doing anything that will get my name out to readers. Apparently, a reader has to see an author’s name seven times before recognizing it. Most published writers dislike the promoting aspect and would rather use the time to write. The plus side is you meet a lot of wonderful readers and authors while promoting and receive a lot of positive encouragement.
Couldn't agree more. Writing is the fun part and promoting is not so fun all the time because it's hard work and not every writer wants to be out there in the spotlight. However, you're right, you can meet a lot of great readers and authors.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
That’s hard to answer. I don’t write daily. Although I consider my writing as a career, family and promoting my published books all take time away from writing. I also have a seasonal scoring job. I score the tests that students hate to take. LOL I usually like to write when my husband isn’t home (he’s retired) and my two daughters with special needs are at their programs during the day.
Diane, thanks for visiting with us today. Nice chatting with you.
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