Hi Diane, thanks for taking the time to answer a few of my questions.
Being a lecturer what is the most un-writerly thing you had to teach your students?
The weird phrase heard round the world after timed testing “Students, put down your pencils please and hand in your work whether you have double checked it or not.” This is a very stupid thing for someone trying to teach any subject but especially writing to say. The student may well be in the middle of the greatest words ever written.
Everyone knows I don’t do religion, but I do believe there’s more than this daily life, how do you feel about that?
I do not believe in religion (especially organized religion) but I do believe in spirituality – that is that we have come from a Source greater than ourselves. This Source does not judge us, we judge ourselves as to whether or not we have more lessons to learn in our lifetimes. We choose to come back to this earth (or other equal plains of existence) in many reincarnations in order to become the best we can be. We must learn to totally love ourselves so that we can ascend to a higher existence. Karma exists but it is the balancing of negatives and positives – the person has to decide before they return to another lifetime what needs to be balanced as balance is needed to fully ascend to a higher level as well. Lots of my spiritual thoughts are included in both my two published works, Circles in Time and The Healer of Wounded Souls.
Both sound like titles I would want to read, especially knowing your view on reincarnations. After such a heavy subject it’s time for something light.
Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?
Coffee, chocolate and wine are constant factors in both my books and my life. Hard to say which is my favorite but chocolate would probably win out.
What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?
My favorite dish is one I borrowed from a restaurant in Ohio and figured out how to make. It is called Chicken en croute as I recall.
Take a chicken breast (boneless & skinless) and butterfly it without cutting through so as to make a pocket
Grill or brown chicken in olive oil in skillet
When chicken loses it pink color, let it cool
Mix softened cream cheese with scallions, parsley & basil (or just use herbed cream cheese)
Fill center of chicken breast with herbed cream cheese
Separate phyllo dough and wrap two-three pieces around stuffed chicken breast
Fold over dough and brush some melted butter over the top
Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the phyllo dough is a golden brown
Melt red raspberry preserves in a saucepan with a little orange juice until warm (consistency should be thin)
Place baked chicken in phyllo dough on plate and drizzle with raspberry preserves
Looks great, heart healthy and tastes fabulous
What is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a small taster of it?
Hope Evans is a dedicated nurse with a passion for healing others and she uses these talents while working in a large metropolitan hospital. She believes she has a near perfect existence until a drunken driver, speeding through a stop light, changes life as she knows it forever.
Standing next to her now broken body, Hope watches as emergency medical personnel try valiantly to revive her. She feels someone tap her shoulder and turns to meet a beautiful angel waiting to escort her to her new home on the Other Side. As preparations are made to begin her life review, Hope is introduced to various spiritual advisors who present her with an unexpected dilemma. She must choose to end her life or return to earth to become a healer of those who suffer from various wounds – physical, mental, emotional as well as spiritual.
She elects to return to earth to determine how best to serve others. During her journey of discovery, support arrives in the form of a former Army military intelligence pilot as well as a rescued German shepherd dog. Together they team up to help wounded warriors – those young people who sacrificed much in the service of their country.
Not everyone is happy that Hope has been granted the ability to heal wounded warriors and she finds that her efforts are often thwarted. Many obstacles present themselves in the form of bombings, kidnappings, and attempts on her life as well as the lives of those who assist her. Who is to blame for all this trouble? Could it be fanatic terrorist groups who have pledged to destroy the United States? Or is it a government agency jealous of her proven abilities? Or will she discover it is the military with orders coming from the highest level of the Department of Defense attempting to stop her?
In this suspense-filled novel, Hope must confront and overcome her enemies or forever forego her commitment to be The Healer of Wounded Souls.
Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?
No, actually I have to come up with the title before I can write any of my books – I know, kind of weird, right? I also like to focus on social issues while adding a spiritual twist. In my first book, the social issue was domestic violence, in this book, wounded warriors. I am working on a third book, A Handful of Sand and the social issue will deal with sexual trafficking.
What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books?
I think that I do quite a bit of marketing – blog interviews, like this one, writing my own blog, social media in Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and so on. I write for an on-line newspaper on topics for parents for children with disabilities. I write for an on-line magazine and do short stories for it. I keep my website up to date and do book signings as well as presentations. I think that my website with chapters of my books available for free is probably my best marketing strategy. The other one I would say is word of mouth. I just received a message on Facebook from someone in San Francisco who got a recommendation to read my books and she wrote to tell me how much she enjoyed both of them.
Would you be able to come up with a credible excuse why you haven’t written a
whole day? Remember, I have to believe it!
Okay, how about this? Aliens invaded my house, took over my computer, tied my hands behind my back and duck-taped my mouth so I could not speak. They also stuck me to a chair with gorilla glue and I was forced to watch the Kardashians all day as punishment for writing the world’s greatest novel.
Hahaha, yeah I can imagine that would stop you from writing. Now shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. Hehehe, I just love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂
I am going to Hawaii in June with the love of my life. We met over forty-five years ago, fell in love and were going to marry but I screwed things up and we parted (my fault, not his). About a year ago we reconnected. He has been divorced once after a 25 year marriage with three daughters and soon to be seven grandchildren. I have been divorced once (after a 9 year marriage) with one daughter from that marriage and one grandson. I was also widowed once (after a 20 year marriage) and no children. The love of my life and I both still had feelings for each other even after 40 years. We decided to see if we could re-kindle our relationship. Good news is we have fallen in love all over again and we plan to move in together once we return from our long overdue honeymoon. How is that for a love story that spans nearly five decades?
That is amazing! It’s worth a novel, what a great story. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us. Now let me tell the readers they can find you online.