A fusion of past thoughts with fragrances and salty air played in the recesses of Kate’s mind. More seagulls flew in formation against the blue sky that now showed gray clouds, with splashes of pink. She took her husband’s strong hand, full of love and warmth. Nestled, she sat next to his broad frame as he drove into the village. Memories flooded her soul. She’d been eighteen, and with youth, wrong decisions often led to grave consequences. There was no erasing the past.
It had been years ago when she and her best friend, Vanessa, made this journey. What a special time their two-week trip after high school graduation had been. She’d never shared with her husband what had happened on that summer night. Kate wasn’t sure she should. Did it really matter? She knew the answer…they shared everything. Maybe it was time to tell him her story.
This is the setting for On a Summer Night, the novel written by Diane Dean White and published by Crosslink publishing. A highly regarded book and one I am sure readers would enjoy. Read below the interview with Diane Dean White and learn more about her and her novel, On a Summer Night. I mean, who can resist reading about the south and a 60's southern summer. :-)
Tell us a little about your book and yourself.
DDW~Let me first thank you, Daphne, for the opportunity to share my new book, On a Summer Night, just released, with you and your readers.
I’m a wife of forty-one years and the mother of three grown children. Two are overseas; youngest son and wife on the mission field in Russia and daughter and three grands, hubby is working in Shanghai, China. Our oldest son is in SC, but still too far away. My book came about after writing a weekly column for a Michigan based magazine (Our home state) for over four years, and I decided to write another book. I’ve written over 300 short-stories, but I wanted to write a longer piece. I’d self published two books in the early 2000’s, but this was a new direction, and was eager to share it.
How did the idea and/or inspiration of writing this book come about?
DDW~This is Christian fiction, suspense and romance with everyday people, and although fiction for the most part, many have been through these trials that are a part of the plot. A lot of research was done, because the book starts in the mid 60’s and then comes to present day, although I trust my memory fairly well, I always double check. Some of it is a sensitive area and I can only say I’ve lived in the south and know it to be very true during this time, possibly more so than in other areas…. Aw, now that’s the hook~:-)
Your book has a strong faith element. How natural was this to write about?
DDW~ It was easy to involve the Lord and how we seek Him, sometimes question Him, but knowing He has our best interests, and how we must trust His timing in all things. My husband is a strong man of faith and I patterned my MC husband after my own in many ways. I think as a Christian it would be difficult to exclude God from anything I write, but very real to have my characters stumble striving to serve Him.
What do you hope readers take away from this book?
DDW~ It’s the belief that whatever our past mistake, God is always ready to forgive us. Perhaps it’s difficult for the person seeking forgiveness to forget, but God always does. Once we ask Him for forgiveness that sin is forgotten. If only we could do the same.
Which of the characters in the novel is most like you and why?
DDW~ I don’t think any of the female characters are like me. I know what I’m like and I try hard to create characters that are better than me. I love creativity! At least in this novel I don’t feel I’ve captured too many of my vices in my characters. Kate may have some hidden traits like me, but she would be the only one. I believe we both share the love of the same type of man in our lives. :-)
Who is your favorite Biblical character and why?
DDW~ Oh, it’s Ruth. I love her submissiveness to follow Naomi and how she helped and cared for her, despite Naomi wishing she shouldn’t follow. And how much Ruth loved and trusted her… moreover, by doing so her obedience brought about much joy, after so much hardship in their former land. Naomi in turn brought much happiness to Ruth, instructing her and wanting her life to be full with Boaz.
What’s your favorite and least favorite part about being a writer?
DDW~ My favorite time is early morning when I rise and allow the creative juices to flow…and since we’re empty nesters I have a lot of time during the day to proof what I write. I enjoy listening to instrumental music from the television, usually easy listening, while I’m writing. I can write to background activity, but I prefer just light music. The hard part, knowing I need to stop and rest my brain and the promotional work once the book is out. :-)
What advice would you have for writers hoping to follow in your footsteps?
DDW~ To start writing…. choose any familiar topic and enjoy creating a story. Don’t worry about sentence structure or any of the rules, just put your thoughts on paper or the computer, there’s always time to rewrite and get rid of weasel words, POV mistakes, be sure you’re not telling too much. And if you’re going to lay your work out to be critiqued you have to be willing to take constructive criticism. Stay with it, and don’t give up. If this is a dream you can make it come true.
Other than writing, what else occupies your time?
DDW~ Writing takes a lot of my time, and especially now with my book just out I’m planning promotional work and creating a video. It’s a long road but a fun one. My sequel to On a Summer Night, called This Side of Heaven, will soon be ready for a final proof. I enjoy antiques and although I used to do a lot of that, and had my own little boutique for a while, I’m fairly limited to the house now with a back injury. However, I always find time for visits when our children come, and we do fun things with them. Our daughter and grand gals, who come once a year from China, enjoy tea rooms, which I also love….so we make plans to do at least one a visit. I’ve got a fun blog site and share my photos in Favorite Things. Some tea pictures are included.
Learn more about Diane Dean White below:
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 weekly columns, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper. Perhaps not the best name to use in the early 70's. 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 has just been released. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-one years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals. Both Michigander's, they now make their home in the sunshine state of Florida.
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Afterwords from Diane Dean White:
Thank you very much Daphne. I've enjoyed the time with you and getting to know
you better with your interest in my book and spiritual walk. I hope your readers
will feel free to ask questions and I'll try to answer if I can. Thank you, again.
You are most welcome. I've enjoyed reading about you and look forward to reading more On a Summer Night. ~ Daphne