IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE WE WELCOME DIANE CRAVER TO MY ADDDICTION AND MORE TODAY!!
Good morning Diane, and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today….
MBA&M: Please give our readers a few tidbits about yourself?
Diane: Hi! Thank you so much for having me here today. I’m married to Tom and we met while teaching at an orphanage in Ohio. We celebrated our 36th anniversary last August by going on our first cruise together. I’m the mother of 6 – 5 daughters and 1 son. Our first grandson was born in January and he’s a cutie. I write contemporary romance, inspirational romance, chick-lit mystery, women’s fiction and historical fiction.
MBA&M: What made you decide to write contemporary romance?
Diane: I started writing nonfiction but thought it would be a fun escape to write fiction. Once I decided to do this, I thought of characters I wanted to write about in a contemporary setting. I enjoy researching careers for my characters. I finished writing an Amish romance (waiting to hear about the requested partial from an agent), and it was interesting to write this as a contemporary romance with the Amish staying apart from our modern and technical conveniences.
MBA&M: What are the challenges in writing in today’s market?
Diane: One main challenge is trying to promote effectively. I spend a lot of time on marketing, but I might not see an increase in sales. It can be overwhelming when I’d rather use my time to focus on my writing.
MBA&M: If you could change places with any of your characters who would it be and why?
Diane: I’d change places with my character, Whitney. She’s a fun person but has a lot of depth with the tragedy she has experienced. She is not a wimp and overcomes two main fears in my book, Whitney In Charge. I also think it’d be wonderful to be a TV news producer like Whitney is.
MBA&M: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing (thanks,by the way for your stories)?
Diane: I’d like to volunteer at a hospital. While in high school, I was a Candy Striper and loved it. But I haven’t volunteered because I’m a slow writer, and I have a part-time job scoring the tests that students hate to take. Also we have two daughters at home with special needs.
MBA&M: Which character in your books do you feel you most identify with and why?
Diane: I identify the most with Debby Reeves in A CHRISTMAS GIFT because it’s based on a true childhood experience. The prologue and epilogue is written in adult Debby’s point of view while the rest of the book is in the POV of seven-year-old Debby’s. The child Debby is a lot like I was growing up on a farm. Like Debby I know God answers our prayers.
MBA&M: What is something you would like to accomplish in your writing career that you have not yet done?
Diane: I’d love to write a series. Writing screen plays have always been something that interests me too. I was a play director while I taught high school students and loved it.
MBA&M: Who is your biggest hero be it person,character? Why?
Diane: My biggest hero is my husband, Tom, because he’s been the love of my life for many years. We have been through hard times and good times together. When I received rejections from agents and editors for my manuscripts, he always gave me his love and support. My hero Luke in my inspirational romance, NO GREATER LOSS, is a lot like Tom. Both men are good-looking, spiritual, caring, loving, strong and funny. Two of our children were born with Down syndrome, and he’s great helping me meet their challenges in life.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where to find your books?
All my books can be found on :Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&ie=UTF8&field-author=Diane%20Craver)
Also on the publishers’ websites. Many are also on Barnes & Noble and other online stores.
Diane, do you have anything you would like to add?
Diane: Please visit my website and blog to learn more about my writing. I have frequent contests on my blog.
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A Christmas Gift
Justin Reeves is a man who has it all: a good job, a loving wife and children who are the center of his universe – or so it seems. Justin also has a secret he’s hidden from everyone his entire life or so he thought. Quite innocently his small daughter, Debby, stumbles upon his secret and is shocked by what she finds. She confronts her father with the awful truth, and together they embark upon a journey which takes her father from the darkness of shame into the light of victory.
Drawing from true events in her own childhood, author Diane Craver captivates the reader from page one to a stunning climax which will touch your heart and impact your life forever in this must-read story of love’s triumph over adversity.
Is Mallory Harrington jinxed because her name means luckless? Things have gone wrong for Mallory since she was a small child. All she ever wanted was to have a complete family and live happily ever after. It appears she has it all when she marries Toby Harrington and they have a son. Unfortunately, their marriage ends when Toby has an affair with his law partner. After their divorce, Mallory feels guilt that she couldn’t forgive Toby for his affair. As a Christian, she should be able to forgive him for his sin.
Mallory decides to do something for herself, and get a surgical procedure that she’s always wanted. What she doesn’t expect is her instant attraction to her surgeon.
Sometimes faith is about accepting what can’t be changed and grabbing what God offers her. Life must go on.
WHITNEY IN CHARGE
TV producer Whitney Benson is tired of her older sisters’ attempts to fix her up with every single male they meet. Shannon and Regan cross the line when they arrange for her to go skydiving with the simple excuse that more guys like to float in the air than women.
Whitney meets two eligible bachelors, Jack and Ben, who constantly battle for her affection. Which one will she choose? Both men make Whitney realize, even a heart shattered by her husband’s death, can once again be made whole.
But did she have to fall off a cliff to learn that?
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