Wednesday, October 16, 2013

White Dove, Suspense and a typewriter? Interview with Author Diane Dean White

On a Summer Night

A nightmare witnessed between two young women, and one couldn't forget or forgive.
Kate had never told her husband about the experience that changed their lives forever in southern Florida. Maybe it was time to tell him her story.

On a Summer Night is a story of suspense and romance. For more information about the book, click here or here.

Diane is the author of Beach Walks and Carolina in the Morning. A former newspaper reporter, and weekly magazine columnist whose stories have appeared in a number of books, magazines and other publications and anthologies.

She is a member of ACFW, and resides in Florida with her husband of forty years where she's working on her next book. You can read more of Diane's writing on her website, You can also connect with Diane on her blog here or Facebook here. 

Ten Questions for Diane Dean White

What should readers know about your latest release? Does it differ from your past books, offer a new perspective on a familiar topic, or shed light on a unique situation?

Hello, Morgan. I appreciate you taking the time to share my book with your readers. I love your map and travel interviews…so happy to be here, too.

Since this is my first book in ten years, I hope there’s a big difference in my writing! I’d been a columnist for the previous four years for a weekly magazine, and decided in 2010 to do another book. I loved getting back into writing without a structured word count, as many short-stories I’ve had published often require.

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?

I’m from Michigan originally, and attended Florida College in the late 60’s. I recall some things from that period, not all good. I spun my own fiction along with that, and of course research is a big part of writing, which I enjoy. Once I started with an idea it bloomed from there.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?

It’s one of the genres I enjoy most….so I wanted to focus in that area. I’ve always written. I started in 6th grade with an old Royal typewriter. My first book was during a summer vacation with my grandparents in a small town in the thumb of Michigan. I was in eighth grade. I doubt anyone but my girl friend who was a good artist and made lovely sketches for each chapter, and my grandmother, read the story. J I’ve often thought writing was the best way to release my thoughts and it still is. I felt as if I’d burst if I couldn’t write a story or a poem and get my inner feelings out.

How has travel been involved in your writing and/or research? What’s been your most memorable research experience?

My travels are through our two of our three grown children who are overseas. I have a back injury and unable to do very much because sitting long is a big problem. Our son Brian, and wife are on the mission field in Sochi, Russia and I’ve shared their outreach with you before.

Our daughter’s hubby and our three grand gals and she are in Shanghai, China. They’ve gone to Bali, DaNang, and last year at Christmas they cruised on the Mediterranean. They saw Vatican City, Valetta on the beautiful Island of Malta, and onto Florence and Naples, Italy and Sicily. And finally the Island of Majorca. The photos from each place were beautiful, and I loved watching our youngest grand pushing the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Who has inspired you the most on your writing journey—a loved one, fellow author, favorite teacher?

My grandmother spent over thirty-years researching her family history, pre-revolutionary war period to date. As a young teenager I traveled to graveyards, county courthouses and homes of loved ones with her in Michigan and Canada to get pertinent information. She sent out letters; worked tirelessly, and at age 81 she published her book and gave copies to many family members. It’s also online and in the Lansing State Library.

I think her encouragement, because she read all my stories, subscribed to the newspaper in Georgia when I was a reporter, and kept a scrapbook of all my life events, was a big part of knowing I could do something I loved and enjoyed. I’ve also researched my own father’s family….and it was over a twenty-five year span.

Kids tune out so much when around older people who they should listen, and ask questions about their past. They are their history. The ancestral history websites are often good, but only as informative as the person who actually did that research. I don’t depend on them…I do my own.

What surprised you the most about the writer’s journey—publication, representation, platform building, the writing itself?

I knew what was involved because I’d self published two books in the early 2000’s, but I’ve been amazed at the new methods of social media since that time. I don’t tweet and I’m not into a lot of the new technology with iPods, etc.

With three grand-gals, and seeing all the information on the ACFW loop, I’m well aware of it. I enjoy Facebook and emailing, and I have a ministry which was started in 1999, Seeds of Encouragement. I try to reach out to others, sometimes via email, and often by snail mail, with a card and maybe a small lavender sachet or a phone call. Old habits are hard to change. J

If you could rewind time to when you began your pursuit of publication, what would you tell yourself?

To get an agent!

Now to have some fun with travel…

What’s your favorite place you have visited?

I’d have to say in the USA, it was when our three children were younger and we went to several cities and historical landmarks in PA. We stayed at a B&B on a tobacco plantation and visited Hershey town, and Lancaster.

We saw all the great sites in Philly; ate at Philadelphia's oldest sea food restaurant, Bookbinders, situated on the site of William Penn's home, and then onto Valley Forge and Gettysburg. The kids still talk about it, although they’ve traveled around the globe, it remains a special memory.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Or would you return to somewhere you’ve already been?

We celebrated my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary with my brother and his wife in Maui. I enjoyed Hawaii; it was nice, but also much commercialized. Since we only stayed in Honolulu and then Maui, I’d go to some of the other Islands, each is so different.

And now a fun tidbit—if there was one special travel destination just for writers and you were the founder of it, what would the name be and would it be located?

Aw, in a perfect world it would most definitely include a beach. We live in Florida and have a nice view of the Gulf from our fifth floor. I’ve seen our daughter’s photos of Bali and our son’s sailing cruise along the Croatian coast, and I think we could have a wonderful time enjoying the beach and a good spot with AC to write from.

I’d say from photos of our daughter’s trip to Boracay, an island in the Philippines, we’d enjoy that and the white sand immensely. I’d have to call it the name of my first series “The ‘White Dove’ Writers.”

Thank you. I hope you had as much fun answering these questions as I had writing them! J

It’s always fun to be with you, Morgan. I love your free spirit to be adventurous in your travels. I think you’ve got a good outreach and fun website to share.

Thanks so much, Diane!


  1. Author Diane Dean White's novel is a great read.

  2. Great interview. Can't wait to read "On a Summer Night".