I hope you and your family had a blessed Easter celebrating our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Today, I'd like to welcome Diana Brandmeyer. Here's a little more about her:
CBA and ECPA Best Selling, Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances about women choosing to challenge their fears to become the strong woman God intends. Author of Mind of Her Own, A Time to Dance, We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families and more.
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Now that sounds like fun. Who doesn't love a free novella? :) How did you develop a 'love of story'?
I do believe that started in math class. It was so much more fun to make up things in my mind than do sums or that other math stuff. I didn’t get glasses until 6th grade and it’s possible I couldn’t see the board so I tuned out during math and grammar lessons. Both of those things challenge me now. Though, I find grammar fun. Math not so much.
Chuckle. I like that answer. :) When do you fit writing into your day?
I write the best at 3 pm but that’s not the best time to write because life happens. I’ve come to realize that I must do it the first thing in the morning. If I don’t too many other things like social media, phone calls or house chores take up my time and energy. I’m getting used to the 9 am time. I think we’ll be friends.
I know what you mean. It's so easy for time to fritter away. What does your writing space look like?
You look like you are very organized. If you are traveling to a deserted island for a month, what two items would you take along?
My husband for sure because he is much like MacGyver! Second thing would be my scrapbook of my kids and grandkids photos.
LOL. I like the MacGyver reference. :) Where do you get ideas?
My husband likes to drive and I like to look out the window at the old farm houses. That’s when the stories come to me most often. Many times it’s a character’s name or a title at first.
Sounds like fun. Apart from writing, what is your favorite creative outlet?
Sewing! Quilting! Or it would be if there was a time apart from writing.
I know writing can be pretty time consuming. What qualities do you look for in a hero and heroine?
My characters need to be stuck in the normal and need to change. Or often forced to change and do something they didn’t think they ever could. So I suppose my go to quality for them would be courage.
I've read Diana's new story and you won't want to miss it. What advice would you give to new authors?
Study! Take classes from Margie Lawson, read about the craft and find a way to let others do the things you don’t like or take time away from your writing. Hire a teenager to upload your tweets, or drive your kids to practice so you can write.
Thanks for those great ideas. Finally, where can readers connect with you?
Thanks for stopping by today, Diana. I pray the Lord richly blesses your writing.