Our interview today is with Diana Lesire Brandmeyer. Thank you Diana for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.
Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?
Answer: Life. Not a great answer but it’s true. I write about blended families and kids because that’s what I know.
Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?
Answer: Riding my bike on the trails. I don’t like riding in town–cars get to close but on the trails I can be a kid riding fast down hills and taking my hands off the handle bars…okay did that once and it freaked me out. So I don’t do that anymore. Something about picking trail chat out of my knees at this age–well let’s just say there might not be a knee if I crash.
Question: Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books?
Answer: Promotion is not something I’ve figured out. I’ve bought ads, hit the social media rodeo, guest posted and had booksignings. I think the best thing is to have readers who tell other readers about my books. Having a strong network comes second because you can’t market alone. You need help.
Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)
Answer: When I started writing I didn’t feel I had a message. Now, several books later I can see my message is this, “As long as you have God you are never alone.” It has shown up in every book, fiction and nonfiction.
Question: Tell us one place you want to visit, or person you want to meet, and why.
Answer: Carol Burnett, I’d like to tell her how happy she made me as a kid. She has ‘my’ mind of humor and I identified with her. From watching her I learned how to use my goofy -without filter- thoughts to make people laugh.
Question: Share something that makes you laugh, with just plain humor, or happiness, or because it’s so stupid.
Answer: Clean improv acts have me laughing so hard I can’t breathe. Those who do improv have to be quick thinking creatives. I admire that as it often takes me days to come up with anything creative.
Question: Share something that’s amazing, touching, or that makes you angry.
Answer: I’ve had lots of amazing and touching events in my life, to many to pick one. What makes me angry? People who throw kittens out by my house–or anyone’s house! I have two precious felines that someone abandoned. If you don’t want kittens have your cat spayed! Your dog too–I know they don’t have kittens but have it done anyway.
Question: What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?
Answer: Research! It takes a lot of time and if you are writing an historical you must get it right because if you don’t someone will tell you after the book comes out.
Question: How many books do you have out?
Answer: I have seven–I think. I’m not good at math so it might be six. I tend to start counting and get distracted by dust in the sunlight.
Question: Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life?
Answer: Sorry, that’s classified information. I don’t want to lose any chance of inheriting my mother’s Precious Moments collection.
Question: What is your favorite book/character?
Answer: Jazz Sweet in MIND OF HER OWN, she suffers from retrograde amnesia and is sure she is not married with kids. While I’d never really want that for myself…there were days the idea of being someone else was appealing.
Question: What is your writing style?
Answer: Serious with a side of humor? I don’t write to be funny and I’m amazed when someone tells me how much they laughed while reading my book. Wait, are they laughing at the material in the book or my writing….
Mind Of Her Own
Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill fell out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who was this Collin fellow, claiming she was his wife? And whose kids are those? Her name couldn’t be Louisa. Why, she was the renowned romance writer Jazz Sweet, not a Midwestern mom of three. Struggling to put the pieces together of the life she’s told she had, Louisa/Jazz may realize that some memories are better left alone.
Read first chapter: http://www.dianabrandmeyer.com/mind-of-her-own/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mind-of-Her-Own-ebook/dp/B00AEB3B6K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359401819&sr=8-1&keywords=mind+of+her+own SHORT LINK http://ow.ly/htS3n
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mind-of-her-own-diana-lesire-brandmeyer/1113498025?ean=9781414381022 SHORT LINK http://ow.ly/htS6P
Chrisitanbook.com http://www.christianbook.com/mind-of-her-own-ebook/diana-brandmeyer/9781414381022/pd/34192EB?product_redirect=1&Ntt=34192EB&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP SHORT LINK http://ow.ly/htSbd
Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Author of Mind of Her Own, A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.
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Tanks so much for having me on today. Quite a blessing!
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
I love how you count. I get distracted too 🙂