Hi, Diana! Welcome to The Borrowed Book. For those readers who aren’t familiar with you or your work, let’s start by telling them a little about yourself. How long did you write before you sold your first book?
Here’s the back cover copy:
Weeks of facing marauders and caring for her father’s home have finally taken their toll on Heaven Wharton. When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.
As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?
One of the characters in your book is a pre-teenager suffering from disability. Another is a soldier battling with guilt. In fact, all of the characters have shouldered one kind of burden or another. Why did you feel it was important to give each one of your characters such difficult trials to face?
Everyone has tough battles. Sometimes they are physical and others are on the inside. I think readers will identify with those burdens. I wanted all the characters to be as real as possible. Right now I have a friend with ALS, one going through painful recovery from surgery, another making her way through this year without her mom so it’s all real for characters to have burdens too.
What kind of research did you have to do for this book? Can you share some articles or website links you found particularly helpful?
I had a difficult time researching Friendship, Tennessee. There is little on line about this town. So my husband and I drove there and found two helpful women at city hall. After that we went to the next town to the library and went through files.
Tell us what new projects you’re working on.
What is the one question you were afraid I would ask…and how would you answer?
How much I weigh and I would say a lady never tells.