Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Interview With Dianne Christner + Giveaway!

Well, this was supposed to go up the other day but something came up and I wasn't able to get it done. So, today I have an interview with a wonderful author. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed her book but I am going to try when I post my review tomorrow. Please check it out! But, when Dianne sent me my book for review, she also sent along another copy of her book so I can give one away to my readers! That's right! One of you will win your very own copy of Something New by Dianne Christner! Follow directions below to get your entries in.

Thank you for being with us today, Dianne!!! How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
Since I played the Authors card game as a kid. Loved that game.

Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
Something New's about a Mennonite gal who feels stuck in life. Lil Landis has an adventuresome spirit, but her plain Jane life is stifling her dreams. She sets out to put her potluck genes to a better advantage by becoming a headchef. But when her dad requests her help, she feels guilt ridden and returns to the farm she detests.
Lil literally collides with her hero. At the restaurant where she works, she backs her clunker into his boss's expensive car.
Fletch is a veterinarian intern who comes to the Landis farm to care for the sick livestock. But because of his past involvements with activists against animal cruelty, he ends up working undercover at Lil's farm. From there, the conflict snowballs into what my agent calls, Romantic Dramatic Comedy.

When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
Don't lose faith. Laughter can be found in the bleakest of situations. It's healing.

Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?

Yes, but I already found it. Last summer my husband and I vacationed in a beach house with my daughter and her family. I want to go back there. Live there. Sigh. I also love adventuring with my two sisters on our annual sister trips. Since we have each other for support, we try to stretch ourselves on these outings, doing things we wouldn't normally try on our own.

If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
Meg Ryan and Goldie Hawn. I love romantic comedies, and I'm sure this information gives away my age.

What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?

The country music festival held in Sweet Home, Oregon. It's the setting for my next novel.

Do you have a favorite hobby?

I just got out of the cake decorating phase. Now I'm nesting, because we haven't lived in this house very long.

Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
I pretend-play with my grandchildren. We have tons of fun. My husband and I built a wonderful Victorian doll house. It's filled with cute animal families. Shrugging, I like to play.

Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
Grinning, I like how these questions slowly eased from pleasure into work. Okay, find an agent; you'll need one to start your career. Create a website and being to build a platform before your work gets published. It's harder to do this once you're writing under deadlines. Find a group of writers for support. Write consistently. Dream big. Be fearless.

Any last thoughts for your readers?
Let's meet. You're such a big part of my world, and I love connecting with you. My website is designed for interaction with a readers' section, messaging, and even a place for prayer requests. I pray daily for these requests. On my website you can link to my blogs on writing and the Mennonite lifestyle. There are great Amazon book promo codes that can get you instant savings on books. Your comments matter to me. We can also connect on Facebook.

And how can they connect with you?
Dianne's Website
Plain Girl Romanticizing Blog
Dianne Christner on Facebook

Thanks so much for being my guest today, Dianne! I really enjoyed it and it was fun to learn more about you.

One of my favorite things with doing an interview is finding out more about an author I enjoy. We always view them as an author but it is nice to find out more about them as a person. What they enjoy, what hobbies they have, etc. I hope you guys like it too!

So, like I said, this is an excellent book. And I am not a big fan of Amish or Mennonite books, but this one pulled me in from page one. Read my review tomorrow! Dianne's book, Something New, can be purchased from Amazon and believe me, if you don't win a copy, you will want to buy it. But for now, get your entries in through the Rafflecopter form below. If you have any questions about using the form, please let me know.


Giveaway will end 3/14. Winner will be chosen through and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Jenna Froggy said...

There have been many dreams, and goals, but I'm not much of an achiever. I constantly catch myself thinking I can't do something so I don't even try. :O)

Judy said...

I love reading Amish and Mennonite fiction. Dianne is a new author to me and I'm looking forward to getting to know her better through her books. I'm so happy for these interviews! I would love to win a copy of "Something New".


Patsy said...

I have not read any books by this author so I'm looking forward to reading "Something New". I love these kinds of books.


rubynreba said...

I would enjoy reading this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

A Cooking Bookworm said...

Hm...something I've wanted desperately and worked for? Children, a home, my camera...? ;-)

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Linda Kish said...

Becoming a nurse many years ago is something I wanted and worked hard for.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

ann said...

Yes there was a thing or two I wanted in life but Im to old now to fulfill any of those things at this stage of my life. I love to read this type of books.
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Shirley said...

I am an avid book reader and was happy to find this blog. Love reading the interviews with the authors, makes them seem more of a real person. I have visited many places,times and strange people through books.

Kristie said...

I had to work for a trip to France when I was in high school. My folks did not want to pay. So I had to get a job. At a maternity store, no less. And bust my butt. It was so worth it though. I had a GREAT time! Also, finishing college on time was difficult because I was so sick but once again I busted my butt and graduated on time. Amazing really, looking back. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

holdenj said...

I worked hard to help pay for college, forgoing a lot of trips, new trendy clothes, and etc to watch my savings grow. I don't regret it at all and hope my own kids have as good a savings sense!

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