Ah… that’s math, Valerie. I’m not very good at it. ? But I think ten years, or was it eight? We met through a Christian writing group, but have never met in person! We’ve had phone conversations, and I thought we’d meet in Montana, but you weren’t able to make it. I did get to see you on a jumbotron-sized screen though. ?
Yikes on the huge screen! I didn’t know that. I mean, I knew I piped in to deliver a workshop onscreen since I couldn’t attend in person. Crazy health journey there for a few years… but back to the topic.
Girl, you write in a lot of genres! I see some historical romances in your bibliography as well as some nonfiction and even a kids’ book! But I’m a true-blue fan of contemporary romance, and I see that’s what your current series is all about. Can you tell our readers a bit about your Time for Love series and its setting?
I do write in a lot of genres. I like having choices. My Time for Love series is set in the lake town of Silverton. I don’t live near a lake but would love to. Lakes are perfect for a romantic setting. One of my favorite personal romantic moments was walking the beach barefoot to a lighthouse and it was gently raining. That setting brought out the talkative side of my husband and I loved it. We all know perfect settings often have their troubled side. For me it was having feet that hurt because of walking 3 miles on the sand! And we had to walk back.
Silverton is on its way to becoming a popular summer place again, and my stories take place around the people who live there and some new ones moving in. And love of course! But the road to getting to the good place in a relationship is hard on the feet—I mean hard on the heart. I was still thinking about how much that sand burn stung my feet.
I love walking barefoot on sandy beaches! A Time to Heal is the fourth book set in Silverton. What’s the story description?
Lori Peterson moved to Silverton to be closer to her friends, but it’s not the dream life she pictured. With no husband or fiancé, she’s fast becoming the odd one out. When a new photographer in town piques her interest, his affection dredges up her tragic teenage wounds.
Trey Reeves never planned on marriage despite the push from his family. So how did this amateur photographer snag his heart? But her unwillingness to talk about her past has him at odds with his heart. He won’t build a relationship on a foundation of sand.
To accept his love she must first heal her scars and to do that she must return home.
Check out A Time to Heal on Amazon!
You had me at ‘tragic teenage wounds.’ While melodramatic teens can find tragedy in many places, Lori’s backstory, when it was finally revealed, was deeply emotional. At the same time, Trey was going through a tough spot with his teen nephew, in his care while the boy’s mom was deployed. You seem to have a soft spot for teens. Any particular reason?
I have a soft spot for all kids. I was a teacher until I had my own children and now, I work a few mornings in a preschool office. I love kids. I didn’t intend to have them be a part of my work but they somehow snuck into the stories.
I was surprised to discover two couples’ entwined stories. I’m curious why you chose to weave two romances into one volume rather than two separate ones! I know you’re not the first author to choose this route, but I haven’t read many before. How did the process work for you? Is it something you’d do again?
This was my first, and I didn’t intend to write it this way. It just happened that Lori and Lucy were in other books, and I had readers emailing me asking for them to come back. Then one day while walking—so many steps! Are you all wearing fitbits? The walking helps me think—and Lori and Lucy needed a place to stay, and then I knew where and why they would end up as roommates. Will I do it again? I was an emotional mess helping those women!
Do you have more stories to tell in this series? I thought I saw a single character or two that might be pining for their own romance. If so, do you have a title and estimated release date?
Something is simmering in my mind, but I don’t have solid information to share except it might involve Trey’s sister.
A little bird told me you’ve got a special giveaway here for the first book in this series, A Time to Dance. Want to tell our friends about it?
I’d love to! I thought your readers might want to start with the first book in the series. A Time to Dance is on Amazon and in KindleUnlimited… Snag your copy here! And, also, I’d like to give away a digital copy to two commenters! Comment before Friday evening (26th) for a chance to win one of them.
Thanks for coming by today, Diana! Where can readers find you?
Readers can find me on my website and, if they sign up for my newsletter, they can get the prequel to the A Time for Love series, All in Good Time. It’s where Lucy first makes an appearance.
CBA and ECPA Best-Selling Christian author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer writes historical and contemporary romances. Brandmeyer writes fiction about women choosing to challenge their fears even though they want to run from them. By the end of their journey, they have become the strong women God intends. Perhaps you’ll see a bit of yourself between the covers.
Friends of Inspy Romance – how are you at facing your fears? Any tips for the rest of us? Diana and I will pick TWO random commenters as winners to receive a digital copy of A Time To Dance — winner to be announced in the Sunday Edition. You must be able to accept a gift from amazon.com to qualify.
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