Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am bringing you Dyanne Gordon Green! After reading Dyanne’s interview, I have to say that I love meeting someone who met their husband in the pioneer days of the internet. I met my Gregg in one of those AOL chatrooms — on a dial-up connection! HA! Dyanne’s book Forecast: Stormy with a Chance of Love, is FREE through November 17th! So, grab it while you can.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m from San Francisco and currently live in North Carolina with my forever husband who’s also my best friend. We met online during the pioneer days of the Internet and have been together nearly 20 years. I’ve worked as a reporter, director for the literary program at an art center, and as a producer for a radio station where I would write, voice, and produce ad copy. I stopped writing for several years until God awakened the desire once again, this time to write sweet fiction with a strong Christian theme.
Tell us about your current release: Forecast: Foggy with a Chance of Goodbye is the third, and possibly the last book in the Forecast Series. God is in control of that! The main characters met and fell in love in their fifties, and their story continues in this book as they work through the most difficult challenge yet.
If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely! In fact, someone very close to me who isn’t a believer yet, remarked on the first book in this series, Forecast: Stormy with a Chance of Love, how she could see God working even when a person isn’t inclined to pray. I silently thanked God and told him this was enough for me. My story had touched her and made her think about prayer and the Lord.
What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction? There seems to be a trend for Christian fiction to be more edgy and relevant to current issues. As believers, we need to be the hands and feet of Christ in all things, especially our writing. I see many books labeled as “Christian” but they have sexual undertones, cursing, etc., which shows a lack of respect for God.
What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? Just write through it! Working as a newspaper reporter, I didn’t have the luxury of waiting until I felt like writing. I had to meet deadlines or else. It taught me to write whenever and wherever and that spilled over into all areas of writing.
What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? My love for writing began before I could actually write. I would dictate stories to my mom and she’d write them down for me. I would then ask that she read them back so I could make sure she had done a good job.
Have you always wanted to write a book? I have and I did write what I call my practice novel several years ago. I wasn’t a believer at the time and was in a difficult marriage. I never had plans to publish it, but I just wanted to see if I could do it. The story was about a woman who was serving a life sentence for killing her husband.
Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I’m what is referred to as a “pantser” since I prefer writing by the seat of my pants over outlining and planning. I do write character bios which helps in the development of the story. Even when I think I know exactly what’s going to happen, my characters will often head in a different direction. I follow their lead.
How did you make the initial step into writing your first novel. What were some of your major roadblocks and how did you overcome them? My first real novel was born of a National Novel Writing Month challenge.
Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? Laura Ingalls Wilder.
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These stories sound wonderful!
One of the best interviews ever – concise questions coupled with clear answers. A winning combo.