Website Update

Yeah, it’s about time! I’ve updated a few things on the website, including adding a more prominent link from the blog to the site (look to the right–> )
I know some of you will be happy to learn that I’m making more of my older titles available to purchase from my private stash (Check the blue box at the bottom of the menu on the website). I hear daily from readers who can’t find these books. Someday I hope all my titles will be reissued by my publisher, but until then, I’ll try to keep you well-stocked!
Now that I’ve had a couple of weeks away from BEFORE THE STORM, I’m aware of changes I want to make, so it’s back to revisions. I’m gathering feedback from my editor and agent–who both love the book, thank goodness–and I’m letting their thoughts roll around in my head along with mine as I decide what needs tweaking. This seems like a never-ending process, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, I had an amazing creative nap today, during which I came up with an exciting idea for another book. So after I revise this one, then write the sequel, I’ll be off and running on the next. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.
Hope summer’s progressing splendidly for all of you!


  1. Margo on July 18, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Diane, how exciting…another book idea! I’m wondering if most of your stories are formed from your dreams? Stephen King says that’s how his books are born.
    Sounds like your having a wonderful summer and I am too. (-:

  2. Diane Chamberlain on July 18, 2007 at 10:44 am

    So glad you’re having a good summer, Margo. I sure can’t complain.
    I have wild and crazy dreams, but very rarely do storylines come from them. My “creative nap” ideas come just pre-sleep. I’ve loved pre-sleep time, ever since I was a little kid, because I could make things up. Long, long ago, a doctor asked me about my sleep pattern. I told him I didn’t fall asleep for about an hour after I went to bed because I liked to imagine things. He thought that was terrible and that I needed to “give up” my imagining time. I’m so glad I didn’t listen to him!

  3. Margo on July 18, 2007 at 11:09 am

    I’m VERY glad you didn’t listen to that doctor! Where would we be without our imaginations! I can’t imagine a world without your creativity Diane.

  4. Margo on July 19, 2007 at 8:17 am

    Diane…any chance you’ll share just a tiny bit about your new idea for the book after the sequel? Just a little hint? (-:

  5. Diane Chamberlain on July 19, 2007 at 9:42 am

    Margo, can’t share yet. The idea feels too precious and I haven’t put a word about it on paper. And who knows? I may wake up tomorrow and decide it’s silly. But thanks for caring and for your compliment!

  6. Margo on July 19, 2007 at 10:04 am

    I understand Diane. Your very good about sharing when the time is right and believe me, we’re very grateful! It has been a complete joy to follow your WIP with BEFORE THE STORM and from all your comments about it, I can tell it’s going to be an emotionally charged novel, (as all your books are). I can hardly wait to see what the cover looks like…I have it pictured like the round bungalow you designed several blogs back.

  7. Diane Chamberlain on July 19, 2007 at 10:55 am

    I’m more than curious about the cover. My publisher recently asked me for more descriptions of Laurel and Maggie, and I sent the pictures I’ve been using (from!), warning them that these pictures are of REAL PEOPLE so to use them only as a vague guideline as to what the characters look like. They also asked for clothing ideas for the characters. It will be interesting to see what they come up with.

  8. Brenda on July 19, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Hi all! If Diane were here right now, she would write a lovely book. After two days of traveling-the last 4 hours through country in NY that was sad–old houses, etc. (poverty is everywhere), we are at Lake Mirror Inn At Lake Placid, NY. This place is fabulous, and I am sitting by the balcony looking at the Lake where my son is swimming…testing the waters for the Marathon on Sunday (this is Thursday). Diane-you have to come here sometime. This is fabulous. Only one glitch-it is 65 degrees and raining, and yours truly brough only crop pants, sandals, and short sleeve shirts (one jacket). This is the person who went to London last year ready for cold and rain and there was the heat wave-I burned up…The only places I am ever ready for (NYC in November) and the beach in the summer-the rest of the time, I pack and don’t think.
    What about the rest of you? Ever gotten somewhere and been stuck without clothes. I am not a clothes’ person, and I have a limited wardrobe…
    Okay-off to sit and read, work on lesson plans, and read…
    There must be a story here at Lake Placid.

  9. Brenda on July 19, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    P.S. Am still working on the Vietnam novel and the true Vietnam article…
    However, want to start a mystery as I look at the lake.
    Can’t wait to hear Diane’s idea…I’m with you Margo.

  10. Diane Chamberlain on July 19, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Brenda, good to see you on the blog again! I’ve wondered how your trip is going. I always overpack, so rarely find myself without temperature-appropriate clothing. . . but my suitcase is always too heavy. I think you need to go on a shopping spree.
    You’ll have to let us know how the marthon goes. Pretty exciting!
    Oh, I can imagine how you’re feeling as you sit looking at the lake. . . I know how a setting can start working on your imagination. Are you actually working on the Vietnam article while you’re on this trip?

  11. Margo on July 20, 2007 at 8:17 am

    Hi Brenda! I thought I brought the right clothes to Nantucket but 1st day we arrived it was FREEZING and I could have used my turtleneck! Luckily I had packed sweatshirts but the little girls with us didn’t…I shared mine with them so that helped. After the 1st day weather was gorgeous and 70 degrees. I bet your SO excited for the marathon. My friend Laura runs in the Iowa ones and it’s always exciting…she’s up to 14 mile runs now & I’m so proud of her! The lake sounds beautiful and like Diane, I’m wondering if your working on your Vietnam book while there.

  12. Brenda on July 20, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    Margo-glad you are like I am.
    The IRONMAN (The biggest in the USA) I believe is on Sunday. My son did a triathalon, Ironman in May over Mem. Weekend-hot hot hot…horrible course…and finished…he has done so many marathons also…so I imagine riding l00 plus miles on bike, running 26, plus swimming will be fine in these temps-just hate the rain on the bike time. However, this course is easier than the one he did in May.
    He is doing Panama City in the fall and next year: ?Brazil, another place, and prob. back to NYC MARATHON (My favorite).
    I worked on the Vietnam article on the way up-it has a long way to go…I worked on the novel a little last night…today, I am vegging, doing email, and enjoying the sun (finally).
    Remember: THis is an IRONMAN not a marathon…the marathons are “piece of cake” after doing these things. I WATCH… 🙂
    Diane-I am intrigued about your next book.

  13. Margo on July 20, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Brenda, to be honest I think I pack more like Diane than you…I usually overpack so I’m prepared for all types of weather but in the case of my Nantucket trip, I never imagined that I would need a turtleneck in June! Needless to say, when I return there someday I will remember my fav black turtleneck. (-:

  14. catherine canuet on July 21, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Iread your book in french .It’s the first time Iheard about you !It’s aneigbourg who gave me your book and I fall in the story completely.THe title is RETOUR à KISS RIVER .Ithink it’ only Kiss River in english. Thank you for making me happy forgetting every bad thing .Can you tell me which other titles you published? With my best regards Catherine

  15. Brenda on July 21, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Catherine-how exciting…in French. I took French in high school and college, and sometimes I speak it with my grandchildren and students. Well-let’s change that…sometimes I speak a few words very badly. I am so glad you found our favorite author, D. Chamberlain…perhaps I will order one of her books in French and practice. (Did I mention that I can say about three phrases in French? ) 🙂
    Girls-I am back to the little town of Lake Placid-in fact we are staying right in town at Mirror Lake Inn and Spa (no I am not using the spa)…Look it up, Margo, you will be astonished…it is so lovely. The Ironman is tomorrow, so today is pretty much getting things ready and resting…I will watch the swim in the morning from my balcony…I have three books left to read, and then I have to work tomorrow on school things…no rest for the weary…

  16. Diane Chamberlain on July 21, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Catherine, welcome to the blog! I love hearing from my French readers and there are a lot of you, which thrills me. Do you live in Canada or in France?
    Nearly all of my novels have been published in French, I believe. You may need to do an Internet search to find out which ones. RETOUR A KISS RIVER is followed by a sequel, HER MOTHER’S SHADOW–LA FIN DES SECRETS in French. And I know that THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT was just published in French with the title LA NUIT DU 5 AOUT. I hope you enjoy them!
    Brenda, glad you’re getting a rest on your vacation. Can’t wait to hear how your son does tomorrow!

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