An Article on Before the Storm. . . and Me


This is so cool!

This article appeared in the summer issue of Topsail Magazine. Now Glen Pierce, one of our frequenter commenters here on the blog, put the article up on the Topsail Island website. The writer, BJ Cothran, did such a great job with it and I know she generated lots of interest in my books among vacationers, many of whom showed up at the signing at Quarter Moon Books.

I hope you enjoy it.



  1. brenda on July 31, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Love the article-all true…once we begin one of your books, we can’t stop…

  2. Julie on July 31, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    That’s a great article and I even learned some new things!
    I noticed Katrina Kittle’s doing a signing at Quartermoon this afternoon at 3. If you hurry, you still have time to get there. 😉 I read her book, The Kindess of Strangers, and it was painful, but excellent. I want to find the other two.
    Now here’s a funny thought. After the conversation about the house on the cover not being round and whether it would bug people, I totally pictured the Sea Tender NOT round in my head as I read (even though I know you mentioned it in the book) and had forgotten about that until just now when I read the article. The power of suggestion is pretty strong after all, I guess.

  3. brenda on July 31, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    I agree with you, Julie, about the house.
    I am having Internet issues-lost all saved messages. Diane-could you email me? I have something to email you. Margo-you too…thanks

  4. Margo on July 31, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    What a great article Diane!…WOW! I bet Quarter Moon Books will be selling out of BEFORE THE STORM very soon because of all this fantastic publicity your getting! I’m so happy for you. Julie, I wa just the opposite…I constantly pictured THE SEA TENDER as round because of the uniqueness of it and all of Diane’s discussions during the WIP. While I was reading the book I pretended that the cottage on the cover was someone elses because it just didn’t fit the image I had in my head. Diane, plz keep us informed of any more radio interviews…I always listen and have my ‘question’ ready to call into you. I hope I get that chance!

  5. Diane Chamberlain on July 31, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    That’s so interesting to me about the house! I thought I drilled it into the reader’s brain (as nauseum) that it was round, but I guess that drill only works on some people.
    Margo, the quickie interview this afternoon in Florida is scheduled to be my last, but I’ll let you know if any more pop up. Thanks for asking.

  6. brenda on July 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I must add here that I didn’t think about the house-that’s the way I usually am though…I think about the characters and become so engrossed in their lives…I think that is because I teach. I am so careful to talk to and hug my students when I see them. So upset today when I saw one, and he told me he saw me in a restaurant, and I did not speak to him-I did not see him-they are so sweet…That’s why in the book, I just got so into Maggie and the others…the surroundings are something I just often ignore-sorry about that…I remember once eons ago when my friend asked me the color of our boat…now we were out in that boat on the lake each evening (before we had the Hallmark store) and I never noticed the color-how silly…I was too involved in watching the kids ski…and look out for snakes…oh those were the days…on another note-anyone heard that song about “you’ll be sorry they are gone…” the days of long ago when the kids were growing up…I want to say that I cherished every single minute and was at home waiting for them to walk in the door-those were the days…I wish Maggie was a happier girl…I keep going back to her…

  7. Gina on July 31, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Wow – I loved that article Diane. You gave us a peek into learning some some new things about you. I love the pictures too.
    I really like the cover of the magazine too!

  8. Ashley on July 31, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Brenda.. are you talking about the song “You’re gonna miss this”.. a country story song (teen daughter doesn’t want to be drived to school by her mom, newly moved out daughter in an apt already talking about marriage, kids and a bigger house etc).. I LOVE that song. If its not the one your thinking of, sorry 🙁
    Diane- I loved the article.. and the pictures are awesome- i only wish I could be that creative 8-).. but being an RT keeps me from writing- which i used to do every day- and well, sleeping; but i wouldn’t change a thing. I love my monkey’s (I work in a children’s hospital.. heartbreaking, but the best feeling in the world when they smile and wave.. especially if they’re leaving)

  9. Ashley on July 31, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    *driven.. not drived..
    sorry about that.. oh, and if anyone else wants to find that song- I think Trace Adkins sings it

  10. brenda on August 1, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Ashley-that is the song…I heard it on the radio the other day…it is so true…
    What you do is a gift from God…thankfully the children have you…as a teacher, I know how much they need us.
    Diane-I have been reading that magazine-online-since you told us about it previously. I am going there one long weekend sometime when my schedule slows down…right now I am at home doing mundane chores during the hiatus between my trips…I start back to school on the 20th…

  11. Margo Petrus on August 1, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Diane…you DID drill the round house into our heads all thru the WIP and of course when THE SEA TENDER is first introduced in the story it is definitely round…that is why I could only picture it that way…I actually hope there is more history given about THE SEA TENDER in the sequal and my question to you in a future interview has to do with that…I was so fascinated with it’s uniqueness that I want to more know about it! (-: Margo
    I’m off to MAMA MIA in a couple hours…

  12. brenda on August 1, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Julie-I don’t like movie trailers or book trailers-except Diane’s which was excellent…(Just read your BLOG)…I was intrigued with the one you mentioned…the book-the lace…will try to read that one.
    This BLOG of Diane’s has brought together a group of us who rec. her to so many other people…who learn about other authors…it is one of the best BLOGS…I am still trying to get mine going but at am a loss right at this time…

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