1. Denise on August 4, 2009 at 12:03 am

    This is really interesting, Diane. There are so often secondary characters in novels that I wish had a larger role so I could know them better. I really liked Maggie’s therapist, too…especially those glasses! Lol!
    I am always surprised by the amount of work you do ‘behind the scenes’ on your books. I never would have thought about writing a mini-bio of him, but I can see how that helped you understand him a lot better. I love how your social work background always seems to sneak up on you when you’re writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Margo on August 4, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I loved Dr. Jakes in SECRETS and wish he could appear in more of your novels. I remember when Maggie first went to see him…his description made me laugh out loud and yet he seemed so real. I love how your mind works Diane, and how these secondary people appear in your books…at times, they seem to be almost as important as your main characters.

  3. Krysia on August 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I love Dr. Jakes also. I just finished the book last night. My only disappointment was that it ended lol. I loved this one. I can’t wait for Breaking the Silence.
    Gunnar is starting to talk now. He’s growing up so fast. His new sayings are all done and up ma. It’s so funny.

  4. Glen on August 4, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I was so looking forward to meeting Dr. Jakes as you built that up in Maggie’s POV. It was a very interesting encounter and I just wanted to shout out to Maggie to talk to him.
    You have such a storytelling gift that I forgot that you were in that role once. Then I made that realization and went “WOW”, you must have been one helluva psychotherapist. Absolutely compelling!!! That’s why this guy read your books!
    I’m just feel more intellectual posting this ๐Ÿ™‚ (Yes ladies, I periodically have those moments. LOL!!!)

  5. brenda on August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I arrived back home again today for almost one week-before I leave again…and then school…college and high school. I am going to get my high school students online to read what you wrote, Diane, about the drafts…they might “listen” to you…
    Also-question for you…and the others…why do some authors choose to do the epilogue? Others do not? I love love love it…I want to know what happens “later”…Just read about l0 books from my bookclub…some of my favorite authors…some were really great…others I would like to know who is writing for some of those authors-not you of course. Hope you “readers” and “writers” will comment on the epilogue…

  6. Diane Chamberlain on August 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Brenda, I think some books demand an epilogue and others don’t. Plus, some authors probably dislike them, just as some dislike prologues. Also, some readers dislike one or the other or both. I personally like writing epilogues (I just wrote one, as a matter of fact!). Like you, I want to know what happens later.

  7. Margo on August 6, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Brenda, I love reading epilogues and am happy to read Diane just wrote one!!…I’m assuming its to her wip ‘THE LIES WE TOLD’ (-O:

  8. brenda on August 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Is your latest book THE LIES WE TOLD???? I have been off the radar so much this summer…I might have known that…glad there is an epilogue…

  9. Diane Chamberlain on August 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Brenda, that’s the book I just turned in. Waiting to hear what revisions need to be made.

  10. sandra742 on September 9, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers! Sandra. R.

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