The Mid-Revisions Get-Away

terri di debbieI am DEEP in the middle of revisions on a very tight schedule, but I had to do a book event at the coast, revisions or not. I use the words “had to” with a smile. An opportunity to meet readers in a beautiful setting is not exactly torture.  This particular event was so much fun! It was held at the Silver Coast Winery near Sunset Beach, North Carolina, where readers and authors came together to sip wine and chat and sign books. It was lovely, and the Pelican Bookstore in Ocean Isle sponsors this event each year, so if you want to plan a little getaway to the NC coast next year, you know where and when to go!

Since Sunset Beach is a good 3 1/2 hours from my house, I decided to spend the night and discovered the most fabulous Bed and Breakfast!porch sunset inn The Sunset Inn is right on the marsh and each beautiful room has its own little screened porch with two rocking chairs. I’m in love with this inn! I just had a fabulous hot breakfast and am about to pack up to leave and head back to reality. Sigh.

One of the highlights of this getaway was the result of Facebook. I admit I have become a Facebook-aholic. I’ve always loved chatting with my readers via this blog, and FB is like the blog on steroids. I’ve gotten to know  so many of my readers via FB and “met” so many new ones. One of my FB friends is a woman named Debbie, who connected with me after her stepdaughter recommending my books. Debbie and I got to know each other through FB and she her her BFF Terri decided to make the five-hour trek from their homes near Charlotte to Sunset Beach for the event at the winery. They joined me at the Sunset Inn and we went out to dinner together last night. It was as though we’ve known each other all our lives. Facebook is such an amazing gift when it comes to bringing people together.

I have to admit, though, that I am excited to get home, not just to see John and my pups but also to get back to the revisions. I love how I’m changing the story of  The Midwife’s Confession and can’t wait to find out what happens! Hope you’re all having as good a week as I am.


  1. brenda on July 22, 2010 at 11:35 am

    One of my favorite books of all times is SUNSET BEACH-a one-time (I think) book by a not-famous male author…I have a copy and read it over and over. Glad you had fun-would love to have gone-am home from CA and on the way to INDY tomorrow to girls…Another topic-has anyone read Tana French’s latest? I LOVED INTO THE WOODS…but am hearing different views on the latest one…not sure whether or not to buy it…let me know. Few authors can do trilogies and be totally successful (YOUR TRILOGY is the exception, Diane)…and there is one by an Irish author that I love…a trilogy of women…can’t remember the name right now…read it during an Irish Lit class I took a couple of years ago…Good luck on revisions…you amaze me.

  2. brenda on July 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Trip Purcell is the author of the SUNSET BEACH I love…bought it at Pawley’s Island a few years ago…love it love it love it…

  3. Diane Chamberlain on July 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Just got home! I have to zip through my email and then get back to work.

    Brenda, I know one of my readers loved French’s latest. (Faithful Place, I think is the title?) I’m reading an older Geraldine Brooks book, People of the Book, and I’m wowed so far. She’s such an amazing writer–every book is so different and brilliantly researched.

  4. Ann on July 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Brenda, I have read and enjoyed all 3 of Tana French’s books. Faithful Place was my favorite.

  5. Debbie hearne on July 22, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    What a wonderful time Terri and I had with you Diane! Just as you said, it felt as though we have known each other all our lives! Thank you for the gift of friendship.

  6. Lysa on July 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I just found out about your books, and I can’t wait to get started on one! I am a teacher who used to work with Debbie and Terri! They are WONDERFUL people who say you are, too! Thanks so much for making their trip one to remember for a lifetime!

  7. Diane Chamberlain on July 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I loved it, Debbie! Thanks for making the trek to the winery and Sunset Beach. I’m glad you and Terri had a good time.

  8. Margo on July 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Now Diane, this is my wish someday…that I can do exactly what Debbie & Terri did and that is, make the trek to the NC coast and meet you in person!…of course I live SOOOOOO much further away then 5 hours but I WILL do it eventually.
    All these revisions Diane!…is it like rewriting the entire novel?

  9. Margo on July 23, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Ann, I’ve never read Tana French but I bought her new book FAITHFUL PLACE at Borders this week.
    Brenda, thank you for recommending another new book to me…I just ordered SUNSET BEACH from Amazon!

  10. Ann on July 23, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Margo I think you will like Faithful Place – if you do you should read her other 2 books. They are all good.

  11. Diane Chamberlain on July 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Yes, Margo, I’d say I’m rewriting the entire novel. Adding the midwife’s point of view and removing other subplots to make room for that changes everything. But it’s really going to result in more of a page turner, I think! I hope!

  12. Margo on July 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Diane, I can’t imagine rewriting it!…how do you do everything!…it makes me wonder if you’re on another deadline.
    Ann, do I need to read the books in order?…I never thought about it when I bought the 3rd one.

  13. Ann on July 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Margo, you do not need to read the other books first. These are all stand alone books. Hope you enjoy them.

  14. Margo on July 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Thx Ann…since the newest was your favorite I will read it first. (-O:

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