Feels Like a Miracle

Thursday was a very good day.

First of all, there was a bunch of good news coming out of the United Kingdom about The Midwife’s Confession, as the great TV ad aired for the first time and the book officially hit the stores. On the UK Amazon Kindle list, it broke into the top ten (and it’s still there!) and it’s now number 22 in the print book list. It’s a bit nerve wracking to watch those numbers rise and fall, though a lot of fun as well.

But what really had me flying high on Thursday was The New Idea.

I’ve been hard at work creating a storyline for my 2013 book (I’m revising my 2012 book, The Good Father, but I want to get 2013 ready to roll). I love the idea I have, but it has felt like w-o-r-k, as it often does at this point. However, a smidgen of non-fiction I read on Thursday shifted my brain cells around and suddenly, there it was: a nearly fully formed book idea, completely different from the one I’ve been working on. As I went about my day, more and more layers of the story came to me until my body could hardly contain the excitement I was feeling. I walked around with a big smile on my face. That evening, I sat John down and told him what I was thinking. He, too, was totally psyched and he helped me think through a few sticking points.  Now I’m starting to write the synopsis, which I’ll give to my agent later this week to see what she thinks. I’m nervous about that, because maybe it’s just not as perfect as I think it is, but time will tell. This is a book that needs to be written. Wish me luck!


  1. Glynis Smy on June 27, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I love how a story builds throughout the day and ends in a positive vibe. Good luck with your new baby!

  2. Laurie on June 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

    So excited for you! I just can’t wait to read it!

  3. Cindy Mathes on June 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I am excited for you. And for us fans as you let us come along on your journey. Looking forward for more information as soon as your Agent gives you the go ahead.

  4. Margo on June 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Diane, nothing more exciting than experiencing a new idea and letting it form…I’m so excited for you! We love that you share the creative process with your fans and I can hardly wait to hear about this one! Wow, we have THE GOOD FATHER for next year and the excitement of your 2013 book. You are INCREDIBLE!! (=O:

  5. Ann on June 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Can’t wait to hear more about the 2013 book!

  6. Beverly Atkins on June 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    OH MY GOSH! I just finished Midwife’s Confession – It just as amazing as all your other books. I cannot lay them down once I start them. I read this one in two days. I love your books. I just can’t read them slow enough to make them last.

  7. Emilie Richards on June 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Good for you! And ideas like this one are also usually the easiest to write because they come from somewhere deep inside and are all ready to be born.

  8. […] I hope to finish a rough draft of the proposal for my 2013 book. Then I’ll ask John and a couple of friends to read it for me and see if my idea is the […]

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