Diane Chamberlain, Paranormal Writer??

About eight years ago, I was chatting with my writer friend Mary Kirk when she told me she was editing an anthology of short stories. I’d recently been thinking of trying my hand at a short story, so I asked if I could contribute a story to the book. She seemed delighted, but told me the stories were romances. Okay, I said, no problem.  I hung up the phone and began thinking of ideas for a romantic short story that would be in keeping with the more mainstream fiction my readers expected from me.

Not an hour had passed before Mary called me back. “I forgot to mention, the stories are all about wounded heroes coming home from war.”

“Uh. . . .okay,” I said, quickly trying to wrap my mind around this new information. We got off the phone and I put my thinking cap on again. Half an hour later, Mary called once more.

“I forgot to mention something!” she said. “All the stories have to have paranormal elements.”

Well. I could handle the romance and the war hero, but paranormal? Not my thing! I like a good challenge, though, so I told Mary I was still in. I wrote my story, The Dreamer, and it was published in The Journey Home along with stories by some high powered authors including Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice and Rebecca York. Until recently, though, The Journey Home was only available in print. But now–ta da! It’s an ebook as well. And better news: my story, “The Dreamer”, is the free excerpt on Mary’s website. Just click on the cover on her site to read it online. I reread it the other day for the first time in eight years and it really touched me. I’d love to know what you think. Thanks, Mary, for the work you’ve done to turn The Journey Home into an ebook!


  1. Sheree Gillcrist on September 12, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I have always found the limitations of a short story a challenge to read and to write. I have always preferred novels because I am a woman who always wants more.lol More detail, more complexity, more commitment of myself to the story and also I usually never want the story to end. You really managed to flesh out your main characters in so few pages and make the reader actually care about them. They were all real to me. Diane you have a writer’s eye and soul. I can’t imagine there is anything that you cannot write and write extremely well. Thank you for sharing this story with us who are not only your fans but your greatest supporters not only in your written endeavours but in your life as well:}

  2. Diane Chamberlain on September 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Sheree, what a sweet comment. Thank you. i do find ‘writing short’ to be a challenge. My brain wants to tell a story in 100,000 words and that’s that! I’m glad The Dreamer worked for you.

  3. Margo on September 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Diane, I thought I had read everything of yours! I plan on reading ‘The Dreamer’ this weekend when I can take my time with it. How did I miss this short story?
    Oh well…I have something to really look forward to now! (-O:

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