PageOneLit.com: Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a
part of your life? Who were your earliest influences and why?
was born inDes Moines,Iowa,
but grew up in a small town in northwestIowa.Readingand
writing really werenít a part of my life,
was in high school, I did write a mystery story. I remember filling
up both sides of a spiral notebook, but to this day, I donít recall
what happened to that story.
As for influences, there werenít any. My childhood was quite lonely,
and I learned at a very early age how to be a survivor. In doing
that, I also found a dream world where life was happier.
PageOneLit.com: Why do you write?
write because I take great pleasure in seeing a skeleton of a story
come to life. I thoroughly enjoy getting into the characters and
seeing how they grow; seeing their strengths, weaknesses, how they
and the story come together to make a happy ending. I like happy
endings, as life doesnít always give us that. I guess, when you
think about it, itís up to us to find our happy endings, which I can
PageOneLit.com: Tell us about your new book RAINSTORM.
is categorized as a contemporary romance. I call it a love story.
Itís about taking chances when youíre not sure where it will end up,
and in the end, believing that even impossible dreams sometimes have
a way of coming true. Itís just a matter of how much you believe in
PageOneLit.com: Who is Jessy? Who is Matt Donovan? Who is Brad
Diane Brandow: Jessyís
character is likable, but flawed, which, as my editor had said, is a
perfect combination. Sheís stubborn and headstrong, with a kind and
gentle heart, and, sheís been in love with Matt Donovan since she
was a little girl.
Matt Donovan is, I guess you could say, every womanís dream. Heís a
tall handsome, sexy cowboy with a pretty soft heart, especially when
it comes to Jessy.
Brad Sheldon was Jessyís rock when her world had fallen apart. He
helped her to believe in herself, in life, and in love again, and, he was
also wise enough to know when it was time to let Jessy go.
PageOneLit.com: What is about the historical romance western you
enjoy? Did you research much for setting for RAINSTORM?
Diane Brandow: I
like the simplicity of the late 1800ís as in The Color of Tears. As
for Rainstorm, I researched some, but Iíve been throughout the state
the past few years, especiallyCheyenneup
toSheridan. So, as I
re-worked Rainstorm, I could then picture those areas in my mind,
which made writing easier.
PageOneLit.com: Explain your title RAINSTORM as it relates to the
Diane Brandow: Rainstorm
is kind of a surprise. Itís not about storms, or hurricanes, or
tornadoes. Itís what love is really all about. Read the book, you
will feel it.
PageOneLit.com: RAINSTORM would make a great film -- IfHollywoodcalled
and asked you to cast the film who would you cast and why?
Diane Brandow: Once
I saw country singer Chris Youngís video, ĎThe Man I want To Beí, I
knew Iíd found Matt. Heís a tall, dark haired, handsome man with a
beautiful smile, and he looks great in a cowboy hat. Heís just the
whole package of who I see as Matt. As
for Jessy, I see Miranda Lambert, only with brown hair. Sheís
adorable, and her eyes tell a story when she sings. Sheís amazing.
PageOneLit.com: Tell us a littleabout
THECOLORS OF TEARS.
COLOR OF TEARS is a historical romance set in 1898Billings,Montana.
The main story centersaroundyoung
Jace Mathison. It also has some unexpected twists and turns
throughout the book. Thereís drama, surprises, tears,humor and
of course, a love story. Iím very proud of what The Color of Tears
PageOneLit.com: What do you hope to achievewith
Diane Brandow: Everything
I possibly can. Iíd love to see both of my books as movies. That has
been mentioned to me on numerous occasions from people who have read
PageOneLit.com: What was the last book you read?
Diane Brandow: I
have never finished reading a book, although I do have several by
I skim through the last chapter first,thenfind
myself flipping through the pages of the book. I donít seem to have
the patience to sit down and read. Iíd
rather be writing.
PageOneLit.com: What's next?
Diane Brandow: Edge
of a Dream is about ready to be edited. I want to go through it one
more time to polish it up the best I can. Iíve also got an idea to
bring The Color of Tears into the 21stcentury.
That thought is burning a hole in my brain. Iím not sure where it
will go, but then, I didnít have a clue where the first book would
go. And I never planned on Rainstorm. That just happened. First and
foremost though, I want to get Edge
of a Dream published. Itís a beautiful story. I wouldnít have
written it if I didnít believe that.
PageOneLit.com: Do you have any hobbies? What are they? How do they
enhance your writing?
been writing songs for over twenty-five years, and I enjoy playing
my guitar or my keyboard. I also make my own demo tapes of my songs,
but have never felt the need to publish them. I just enjoy seeing my
own thoughts come together in verse,thenI
try to find the perfect melody to go with them. As for how they
enhance my writing: I have to go into songwriting mode to begin
writing my books. Itís the only way I can find my story. Once I get
past the first few lines, Iím okay.