Saturday, May 28, 2011

Dianne's first book, Dear America, featured on ACEWriters for 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001

This week ACE Writers Spotlight has its spotlight on my first book, Dear America: A Letter of Comfort & Hope to a Grieving Nation. I wrote this book in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on America on September 11, 2001, and it is being reintroduced for the 10th anniversary of that historic day coming in a few months.

In this small book I shared my story along with:
  • ten tips for getting through the grief following the loss of a loved one,
  • answers to questions including "Who are the Muslims?" and "Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?",
  • a fascinating retelling of the story of the Bible like a five-act play,
  • and ten practical tips to help beginners in how to start reading and understanding the Bible.
You can learn more about the book in the article on ACE Writers Spotlight. Click the link above or go to, click on "Blog." See post for May 28, 2011.

This book is available on here: Dear America
Signed copy available from me directly: contact me at dbwrites @
Coming soon to

Have a wonderful, relaxing, safe, and meaningful Memorial Day weekend. May God continue to bless America. My heartfelt gratitude to those veterans who have protected America so I may live free in the land I love and serve the God I love.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Met Deliver Me contributors in person

One of the really cool things about attending writers conferences is that sometimes you get to meet people that you've worked with only through e-mail or phone previously.

I've met Shirley Reynolds at the Colorado conference and got to hug her neck before. It was wonderful to see her again (although I feel like we hardly got to talk at all this time). Shirley, did I even hug your neck? Shirley has a wonderfully powerful story about adoption in chapter 7 of Deliver Me. Her story is titled "The Life Savers."

Also this year at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference I got to meet Kyleen Stevenson-Braxton. Kyleen and I have e-mailed, of course, during the making of the book, and we've talked by phone once or twice, but this is the first time we've laid eyes on each other. It was so cool to meet Kyleen. Her powerful story is titled "Sing, O Barren Woman" and appears in chapter 4.

It is always such a cool blessing to meet the writers who have so blessed me over the years. God bless you and your writing, Shirley and Kyleen!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fun at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference

I had a great time at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference.  The two workshops I taught seemed to go well. I got a lot of good comments on them. The first workshop was "Ten Tools for Marketing Your Book." I taught both workshops on Wednesday, at the very beginning of the conference. One dear lady came to me on her way out at the end of the conference on Saturday and said that some presenters have great information, others know how to present it. She said I had both! What a great compliment! She then said my book marketing workshop was one of her top three for the conference. Wow.

I sat on a panel about "Self Publishing" with about a dozen other authors and specialists who help people who self publish their books, and I was quite surprised that many of the questions were directed to me personally. I got to talk about my adventure of self-publishing Deliver Me. Of course I had both my books, Deliver Me and Dear America, in my hands and got to show them off. I also got to show my books during both my workshops.

I think being able to show my books helped my sales (of course). I sold eight Deliver Me's and three Dear America's, which was a very pleasant surprise! That may not sound like a lot to you, but I think it's pretty good. My pamphlets also sold well, and I sold one set of my taped seminar.

Many people said they were going to show Deliver Me to their local pregnancy center. What a blessing!

The conference was the usual long days and short nights and full to the brim. And at the end, I really wished I didn't have to leave!

If you're not familiar with my first book, you can find it here: Dear America: A Letter of Comfort and Hope to a Grieving Nation.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Introducing the Deliver Me book trailer

Introducing my new book trailer! Click the play arrow and give a listen.

How cool is this?!

It's also on YouTube, where you can link to it. Or leave a comment. Just click on the title and it will take you there.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The 168 Film Project Aftermath

I so totally failed to blog every day of the 168 Film Project. There was absolutely no time. Long days. Short nights.

So how did it end up? Well, we ended up with a movie. But the movie was not without its problems.

We had sound problems and weather problems. (The wind blew a lot which created some of the sound problems.) We had equipment problems. We had other problems.

Needless to say we weren't in the running for any contest prizes or awards.

So if the point was to come out of the contest with a really cool, award-winning movie, I guess we failed at that, too. But if the point was to make a movie so we could learn all we could and gain experience in film-making, then I'd say it was a shining success!

One thing that kept me busy that week was working with a reporter on an article about the 168 Film Project. A bit of a role reversal with me being the interviewee rather than the interviewer. You can read the article in the Pueblo Chieftain here.

Has it really been six weeks ago?! Life has been a whirlwind since then and I have so much to tell you! But that will take some time. So for now, let me just say that RIGHT SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 168 FILM PROJECT, GUESS WHAT HAPPENED?!

Deliver Me was published! That's right. It's out!

The official release date was April 12th. That's part of why life has been such a whirlwind . . . and part of why I've been too busy to blog. (Okay. I know. Is anyone ever really too busy to blog?) Well, it seems everything in the world conspired to keep me away from the blog.

But as of this evening, Deliver Me  is on! How cool is that?

I'll try not to leave the blog so long this time. I have so much happening that I want to fill you in on. Until next time..