Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Her historical, A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee is now available. She’s also written We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.
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Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Yikes I’ve been caught! I’m in my office and I’m wearing my yoga pants, tank top and very old blue sweatshirt that I love. And yes, I did work out.
Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why? Yes, it seems like I think my characters are going to act a certain way. I’ve plotted them out, asked them questions and decided they are a certain personality type—and then it seems like real people they change! Right now I’m working on a book and I wanted the heroine to be girly—turns out she doesn’t want to be and until I decided to let her be more of a tomboy, she wasn’t going to be in the story.
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? I’d like to say I’d like to be Jo March but I really wouldn’t want to have to live her life. So much sadness, cold house and no internet. But I like the idea of writing plays in an attic and eating apples.
What is something that very few people know about you? Me? I’m an open book.
Are you or any close family members in the characters personalities? In a Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee, the secondary character came from my young friend’s personality—on steroids.
If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why?
I’d love to say way back when…but I like comfort so maybe I’d go into the future.
If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why? England, because I’ve been researching my ancestors and it seems we hung out there in the 1500-1700s.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
The scrapbook I made documenting my 3 boys growing up.
A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee
Heaven’s Stolen His Heart
After witnessing the ravages of the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis knows he must lend his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place, so he heads to Caleb’s farm to fulfill his promise.
Weeks of facing marauders and caring for her father’s home have finally taken their toll on Heaven Wharton. When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.
As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?
We’re Not Blended, We’re Pureed A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families
By Diana Lesire Brandmeyer and March C. Lintvedt
Can two families learn to cohabitate? In peace? Ever?
One widowed mom with two sons.
One widowed dad with one son.
Blend for 20 seconds until right consistency.
But hit the wrong button, and this family is not blended-we’re pureed!
Are you terrified that you’ve turned into a vision of the fairy-tale wicked stepparent?
Do you paste on a smile and pretend your family is a vision of 1950s Main Street America, while at home the battle lines are etched in the driveway and signed with the kid’s initials?
Don’t dismay. God is with you. This engaging, readable book is held together with humor, liberally peppered with informative commentary, and includes clinically sound information and proven communication tools. Find real-world advice to help you when your own words fail.
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