Thursday, October 4, 2018

Diane Chamberlain wrote the book of our dreams...plus a book giveaway

Photo by John Pagliuca
We are thrilled to have Diane Chamberlain visiting us today. Melissa A started reading her books this year and plans to check out the ones published in previous years. Today we're featuring The Dream Daughter (published on October 2nd), which Melissa has added to her 2018 favorites list (see her review). Diane is here to talk about this incredible novel and St. Martin's Press has one copy to give away!

Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today, and Sunday Times bestselling author of 26 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include The Stolen Marriage, Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane's background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters.

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home.

Diane received her bachelor's and master's degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel.

Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her Sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She's currently at work on her next novel. (Bio courtesy of Amazon.)

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Synopsis:
When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam war, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told that nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly's part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

The Dream Daughter is a rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother's quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget. (Courtesy of Amazon.)

What is a favorite compliment you received on one of your most recent novels?
The Dream Daughter has received many early reader reviews that have touched my heart, but one of my favorites is this: “Reading The Dream Daughter has made me love my daughters even more.”

The Dream Daughter is told in a different style than your previous novels. What inspired this change of pace?
I’d had this idea in my mind for a long time and finally got the guts (and the go-ahead from my editor) to write it. In my previous career as a hospital social worker, I saw many newborn babies who didn’t survive because they were born too early or too sick to be saved. Today’s medical advances could have saved many of those children. What if a pregnant woman carrying a sick baby in 1970 could travel to 2001 for treatment that might save that child’s life? That’s the question I ask in The Dream Daughter.

If you could cast The Dream Daughter as a movie, who would play Carly and Hunter?
I would love to see either Shailene Woodley or Lily James as Carly. Lily really impressed me in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and I love Shailene’s girl-next-door quality. As for Hunter, he’s a bit older, a bit wiser, a bit more mysterious. Perhaps Bradley Cooper or Ryan Gosling?

What is your favorite thing to do in October? Any fall traditions?
Nearly every October I go on book tour, which I love because I get to meet so many of my readers.
When I’m not on the road, I love walking my dog surrounded by the delicious scent of fallen leaves.

What is your go-to meal for breakfast?
I alternate between granola with blueberries, oatmeal with blueberries, and gluten free waffles with blueberries. I like blueberries, can you tell?

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
I am nearly finished with Pam Jenoff’s latest, The Lost Girls of Paris. She is an awesome author and I can always trust her to deliver an amazing story. This book is no exception.

Thanks to Diane for chatting with us and to St. Martin's Press for sharing her book with our readers.

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21 comments:

Janine said...

Not to sound like a typical Miss America answer, but I would love to see some peace in this country. I am tired and embarrassed at what this country has become lately. So, I can imagine peace. But will it ever happen? Who knows.

Carla S. said...

Gene therapy becoming main stream.

RD said...

A cure for Cancer and Alzheimer's.

traveler said...

Reading, writing and literacy.

Bonnie K. said...

Treatment for cancer getting better and better tests for detecting it.

Kristy F said...

A spray or something that I could put on my hair and instantly change my hairstyle.

dawn obrien said...

Square sausages, so they don’t roll on the grill!!

Natasha S. said...

Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors! I've read all of her books and am so excited she has a new one! I can't wait to read this!

Grandma Cootie said...

Any medical advances.

Nancy said...

I wish they could make our favorite junk foods nutritious and remove the excess calories.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Mary Preston said...

Maybe not so new, but I'd love a Rosie the Robot house maid thank you.

Rita Wray said...

A cure for Alzheimer's.

Tricia Gilbert said...

Cure for some diseases

Dianne Casey said...

Medical advances for fighting cancer and dementia.

bn100 said...

medical advances

Lori Frazier said...

Cure for Alzheimer's. Such a devastating disease.😥

Linda May said...

A cure for Cancer & a world where everyone can get along in peace & harmony.

Kelly Rodriguez said...

A cure for cancer would be amazing!

StoreyBookLover said...

I would love to see a cure for cancer in my lifetime!

Kelly RS said...

Better health care for all and taking care of our Elders.

Kate Vocke said...

Definitely some amazing medical advances - and hopefully a system of immediately detecting diseases.