Before we get to this weeks interview I just wanted to let my readers know I will not be blogging on Friday. I will be going to see Joyce Meyer and worshipping with Isreal Houghton with a great group of ladies. I am so excited! I will get back to my Genesis 5020 next week.
Congratulations to Judy and Pam who won one of Becky Lyles’ books from last week.
This week we get write to the point with Diane M. Graham.
Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
I live with a certifiable (by me) hottie. He’s also known by others as Mr. Graham and I’ve had hold of him since we were both old enough to know love and young enough to fall into it face-first. Over twenty years later and I am thankful for the initial blind-stupid-love. It saved us from foolish ideologies of what love “should” be and allowed us to raise five children in the love of our own making. Currently, our brand of love resides on a small mountain in Eastern Oklahoma. I’ve been writing for almost five years.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
Hmm…I’ve always known Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Momma made sure and I can honestly say I never doubted. The real question would be when I stopped kicking and screaming for my own will like a spoil child that had been denied a lollipop? I’ll let you know when that happens.
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
My novel I Am Ocilla was published in March of this year with Splashdown Books. My greatest hope when readers close the last page is that in order for them to find themselves in life…truly find themselves…they must find what they are in Christ.
Open your heart and mind to the simplicity and complexity of a name.
I know only my name. Beyond that is confusion, a void where fantasy and reality swirl together. Fairies, Giants, Elves, Dwarves, ancient Keepers, and…Dragons? A dark soul threatens the Five Kingdoms, but I am powerless to stand against him, overwhelmed by phantom memories, broken and lost.
Somehow, I must live. I must find my purpose. There are friends to love and battles to fight.
I know my name. Perhaps that is enough.
I am Ocilla.
This is my story.
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
I blog when I feel like it. I know that is not the right answer us writers are supposed to give but it is the truth, and I always tell the truth. That comes out in my blogging, where I cover anything and everything in life, from sex to politics, to parenting, to faith and all the grey in between. I’m not afraid to breach the topics most are terrified of.
Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?
I don’t think I can. There are too many. One of my favorite classics is Dickens’ Great Expectations. It was the first true novel I ever read. “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times” will forever be etched into my mind. C.S. Lewis captured my heart with The Magicians Nephew and carried me through to The Last Battle. Madeline L’Engle twisted me in A Wrinkle in Time and didn’t shake me until An Acceptable Time. Recently, I have been enamored with artists such as Kerry Nietz, Marc Schooley, Frank Creed, Kat Heckenbach, Keven Newsome, Paul Baines and Robynn Tolbert. Do you see a trend here? I love the wonderful, the dark, the deep and uber-cool. How can I name just one when the choices are this bountiful?
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
(Diane said her Genesis 5020 was a doosie, you her story by clicking on the links below.)
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
Life is so hard. Evil waits at ever corner to hobble our way. I remind myself that my Father sees all and He is in control.
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.1
Where can we find you on the web?
I am at:
My page- http://dianemgraham.com/
The New Authors Fellowship- http://newauthors.wordpress.com/
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
Every day I awake knowing the devil is out to get me. It’s what I signed up for. It’s what all of us Saints signed up for. I stand boldly on a foundation that cannot be shaken and that tends to give me a little more bounce in each one of my steps.
Thank you for having me, Melissa.
Thank you for sharing, I truly appreciate it.
Readers, Diane is giving away your choice of paperback or ebook of her book. Leave a comment by August 21 at 5:00 pm to be entered.