ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DIANA LESIRE BRANDMEYER has a background in education and psychology. Her credits include My Devotions, The Metro East Family Gazette, Little Visits Family Devotions and The Lutheran Witness. She received her degree from Webster University. She is the author of Hearts on the Road, A Time to Dance, Mystery of the Smithton Necklace and The Trouble with Ralph. Recently voted Heartsong Presents Book Club Favorite New Author 2010. She lives in Southern Illinois where the corn grows at a rapid rate behind her home.
She’s married and has 3 grown sons all on their own now, each of them bringing someone special to join the family. Yay! Daughters-in-law!
Diana loves having pets, right now there is only one in the house, a cat named Wendell and an occasional granddog named Rusty. You can also visit her blog: www.pencildancer.com.
HEARTS ON THE ROAD
by Diana Brandmeyer
Published by Barbour Publishing / Heartsong Presents
ABOUT THE BOOK
Love cannot be trusted.
Abandoned by her father, betrayed by her fiancé, and forsaken by God, truck driver Randi Davis crisscrosses Wyoming with a broken heart, vowing never to love another man. Suddenly Matthew Carter, a pastor in search of a mobile ministry, is thrust into her life and into her cab. And there’s nothing she can do about it. Soon Randi and Matthew find themselves at cross-purposes. His life on the road has just begun. Her eight-year-old niece needs a parent to come home to every day. Is this the end of the road for Randi and Matthew’s romance? Which road leads to God’s ultimate plan?
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1. This is your debut novel. Congratulations! What gave you the inspiration for this story?
My husband and I were coming home from a trip in our fifth wheel and we stopped at a truck stop for fuel. A small pickup truck came into the parking lot pulling a trailer that said, “Truckers for Christ” on its side. That’s where the idea began.
2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that were theirs and theirs alone?
It’s hard to separate what is the author and what is the character for me. We traveled around the states a lot and those experiences infiltrated some of the story. Driving through Wyoming was a lonely time for me and I think that influenced some of Randi’s choices. I would never want to drive a big rig, so that's all Randi.
3. If your hero/heroine were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?
Randi would be rocky road. She’s stumbling through life, thinking her obstacles are too big to get over. Matthew would be vanilla with that thin line of chocolate running through it. He’s security with a tiny bit of uncertainty.
4. Are there any themes in Hearts on the Road that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?
Abandonment it the big theme. I do hope the reader sees that God never leaves us. The other theme would be forgiveness.
5. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?
The technical parts of the book were hard because it’s not an easy career, truck drivers can be a bit rough to talk to and the true trucking side of the truck stops tend to make me blush. My favorite part? The loading dock scene.
6. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?
Right now I’m under contract with Concordia Publishing House. I’m co-authoring a nonfiction book about blended families. It is scheduled to come out sometime in 2011.
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