All of Diane's books have been written from a heart that has overcome many painful moments of circumstance. As each weakness was exchanged for the perfect strength that God could only offer Diane; a new heart began to break through the calloused moments of the past; so God could use what Diane had been through, as a means of reaching out to others in despair.
Many in this world grow up and go to school or college to get their education but that's not what God had in store for Diane. Her education for writing came from 21 painful knee surgeries, heartache from sexual abuse as a child, and the loss of many things in her life, including the loss of children.
As each painful moment came and as each loving desire left, God was taking all the brokenness in Diane’s life, and He was piecing it together, so she could have the heart He desired...a heart that could understand and care for others who live in despair.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? I grew up in a small town, in the state of Michigan and since I did so poorly in school; I thought that being a writer, would be the last thing that I would be doing but through a lifetime of pain and heartache...due to many knee surgeries...sexual abuse and the loss of many things, including children; I found a new heart that could feel such depth...a heart that learned through the everyday things of life, rather than what any education could offer me.
When did you first start writing? I began to write about 15 years ago and it wasn't on my own. After coming through an overwhelming amount of pain and heartache in my life, I began to feel the depth of God's presence within mine and His words became my manuscript.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you? The greatest joy that I have found through writing; is to connect with God, in a way that I never thought I'd ever do but also...it's a great feeling to know that I can take the words that first helped me and share them with others, who are going through their own difficult times.
What do your readers mean to you? I not only enjoy sharing my life with those who read my work but I also enjoy the special times I share with the reader, through my daily writing, on Moments Spent with God. I see this as a time, when I am truly connecting with the reader, while helping them to connect with a God, who can bring peace...along with renewed strength and hope; so they don't have to suffer needlessly, like I did at one time in my life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day? Normally, I'm up and at it by 6:40 am. I have to admit that after a hard days work...prior to that morning; that it can be hard to convince myself that I should not reset the alarm to a later time. Now to the question...I should say that it's not what inspires me but who inspires me and that is the God I serve. Sometimes I get the feeling that He is looking down from heaven and saying..."Come on Diane, it's time to get to work, so we can help encourage some hurting people today," and when I think of it in that way, I'm more than ready to get up and get at it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time? Well...I usually am working 12 hour days because I not only write but I minister to people who are hurting, with pain, heartache and depression. There are a few things I enjoy on the side, when I have some time off and that is cooking and the great outdoors. I not only like to be creative in my writing but in the way I cook and do other things. There have been several times in the past, when I have even created my own recipes, which I also enjoy doing. It's amazing how far our thoughts can take us, when we seek, with the desire of our hearts.
What is your writing process? Many go to college or take other courses, as a means of gaining their writing skills but mine has come from a heart that has been changed by God. He took each drawn out and painful moment in my life and exchanged these moments, for a heart that could hear His voice deep within my spirit. In other words...as each loving desire left my life; God began to replace these moments with Himself.
Describe your desk... I have a great hutch style desk in my office but I mainly use it as counter space. You see...I have problems sitting at a regular desk because I have a rod in my right leg, which won't allow that leg to bend; so I sit on a daybed...near a window, with a side table that has become my desk. On the table, I have a lamp...a plant and in the summer, I bring in some roses from my pink rosebush. I also have my cell phone and stacks of paper, which shows that I am a busy lady and my laptop sits on a laptop table...across my lap. I have come to see that where there is a will...there's always a way. I should also say that my office is very handicapable. I don't consider myself disabled, even though I live with a rod in my right leg...and a left leg that is increasingly getting worse. I have learned how to make everything handy...in a way that doesn't seem to remind me of my problems.
What's the story behind your latest book? My latest book, is actually a series of devotional books. These books of devotions came about, through all the painful moments in my life. In other words; these words became the words that God used to inspire, sustain, heal and mend a broken life that once was shattered to pieces. Now it is my desire to encourage and uplift those, who face similar questions, with no answers.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you? Yes...I read the life story of Joni Eareckson, which truly inspired me at a time, when I was facing my own moments of pain and heartache and in some way, I feel that the inspiration I found from this book, gave me the will to press on, through my own moments of affliction.
How do you approach cover design? Just as I feel that writing is something that comes from the heart; I also believe that the message that is conveyed through the cover design, comes from the heart also...a heart that is truly connected to God and not myself.
What do you read for pleasure? I study the Bible and I have a study bible that has sections in the front of it; that deal with different feelings we experience, while going through trying times in our lives; so I like to reflect on those writings.
What motivated you to become an indie author? What I love the most, is that I can offer a good book...at a great price, to those who cannot afford much. I also love the feeling of being my own publisher, where I can use my talents, to make my books...my way, which is ALWAYS God's way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? Yes...it was actually a poem, about 15 years ago. This was the time when God was beginning to work in and through me. Words began to flood my thoughts, until I had to write them down. Now, I keep pens in most of the rooms of my home and if paper isn't close by, I have found that writing on tissue is the next best thing.
Who are your favorite authors? I grew up loving Joni Eareckson. While going through multiple surgeries, for a congenital problem in both of my knees; her words inspired me greatly!
Risen Hope Ministries | Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain - Author/Director
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