Talkshow Thursday: Meet Diane Theiler
I'm pleased to introduce Diane Theiler, author of Black Mamba
and Heaven's Bait
. I hope you'll take a few minutes to get to know her.
|Author Diane Theiler|
been writing since you were a child. When did you know you want to pursue
always wanted to publish but never knew how. It wasn’t until I met Jean Kinsey
and Becky Kelley at a book signing that things turned around. They ended up
taking me under their wing and mentoring me.
on publishing your latest novel. What was the inspiration for the story?
novel was written for daughter Christene. I plan to write a book with each of
my children as the main character. It’s a part of me they will be able to keep
after I am gone. And of course, no one wants to be in a boring book, so it had
to be Suspense.
Do you have
an unusual research story to share?
Heaven’s Bait, I had to have a name that meant King but the word also had to
sound like a person’s name. I went to the translator and translated King in a
ton of languages to see what came up. I decided on a name, but halfway through
the book, for whatever reason, I looked it up to show someone and low and
behold it didn’t come up as King. I didn’t realize it wouldn’t translate back
the same. Anyway, I had to go back to translator and start again.
The age old
question for writers-are you a “pantster” or a plotter?
– It works for me. If I could be a plotter I think it would make things a lot
easier. However, when I’ve tried, I’ve never been able to follow the plan.
Whether its God that’s inspiring me or my characters that want to tell their
own story, it always comes together at the end.
Are any of
your characters based on real people?
based on the essence of people. Maybe their personality, their sense of honor,
or their individual struggle. Then of course Christ, in Heaven’s Bait
is portrayed as I see Christ. Patient, gentle, kind,
giving us free will, etc. But I also show how he hurts for us when we struggle,
when we don’t trust Him, or refuse to accept his help. Satan is also my
portrayal of Satan. Clever, conniving, biding his time.
What is your
: I am
working on Unintentional Deception.
Edwards, raped as a teenager, gives up the child for adoption and leaves town
unable to face what happened. She’s sure God can never forgive her. When she
loses her job, she has no option but to leave the man she loves behind and ask
her best friend Simon for help. Matt Kellner follows her; sure she is the one he’s been
praying for. When he arrives he isn’t sure what to think. Four men surround him
and threaten him, claiming she belongs to them. Not willing to give up, he
trusts the Lord and continues to pursue her in spite of their threats.
What are your
passions outside of writing?
Diane: I like
to try new things. I loved sky diving, getting covered in paint, ziplining, and
writing. Didn’t care much for bungi jumping although it was fun after I jumped.
I also like quiet times where I can set and meditate, work puzzles, spend time
with family and friends, and just enjoy the peace and quiet after everyone
What else do
you want folks to know about you?
Lord has worked on my heart for years about witnessing. I kept telling him I
wasn’t a good speaker. Every time I said those words, he’d say “Write a book.”
I fought writing for years. Probably close to thirty years. Then one day I gave
up and started writing. I loved it! I’m so sorry waited so long.