Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Diane Burke is giving away a free book!

Award-winning author, Diane Burke, writes for Love Inspired Books. She loves to read all of the lines and writes for the romantic suspense division. She lives in Florida and when she's not writing, she's reading, walking the beach, visiting with her grandchildren or playing with her dogs.

Welcome, Diane!

Thanks, for having me, Lynette.

So, tell us how you came up with the idea for Double Identity.

The original idea began as the wispy remnants of a dream. I woke up and remembered dreaming about a woman who picked up a letter from her kitchen table. The letter began, “By the time you read this letter I’ll be dead.” Of course, that caught my interest. That’s probably why the dream stuck with me. I don’t usually remember my dreams.

I started asking myself questions. Who was this woman? Who was the person who left the note? When she goes in search of answers and discovers that her name, her identity, is all false, what would she do? And soon a plot was born.

However, plotting is only half the battle. I had to try and put myself in my characters shoes and answer the all important question---what is going on emotionally within this woman and how is she going to cope?

That made me think about teenagers. So many teens get angry at their parents and have moments that they wish they belonged to some other family. Or they sometimes don’t feel like they belong in the one they have and wonder if they’ve been adopted.
So how would it feel if you found out the family and life you felt belonged to you wasn’t real?

We all wear masks. We’re wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, employees, friends. But who are we really? If every title, if every mask was stripped away, what would be left behind? Who really is the person in the mirror?

I’d love to hear from your readers and see how they’d answer that question. I’m still trying to answer it for myself.

All right readers. I hope you'll give Diane an answer to her question. I know I'm going to have to think about this one a bit.


Karen Kirst said...

That's a tough question! Not sure I have an answer since those titles are so integrated with how we see ourselves and how others see us. Without them, I guess I could be identified by my specific likes/dislikes and personality quirks. This is a really intriguing concept and I'd love to read your book, Diane!

Anonymous said...

Ha! I think I would be relieved but then again my family is slightly dysfunctional ;p

Diane, congrats on another great suspense. Hugs!

Hi, Lynette!

Pain SUX said...

Wow, what a question, I guess if you stripped away all my titles, I would be a really loving person who wants to help anyone and everyone at any chance I get, someone who thinks you can never learn enough, someone who reads every waking moment that I'm not needed at something else...and someone who loves her friends and family with every bit of her heart and soul.

soklad at hotmail dot com

Jo said...

Oy, what a question! I thought I knew who I was but have been taking a course that is very intense and not sure who I am. There are so many layers getting pulled back one by one so will be interesting to find out the answer to this question. I have read a few of your books and really enjoyed them and this one sounds just as enjoyable.


Lynette Eason said...

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Diane is a great author. I just love her stuff and guarantee you'll enjoy Double Identity. Stay tuned for the winner.

by Pegg Thomas said...

I've read this book and enjoyed it. It was the very first Love Inspired Suspense I ever read.

Lynette Eason said...

Hi Kit!

And hi Pegg, so glad you stopped by! And Diane is honored, I'm sure, that her book was your first LIS. The fact that you enjoyed it tells me it won't be the last! You sure have a lot to choose from. Stop back by and let us know the next one you read. God Bless.