Friday, October 19, 2012

Meet Diane Tatum!

Diane E. Tatum

Twitter: @DianeTatum

Diane E. Tatum has been writing since childhood. She “retired” from teaching middle school language arts in 2009 to focus on writing full-time. Her first novel, Gold Earrings, which began as a short story written in high school, was published in September 2011. Diane has also written Sunday School curriculum for LifeWay, David C. Cook, and her church youth group as well as youth leadership-related articles for magazines. She has a BS-Business Administration and a MATeaching-Language Arts. Diane continues to work with youth at her former middle school, with Tullahoma WyldLife, and in her church. She lives in Tullahoma, TN, with her aerospace engineer husband, Ken.

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Gold Earrings (Published 2011 – Tate Publishing,  ISBN-10:1617775746, ISBN-13: 978-1617775741)

Daughter of a bordello madame and an Italian captain of the seas, Angelina Mercy longs for a new life, free from the condemnation associated with her mother's home in Boston. A former navy man, Jonathan Thomson has accepted God's call and become a minister of a small congregation. Adrift from his Yankee heritage in the Missouri plains, Jonathan longs for a family of his own. Pursuing Alice, the daughter of the town's wealthy patron, Jonathan believes he can tame her wild ways and accomplish more as a preacher once so established. When Angelina's guardian and Jonathan's seminary professor learns of Jonathan's misguided intentions, he seeks out a solution to aid both individuals, providing a new home for Angelina in St. Joseph, and Angelina and Jonathan are brought together with a strong initial attraction. Can Jonathan ignore Angelina's Gold Earrings, a constant reminder of the implications of her less than pristine parentage? And will Alice succeed in keeping Jonathan from Angelina? The resilient heroine of Diane E. Tatum's novel will inspire you in this touching tale of love against the odds.


A Time to Choose (unpublished)

Captain Andrew Browning’s new assignment is to head up security at the Lincoln White House. A Virginian and a longtime friend of Robert E. Lee, he must decide whether to resign from the Union Army. His long-time fiancĂ©e is a beautiful Southern belle whose father runs a plantation with slaves who were Andrew’s childhood friends. His choices will also affect his family: his blacksmith father, mother, and twin sisters.

Maggie Strickland’s mission is to bring a petition from Massachusetts abolitionists to Lincoln demanding an end to slavery. A Harvard graduate in political science and journalism, Maggie writes about her passions and the war under a pseudonym. She plans to change the South and give her heart to Andrew, a man who has made difficult choices and is embittered by his former relationships. Impetuous and driven, Maggie’s passion for her family, justice, and God determines her choices.

A Time to Choose is a Christian historical romance set in Washington, DC, during the Civil War years.

Can two people make the world a better place to raise the next generation of Americans?


Your unique talent: I knit for myself and others as well as for our church prayer shawl ministry, make beaded jewelry, and do counted cross-stitch.


For our Fun Little Survey, Diane answered:

Which best describes your personality: I’m quiet , creative, and reliable. I’m a good listener and care deeply for people. I try to be more like Christ each day.

Are you a “pet person” or prefer no pets? Dogs are the best!  We have a Jack Russell terrier named Tyler, in addition to a granddog named Sammy, and a grandcat named Pepper.

Would you rather travel or stay at home? Foreign travel, Canadian travel, US travel, but when I’m home I like to be home.

Do you read more or write more? I enjoy reading, but I enjoy writing more.

Prefer cake or pie? Pie! Cherry, blackberry, apple, chocolate, key lime, you name it!

Would, or do, ride a motorcycle or prefer to ride/drive a car? NO motorcycles! I love to drive my crossover Freestyle.

How about taking the bus or walking? In my rural area, the bus does not exist. When we travel, we love the subway to get around big cities. I’d like walking if my knees were better!

Are you part of a big church congregation or a small church? Our church is about 200 or so regularly.

Would you describe yourself as happy or joyful? I struggle with physical problems which makes happy not as easy as for some. My joy comes from my relationship with Christ.

Do you like to telephone people or prefer to use e-mail? Email and text. I don’t enjoy using the phone.

Do you eat at home or eat out? I cook most of the time. I won’t turn down an evening out, though! And I love travel partly because I’m not cooking!

Listen to music or prefer quiet? I love music when I drive, but it’s usually quiet at home.

Prefer sunrises or sunsets? While both are enjoyable displays of God’s creation, the sunrise at the beach on the East Coast is spectacular. I guess that sunrises also remind me of sunrise services on Easter celebrating the resurrection of Christ.

1 comment:

  1. It was interesting to get to know you better, Diane. I am finding that some of the members I know better than others, and I actually did not know much about Diane before this. I'm not sure what a 'Granddog' and 'Grandcat' are... but these short questions are certainly fun!