Are you reading along on the Read Along with Emilie Richards 2018 Reading Challenge. It’s still not too late to start.
Usually on the last Wednesday of the month I make suggestions for several of our challenge categories. This month instead I have the distinct pleasure of sharing an interview with Diane Chamberlain, talented author and friend, whose newest novel, The Dream Daughter, which debuts in early October, is receiving fabulous reviews. This latest offering falls nicely into our category of time travel, while still having a true women’s fiction spin.
Here are a few review quotes:
“Chamberlain stretches her sense of familial relationships and toe-curling suspense in new directions, weaving in elements of trust, history, and time as she explores the things we do for love. With a little tension and a lot of heart, The Dream Daughter will delight Chamberlain’s fans and hook new readers.” ―Booklist
“Exciting and heartfelt…Chamberlain expertly blends the time-travel elements with the wonderful story of a mother’s love and the depths of sacrifice she makes for her child. This is a page-turning crowd-pleaser.” ―Publishers Weekly
My thanks to Diane who, during an especially busy time, agreed to answer my questions.
Diane has promised a copy of The Dream Daughter to one lucky reader who comments on this post. So comment at the end and with the help of random.org, I’ll choose a winner next Wednesday morning.
1–After such a successful career writing women’s fiction, what spurred you to add time travel to the mix with this novel? The premise is fabulous. Do you remember when and why it occurred to you?
Absolutely! My first career was as a hospital social worker in a high risk maternity ward. This was way back in the early 80s. Many babies who would survive today didn’t survive back then. Medicine has made so many advances in the last 30+ years. This started me thinking: What if a woman pregnant in 1970 learns that her unborn baby has a fatal condition, but someone tells her she can get help for her baby in the future…and there is a way to “go there.” It’s a crazy idea but one I’ve been thinking about for the last ten years. Once I described the story to my editor, she jumped on board and I was finally able to write it.
2–Knowing this would be a very different story for you–still with all your wonderful insights–did you fight your muse and tell her not to proceed?
No, I actually was ready and willing to write this story when it first came to me a decade ago. It was my agent who said she didn’t think it would be good for my career at that point. Plus, the storyline I turned into her wasn’t as rich as The Dream Daughter turned out to be. She was probably right. Now that I have a much larger fan base who (I hope!) will come along with me, the time seemed right to give my muse her freedom.
3–I know how much you loved writing this book. Do you have a favorite of all the books you’ve written? Or is there one that stands out as the most fun to write?
The Dream Daughter was definitely the most fun to write. I kept giggling as I figured out another twist—and I cried a bit, too. In retrospect, it feels as though this story practically wrote itself. While I was in the middle of it, though, I was always wondering “can I make this work? Can I make this believable?”
4–You just finished your next book. Was it difficult at all to go back to a story without time travel elements?
It wasn’t difficult to go back a story without time travel elements, but it was difficult to begin working on ANY story at all because I was still so in love with The Dream Daughter. It took me a few months to settle on a story line that I truly loved, but I finally landed on a concept that is once again clearly “vintage Diane Chamberlain,” and I’m really happy with it.
5–Since I haven’t yet read The Dream Daughter, (which will be my own reading challenge time travel book) is there room for a sequel here? Are you toying with the possibility?
It would be very difficult (though not impossible!) to write a sequel for this book because I really do tie things up quite neatly. But I would never say never.
6–Your covers are wonderful, and this one is especially wonderful. Do you have input into covers and titles? Do you have one of both that you’re especially fond of?
I have some input. If my agent and I agree that we dislike a cover for some reason, we can ask for changes. In my imagination, which is not very good when it comes to book design, I pictured a starkly dramatic cover for The Dream Daughter. But when I saw the actual cover, I was blown away by it’s brilliance. It suits the story so perfectly, as does the title, which was not mine. Throughout the writing, I called the book ‘The Glimmer Child’. I still feel attached to that title, but my agent and editor wanted something different. My editor came up with The Dream Daughter. She is a book title machine!
Thanks, Emilie, for this opportunity to tell your readers a bit about The Dream Daughter!
Thank you, Diane. The pleasure was definitely ours.
The Dream Daughter will be available in hardcover, paperback, ebook and audio. You can pre-order at the following stores or find it at your favorite bookstore beginning October 2nd.
Don’t forget to leave a comment here to enter the drawing for a copy of The Dream Daughter. Comments will be accepted for the drawing until Tuesday, October 2nd at midnight.