PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Dianne Price, born August 1933, lived joyfully despite dealing with terminal cancer and died in August 2013, a mere week before the release date for the first book of this series, Broken Wings. Everyone involved with the production of these books has been blessed beyond measure to have known Dianne and be a part of giving readers a chance to meet Rob and Maggie and visit the beautiful, fictional isle of Innisbraw.
Dianne Price Bio:
Dianne’s father was a barnstorming pilot and she was bitten early by the “flying bug” as well. She married an aeronautical engineer. After their five children were in school, she burned the midnight oil and wrote. When her husband died only three years after he retired, she visited the Outer Hebrides Isles of Scotland, where her husband’s clan (MacDonalds) and her own clan (Galbraiths) originated. Many yearly trips, gallons of tea, too little sleep, and a burst of insight birthed her Thistle Series.
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This interview is with Sherrie Ashcraft and Christina Tarabochia about Author Dianne Price.
Welcome to PASTimes. Tell us a little about Dianne Price and your relationship with her.
Christina is Dianne’s editor and we are her publishers.
Dianne passed away recently, but she will be remembered for the novels she wrote and the person she was. Tell us a little about her novels.
They are rich, accurate, pure romances with such lovely Scots and Gaelic touches. We often hear back from readers that they truly feel as though they got to live on Innisbraw as well.
Dianne wrote historical novels set in World War 2. Why do you think she concentrated on that time period?
She was in love with flying, and the use of airplanes as weapons of war seems to have fascinated her. Also, she lived through that era and surely remembers the effect of the war on her life, family, and war.
Introduce us briefly to the main characters in her most recent book, Wing and a Prayer.
Rob—American bomber pilot. Lives by the rules and is a man of honor. Serious war injuries. A hero’s hero!
Maggie—RAF nurse from Scotland who tends to Rob during his recuperation.
The second book opens with them figuring out how to be married during a war, how to deal with fears of loss, how to protect their beloved island.
Will there be a third book in the series?
Actually, there are six books in The Thistle Series. The readers will get to live alongside Maggie and Rob for a good while! The third book should be out in May, with the fourth releasing in August to commemorate what would have been her 81st birthday.
What is one of your fondest memories of Dianne?
We first met her at an Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference. Christina and I were the last ones to leave the dining hall, and we noticed someone had left a beautiful, authentic, A-2 bomber jacket on a chair. We picked it up and went in search of whoever had left it, just as Dianne returned in search of it. She was so grateful to get it, and told us it was very special to her as it was a gift from her beloved husband, who had recently died. Also that day happened to be her birthday!
As her publisher, what was it about her writing that made you want to publish her novels?
We loved the richness of Dianne’s writing—her ability to create a setting that you could almost taste as well as see. The beauty of the Scottish seaside village and the enchanting dialect of its residents. The dangers of airplane battles. Maeve Binchey meets Rosamund Pilcher, with a Christian twist.
What would you like readers to gain from reading her books?
People can be steadfast and brave amidst difficult circumstances. Love can arise in unexpected places. Reading about these two truths and God’s role in them gives readers hope that they can experience it themselves.
Does Dianne leave a family behind?
She left behind five children, and numerous grands and great-grands. Not only that, but her family of writers in Oregon Christian Writers miss her very much.
Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes and sharing about Dianne Price. Any final words for readers or writers?
She chased after her dreams despite her age, her difficulties, her cancer diagnosis. Even on her death bed, she was exclaiming over the mockups of her covers, praising God for all He’d done. May we all be such a blessing to those around us and follow our dreams to the end!
Dianne’s publishers are giving away a copy of one of her novels in a drawing. To enter, leave a comment. Choose which novel you would like to win, Broken Wings (Book 1) or Wing and a Prayer (Book 2) along with your email and the answer to this question:
What do you think would be the hardest part about living on a remote island? OR …
There are some strange-sounding Scottish foods in Dianne’s books. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
You can find out more about Dianne Price’s novels at ashberrylane.com.