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March 13, 2010 / theoldsilly

Dianne Sagan – Writer on the Move

Time for my monthly participation in the Yahoo Group, VBT – Writers on the Move feature-a-fellow-author post. Today we have with us Dianne Sagan, and she is promoting her latest release, Shelter from the Storm.

First, a little information about Dianne-

Dianne Sagan was raised in Texas and is now a full-time ghostwriter and author. Her credits include 35+ editorials for the Amarillo Globe News, a regional newspaper, in addition to short stories and articles published on the internet. Dianne’s works in progress include a flash fiction book with five other women writers, Women’s Bible studies, a series of suspense novels, and Christian fiction.

Dianne is working on a line of ebooks. She is active in her church. Her activities there include teaching Women’s Bible studies, teaching Adult Sunday School, and choir. She served as a volunteer for five years with the Sharing Hope Ministry, a prison ministry to incarcerated women. She has also been a Small Group leader. Besides being a full-time writer, Dianne and her husband Greg own a business consulting firm, Sagan & Associates. She is a partner and seminar facilitator. She loves speaking to writer’s groups and women’s groups. Her background includes working in the private sector, small business, academia, non-profits, adult and youth training, and speaking.

A member of Panhandle Professional Writers, she can be contacted through her website at Dianne Sagan, Writer –, and she also hosts a wonderful blog at

Rather impressive resume, Dianne, and you are quite the active woman and writer! Okay, now here’s a short synopsis of Shelter from the Storm– (ISBN 978-1-934335-35-2)

Brittany Camp flees to a short-term shelter for battered women as the worst snow storm in 50 years hits Seattle. She uses the judicial system to fight for her family’s safety but finds herself only one step ahead of her volatile husband who is bent on killing her. This story focuses on courage and hope for a better life rather than the actual violence. Brittany’s journey shows the development of her emotions and personality as she learns how to face the fear and navigate the courts. Can she survive and save her children? Will the authorities believe her? How can she win when her husband, Abel Camp, is so charismatic? What if she loses her children?

A work of fiction, it is based on several women’s experiences. Its purpose is not only to entertain the reader but to help raise awareness about the plight of the thousands of women who are abused every day. It helps those who never experience the terror to understand the victims, and shows victims that there is a way out that does not include taking personal revenge on their abusers.

Foreword written by well-known author Deborah LeBlanc.

For those readers who enjoyed her book released earlier in 2009, Rebekah Redeemed, a historical/Christian fiction novella, this is a contemporary story. It is mainstream/suspense with an underlying theme of overcoming difficulties and life struggles.

And, now here’s the book’s trailer also…

Alright, peeps, let’s show Dianne some love in the comments gallery. She will be stopping in from time to time to answer questions and/or interact with you all, so fire away with anything else you like to know from her, okay!

Chow, gang … blog back in tomorrow for another special feature I have planned for y’all.

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  1. Thelma Banks / Mar 13 2010 8:21 am

    Wow, Dianne = you’re really a multi-talented, prolific and active woman! I’m all for ANY kind of help in the “abused women” arena, so I wish you all the best with your book. Loved the trailer too – did you make it yourself?

  2. Cactus Annie / Mar 13 2010 8:26 am

    I’ve heard of “ghostwriters” but never met one, lol. So are you sworn to forever secrecy – can’t let anyone know you actually wrote such and such book? How does that work? Flat fee pay or a share of the royalties? Sorry to ask all these questions, lol. Just curious.

    Book sounds great, btw, and you go with helping out abused women the way you do, GF!

  3. John Standish / Mar 13 2010 8:34 am

    Good luck with the book, Dianne – it sounds not onlly like a good read, but it will raise some awareness and be of some help for a lot of people. That’s a good thing!

  4. quirkyloon / Mar 13 2010 10:19 am

    The book sounds really good! Good luck and I have to admit, I had the same questions as Cactus Annie regarding ghostwriting.

    May the ghouls be with you! HA! Get it ghostwriting = ghouls?

    Sorry, but I am a delightfully demented spirit.


  5. Stanley Berber / Mar 13 2010 11:17 am

    Very impressive resume! Best wishes with this interesting sounding book, and I hope it helps you and others in your efforts to raise awareness and get the help needed to abused women. Such a blight on our society that this problem even exists!

  6. Dana Donovan / Mar 13 2010 11:21 am

    Interesting interview. “Shelter From the Storm” sounds like it would make for a really good movie, too. Who doesn’t love to hate the charismatic abusive husband that no one suspects is so evil? Thanks Marvin & Dianne.

  7. Stephen Tremp / Mar 13 2010 11:30 am

    I like the idea of using numerous accounts to make one fictional story. This gives the writer no shortage of ideas and inspiration. Of course, you can also fill in gaps using your own imagination. And I like that you have a snowstorm in your story. I think weather can be an inanimate character that readers identify deeply with. Best wishes for your continued success.

    Stephen Tremp

  8. yvonne lewis / Mar 13 2010 11:45 am

    A lady of many talents, and her books sounds wonderful, enjoyed the post very much , thanks Marvin.


  9. Karen Cioffi / Mar 13 2010 1:09 pm

    Wonderful interview, Marvin.

    I read Rebekah Redeemed and it was wonderful. I’m sure Shelter from the Storm is a great read also, especially since the topic of the book is of such importance.

    I wish you much success with it, Dianne!

  10. Marcus Franks / Mar 13 2010 1:12 pm

    Interesting and valuable sounding book. I also agree with Stephen’s comment – adding in a severe weather element to a plot creates an extra dimension to a story. Very good. Best wishes for many sales, Dianne!

  11. Mason Canyon / Mar 13 2010 1:47 pm

    Sounds like a gripping story. Hard sometimes for people to understand how difficult it can be for a woman to flee an abusive husband. Thanks for introducing me to a “new to me” author and a great story. Definitely worth a tweet.

  12. ReformingGeek / Mar 13 2010 1:48 pm

    Oh, ghost WRITER not ghost WHISPERER! That makes much more sense.


    The book sounds wonderful.

  13. Joyce A. Anthony / Mar 13 2010 1:52 pm

    This is on my to read list–I read your first book, Dianne, and loved it–this sounds even better. Thanks for sharing this with us, Marvin!

  14. Helen Ginger / Mar 13 2010 1:59 pm

    You are one multi-talented woman. The book sounds very interesting, especially since it’s based on actual experiences.

    Straight From Hel

  15. Janet Ann Collins / Mar 13 2010 2:11 pm

    Sounds like a powerful book and a valuable ministry.

  16. Barbra Kelser / Mar 13 2010 5:44 pm

    You are one amazing woman. Best of luck with your book, it sounds awesome, and I hope it helps a lot of people. Thanks, Marv and Dianne, for this feature post.

  17. Alex J. Cavanaugh / Mar 13 2010 8:31 pm

    Never met anyone who was a ghostwriter!

  18. Amiee Nowosielski / Mar 13 2010 9:58 pm

    Fantastic blogpost, I favorited your blog so I can visit again in the future, Thanks

  19. Brigitte Thompson / Mar 14 2010 11:23 am

    Great interview. Shelter From the Storm sounds like an exceptional book.

  20. kathy stemke / Mar 14 2010 2:01 pm

    I love Dianne and her books. Good luck with your sales, Dianne.

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