Interview with Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town, in the state of Michigan and since I did so poorly in school; I thought that being a writer, would be the last thing that I would be doing but through a lifetime of pain and heartache; due to twenty-one knee surgeries...sexual abuse and the loss of many things, including children; I found a new heart that could feel such depth...a heart that learned through the everyday things of life, rather than what any education could offer me.
When did you first start writing?
I began to write about 13 years ago and it wasn't on my own. After coming through an overwhelming amount of pain and heartache in my life; I began to feel the depth of God's presence within mine and His words became my manuscript.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has become a great tool; that has helped me to get my work out to those who could use an ounce of hope within their own lives.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy that I have found through writing; is to connect with God, in a way that I never thought I'd ever do but also...it's a great feeling to know that I can take the words that first helped me and share them with others, who are going through their own difficult times.
What do your fans mean to you?
I not only enjoy sharing my life with those who read my work but I also enjoy the special times I share with the reader, through my nightly blogs because I see this as a time, when I am truly connecting with the reader...which I love to do.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Normally, I'm up and at it by 6:15 am. I have to admit that after a hard days work; prior to that morning, it can be hard to convince myself; that I should not reset the alarm to a later time. Now to the question...I should say that it's not what inspires me but who inspires me and that is the God I serve. Sometimes I get the feeling; that He is looking down from heaven and saying..."Come on Diane, it's time to get to work, so we can help encourage some hurting people today," and when I think of it, in that way; I'm more than ready to get up and get at it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well...I usually am working 12 hour days because I not only write but I minister, to people who are hurting, through pain, heartache and depression. There are a few things I enjoy on the side, when I have some time off and that is cooking and decorating. I not only like to be creative in my writing but in the way I decorate our home and cook. There have been several times in the past, when I have even created my own recipes, which I also enjoy doing. It's amazing how far our thoughts can take us, when we seek, with the desire of our hearts.
What is your writing process?
Many go to college or take other coarses, as a means of gaining their writing skills but mine has come, from a heart that has been changed by God. He took each drawn out and painful moment in my life and exchanged these moments; for a heart that could hear His voice, deep within my spirit. In other words...as each loving desire left my life; God began to replace these moments with Himself.
Describe your desk
I have a great hutch style desk in my office but I mainly use it as counter space. You see...I have problems sitting at a regular desk because I have a rod in my right leg, which won't allow that leg to bend, so I sit on a daybed, near a window, with a beautiful side table; that become my desk. On the table; I have a lamp...some plants and in the summer, I bring in some roses from my pink rosebush. I also have my cell phone and stacks of paper, which shows that I am a busy lady. I have come to see that where there is a will...there's always a way.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, is actually a series of devotional books (A Collection of Writings: Inspired by God). These books of devotions came about, while facing twenty-one knee operations, due to a congenital problem from birth; along with sexual abuse and the loss of many things in my life; including children. In other words; these words became the words that God used, to inspire, sustain, heal and mend a broken life; that have been shattered to pieces. Now it is my desire to encourage and uplift those; who face simila questions, with no answers.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes...I read the life story of Joni Eareckson, which truly inspired me at a time, when I was facing my own moments of pain and heartache and in some way; I feel that the inspiration I found from this book, gave me the will to press on, through my own moment of affliction.
How do you approach cover design?
Just as I feel that writing is something that comes from the heart; I also believe that the message that is conveyed through the cover design, comes from the heart also.
What do you read for pleasure?
I study the Bible and I have a study bible that has sections in the front of it; that deal with different feelings we experience, while going through trying times in our lives; so I like to reflect on those writings.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Believe it or not; I do not have a reading device but I do have the kindle software on my computer, which makes it handy, for when I read Mark Coker's e-books on marketing. I also love the larger print I experience, while reading on my laptop.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
What I love the most, is that I can offer a good book, at a great price, to those who cannot afford much. I also love the feeling of being my own publisher, where I can use my talents, to make my books...my way.
What are you working on next?
I just recently did a story on my life, which is titled "Baby Steps: A Personal Journey with God, through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache" and at this time, I am in the process of finishing a devotion book that will become an adjoining book to "Baby Steps."
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes...it was actually a poem, about 13 years ago. This was the time when God was beginning to work in and through me. Words began to flood my thoughts, until I had to write them down. Now, I keep pens in most of the rooms of my home and if paper isn't close by, I have found that writing on tissue is the next best thing.
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up loving Joni Eareckson. While going through multiple surgeries, for a congenital problem, in both of my knees; her words inspired me greatly!
Published 2016-01-28.
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Books by This Author

The Wilderness Gang: Loving Others Who Hurt Us Coloring Story Book
Price: Free! Words: 940. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books
Come and let “The Wilderness Gang” teach your children how to love others…especially when other children have hurt them. Let them experience what real love can be like…and how they can give love back, as they follow the example of “The Wilderness Gang” and what they faced, throughout this coloring story book.
Words to Inspire the Heart : An Adult Coloring Book of Quotes and Designs for Peace-Filled Moments of Coloring
Price: Free! Words: 160. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - General
Words to Inspire the Heart is a great adult coloring book that will bring peace and a quiet moment into your day. Enjoy quotes that will inspire your heart, while coloring pages that will ease the stress in your life and help you to relax.
A Journey to Bethlehem
Price: Free! Words: 5,630. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Holidays / Christmas & Advent, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Holidays / Christian
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to journey with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem? Why not come and take a journey with me, as I walk back in time, to share some events that took place…right up to the time of Jesus’ birth. Come and discover a true connection with Jesus this Christmas that will warm your heart and bring back the real meaning of Christmas into your life.
Answers to Our Everyday Questions - Volume Three
Price: Free! Words: 17,930. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Devotional, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
Are you living with questions such as, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”…“ Why hasn’t God answered my prayer?” and “Oh Lord Jesus…how is it that life can seem so difficult?” “Answers to Our Everyday Questions,” will teach you how to find God's answers, to the everyday questions that attempt to keep us in a place of bondage.
Answers to Our Everyday Questions - Volume Two
Price: Free! Words: 17,840. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Are you living with questions such as, “Why do I find it difficult to trust in a God that can never fail me?”…“How can I stop worry from controlling my life?” and “Why do I find it easier to please others, rather than God?” “Answers to Our Everyday Questions,” will teach you how to find God's answers, to the everyday questions that attempt to keep us in a place of bondage.
Answers to Our Everyday Questions - Volume One
Price: Free! Words: 16,840. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Devotional, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Are you living with questions, such as…“How can I be free from guilt and shame?”… “How do I shift my thinking from the negative to the positive?” and “Why do I feel as though God doesn’t love me anymore?” “Answers to Our Everyday Questions,” will teach you how to find God's answers, to the everyday questions that attempt to keep us in a place of bondage.
Warm Memories and Thoughts of Christmas
Price: Free! Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Holidays / Christmas & Advent
Enjoy a peaceful moment this Christmas, as you read simple poetic words that take you back to the Christmas' of yesterday, while enjoying the true meaning of Christmas. As an additive to the book...the author has also shared 4 of her favorite Christmas candy recipes; that she has made and shared, throughout many of her Christmas'.
Baby Steps: A Personal Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache
Price: Free! Words: 39,350. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography
"Baby Steps: A Personal Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache," is a book about the author's journey through many years of pain and heartache...a journey that led her through twenty-one painful knee surgeries...counseling for sexual abuse, which became a very painful form of child abuse and the loss of many things…including children.
Hope for a New Day Devotional
Price: Free! Words: 34,360. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
"Hope for a New Day Devotional" is a series of devotions that inspired the author, as she faced insurmountable pain and heartache, throughout her life. Each devotion is truly inspired by God and will allow you to connect with a God of love and strength, rather than standing face to face with a weak circumstance.
A Morning Thought Devotional
Price: Free! Words: 33,850. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
"A Morning Thought Devotional" is a series of daily devotionals that inspired the author, as she faced insurmountable pain and heartache throughout her life. The devotions are truly inspired by God and will allow you to connect with a God of love and strength, rather than standing face to face with a weak circumstance.
Words from the Heart: Treasured Moments Spent with God
Price: Free! Words: 18,680. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Inspirational
“Words from the Heart: Treasured Moments Spent with God,” will give you an overall experience, of the precious moments that God and the author shared, as He brought her from a place of bondage, to a place of freedom. Come and discover a book that will help you to connect with a God who can become a close friend and companion, while facing the difficult moments in your own life.
You Are Not Alone in a Lonely World
Price: Free! Words: 12,440. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Inspirational
Do your problems make you feel alone in this world? Come and find words of comfort and hope; that will sustain you, until the storm in your life passes by. "You Are Not Alone in a Lonely World," is the author’s first published work and the words within this book are truly inspired by God. Just as each word brought the author through some difficult times; you too can find hope within these pages.
Inspirational Quotes from Above: Words to Strengthen the Hurting Soul
Price: Free! Words: 7,450. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Inspirational
Could you use an ounce of hope, to carry you through the day or a trying moment in your life? Inspirational Quotes from Above: Words to Strengthen the Hurting Soul, will allow positive thoughts, to replace the negative moments that attempt to keep you down; so you can remain focused on God's goodness, rather than the circumstance that stands before you.
Devotions that will Replace Despair with Renewed Hope
Price: Free! Words: 47,010. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Devotional
Are you looking for a way to replace the deep dark moments of despair in your life, with renewed hope? Come and discover words of encouragement; that will lead you in the direction of renewed hope, while leading you further away from your wilderness of despair; through Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain’s devotional book…“Devotions That Will Replace Despair with Renewed Hope.”
Devotions That Will Become A Remedy During Difficult Times
Price: Free! Words: 44,030. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Devotional
Are you looking for a remedy that can bring peace to your hurting heart and soul? Come and discover words of encouragement that can bring inner healing to you, while facing overwhelming moments of pain and heartache, through Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain’s devotion book…“Devotions that will become a Remedy during Difficult Times.”
Devotions that will Exchange Weakness for Strength
Price: Free! Words: 48,020. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Devotional
Are you looking for a way to exchange the weak moments in your life, for a strength that can keep you standing, during the difficult times? Come and discover words of encouragement, along with a strength and hope; that will become a crutch to lean on, during the difficult moments, through Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain’s devotional book…“Devotions that will Exchange Weakness for Strength."
Devotions to Bring Peace During Troubled Times
Price: Free! Words: 47,820. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Devotional
Come and discover words of encouragement, along with a peace and hope that can sustain you through the difficult times, as you read Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain’s devotional book…“Devotions to Bring Peace during Troubled Times.” The devotional writings within this book were first given to the author, as she faced overwhelming moments of pain and heartache within her own life.
Devotions to Strengthen the Hurting Soul
Price: Free! Words: 41,850. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Are you looking for the key that can unlock the circumstance; that has been attempting to keep you in bondage? Come and find renewed hope and a way that will lead you out of your wilderness of despair, through Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain’s devotional book..."Devotions to Strengthen the Hurting Soul.”
Time Alone With God:A Devotional Study for Discovering Renewed Hope in God
Price: Free! Words: 105,670. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
“Time Alone With God: A Devotional Study for Discovering Renewed Hope in God,” is a book of devotions that have been compiled into book form, so rather than reading a devotion every day, this book will become a personal Bible study between the reader and God and one of the greatest inspirational books you will read.