Saturday, February 6, 2010

Shelter from the Storm by Dianne G. Sagan

New Release

Dianne G. Sagan’s second release of 2009

Shelter from the Storm

ISBN# 978-1-934335-35-2

Price: $14.95

Brittany Camp flees to a short-term shelter for battered women when the worst snow storm in 50 years hits Seattle. She must draw hidden courage from within and fight for her family's safety but finds herself only one step ahead of her volatile husband who’s bent on killing her.

What makes this work of fiction different than most about domestic violence? Shelter from the Storm has very little actual violence and has an underlying theme of hope for a woman who is running for her life. Brittany Camp is not a woman of revenge, she is a woman who hopes to find inner strength for the toughest thing she’s ever done.

"Poignant and positively captivating, Sagan's latest, Shelter From the Storm, will have you reading far into the night. A must read!"

----Deborah LeBlanc, Best-Selling Author of Water Witch

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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.

An Interview with Dianne Sagan on Shelter from the Storm

Your new book, Shelter from the Storm, is different from your novella, Rebekah Redeemed. What made you write such a different book?

I think that both these books are parts of who I am and what is important to me. I realize that “we’re here to make a difference” has become a rather trite thing to say, but I believe that what we learn through life experiences should be used to help others. We can help others get through challenges. I use my writing as an outlet as well as speaking with groups or organizations.

Tell us a little about what it was like to write this type of book.

Parts of it were hard to write and emotional, but because it is fictionalized I could remove myself somewhat from the plot. I kept thinking that if I could make it a page turner and focus on Brittany Camp, the protagonist that people could empathize with her.

This is your second book to be published. Is it as exciting this time as it was with your first book release?

It is just as exciting but it is tempered with what I’ve learned about what it takes to launch a book. It is a lot of work. However, I’m sure I’ll be just as excited when the first box of books arrives and when I look on and see it there. I wanted to take a picture of myself by the book shelves at the book store the first time I saw my book on the shelf. I do admit that when I got the ISBN number, I felt like dancing just like with the first book.

Who is your favorite character in Shelter from the Storm?

Of course I feel an attachment to Brittany Camp, but I like her attorney. He is a compassionate and understanding person, but he is also focused and wants to help his clients believe in themselves again.

Do you have any other works in progress?

Yes, I’m working on The Fisherman’s Wife. It is the second book in the Christian fiction novella series. I also have a few other books that are still in what I call the incubation stage. I work in my head a lot on story lines and ideas before I start actually writing.

Who are your favorite authors?

I read a lot of different books, both fiction and nonfiction. Some of my favorite authors are Francine Rivers, Terri Blackstock, Jerry Jenkins, James Patterson, David Baldacci, Carol Higgins Clark, Janet Evanovich, Lillian Braun, and Deborah LeBlanc. Some of my favorite nonfiction authors are Beth Moore, Max Lucado, and Jennifer Rothschild.

You are also a ghostwriter. What is it like to write as a ghostwriter compared to writing your own books?

The books I’ve ghosted were nonfiction and included subjects like leadership, overcoming fears, becoming a better person, becoming successful and teaching children about handling their finances. The biggest challenge is to write in someone else’s voice. You are writing someone else’s message and you need to be sure you are saying what they want to say.

Writing my own books and stories is easier because it just flows out and I don’t have to be sure I stay in the correct voice. I can just let the story or content develop from my own imagination or research. However, I enjoy doing both kinds of writing. They both have their own challenges and feeling of satisfaction when you complete a project and it is ready to go to layout for printing and release.

It is pretty cool to see your name on a book that you’ve written and exciting when you have a book signing and people actually want to buy your books and enjoy reading them.


  1. First of all, congratulations on your new book! I don't know many ghostwriters, but I guess a lot of celebrity books use ghostwriters. I'd be interested in knowing how your name gets known if your name never appears on any of the ghostwritten books!

  2. I like the focus on searching for a better life rather than on the violence. I can read and write about violence, just not domestic violence. Best wishes for your success.

    Stephen Tremp

  3. Thanks for joining us today. Dianne's book looks very interesting. Being a ghost writer must be fun!

  4. Thanks for hosting Dianne, Nancy.
    Your new book will help many people understand and deal with domestic violence. Thanks for another great book, Dianne.

  5. Shelter from the Storm sounds like an uplifting book for the countless women who suffer abuse each day. I wish you much success, Dianne.

  6. Wow! Great interview, Dianne. I applaud your subject matter. Really fascinating to hear your different takes on the books you write. I wish you continued success!

    Thanks, Nancy, for sharing.

  7. I'm just now getting to the computer today.

    Thanks, Nancy, for bringing us more information about Dianne and her book.

    Dianne, I'll be getting a signed copy in April.

  8. I think it takes courage to take on such a difficult subject matter as domestic violence. Bravo. Great title by the way.

  9. Congratulations, Dianne. I love your writing. I also like the theme of a woman becoming what she needs to to survive. I wish you much success with your new book!

    And, I'll be emailing you - I just got a couple of ghostwriting jobs and have a question.

    Great post, Nancy.

    Karen Cioffi

  10. Loved this interview! Your comments on the difference between ghostwriting a book and publishing your own book were very interesting. I wish you all the best of luck!

    :) Dallas

  11. This sounds like a great book--I like the limited violence/hope theme. Congrats! I've wondered how ghostwriting would be, but never tried it.


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  13. I've enjoyed the synopsis and the interview, great work Dianne and Nancy!

  14. I must apologize to Nancy for not being here on Saturday. I look after my 94 year old mother and it was one of those days. However, thanks for the interview and to all those who left comments.

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  18. Enjoyed your interview. Hope Dianne and Nancy continue to experience the glow of success. Peace and Light: author of The Eby Way.