My first notebook entries were scribbles on a rainbow tablet when I was four years old. I have loved writing ever since. In the early 1990s, I started a local writer’s group “Quill and Thought” to inspire others. Guess what? The feedback and insights of the other writers inspired me! I started working on a relationship cookbook, Keeping It Hot, with my husband, but with both of us working fulltime, I tucked the manuscript away and never finished it.
In 2000, when my husband died unexpectedly, the loss shattered my life. To heal the grief I wrote in journals. Several years later, I realized I had a story worth sharing. After seven years of writing and numerous working titles, I completed a draft of my memoir, but wasn’t sure I wanted to share my personal story with the world. In 2009, I attended a writers’ conference in La Jolla, California and read an excerpt about selling my husband’s piano. The positive feedback I received from the group assured me it was a story worth sharing. I finally released my book, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal, in 201l.
A year later I took the leap from memoir to fiction and decided to write a historical novel. Inspired by a Japanese neighbor, who had spent several years in a U.S. Japanese internment camp, I decided to dig into this often untold story. After three years of writing and research, I published Courageous Footsteps A WWII Novel. I hope my book will open readers’ eyes to the hardships and injustices thousands of Japanese families—two-thirds of which were American citizens—experienced during WWII. This young adult novel is both informative and engaging. A valuable read for high school students, adults and book groups. I am currently working on the sequel, Footprints in the Snow.
A WWII NOVEL
A dark chapter of America’s history revealed.
Courageous Footsteps, a young adult historical novel, takes place in a U.S. Japanese internment camp during WWII. Surrounded by barbwire and armed guards, teenagers, Yasu and Haro Sakamoto, struggle to accept the hardships, strict regulations and the daily confinement.
Ann Wolff, President of the Stillwater Library Foundation reviewed the book and wrote, “Once read, Courageous Footsteps will not be forgotten. Teenagers, Yasu and Haro, show resiliency and courage in face of unwarranted hardship and injustice. It’s an important story—relevant even today—that needs to be discussed, remembered and hopefully will inspire the reader with the courage to stand on the side of justice.”
*ABOUT THE AUTHOR*
Diane Dettmann is the coauthor of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants, a story about her grandparents’ settling in Embarrass, Minnesota in the 1920s. In 2011 she released her own memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal. Her debut young adult, historical fiction book, Courageous Footsteps: WWII Novel, has received excellent reader reviews. The 2015 Great Midwest Book Festival awarded Courageous Footsteps “runner-up” in the young adult category. Diane has presented her books at local venues and international conferences in Finland and Canada. She is also a contributing author for the national Women’s Voices for Change organization in New York City. Diane lives in Afton, Minnesota.
Ever since the plague swept the world 100 years ago, no one has lived past seventeen.
Sixteen-year-old Gorin, a collector of curious artifacts left over from the pre-plague civilization, is on the verge of perishing from that deadly epidemic. And his last wish is to find a way to visit the rulers’ reputedly magnificent, off-limits mansion.
Up against the clock, he and his friend Stausha steal into the mansion and discover a secret more horrifying than they ever could’ve imagined—a secret that holds the key to the survival of the whole human race.
Chris von Halle has had many different lives in many different worlds—the near and distant future Earth, other planets, and even other dimensions—and his books recreate his childhood memories of such outlandish locations. In this world and life, he lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and enjoys such extraordi-nary activities as playing videogames, tennis, and basketball, and writing the occasional comic strip.
She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way.
In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated.
When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace; however, an unexpected turn of events puts her at the center of a dangerous plot against the King. The ensuing adventure finds her grappling with mercenaries and outlaws, yet these pale in comparison to her newly awakened emotions. She finds not only her life at risk, but also her heart, when the aloof Prince Liam begins to affect her in ways she never thought possible. In the end, it is her courage and unique spirit which must guide her through the challenges she encounters both physical and emotional.
Reading was always a big part of Jane’s life. Over the years, creating stories developed out of this love. Finally, she decided to try her hand at writing a novel and that was when Not Every Girl was conceived.
She lives in New Jersey in a house full of boys, including one over-indulged cat. When she is not running around with her family or writing, she can be found curled up with a good book and said cat. It is her belief that a good book, a loyal pet and anything made of chocolate can brighten just about any day.