It’s been such a pleasure not only meeting new authors through this Staying In With… feature on Linda’s Book Bag, but finding new publishers too. Today I’m featuring another of Open Books‘ writers, Diana Tarant Schmidt as she stays in to tell me about one of her books.
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Staying in with Diana Tarant Schmidt
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Diana. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me. Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?
Well, at this point I only have one novel to share, but am hoping to break from my cloud of fatigue soon and finish up the draft of my second. My first is called Remember For Me and it really is a part of my soul in so many ways.
I started writing it to reflect and process on the Alzheimer’s Disease with which my grandmother was battling. I decided to give that battle a purpose and create a reason why people have this disease, as well as cancer.
(What an inspiring reason for writing Diana. I’m sure your grandmother would be thrilled to know what you’ve done. I think your cover reflects perfectly that hazy memory Alzheimer’s can produce.)
Beyond that, I wanted to show my students and my two young children, that trying and failing at something was more important than anything…who knew I would actually publish this thing?
(I quite agree. Having a go is all we need to do – and who knows where it might lead?)
And now, I am propelled by each review or comment that proves to me that this little story I made up has brought comfort into the hearts of others.
What can we expect from an evening in with Remember For Me?
On that note, Remember For Me has been such a wild ride for me. I wouldn’t know where to begin. But, I adore seeing what it brings to other people, so I will share some of those responses:
“While my heart was breaking in one chapter, the next chapter filled me with faith and hope.”
“Remember For Me is so believable that it delivers a bit of peace, something I had no idea I was longing for.”
“Instead, it made me consider where my faith does fall, and after consideration… I decided it lay in humanity. The good, the bad and the ugly.”
(These are wonderful endorsements. They have made me really want to read Remember For Me too.)
What else have you brought along and why have you brought it?
I brought with me a picture of my grandmother and grandfather (about whom the book centers). It’s funny how you look back and remember those who influence you most, as heroes. In this book, I was able to make those heroic memories a reality.
(That is such a stunning photograph. I can’t think of a better way of honouring your grandparents than by writing a book prompted by them.)
Thanks so much for staying in and telling me all about Remember For Me Diana. I wish you every success with it.
Remember For Me
Clara Eros thought her life was ending with Alzheimer’s. She was mistaken.
A war between good and evil has raged for as long as humanity has existed, and the balance of power between its forces has always remained equal. But that longstanding balance has begun to shift, and the survival of mankind may be at risk.
What is the source of this duality, and how do the proponents of light and darkness use humans to further their cause? When Clara Eros awakens with no memory, her questions are fundamental: who is she; and why is she here?
The answer she receives is predetermined and singular: she has been recruited to fight a battle against the reign of darkness. But is Clara just a pawn in a much larger game?
Once her transformation is complete, Clara finds herself, in body and mind, as a younger, stronger version of the person she can no longer remember, and now she must search for the common thread hidden within malevolence and turn the tide in a war where humanity is succumbing to chaos and brutality. Will she be strong enough to bring humanity back into the light?
About Diana Tarant Schmidt
Diana Tarant Schmidt loves getting lost in a story, and it is that love that is the undercurrent to all that she does.
For fourteen years she has taught junior high school, and she shares her love of stories with her students.
Through teaching, Diana has also gained an enthusiasm for service. With the help of her students, she executes several projects each year, donating money, objects and time to various organizations in the Chicago area where she lives and works.
When not teaching, she and her husband find time for small adventures. Diana’s favorites include running the marathon, mountain hiking and travel.
Outside the classroom, Diana writes curriculum and raises two incredible humans along with the best partner and true superhero imaginable.