David, Renewed: Coming Home by Diana Copland

September 19, 2016

Coming Home

 

Hi! My name is Diana Copland, and my new release coming out through Dreamspinner is David, Renewed.

I don’t know how many people remember this, but the very first time I was  published was at Dreamspinner Press. I wrote a short story called ‘The Four Seasons’ for the Sindustry I anthology. Man, was I a nervous wreck over sending in that story. I liked the story of the high end rent boy and the fledgling lawyer, but you never know how someone else is going to feel about what you write. When I got the email telling me that my story was being included in the anthology, I made a noise that was a cross between a squeak and a scream, and my daughter, who was in the other room, knew without being told what had happened. I was a published writer; the dream of a lifetime was being fulfilled. It was a heady moment.  If I remember correctly, it was 2007.

I’ve been published other places, good and bad, but I’ve never forgotten that it was Dreamspinner who gave me my first chance. David, Renewed, the book I have coming out on September 21, grew out of what was supposed to be a short story for another Dreamspinner anthology. I hadn’t written anything in two years as I began it. Life, unfortunately, had gotten in the way of my career. It’s kind of a long story, and I won’t go into detail, but I lost both of my parents, my dad to Alzheimer’s. Every bit a creativity you might have can be dried to a husk while watching someone you love disappear a piece at a time.  That’s what happened to me. I was really afraid I’d never tell another story.

Then I saw Dreamspinner’s submission call for short stories about Blue Collar heroes, and for the first time in a very long time, and little ember of interest sparked to flame inside of me. I began the story of a man who lost his home when his lover cheated on him. The condo they shared was no longer home to him, and he hated living out of a suitcase in a hotel. Then he saw the little craftsman style house for sale on the street where he grew up, and acting on impulse, David, my average guy hero, bought it. The house was everything David wanted; hardwood floors, intricate built-ins, antique appliances in the kitchen. He could picture himself sitting in front of the river rock fireplace with a cup of tea on a cold winter evening, curled up with a good book. The idea appealed to him so much he agreed to a rushed timeline, buying the house ‘as is’, with no inspection. That was a mistake. A big one.

A hundred year old house, even a well maintained one, can be a money pit. This one wasn’t well maintained. The problems were legion. You name it, it was broken. Just shy of giving in to despair, David’s mother recommends a handyman and David calls him. Enter Jackson Henry, the handyman and the other main character in David, Renewed.

The inspiration for David’s house, about six blocks from where I live.

Needless to say, David’s tale did not remain a short story. It grew to include a town not unlike the one where I live in Eastern Washington, and a love interest that David feels is so out of his league as to be untouchable. (He’s wrong.) There’s also a cast of secondary characters that piped up, demanding to be included. (They’re also really pushy about wanting their own stories, and I’m working on it, but that’s for another day!) All of it grew to 81,000 words, and my desire to tell the story about a man named David who was looking for a place of his own.

Dreamspinner Press has given David a home. They have welcomed me back, as well, and having been around the block a time or two since 2007 I can tell you; there’s no place I’d rather be!

So what was the first place you’ll always think of as home? Was it a house, an apartment, a flat? Who lived there, and was it the people who made it home or the place itself?

You can reach me at:

My email, diana.copland11@gmail.com
My Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/diana.copland.7
My Website, www.diana-copland11.com
My twitter, @dianacopland
My blog, http://diana-coplands-blog.blogspot.com/
My Pinterest, including my inspiration page for David, Renewed, https://www.pinterest.com/blamb10421/david-renewed-blue-collar-book-one/

Check out David, Renewed today!

David, Renewed by Diana Copland

Blurb:

When interior designer David Snyder buys a beautiful century-old house in eastern Washington, he is reeling with heartbreak and looking for somewhere to put down roots. Unfortunately his new home comes with a laundry list of problems: electrical, plumbing, heating… things David knows nothing about. When his mother offers him the business card of a local handyman, David pictures an overweight, balding man in his fifties. But Jackson Henry couldn’t be further from that stereotype.

Dark-haired, muscular, and handsome, Jackson left a large construction firm in Seattle to take care of his sick mother. However, his hometown still has an active “good old boy” network, and finding employment in construction is almost impossible for an openly gay man. Determined to persevere, Jackson takes odd jobs as a handyman. He’s exactly what David needs—in more ways than one.

David isn’t ready for his attraction to Jackson, not considering the way his last relationship ended. But as the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear that the heart often knows best, and it rewards those willing to listen.

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