Josephine Blake Interviews Dianna Brittler from Dianna


Dianna Brittler is the eldest daughter of Thomas Brittler, a wealthy steel mill owner in 1885 Manhattan, NY. We are interviewing her today to talk about the recent upheaval in her well-ordered life, and to discuss her views on matters of the heart.

JB: What influence did your birth family have on you, your choices, your life? Explain why and how.

DB: My Mother was a strict disciplinarian with a high sense of propriety. Our personalities clashed horribly because, even though I knew she loved me, it was difficult to live beneath her thumb. My father was a libertarian, he raised my sisters and I to have minds of our own. We were a happy family, all things considered. Though I feel as though the contrast between my mother and I could have led me to seek my happiness elsewhere.

JB: How did you feel when you first saw the love of your life?

DB: Terrified. He was this huge, hulking man and there I was, injured and unable to defend myself. But he was so handsome and so very kind, it wasn’t very long before I started to fall for him. Although it took a very long time for me to admit it to myself.

JB: What drew you to the person you fell in love with?

DB: His warmth. Oh, he was delightfully warm. It was a freezing winter’s night, you see. It was bitterly cold and snowing something dreadful, but he was like hot coals. After that, it was his kindness, and his gentle, caring hands. His eagerness to learn. His strong jawline… I’m getting carried away.

JB: Why do you think we fall in love? Is it an eternal emotion or simply a trick of nature designed to sustain the species?

DB: Oh my, what a question! Falling in love is emotion. It’s depth. It’s meaning and passion and fire. A trick of nature? Human nature might play some role in it, but no. Deep down, I think we only find love if God wants us to be with someone who will turn our lives into an adventure.

JB: Describe the type of man/woman you prefer?

DB: I think a man should stand up for what he believes in. Defend his family. Know when it’s time to back down. I think a man should be courageous, but not stupid. Stubborn, but not mean. The strong men are the ones who only show their courage when it’s needed and can walk away from a fight, instead of throwing themselves into danger just to prove they can win.

JB: How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?

DB: It took some time, and it took our pending separation to make me understand. I don’t think I fell in love with him at first sight, although, he was quite a sight. 😉

JB: Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?

DB: I don’t think so! Well, at least not my mother. She wanted me to make a nice, respectable marriage and settle down as the runner of a large household close to her in Manhattan. A cabin in the Black Hills of Wyoming was not exactly what she had envisioned.

JB: How would you describe yourself?

DB: Reckless. I would never have said it before I met my husband, but yes I am definitely reckless.

JB: What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

DB: The pull of a wild adventure. The beauty of a snow-capped mountain. Kindness in another person’s eyes.

JB: What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t? What would happen if you did do it?

DB: Well, I sort of already found that out! I wanted an adventure. A wild life. I wanted to work with my hands and do something other than what proper ladies do. I was sick of boredom, sick of dull circular conversations with dull circular people. I’m much happier where I am now.

JB: What do you consider are your strengths?

DB: I’m stubborn. That could be a fault too, I know, but I always tend to get what I want one way or another.

JB: What is one physical attribute you are proud of?

DB: I like my hair, I suppose. Mostly because my husband likes it. He’s always twirling it around his fingers.

JB: What one physical attribute would you change?

DB: These blasted freckles on my nose. They’re so unsightly.

JB: What are you most proud of about your life?

DB: It’s going to sound terrible, but I’m so glad I didn’t do what my mother wanted me to. I’m thankful every day for my husband. If I’m proud of anything, its having had the courage to journey from Manhattan to Cheyenne to find him.

JB: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?

DB: I left my family for a new life. I hadn’t intended to be so far away for so long, and I miss them terribly every day.

JB: What are you most afraid of?

DB: Losing the people I love.

JB: What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

DB: My Family. They are more precious to me that a thousand gems on the crown of a king.

JB: How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?

DB: I’m very happy. I wish I lived a bit closer to my parents and sisters, but that is neither here nor there.


Josephine Blake is a historical romance author who enjoys a quiet life on the outskirts of Portland, OR. Her debut novel, Dianna, hit the shelves in August of 2016. Before publishing her own work, she worked as a freelance fiction and ghostwriter for numerous clients.

Josephine Blake is happily married and freely admits that her husband is the inspiration for every bit of romance she ever writes.

She lives with her delightfully charming husband, Dalton, and a Persian kitty named Ruby. Both are equally feisty.

When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her nieces and nephews, spending time with her family, or thinking about what to write next!

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