'Shy' novelist debuts with 'At Dobson's Crossroads' -

Dianne Nelson of Oregon City has been writing since she was 10, but was always a shy writer, she says, and rarely shared her work with anyone else.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED: DIANNE NELSON - D.G. NelsonThen about two years ago, a co-worker read a novel she wrote and convinced her to try and get it published. To her amazement, the book was accepted by Tate Publishing, “a Christian-based, family-owned, mainline publishing organization with a mission to discover and market unknown authors” according to its website.

Tate agreed to not only publish Nelson's book, but handle all the publicity, final editing and printing of the book, “At Dobson's Crossing” under her pen name, D.G. Nelson.

Nelson, 47, will have copies of her book on hand for $19.99 at a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Silk Espresso and Pastries, 3030 N.E. Hogan Drive, Suite C, Gresham.

The story of "On Dobson's Crossing" takes place during World War II and is the first in her Bethany Series, Nelson said, and “leads the way with a story of faith, tragedy and mystery that answers the question: Can love really conquer all?”

Nelson said having her book accepted by a publisher is great validation.

“I write for myself, and it's always been kind of difficult for me to have anybody else read my writing, because I didn't know if I was any good at it,” she said. But her co-worker insisted she was, and she almost went into shock when the publishing company asked her to sign a contract. She still had to be urged on by her friend.

“It took me three days after receiving my contract, and my co-worker finally walked me over to the fax machine to send the contract, and the rest is history,” she said.

But getting a book published is “a long, long process” that takes months of editing and re-editing as she worked with an editor at Tate.

“I read it so many times and edited it so many times, but I'm very proud of the final product,” she said.

The protagonist of “At Dobson's Crossing” is 19-year-old Bethany Davies who vowed after the tragic death of her best friend that “her heart would never be left vulnerable to hurt again.”

But when her older brother brings home a young British soldier, she can't foresee how her life would be changed. Family secrets and family fortunes come into play.

“As the story unfolds, a young soldier pays the ultimate price for falling in love and Bethany may be forced to live the biggest hurt of all,” Nelson wrote in a blurb for the book.

The book is available by doing a search for it at the Tate Publishing website at, in stores such as Barnes & Noble, and online at Amazon and Nook websites, Nelson said.

“Also in the next couple of weeks they will start working on a TV commercial for the book, and it will go nationwide,” she said.

Nelson said Tate has supplied her with an editor, publicist, marketing manager and production manager to work with to get the book published, but it's still hard work.

“They offer anything the writer needs to try and get the job done,” she said. “But it's not like they do all the work, and it's worse than trying to buy a house, the stress.”

But Nelson already is at work on the second book in the series, and her nieces are bugging her to get it finished so they can find out what happens to Bethany next, she said. Several friends and family members have read advance copies of the book, she said.

“So far I've gotten nothing but good reviews from them and I hope the public does, too.”

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