Dianne Romain is a writer, philosopher, and social commentator whose prize-winning novel, The Trumpet Lesson is a story about long-held secrets occasioned by societal attitudes toward teenage pregnancy, race, adoption, and homosexuality. A powerful journey in search of personal integrity that invites reflection in each and every one of us.
Dianne’s debut novel, set in the 90s with flashbacks into the 60s, explores these themes through the story of Callie Quinn, an American whose journey of self-discovery starts with a music lesson in Guanajuato. Her own journey began in “a rural Missouri town. My father drove a bulldozer. My mother kept his books. To a family of nine and of modest means, a trip meant visiting our mother’s sister in a nearby town.”
When Diane first imagined living abroad in high school, she read Henry James. She was in her 20s and after learning he had lived abroad. She imagined that, like him, she would write abroad too. She would do both, live and write abroad, and more. She would study philosophy and obtain her PhD in theory of knowledge. She would become fascinated with the realm of human ideas and emotions. And, all the while, she would find her voice in the art of fiction.
“I noticed that analytic philosophers tended to write about emotions as if they had never had one. On the other hand, emotions came to life in Proust’s, Remembrance of Things Past. I decided to take a fiction writing class.”
Her first book, however, would be a textbook entitled, Thinking Things Through. The novel would come later, years later, sparked by a sabbatical in Mexico. Shaken after imagining a woman who had remained silent for decades about having relinquished a baby, Dianne instantly knew this was a story she had to write. “I began shaking, imagining the feelings of that woman. I knew then that hers was a story I had to write. The woman became Callie Quinn of The Trumpet Lesson.”