Vicki Diane Westling      

Have you ever wondered if taking  "The road less traveled" is worth the risk? Hi, I'm Vicki Diane Westling, and that was my question for many years.  Looking back to where I came from and to where I find myself today, there's nothing I'd like to share more than, "Yes," the risk is worth the reward, and you are made for a life of meaning and purpose.

My Journey My life has been like the life of so many others who ask questions, seek answers and refuse to settle for the status quo.  It is this drive that has brought me to where I am today - a published author, a contented wife and mother, and a woman with dreams that are yet to be fulfilled, but a knowing that realization of all that I am and all that I can be is just around the corner.  I hope you will join me along the way.

The hardest step is the first one. The first step may be a bit scarey, but it must be taken.  Don't listen to the naysayers, the drones of negativity or even those who "have your best interest at heart."  Step out! Know who you are and listen to your heart.  That is what I have done with teaching, writing and now in the creation of my very own publishing adventure; Family Hearth Publishing is about life told in words that may bring laughter, hope, joy, tears, shame and even mystery - for those are the emotions that are shared and felt within families.

As a teacher, writer, author and publisher, I write to encourage and inspire each of us to open our hearts to the lessons awaiting us as we go through the journey called Life!  Our lives are not meant to be lived as a rigid piece of steel, they are meant to live and follow paths that hold risks, passion, and purpose.  It is my hope that the words that I write will inspire and inform, and books allow for imagination and adventure.

Thunder of Silence, (now a second edition novel to be released by Family Hearth Publishing in May 2013)  is the first in a trilogy where families become entertwined with a world where they learn that intentions, they deceive us, dreams and nightmares our suffering thus, unrequited and often just.  Thunder of Silence is a novel with twists and turns and haunting secrets that shape lives through passion, hatred, and love.

Sam and Friends If you are a parent, or know someone with small children you may be interested in my Children's book series, Sam and Friends.  This series of books is fun to read, each has a valuable character lesson and many teachable moments for parents and children. There are seven books in the series, Cats Keep Out, Hannibal Breaks His PromiseRudie and the Blue Van,  Finders Keepers, A Sister for Sam, Hannibal Goes to the Hospital, and A Wica Pays a Visit.  The Sam and Friends series is still currently available at, and your local bookstore.


Thunder of Silence (2nd Edition to be released May 2013)

Thunder of Silence is set in an era where railroads dominate the travel industry and hometown newspapers still thrive.  In Huron City, Michigan, mystery and deceit overlap to create a struggle between innocence and selfish passion.

In Thunder of Silence life travels in circles and sometimes even angels weep for promises made which we can't keep, and footsteps follow us which we cannot hear until their silence gives way to fear.

It is in Huron City where Daphnia Flanders is faced with confronting secrets about her past that, if revealed, will forever shatter the peaceful way of life she has come to cherish