Interview with Diamante Lavendar

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is to be able to put my ideas into a story format that people will relate to. It is basically putting a part of me on paper. Writing, to me, is an art form of expression and release and also a way to hash out issues. I enjoy weaving story lines and adding pertinent issues within the story fabric.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. They are the ones who share in the intricate details of my expression. They relate along with me to the written words on the page and join me in the journey of the story. I have my fans in mind when I write and I hope to touch their hearts with my words.
What are you working on next?
I do have a sequel to Emerging From The Shadows coming up, but my next book is a mainstream book dealing with issues of abuse and the aftermath effects. In this next book, I wish to send hope to those suffering from the pain of such things as incest, rape and emotional abuse. It is a rather dark storyline at times with threads of hope woven through it. It paints a path of recovery and freedom for those who suffer from tragedies such as these.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy works by C.S. Lewis greatly. I also enjoy self help books such as those written by Joyce Meyers and Joel Osteen. I appreciate reading uplifting and helpful types of books that point my life in a healthy and happy direction. If I am in the mood for good fiction, Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks are always good and of course, I must mention J.R.R. Tolkien!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My Father in Heaven, my family and my writing! Also my hobbies...painting, drawing, cooking and decorating!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work at a regular job which takes up a lot of my day and I spend every spare minute that I can with my family. I also have pets that I spend a good amount of quality time with! And of course, my hobbies are woven into my days as well!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse the bookstores. When I see something that appeals to me, I read the synopsis and if it looks good...it's mine!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first thing that I ever wrote was a poem when I was five years old. I remember it because I spent a good amount of time trying to make it rhyme. And at the tender age of five, there aren't a whole lot of words to choose from! I ended up writing a short poem that went something like this: I sat and asked my dog Rup, why oh why do I have to grow up? It was monumental to me until I grew older and realized how ridiculous it was!
What is your writing process?
I feel inspiration to write on a topic so I sit down and begin to write. The story weaves itself most of the time as I am inspired. Then when the rough draft is written down, I go through it several more times and fine tune things. I usually end up doing a fair amount of editing before the process is completed.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first stories (not a picture book) was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. It had a huge impact on me since I was always intrigued by fantasy. It put me in a magical land and made me want to stay there. That is one reason why I enjoy writing fantasy so very much. It is like taking a vacation without leaving home. And the affects are lasting...you remember them for your entire life.
Published 2013-11-18.
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Books by This Author

Breaking the Silence
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 49,950. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Abuse / general
Based on a true story. Growing up, Joan Eastman was powerless to defend herself against sexual and psychological abuse. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand, she spiraled into substance abuse and troubled relationships. She became a victim of addiction and self-hatred. Not giving up, she becomes aware of a greater spiritual being that protects her and she begins to heal. Finally she has hope.