Author Interviews

Author Interview with Diamante Lavendar


I’m interviewing Diamante Lavendar today, author of women’s fiction “Breaking the Silence”. Welcome to my blog!

When did you know you wanted to be an author?  
I knew I wanted to write since I was a small child.  I began writing simple poems when I learned to write, much before the age of ten.  They were very elementary poems, but I loved to rhyme words.  I also enjoyed putting feelings on paper and even at that young age, writing soothed me.
Where did you get the inspiration for Breaking The Silence?  
Breaking The Silence is the story of someone very close to me.  I saw firsthand the pain and agony that the main character suffered.  I know how devastating abuse is and I wanted to share her story to make a difference in the world by bringing the pain of abuse to light.  And to help other victims know they aren’t alone.
What is your editing process like?  
I write the story and then go over it and make changes.  Then I send it to an editor that I work with and she edits the manuscript again.  I make more changes and then she re-edits it.  I make the final changes and the manuscript is complete.  It’s a lengthy process.
Who is your favorite character from the book?
It would have to be Joan, because I know her personally.  I have seen her struggle and her pain.  I have cheered her on through it all and celebrated her victories with her.
What are your writing goals for 2015?
I am currently working on a fiction novel.  It is set in the middle ages and is a story of romance and self discovery.  I am hoping to have it completed by the end of the year.
Are you working on something now?  If so, can you tell us a little about it?  
My current project is the fiction novel I mentioned.  It is a little bit of mystery, romance, spirituality and self discovery.  It contains some of everything!  Plus I write poems at whim.  I will be putting a poetry book together some time in the future as well.

About the Book

Breaking-500Title: Breaking the Silence

Author: Diamante Lavendar

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Based on a true story, a new novel from Diamante Lavendar. Joan Eastman was born like any other girl. However her life would prove to be a life of great pain… Growing up, she was treated differently by family members, powerless to defend herself against their sexual and psychological abuse. Feeling she had been dealt a wicked hand by the “powers that be”, 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. Then she finds herself pregnant. She learns to understand nothing is hopeless; that with a changed view and self discovery, there is real hope in every situation, no matter how difficult. As she and her husband look forward to the birth of their child, she writes in her diary as a way of expelling all of the evil memories. On bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy, she endures tests and tribulations that at first she couldn’t begin to understand. But no matter how high the hurdles in Joan’s life are, she doesn’t look back, and pulls the pieces of her life together…for herself and her unborn child. This inspirational story speaks of Joan’s gradual self acceptance and healing of her body, mind and spirit. It speaks of the possibilities of the future and the fulfillment of the dream of love and family. And it speaks of jumping the hurdles in life without looking back, no matter how high those hurdles may be

Author Bio

Diamante Lavendar has been in love with reading since she was a child. She spent many hours listening to her mother read to her when she was young. As she grew older, she enjoyed reading novels of all genres: horror, fantasy and some romance to name a few.

She began writing in college and published some poetry in anthologies over the years. After her kids were older, she wrote as a form of self expression and decided she wanted to share her stories with others.

Most of her writing is very personal and stems from her own experiences and those of her family and friends. She writes to encourage hope and possibility to those who read her stories.

Diamante believes that everyone should try to leave their own positive mark in the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is the way that she is attempting to leave her mark—one story at a time.



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