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.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Diamante Lavendar whose books Breaking the Silence and Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief moved and compelled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend these books to all of those that love to be moved but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Diamante, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Diamante will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Diamante Lavendar!
Diamante Lavendar is an award winning author and artist. With 17 awards under her belt for her three published books and 10 awards received for her art, she is continuing to create inspirational material in both the written word and in visual art. Diamante’s relies heavily on spirit to inspire her work. Her books entitled Breaking The Silence, Poetry and Ponderings and Finding Hope In The Darkness Of Grief are all written about hardships she has faced in life. She believes that hope and healing can only come after acceptance of the difficulties life throws at us.
Diamante writes for several inspirational blogs as well. She feels that everyone has a gift to share that will help the world. It is Diamante’s hope that her work will motivate others to use their gifts to make the world a better place. That is what Diamante is attempting to do-one piece of work at a time.
Now, how wonderful does Diamante sound?! Diamante is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Diamante’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Diamante, I hope that you enjoy Diamante’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Could you please tell us readers about your book Breaking the Silence and what inspired you to write your book?
Breaking The Silence is a story about my life. It has been a long, hard road. Before my youngest daughter passed away, she told me to write about what happened to me as a way to heal and also to help others. So I took her advice and Breaking The Silence was born. It was tough to write but I’ve gotten so much great feedback about it that I’m very glad I wrote it. Writing Breaking The Silence inspired me to write another book about my experiences. The second is entitled Poetry and Ponderings. Both have won numerous awards.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
Write what’s in your heart. Don’t worry about what anyone thinks. Just put your heart on paper and see where it goes. There’s always time for editing and changing things. My first book was a bomb. I tried to write a fiction story and I ended up taking it off the sites where it was sold. After writing Breaking The Silence I didn’t want my first book to represent the work I do. After Breaking The Silence was published, I realized I was meant to write inspirational/healing books. So that’s the direction I proceeded in. Had I never experimented with my first book I may not have found my true creative path.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
It’s meaning and the lessons it teaches. Great writing is a great teacher. If you learn from what you read, it will inspire you to bigger and better things.
What is your writing process like?
I write when I’m inspired. Never any other time. At the right moments, the words flow through me. So I take advantage of the moments that pack the most punch-usually in solitude in the middle of the night!
Do you have any hobbies?
I have quite a few hobbies. Art is one. Swimming, gardening and singing are others. I started creating art and posting it on my art site about two or three years ago. My art has won numerous awards as well as my writing. My art is inspirational/healing too. You can find it on Diamante Lavendar – Website
My music is created basically for me to let off steam. It’s fun and relaxing. If you want to check it out you can find it at Diamante Lavendar | Indie from Green Bay, WI I’m experimenting with different music forms. What I’ve come up with so far is electronic/techno dance music and light pop/easy listening. I won’t ever perform it but maybe a musician would like to pick up a couple of my songs some day!
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I reviewed books heavily three to four years ago. So I was always reading new work. Then my life took a turn for the worst and my youngest daughter passed away. After that I’ve been heavily reading and studying the afterlife. (A hobby that began years ago when my other children passed). Now I focus on self help/heaven/spiritual types of things. I probably will for the rest of my life.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I have two more books coming out soon. One is dedicated to my daughter who recently passed. It’s a book about who she was and her philosophy on life. She was pretty amazing. She was born with a rare syndrome that the doctors were completely unaware of. But she lived in an attitude of love and gratitude which inspired me every day of her life. I want to pass her wisdom along. I am also finishing up a book with Balboa press about my daughter which includes numerous pieces of my art and some of my poetry.
Once those two books are published, I will be writing more about spiritual things. There will be many upcoming books on spiritual topics!
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Diamante! If you have liked what you have read about Diamante and are interested in learning more about Diamante and reading Diamante’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the previews too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,