Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Joan. I am the main character of Breaking The Silence. I have struggled most of my life because of the things that happened to me when I was young. Breaking The Silence is the story of my life. It speaks of my heartache. It also speaks of my accomplishments and my healing.
What is your role in the story?
Because I am the main character, my role is to tell my story; to make others relate to what I've been through and to bring light into tough situations in order for healing to become possible. I believe that when someone speaks up about injustices that have happened to them, it brings attention and focus to the problems so that solutions can be found.
What is your favorite hobby?
My favorite hobby is writing in my diary. It is how I release my emotions. It is how I tell my story.
What is the challenge you're trying to overcome during the story? I am trying to overcome fear. And failure. And pain. I am trying to gain healing and closure from what I've been through. I am attempting to become a better person and not just be a culmination of the situations that have happened to me.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
My wish would be for injustice to end in the world. If only truth and love would prevail, this world would be such a beautiful place. Imagine a world where people would say they were sorry, where we would help each other instead of hurting each other? We could bring Heaven a little closer to earth. That is my wish.
Title: 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
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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