Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Abiba. I'm Brianna's guide in Yashire. I help her find her way around and give her encouragement. I was picked for the job because I'm one of a kind. I was born with one eye and when I look at a creature, I know whether they are good or bad--if they live in truth or lies. I consider my ability to be a gift, though at times it can be kind more of a curse, depending on how you look at it.
What is your role in the story?
Well, as I mentioned already, I am Brianna's guide. But I'm also her friend. It is up to me to help her get safely through Yashire without getting caught by Zolan; not always an easy task! Most times, I travel in Brianna's pocket since I'm small enough to fit inside of it! And that's just fine with me! If Zolan sees me, he'll take me and lock me up in a cage and use me for his evil purposes! And I refuse to be used for evil purposes! I would rather just not speak for the rest of my life, even though that would be very hard to me to do!
What is your favorite hobby?
I must say that my favorite hobby is singing...and listening to other creatures sing. But I also really enjoy traveling through all the lands of Yashire. I suspect that is why I was selected to be Brianna's guide...that and my special ability, of course!
What is the challenge you're trying to overcome during the story?
Well, I must admit that I consider being Brianna's confidant a bit of a challenge. I am quite aware that she wasn't born in Yashire, and therefore, isn't very knowledgeable as to Yashire's operations, so it is up to me to keep her safe and to speak to her of motivational things that will keep her going on her journey. She is a very good friend and very willing to do what is needed to accomplish her task, but it is a rather large task...therefore quite a bit of motivation is required. Also, keeping us out of Zolan's grip can be quite daunting at times. I've managed to do it so far, so I presume I'll be able to continue to do it. It definitely helps to have Angelos around. When my attempts fail, he saves us until we are safe once again! Over all, things seem to be going quite well, however.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
I would wish for Yashire to be back to normal and for Brianna to regain her memory. I guess that may be two wishes, but they are actually wrapped into one. It is so difficult living in a land that is falling apart slowly but surely. It is also quite difficult having a friend that doesn't know her own history. I can see the sadness in her face at times. And the worry. I would love to be able to give her the gift of remembrance and in the same token, have Yashire be returned to normal. After all, the two go hand in hand. Isn't that what you would do for a person you loved, a land you loved?
Title: The Secrets of Yashire
Author: Diamante Lavendar
Genre: YA Fantasy
The Secrets of Yashire: Emerging From the Shadows is a young adult fantasy adventure that occurs within the framework of a young girl’s subconscious mind. The main character, Brianna, finds herself thrown into a world called Yashire where she is forced to deal with circumstances that are threatening Yashire’s existence. Against her will, she is sent on a journey to restore unconditional love back to the land while also contending with the evil force in the land, Zolan. Brianna is sent on her mission by Libban, Keeper of the Land. Along the way, Brianna travels with the mystical tiger, Angelos; a huge, whitish-tan tiger with thick black stripes who sings only the purest songs of love, and the wondrous little one-eyed bird named Abiba. During the journey, Brianna is also preparing to meet her soulmate—the one she longs to be with and the one who will bring complete healing back into her life. Together they travel through fantastic lands filled with magical creatures that could only exist in the wildest of imaginations. Through her treacherous brushes with danger and heartwarming experiences of love and acceptance, Brianna discovers many things. It is here, amidst the powers and phantasms of the mind that Brianna receives life lessons and virtues to help her. Will one of her greatest triumphs be achieved as she learns to believe in herself? For only then can she truly see all of the wondrous things that life has to offer.
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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