How did you know you wanted to be an author? I’ve always wanted to write. It was something I started to do at a very young age. At first I put simple poetry rhymes together and then it graduated to stories that I created for my siblings-illustrations and all.
At the age of twelve I took a college class about writing and received glowing reviews from my teacher. Then it turned into a way for me to vent or reflect, whichever mood I happened to be in.
Writing is my passion; art as well. I’ve won numerous awards for both. I am a writer and artist to my very core-writing and art give me purpose and joy. This is the perspective I offer the world: do what you love and good things will follow. You were born with a mission. What a joy it is for that mission to be realized!
What is your advice for aspiring authors? If you love the craft, do it. And keep doing it. Hone your skills, get a great editor and a publisher who understand your perspective. With a cohesive team, your books will be even better.
Don’t allow negativity or naysayers to squelch your passion. Keep pursuing, keep trying. If your heart is in it, sooner or later you will gain an audience. But do it for your happiness. The audience will inevitably follow.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?When the mood strikes, I write. I don’t force it. If months go by and I don’t feel inspired, I create other things like art or photography. Anything creative keeps the juices flowing.
I think my biggest “ritual” is staying in a positive mindset. No matter what is happening in my life, I try to remember that “this too shall pass”.
When times get tough, I set my mind to find good in something. It’s a great way to stay in a positive energy flow which helps a lot when it comes to creativity.
What message to you want readers to remember?I write from the heart and I write from experience. The words on my books’ pages are real. They are about what I’ve gone through and what I’ve learned during the ordeal.
Life isn’t easy. But you always have the opportunity to stay focused on good and helping others through what you’ve experienced yourself.
Pain is an amazing tool for growth if you keep your mind open and receptive. And compassion is a beautiful way to understand not only yourself but others as well. What you focus on becomes magnified in your life, so be sure to stay positive!
How can fans get in contact with you?I have a website at www.diamantelavendar.com where readers can contact me. I can also be found on facebook, twitter, google plus, pinterest, niume and instagram (though not as much on this site as the others).