Refugee Fear

Back in 2012, when I was still living in the States, I remember listening to the news about the people of Syria. Extremists were slaughtering hundreds of innocent women and children daily. Slaughtering. Innocence. Maybe it was because I had recently lost my mother, but this really upset and bothered me. I mentioned to several people that I didn’t understand why the U.S. or other countries weren’t helping these people. One of my friends asked, “Why should we?” In return, I said, “Because it’s the right thing to do. It isn’t any different from the Holocaust. We’re still talking about …

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First/Opening Lines of Fiction Novels

The significance of first opening lines is crucial for fiction novels. As Stephen King has stated, “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this…It’s a quick introduction to the writer’s style, another thing good first sentences tend to do. But for me, a good opening sentence really begins with voice. A novel’s voice is something like a singer’s – think of singers like Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan, who have no musical training but are instantly recognizable. An appealing voice achieves an intimate connection …

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An Artistic Soul

An author of hope and possibility, Diamante Lavendar is leaving a mark in the world expressing herself through creative means. I’m not surprised since lavender is a plant of hope and possibility. Hope to relieve pain and rid stress. As always, I enjoyed this interview, so please give a warm homemade baked bread welcome to Diamante. Describe yourself in 150 words or less. I’m a kindhearted, artistic person who’s been through a lot. I’ve experienced deep valleys and high mountains in life….looking to experience more high mountains because they’re a lot of fun! The deep valleys…not so much! I love …

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What Makes Writers Scream

Question: Are you still writing? Answer: Nope. I stopped when the circus came to town. They needed a roadie so I figured why not. I could use the experience in case I don’t become a NYT Bestselling Author, I receive an eviction notice, or I’m eating out of restaurant garbage bins. The skills will open the doors for me to work as a courier for some pompous law firm. Because, hey, writing is just a hobby and it’s important to prepare for the future instead of wasting my time on such silly notions. Question: What do you write about? Answer: …

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