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Interview with the author of Dianne C. Braley

The silence in the sound is a provocative novel that details the devastating effects of growing up with an addiction. What was the inspiration for setting up your story?

The inspiration for the book came from many things, but if it wasn’t for William Styron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, probably best known for his book Sophie’s Choice, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to write a word. . Writing had always been my passion for as long as I could remember, but growing up inner-city, blue-collar, and with fewer resources, it wasn’t encouraging. Like many inner-city kids, I was shown early on that paying the bills was the priority. My mother, a nurse, and father, a truck driver, apparently wanted my brother and I to pursue our passions, mine was art and writing, but they encouraged a career that nurtured us and put a roof over our heads; that was first and foremost. The dreams could come later. After becoming a nurse, like my mother, and putting a roof over my head, I felt satisfaction and honor in helping people, but something was always missing, though I wasn’t sure what. While having the privilege of caring for Mr. Styron on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard as his end-of-life nurse, I saw a man and a family who lived for art, and breathed it in along with the fresh, salty air. feel alive and inspired. I spent years with a gifted, complicated, profound, and melancholic man at the end of his life, reading his books in front of him in one of the most amazing places in the world. His friendship and his fascination with the darkness of humanity and himself led me to explore my darkness, which was growing up addicted, my father was an alcoholic and then falling in love with someone with the same affliction, they both succumbed to the disease. Mr. Styron showed me through his life and work that he was not afraid to find my meaning.

Georgette is a compelling and well-defined character. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?

Georgette (George) grew up with an alcoholic father whom she loved, but his chaos affected her much more than she thought. She is insecure and feels insecure, she longs for stability, but she doesn’t know what that is. She formed an armor long ago when she was a child by living in her unpredictable home and she believes that her toughness can help her get through life. She knows better than her mother did when she was a teenager and young adult, she feels, like many of us at that age, but in fleeing her family and grief to the island, her safe place, she discovers that she doesn’t can run away of herself she must learn to love for herself, both herself and another person, in a healthy way that she has no idea how to do. She must learn who she is and accept life on life’s terms. She has spent her entire life fighting this, fighting them and fighting the disease that affected them all.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Addiction of course. It’s strange, though, because I didn’t intend the premise of this book to be about the effects of addiction. He was supposed to be there, but in a much more subtle way. This all changed when I wrote about Georgette’s relationship with her father and found that I could go back in time and tap into my feelings of being a new child and young adult navigating her illness. My father was an alcoholic, so I have a lot of experience with this, but this wasn’t supposed to be the focus. Sometimes as we write we have to see where the story takes us, and he took me here. Many readers have said that I helped them see the addicts they love in their lives as more than just their illness and that I gave humanity to my addict characters. Just because someone is flawed and broken in some way doesn’t mean they’re unworthy of love, and people who love them should never be ashamed of doing so. There is a lot of shame in this disease, and while we often have to part with the people we love who suffer from this in our lives, often to save ourselves, that doesn’t mean we suddenly love them any less. There is enough pain in this affliction that it is important to me to help end the shame felt by children and anyone who loves those who suffer because of our social ignorance.

What is the next book you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m good on my second novel. I hate being cryptic and I hate people who are, but I’m going to be here. I was working on another book when something happened outside the inner circle of my family. It’s another dark topic and one that I don’t have any personal experience with, but I have a lot of friends who do. There was a trial, and two best friends, young girls, were torn apart by the act of another. The story is written from the perspective of the victim, which is not so obvious. In so many crimes, there are a large number of victims, not just those directly harmed. I listened to this trial and was absolutely fascinated. I want to do this story justice in every way, so I’ve been listening to other trials and doing interviews. I’m halfway there and I hope I can get it out much faster than my debut!

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Finding inspiration where she least expects it, one woman’s life is about to change forever.

Life has not been kind to Georgette. Growing up with an alcoholic father and an empowered mother, she clings to loving memories of a childhood trip to Martha’s Vineyard to help her get through the bad times; and now she, as an adult, returns to the island to start her life over again. She soon becomes the private nurse for an award-winning novelist. As the two become friends, he opens her mind to new possibilities.

But everything changes when he meets the mysterious Pier. Georgette isn’t too sure about him, but she finds him irresistible. She quickly becomes lost in her relationship despite the inherent dangers that come with it. Torn between her own future or the spiral of a life she tried so hard to leave behind, Ella Georgette must make the most important decision of her life.
Sometimes escaping from the past is not as easy as it seems.

The silence in the sound is Dianne C. Braley’s provocative debut novel detailing the devastating effects of growing up with an addiction.

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