Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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July 3, 2013

'Initials' about continuing friendships

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Diana said that this is a time in her life when she is focusing on the positives that come from celebrating our lives with friends. She was my guest at our Friendship and Talent group at the First Presbyterian Church a couple of weeks ago. I noticed something about her that is, well maybe, a bit unusual in today’s busy world. She actually listened when someone was talking with her. That’s a marvelous trait and, I would think, a near necessary one for a writer. And indeed, she said afterwards, “I think I found some stories from that meeting for a possible next book! Small towns help friendships evolve and stay intact.”

So maybe some of us will be in her next book but I think I understand what she is talking about. She will take a little from one person, perhaps a gesture or the way someone speaks, and add that to a little bit of someone else and so on and so on. So what is written is certainly fiction but bits and pieces of everything that the writer has experienced in her lifetime may be used. She said that some people have been sure they recognized someone in “The Initials,” but it isn’t possible.

Diana graduated from Ball State and said she was recently contacted by BSU friends she hadn’t seen in 20 plus years. She said, “They held a get-together for me at one of my friend’s house’s in Indy. They each bought a copy of my book and we talked about the good times we shared during our college years! They were all excited about my book and the book brought us all back together as it has done for several groups of friends.” She said she gets emails from people who have reunited with their friends since reading The Initials! She is grateful for the compliments. She has also heard from several people who read it and then call wanting to purchase a signed copy for their group of friends. The $12.95 book does make a charming gift.

Did you think I’d tell you the ending of The Initials? No! I won’t tell you what happens when the friendships, which began as a desire for acceptance, “changed and crossed over into a new realm of security and safety.” You can email Diana at Diana.arnold.750@facebook.com to order a signed copy or you can order it on Amazone.com.

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