Welcome Dixie! We are so happy to have you here this week, and that you have agreed to share a bit about yourself.
Q: First of all—hot fudge brownie sundae, chocolate covered strawberries, carrot cake, or spinach and artichoke salad? J note the sliding scale from decadence to health?
Ummmm chocolate covered strawberries for sure!!!
Q: When did you first know you were a writer?
About 20 years ago when I decided it would be fun to take a writing composition class at my local college. I was like a duck that found water! Absolutely loved it!
Q: How does your faith play into your writing?
My faith is who I am. I cannot imagine doing anything without it being within that realm.
Q: If you could sit down and interview any person, fictitious or real from any time, who would that be and what is the first question you would ask?
Wow, how fun would that be? I think I would interview Mary of Magdala from the times of Jesus. I would ask her what it was like after He delivered her and she was in His company for the few years before He returned to heaven.
Q: What an amazing interview that would be! Who have been your mentors, and how did they help you most?
My life has always been one that at the right moment in time God would bring a gifted mentor into my life to drop a few nuggets of wisdom, and then they would be moved on. There are so many that I have grown from knowing and applying what they taught me to my own life.
Q: What do you hope your readers will take away from your debut? And can you hint at any works to come?
Since my book is a memoir, my prayer has always been that readers will see that there is healing from the worst possible emotional pain one can endure and hope for a life that is more than they ever imagined. And that they will find true relationship with a God who is very real and involved in our everyday lives. My next book will be entitled, “Fifty Ways to Meet Your Lover” and will be a compilation of daily stories drawn from my walk of faith.
Q: Do you have a question you would like our blog readers to answer?
Do you know that you were created with a purpose and a plan, and that everything you have encountered in your life can be used to, not only move you into that plan, but to help others who have experienced the same thing?
Thank you for being with us this week. I wish you every blessing as you write for His glory.
Thank you, Kathleen, for this opportunity!!
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Climbing Out of the Box is a totally honest, deeply-felt memoir written by a courageous woman who has not only survived, but triumphed over, childhood sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family, loss of identity, rejection, self-denial, divorce, and spiritual abuse. Now a successful Certified Life Coach, author, and speaker, Dixie Diamanti has so much to teach us about childhood and adult struggles – physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual -- and the often-precarious journey from unsatisfying religious practices to a true and enriching relationship with Jesus. You will laugh, wince, cry, and be inspired as you walk with Dixie on her path from darkness to light, from captive to free and fulfilled child of God. A compelling story all spiritual seekers should read!
About the Author
Dixie Diamanti’s long journey to recovery from sexual abuse began early in her life. As a result of the abuse, she spent many years struggling for purpose and identity. Through her need to feel safe and to be valued, she sought solace in the rigid confines of religion, and found herself the victim of spiritual abuse and addiction to “ministry.” The self-denial that enshrouded her led to her young daughter being molested by the same family member that had molested her. As her adult world fell apart with the loss of all that she loved and trusted, she found herself totally alone in life. It was in her most troubled times that she found a relationship with Jesus that far exceeded anything she had ever experienced before.
Dixie is a wife, mom, and nana to a large and wonderful family. She has discovered that God had actually been preparing her, through many years of adversity, for stepping into a new and exciting adventure with Him. As a Certified Life Coach, author, speaker, and teacher, Dixie has reached out to women and men on the Central Coast of California for many years, leading them to freedom and self-esteem. She believes that every child of God has a distinct calling, and through her work, she assists and coaches women and men in finding their unique purpose in life. Dixie’s passion is to see people discover how precious and valuable they are to God, and loves to encourage and challenge them in uncovering and making use of God’s hidden treasures within themselves.