Excited to have Dianne C. Braley on the blog this week to chat about her novel, The Silence in the Sound

Author Name: Dianne C. Braley

Book Title: The Silence in the Sound

Book Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: August 23, 2022

Publisher: Koehler Books

Welcome, Dianne! How would you describe The Silence in the Sound?

The Silence in the Sound is a women’s fiction coming of age story woven with addiction, love, and celebrity about young nurse Georgette who, to escape her past, heads where the memories won’t follow—Martha’s Vineyard Island.

Actual events inspired my book as I worked for a well-known author on the island, William Styron, a Pulitzer-prize winner who’d written Sophie’s Choice.

What sparked the idea for this book?

My life and experiences, of course, and the incredible beauty of Martha’s Vineyard. Also, my time with an inspiring man, William Styron, showed me you could turn the darkness inside ourselves and the tragedies of life into something beautiful and not be afraid to do so. As much as it was challenging, it was also incredibly cathartic.

How long did it take for you to write the book?

Oh my…. Okay, about six years of taking notes and a solid two of writing. I think writing about personal things can take such a long time. Or maybe it’s just me. Ha!

Are you working on a new project? Please tell us about it.

Yes! I am also a poet, and my poetry book, Unheard Whispers, was recently published. It’s a short collection about growing up in addiction. What’s more exciting is that part of the proceeds of my poetry book and my novel will go to the Robert F. Kennedy Community Alliance organization and their division that helps children and families affected by addiction in Massachusetts, where I’m from.

I’m also currently working on my second novel and am about five chapters in. It’s a dark subject, so it’s another challenge to write.

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Thank you, Dianne! The Silence in the Sound is out NOW.

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 enabling mother, she clings to the loving memory of a childhood trip to Martha’s Vineyard to help see her through the bad times; and now, as an adult, she returns to the island to start her life over. Soon she becomes the private nurse for a prize-winning novelist. As the two become friends, he opens her mind to new possibilities.

But everything changes when she encounters the mysterious Dock. Georgette isn’t quite sure about him but finds him irresistible. She quickly loses herself in her relationship despite the inherent dangers that come with him. Torn between her own future or spiraling into a life she tried so hard to leave behind, Georgette must make her most important decision ever.

Sometimes escaping the past isn’t as easy as it appears.

The Silence in the Sound is the provocative debut novel by Dianne C. Braley detailing the devastating effects of growing up with addiction.