We like to celebrate people who want to make an impact on society: today we present to you Dianna Bellerose’s book, with the evocative title Fire and Ice. In her own words, Dianna would like “to stop violence and gender differences in society on a global level.”
In Fire and Ice, Nancy, a naïve but resourceful, kindhearted woman, marries her high school sweetheart. As a working wife and mother, Nancy perseveres, despite having an abusive, alcoholic husband.
The main character Nancy is a beautiful, heartwarming, loyal wife and mother. But, her traits are not enough for her disapproving and manipulative mother in law, and as a result, she is constantly exposed to abuse and violence. Lonely, confused and having no one around to help, she decides to alter her life. Determined to keep her family and seek happiness, she is forced to flee her native country. As a big recession hits, she has to overcome so many obstacles – from an abusive relationship, to a financial downturn, to being betrayed.
1. What are you going to do with the proceeds from the book?
My intention is to help women who are in shelters and need money to start their life all over again.
2. We know what you’re fighting against (gender discrimination), what are you fighting for?
I am fighting for women to be treated as equals [with men] and have the same opportunities as a man. It is not fair that women are kept from certain jobs, just because of their gender. After all, women are not here only to have children and do the housework. There are places in this world where they are treated like objects, and are constantly abused – this needs to stop. So many women are killed because they do not have the confidence to stand up for themselves. It is very disturbing. Also, in the case of children, they suffer by having to watch their mothers mistreated. This is a huge problem and has to be taken care of now.
3. Who did you write the book for?
I wrote this book for everyone. From women to men, no gender differences, there is something everyone can learn from it.
4. You say you had a calling to write the book. Can you tell us a bit about that?
There was a time in my life when I had no idea what I wanted from life or who I wanted to be. I felt the urge to write, and then my novel came to life.
5. Who are your favorite writers?
John Grisham and Paulo Coelho.
6. When people finish the last page of the book, what do you imagine their thoughts will be?
From the comments I have about my book, I learned that some readers are able to relate to it, and others cannot.