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Message 21 - Anna Marlow
Diane,
I have recently read Necessary Lies, and researched more on the Eugenics Program. Being born and raised in North Carolina, I was ashamed to learn more of the deep pain the state caused to innocent people. It broke my heart to read the stories of Mary Ella and Ivy Hart. I understand they were fiction, but it still was heartbreaking. It continued to break my heart as I listened to the victims of the state sterilization. Thank you for writing the stories you do. They are eye-opening and lovely. They really inspire people to look around in the world and see what has happened. I really appreciate your works.
5 December 2016

Diane   Thanks for your kind words, Anna. It touches me that you did more research on your own. The compensation program is bogged down right now. So sad.

Message 22 - Kelly B.
Diane,
My mother introduced me to your wonderful, engaging books. After she and I both read Necessary Lies, it acted as a catalyst for a conversation about a long forgotten family secret: the NC Eugenics program. We concluded that the unethical program very likely directly impacted two of my great aunts. Thank you for providing a door for us to discuss this very sensitive topic within our family.
24 November 2016

Diane   Kelly, thanks for sharing this. I've heard from other families who were touched by this program. I hope that your aunts were still able to have fulfilling lives.

Message 23 - Rosalind Miale
Hi Diane,I am not a big reader,mostly health and fitness magazines and articles.
If a story doesn't grab me right away,I can walk away from the book.thanks to my sister who loves to read,she was so excited about your books and passed them to me.I have read the 3 lighthouse books and just finished the silent sister.you are an awesome author,you have made a reader of me,thanks for sharing your gift.
By the way you mention your brother Robert LoPresti,that's my maiden name!
6 October 2016

Diane   Rosalind, I'm so glad your sister turned you on to my books. Please thank her for me. And my maiden name is, of course, Lopresti (small p) too. Are we related?

Message 24 - Patrick
Hi Diane. I am a reader. I am 61 years old and have always been a reader. I have read hundreds of novels, both fiction and non-fiction. I came across one of your novels on amazon. Necessary Lies. I thought it was wonderfully crafted, so I bought The Silent Sister. Long story short, I now have 6 of your novels stacked up neatly on my desk. I just started reading Keeper of the Light, and when I opened it, which I bought on Amazon, 2 pages were stuck together. I separated them. This edition was a 1992 first edition and there was a signature from you to someone named Alana. It said 'To Alana - one of the people I most admire Enjoy! Diane' I was just wondering if you who she is.
11 September 2016

Diane   Glad you're enjoying my books. And yes, I know who Alana is. I'll contact you via email.

Message 25 - Wayne & Diane Johnson
As members of large, dysfunctional southern families, we were caught up in your book. Graham's words, ..."everyone comes from a dysfunctional family"...certainly resonated with us. We look forward to seeing and hearing you this coming week in West Jefferson at our annual literary festival. All the best,
Wayne & Diane Johnson
11 September 2016

Diane   Thank you! So looking forward to the festival and making my first visit to West Jefferson. See you soon.

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