New Writer to Critics: I'm Not a Book, Don't Judge Me By My Cover

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Dianne Mandal has never read a complete novel and she sort of dislikes reading. What's quite surprising is, a new novel titled "She Was Ylian" is set to launch on November 2nd written by no other than, Dianne Mandal herself.

I wouldn't have taken all the risks and pressures brought about by the world of publishing if not for the gift of the story. From the day it crossed my mind, until today, I feel so blessed that I cannot afford to keep it only to myself

With the help of a professional editor from Oregon, USA and an established self-publishing company from London, Dianne Mandal is ecstatic as she waits for the release of her first novel, "She Was Ylian."

She knows that she cannot be compared to famous writers who have written a dozens of novels or have sold a million copies. She admits that she is not any of that. She only wishes that her story be read first, before people start criticizing it just by knowing it is self-published. "Yes, it's completely out of my league, I'm inexperienced, and I'm not J.K. Rowling. They have to give me this chance, though. Ylian may not be a wizard, but she is definitely different. She's already dead by the way. That's how she's unique and that's why it has that title."

"She Was Ylian" is a story of a young woman who dies of a heart attack at the age of twenty-two, leaving behind a loving family, a promising career, and a romantic relationship with a guy named Miguel. From then on, she unwillingly stays in a place beyond this life, yet not quite Heaven. It is a place where those who die young go.

"I wouldn't have taken all the risks and pressures brought about by the world of publishing if not for the gift of the story. From the day it crossed my mind, until today, I feel so blessed that I cannot afford to keep it only to myself," Dianne said when asked what pushed her to pursue publishing. "People actually liked it. Honestly, I feel quite undeserving for all the praises I get from them. I have thousands of friends on Facebook and Myspace. I don't even know most of them, but they are kind enough to read my notes and blogs where I posted the beginning chapters of my book," Dianne added.

Dianne believes that "She Was Ylian" does not only entertain. "It's a wonderful experience to be able to teach an essential lesson through a novel. I want every young person to know that life can end at any moment. So value it."

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