Former PP resident pens ‘Fatal Friendship’
By: CARISSA HEBERT
Dianne Dee of Alexandria, formerly of Pine Prairie, has published “Fatal Friendship” through Publish America.
Dee is following a dream of hers to be a published writer. She was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa over 15 years ago. After residing in Texas for 23 years, she recently moved back to her home state of Louisiana.
When asked if it was difficult to follow her dream to be a published writer, Dee said, “As an individual with a visual disability it was difficult to overcome facing the rest of my life knowing I had to live with blindness. I just made up my mind that I had to live a normal life and accept it so that is what I am doing. I have worked as an advocate for others with disabilities and taught computers to the blind and visually impaired for four years. I also belong to a chapter of Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, which is very rewarding to me, along with my writing.”
Dee said her book, “Fatal Friendship,” is purely fictional. If she was going to encourage someone to read it, she would tell them “it’s about Louisiana and about people in Louisiana.” Being a native of the state she has lots of experiences to draw from.
She was born to French-speaking parents and grandparents. Her parents are the late Edison and Mary Fontenot, who once resided in the Beaver Creek community in Evangeline Parish between Ville Platte and Oakdale. Dee attended Pine Prairie High School until her junior year. Eventually, she secured her GED and attended a vocational school where she took courses on computers and other classes.
She has been married for 43 years and is the mother of two, Chris and Deryl. She is a grandmother of four and great-grandmother to one.
Dee is happy to be living once again near family members and old friends. When she is not writing, you can find her teaching the blind to use computers. She is not totally blind; she said she still has lots of vision. To cope with the handicap of her disease, she uses a computer with a program known as JAWS. (JAWS works with software applications and the Internet using an internal speech synthesizer and the computer’s sound card to read information on the computer screen aloud. It also has braille displays for its user.)
She has no choice where the disease is concerned, so she accepts it and copes with its restraints in her daily life.
The book cover states, “Dean Morris had led a complicated and rough life. Having gone to a small school in Louisiana, he was known to be a bully by his classmates. He grew up with a large family of eight and remained apart from the rest of his siblings; however, he had been close to his mom. He seemed to always find trouble, but he thought that trouble would find him instead. Some would say that the end of his life could have been predicted from the way he had grown up during his childhood.
“His parents thought that things would change for him when he met and married Dana Harris. They thought that she would change his life for the best but would later discover that was not the case. Manny, his best friend, and he had problems but were able to work them out together. No one had known that the friendship would end with Dean’s death or that the lives of almost everyone in that town would never be the same.”
You can find her book at www.publishamerica.com, and after March, at Barnes and Noble.