My first novel, Stolen Destiny, will soon be released this spring. It’s a mystery, with a paranormal twist and also a sweet romance. That’s the simple definition.
There are a lot of layers in this story with a complex character who experienced a childhood trauma and domestic violence from an alcoholic father.
#Domestic #violence is the use of physical, sexual, threatening or emotional force to frighten, intimidate and control. This type of abuse usually escalates and becomes worse with time.
WHY DID I WRITE ABOUT THIS?
When I was 14 years old, I had a friend who lived with her grandmother and her uncle. The uncle owned the house where they lived and they were totally dependent on him for the roof over their heads.
We’ll call this friend, Fran. Fran’s mother would give sexual favors in return for money. So her grandmother’s house was supposed to be her safe haven. But in reality, her uncle, when he became intoxicated, would sexually abuse her. Often, to escape his advances, she’d sleep out on the porch with a blanket wrapped around her. Finally, when it became intolerable, she confided her secret to her grandmother.
Fran got a hard slap in the face. “Don’t ever open your mouth about this. If anyone believes your lies, we’ll be living on the street.”
It wasn’t until we were adults that Fran confided in me. This horrifying experience, affected her self-esteem, even though she had done nothing wrong and none of it was her fault.
This abuse describes what happened to Fran; not who she was. She may have been a victim, but she was far from weak. Fran survived and became a stronger person, just like the character I created in Carolina Starr.
This novel is dedicated to women who have suffered abuse. It was through hours of research that I became aware of the horrible statistics.
1 in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
1.3 million Women are survivors of domestic violence each year.
85% of domestic violence survivors are women.
Sexual assault or forced sex occurs in approximately 40-45% of abusive relationships.
There are options available to these women. If you or anyone you know is in an abusive situation, please contact, Women Helping Women on their 24 hour crisis line: 513-381-5610 or Toll Free: 1-877-889-5610. Women Helping Women works with thousands of community members and professionals every year to educate and prevent domestic violence. For more information go to: www.womenhelpingwomen.org.
And if you like Stolen Destiny, please look for the sequel, presently in progress, where women are abducted and sold to a human trafficking sex ring located in Florida. It will take Carolina Starr’s investigative skills and her psychic visions to save her best friend Marla Mooreland from the hands of a sexual monster. Although this is a novel of fiction, my research indicates that Florida is the 3rd largest city in human sex trafficking. Kind of scary, isn’t it?
Until we meet again, stay in THE WRITE ZONE.