Everybody has a book in them, or so it's said. But it's something else again getting it onto the page and to a place where it might be shared.

I have been writing since I was a young child. Always, my dream was to see my name on the spine of a book. Books gave me life, a dream to live by. Through their portals I could escape so easily into other worlds. Books also saved my life ... yes, really!

This is the story of my books and my journey as an author, including a very personal view of my journey through Life. I hope it will inspire and give hope to writers and readers young and old.

Getting published can be a waiting game. It's hard .. and getting harder. But then sometimes it can happen in an unexpected way and suddenly, we truly are living our dream. And we realise that it isn't after all the winning that is important, but the journey that is ours along the way.

I would love to hear from anyone who connects with what is written here. A signed copy of any of my books is available. You have only to write and ask:

Saturday, 26 March 2011

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: Advice for Families with Violence in the Home

Published 1988 by Thorsons (now HarperCollins)

ISBN: 0 7225 1567 7

Available through Amazon

I was commissioned to write this and the next book by Thorsons publishing company as a means of widening the abuse experience and to offer an advice book for all those trying to break free. There are so many repercussions, so many difficulties given the number of agencies you need to get involved with. It's little wonder that many battered wives either stay with what they know, even if it does mean getting hurt, or else go back because of the lack of response to their need from the outside world. Living as a battered wife can be very insular, very alone. It is difficult to tread outside the boundaries and start to speak about your experience. It isn't everyone's Norm. Not everyone is going to listen or care. And always there is this belief that if you haven't turned your back at the first sign of trouble, at the first slap or kick or insult, then you are somehow enjoying it. Everyone has an opinion. It's easy to have an opinion if you haven't lived in violence and abuse. Only those with experience really know.

This book is an enabler.

It adopts a positive approach, offering a directory of helpful agencies, where to go, what to say, what will happen, what to expect after. It follows through a whole range of different people's experiences through from living in pain to freedom and taking back control.

Chapters in this book include coverage of problems associated with:
  • living with violence
  • preparing to leave
  • children affected by violence
  • coping with incest & sexual interference
  • violence that may be associated with divorce
  • middle class violence
  • violent husbands - and wives
  • living alone
  • how to deal with debt

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