I began to realize as I sat down to the table this past weekend that I had not claimed my author status yet. I was signing a book that was carrying my story. I finally had a hard copy in my hand and not just me going over it again and again in my mind. I am an author!
I have told my story about domestic violence on more than one occasion. My first introduction to an anthology was with Author LH Owens from Australia. Her book Wisdom Within: Journey of an Empowered Woman helped me to really journey into what being an empowered woman meant and what that could mean for others. She is currently working on part 2 and I could not be more excited to be a part of that as well.
I first shared my story in a book called Women on a Mission (WOM). I felt really good about being able to add to the number of women who were sharing their stories and letting the world know that domestic violence happened to me but I survived. I felt that this would shoot me right up there and start things rolling. It was a long slow roll. The book is doing phenomenal, I just did not have my hands on hard copies yet. I was new to the writing thing (book wise) and it didn’t quite settle in at that time. I thank Teresa Hawley-Howard for the opportunity and the introduction to the world of serious writing.
Now I am looking at the third time I have moved forward and put my story in a book. They say the third times the charm! I got the hard copies and I was just truly excited as I sat down to put my signature in the books that I ordered! Seeing my name on the inside and going to the six pages in the anthology that carry my story made it all the more real. I have to thank Melony Hill, CEO of Stronger than my Struggles for being an addition to my life and my purpose.
I am humbled by the fact that I get to tell my story and that it has evolved into a yearly awareness event where other survivors and victims of Intimate Partner Violence or IPV can gather and share their stories and empower others to do the same.
I look forward to writing more and hopefully touching others and strengthening them to live out their dreams. I am blessed to have these powerful women in my life and look forward to so much more! My personal story is due out soon so keep your eyes open!
All books are available for purchase. WOM is $25 and Reflections of a Survivor is $20. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the 50 Shades of Blue Domestic Violence initiative that is happening now. The goal of this event is to help at least 3 individuals with a need at this years event. You can get more information by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or donating directly at http://www.paypal.me/50ShadesofBlue