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Book Title: Isolation Junction
Short Bio: Born in the North East, I am a young, married mum with three children. I am an entrepreneur, running a family business from my home-base and I have a large readership of other young mums in business for my blog posts.
From an early age I have had a passion for writing and have been gathering ideas and plot lines from my teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, I have amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors experiences alongside my own to write my first novel detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. I hope that in reading my book, I will raise awareness of this often hidden and unseen behaviour and empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and find the confidence to change their lives.
Short synopsis of book: Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.
She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. But through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.
It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.
After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t will she be able to do it?
Will Tim help her?
And will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves?
Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?
Based on true events.
What was the incentive to start writing:
My incentive to start writing was very personal and it came at a time in my life when I was fighting a battle I had no energy for. It came when I realised the topic needed a huge awareness that wasn’t there. I knew I had to open eyes of other victims, survivors and the unknown. In this moment I felt alone with hardly any help available from national services, I did have family but understanding me and what I was going through was another thing.
It flourished when I was on an awareness course for other women who had been through domestic abuse and I realised I wasn’t alone. In the same moment it came to light that this wasn’t spoken about much, I assume that might be because even after surviving abuse as a victim you’re still scared and petrified of the abuser coming to hurt you even more. I knew I had to take a stand and it wasn’t going to be an easy one.
Has writing changed you?
Yes it most certainly has. I actually used writing to channel my feelings, emotions and to work out what was going on with me whilst I was being abused. I guess you could call this a diary. It felt good to get it all out because speaking to someone just wasn’t possible.
When I started to write a fictional novel I often referred back to this diary and other scraps of paper I had written on, it wasn’t nice to look back and read what I went through but I found writing the book therapeutic. Instead of carrying around bitterness and hatred I could channel it a different way and I knew that the end result could help others and even save lives.
I am so happy I decided to take on this route because I feel more confident about speaking about this issue personally, others have confided in me when they haven’t had anyone to talk to and people feel they understand what I have been through. I feel like the years I was abused were not a waste which particularly irritated me at the time.
What reactions do you get from your nearest and dearest regarding your writing?
I get mixed emotions, some think its fantastic I have written Isolation Junction and others feel worried for me and I understand that completely. I am thankful to have a very supporting husband and mother in law who have been nothing but a rock in my life; in the good and bad times of writing and even now but the journey isn’t over yet.
If you could go back in time to when you first began writing, what advise would you give yourself?
Write a little every day even if it is just a sentence or a few words. Stick to your goals that you set even if its difficult, its worth it in the end. Do chapter by chapter and a very detailed map.
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Thank you Jennifer for being a strong and courageous woman and being an inspiration to all domestic abuse survivors. As a survivor of abuse myself, I am well aware of the feeling of isolation and the joy when you realise you are not alone. Many blessings to you Jennifer. xx