Hey everyone, I'd love to introduce you to an amazing author. She's an Amazon Bestseller but more than that she's one of those amazing people who is able to turn some of the worst things in her past into something that can help other people just like her. She's written about her own life, interweaving it with fiction in a whole collection of books that are guaranteed to break your heart and tug at your soul. If you haven't read S.M. Stryker, you really do need to.
I’m from a small country town in Oregon called Scholls. It was a quiet little town where no one would think that a pastor would touch a little girl he taught piano lessons too, or an Eagle scout that would experiment with his little sister at the age of eight, or a father; her best friend, that would rape her and blame her for it at fourteen because that’s what you do when you love your lonely daddy. It was a place where if you tried to tell someone any of those things, you were told, I must be mistaken, not a man of the cloth… He was a pastor, and a brother or father would never do something like that to their sibling or child. That is where I am from.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I grew up in an abusive home until I left at the age of eighteen after ten plus years of abuse. I struggled trying to find my place in the world, moving from one tragic situation into another. I always believed things happen for a reason and knew that one day I would understand why.
I have two WIP that I am current working on. Wink, about an event planner find herself helpless in a club when a sexy doctor finds her and saves her. And Then There Was You, It’s the conclusion to Whispers in the Wind. What happened to Maison? Where did he go? And what about the little boy in Callie’s hands
When and why did you begin to write?
In April of 2014, I sat down in front of my computer and started to write. Through lots of tears, I wrote my first book, Stolen Innocence, as a way to exercise the demons of my past. From there I was hooked and have shared more about the events of my life through many of my other books. I was never an avid reader, I could never find a book that could keep my interest, but I picked up a
I had struggled for so long with what had happened to me as a child, then a young teenager. My abuse was swept under the rug. It was a taboo subject. To the point that not even Amazon would publish it until I removed the incest aspect of it. (what makes the difference if it was a brother or father that abused you verses a step brother or adoptive father?) I wanted to help others. I wanted them to see that there is life after abuse.
Stolen Innocence it the name of my first book. I never questioned the title. It exactly what happened.
Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? I’m a pantser. I start off with an idea and let the characters write the story. The challenges that I have run into are that sometimes my characters don’t want to come out and play. But I find there is a lot more emotion the way I tell my stories.
I’ve had several designers design my covers, but I took the picture of a necklace that my daughter gave me for the cover of The Locket. When I was ready to find the cover artist for Whispers in the Wind, I had a specific idea in mind. Krys Janae was who I discovered. She did an amazing job on it and I will have her do the cover of the conclusion Then There Was You.
Yes, (soapbox) I want to bring awareness to sexual, physical and emotional abuse of children. So many children in the world today are abused. I want them to know they are not alone. Although I would never wish what happened to me on my worst enemy, I wouldn’t change it. I am who I am because of it. I want others to know that they can make it through, and if they are still being abused they need to know that no matter what is said to them, it is not their fault. There are people out there that can help them. You can get free help. For me, I thought that is what happened to all little girls. I didn’t know any different.
Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really draws you in? Wow, I have several authors that I one click. I recently found AL Jackson. A. MA. ZING. She is so descriptive in her writing. I devoured her books in no time. Also, in that same, is K Bromberg. She too is amazing, I love her style. Others are Vi Keeland (I talked to her prior to starting to write, it impressed me that she took her time with me to answer all my beginner questions) Jasinda Wilder, Sylvan Reynard and HM Ward. ALL ONE CLICKERS
Outside of family members, name one person that supported your commitment to become a published author.
All my readers. I have a few friends that found out that I was writing a book and they bought them, but, sometimes I feel I get more support from my readers than friends. (I don’t write Christian Romance and again, my books are a little on the raw and gritty side.)
When I first started writing Stolen Innocence (my first book) I had barely started it when my employer found out and fired me. I had worked for them for years, but because of the type of book I was writing, they called it pornography. I believed in my book. I believed the story needed to be told. Is there sex in it, yes? But the story is about a girl that survived sexual abuse and found a man that accepted her as she was. Yes, I would love to see all my books do well. I would love not to have to leave my home to work, but I am paying my dues. I love writing, I love my characters and I tend to get a little grouchy when I can’t write.
I research different things in all my books to be as accurate as possible. But the main thing is that life is short. Don’t waste your time on people that are negative or abusive. You can be loved for who you are.
Hmmm, I love Henry Cavill. Most of my lead male characters are similar to him.
Write, every day, even if it’s in a journal. As you continue, your work will get better. Vi Keeland told me that the first 100 pages were the hardest. After that it get easier. She had very sound advice.
Thank you for taking a chance on me. For telling your friends and family members. You are why I am here. Thank you.
The Catch – K Bromberg, Come Away with me – Kristen Proby, and Counting on you – JC Reed,
No, something Judy Blume
I’m a very emotional person. I can cry at Budweiser commercial. It is nothing unusual for my husband to walk into my office and turn on his heel when he sees me crying as I write.
Yes, my baby from The Locket. To say I’m sorry.
I love photography, fly fishing and camping, but I don’t get the chance to do that very much.
It’s funny, I used to watch TV all the time prior to me writing. Now, I would much rather write then watch TV, unless it’s football or softball.
Be a bitch, Writing is my solace.
A loving wife and mother who would give up everything for them.
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