Many of my books tend to be around themes that I’m passionate about. Things such as gender-related issues, prejudice and, of course, mental health. I don’t consider myself a feminist, but I do believe in equal rights for all, regardless of gender or ethnicity. I also believe in treating others how I would want to be treated.
My most recently published novel is around the theme of surviving domestic abuse. While it’s a dark subject, it’s something I feel very strongly about.
Without going into my whole personal history, I have been through something similar. Every situation is different. The record is shocking. It’s also important to note that it is not all one-sided. It is not just one gender that is the victim and another gender the perpetrator. Sometimes both the victim and the perpetrator can be of the same gender.
I wanted to write a story about a woman who does come out the other side. At the same time, she learns something about herself. So, while it does deal with a dark subject, I like to think it’s hopeful as well.
I avoided making it a romance, even though she does end up falling for someone. I wanted to show that we don’t necessarily need someone to validate us. The people who come into our lives do provide some good lessons. But I think we can only build good relationships when we’re being true to ourselves.
My hope is that, when I write about such subjects, it will help at least one person. I know I’m not going to change the world, but if I can help change one tiny part of it, that’s good enough for me.

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