1. Thank you for being here today! What is your book about?
The story is about a child growing up with special needs, trapped in a failing foster-care system. She is sexually, physically and emotionally abused before she was adopted. She feels spiritually abandoned by her adopted family. With all the odds against her she grows up to be a strong young woman, who completed college and an internship. She finds the career of her dreams and along that path, she also finds herself. This story is both inspirational and terrifying. It will certainly lift you up towards the end.
In the story she is portrayed as a strong woman who is writing her story as if all her life she was stuck under a rock, where she was broken, confused and terrified of the sexual abuse, and being abandoned. She felt like a black sheep in her adopted family. During her struggles of childhood and teens. All of her trust, social skills, confidence and much more lay pulverized.
I wrote my story because I had a story to tell and didn’t want be that girl stuck behind the door filled with horrible secrets and cover ups. My book has really helped me to become who I am today! That “someone from the past” is gone. I will no longer go back to that sickening void. I believe that writing my books has helped me to reach out to other people who have been sexually abused at a young age and help them to stand up for themselves. To help them reach out and come forward. I believe that we have rights, even as survivors of our childhood sexual abuse.
2. What inspires you to write?
Well I didn’t know that I had a story to tell at first. But then I realized that my childhood experiences gave me a sign to write, and that I had a story to tell. As a teen I started a journal and started writing. As I wrote, remembering my past and what I’ve been through my childhood. I started to remember what had happened to me. When I was older I started writing again and finished my story and got it published. I was astounded at the amount of courage it took to come forward. Just like everyone else who wrote their story and shared it, I no longer wanted to keep silent or hide behind that door.
3. What have you done that may inspire other people?
I told everyone on social media that I published my very first book in 2018 and did and author interview about my book. When I told everyone that I was a novelist, and they read my story their hearts glowed! Most were proud of me of how my book helped me to evolve thus far. I've also been vlogging on youtube as well because their are others out there who made a video story about their childhood sexual abuse and that inspired me. l made couple of videos on YouTube as well about my life. Pretty soon I want to do a book signing for those that want to get a copy of my books and get a signature as well.
4. If you were to give other writers one piece of advice, what would that be?
Help others out there to spread the word. Read others stories that tell of those that are experiencing similar struggles.
5. Where can we find this book of yours?
You can find my book online
Life Under a Rock
by Monica Newman