Surviving Murder: How My Life Changed When My Brother Killed His Neighbors

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If you've ever wondered what it's like to be the family of a murderer, my true story will show you, allowing you to experience it with me. You see my big brother, the guy who gently dabbed mud on my bee sting when I was four to ease my pain and bounced me trampoline-style on a blanket, murdered his neighbors. This heart-wrecking event devastated not only their families, but ours. More

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About V. M. Franck

Do you want to stories that root out the depth of conflict? If so, I have stories for you, right here and right now, ones that give you insights which can help you overcome difficulties in your own life. Come with me. I can take you there. How can I do that? When your life takes you through multiple shades of hell, like mine has, once you emerge the world of understanding can open to you. That's how all my stories were born.

I made the decision to be a writer while sitting in the hallway outside the courtroom. Inside, my brother was being tried for murder. My goal was to help people understand what it is like to have a member of the family kill someone.

It took me years to develop my writing skills. The first book on the subject was published. The traditional publisher changed my book in ways that made some of it not true and de-emphasized the most important aspects or cut them out entirely. In a true story truth is primary. I rewrote it years later, once I had healed. A comprehensive, gut-wrenching look at that horrific tragedy is published here on Smashwords: Surviving Murder: How My Life Changed When My Brother Killed His Neighbors.

This book has had a number of titles. Each time I changed it, I hoped the title would attract more attention and better convey what this work is about. I made the most recent change because I was contacted by the Discovery Channel series, Evil Lives Here. They were not interested giving a balanced view of the work. They wanted to limit it to the "ain't it awful" aspect. As I saw it, their approach could promote hate and anger, so I turned them down. They found the work through the previous title. So I changed it to reflect what the story is really about.

I now write fiction and am currently working on my twelfth book. All of my fiction is in some ways reflective of where life as taken me.

The next step in my evolution began when I started watching the Jerry Yarnell's School of Fine Art on OPB. He taught me to paint. I paint and design my own cover art.

Life is a journey. Each one of us has our own. I share mine with you through my work. Thank you for taking a look.

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Lonelybear1 reviewed on Sep. 24, 2017

Having just read V M Francks book my Brother murdered his neighbors, I have found this the most moving, deeply personal stories I have ever read ever to be honest. To having gone through her brother doing this and losing those so close to her at the same time it makes me wonder how she got through it all. The narrative is so good that it makes you feel how she feels, it made me cry at times perhaps the only author that has ever done this and to relate this very personal odyssey to all must have took a lot of doing to set in print.For anyone wanting a good read that you cant put down then I fully recommend this book.
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D. R. Prescott reviewed on Nov. 24, 2016

Trying Not to Drown is a story likely best told by a person who lived it. A violent act smothered happiness, limited contentment and challenged deep-seated beliefs for a young lady caught up in the aftermath of her brother’s sudden, brutal act of murder. It is an intimate glimpse of a sister and her family dealing with a nightmare for a lifetime. She loves and loses loves while suffering the pain of death from many angles. Follow her as she wrestles with conflicting emotions, tormented by things beyond her control and, from somewhere down deep, bolstered by a surprising inner strength. This gripping tale is told in the first person by an engaging and talented writer who makes her struggle with death, love and competing priorities a poignant account of personal courage and resilience. This book might even make you rethink some of your fundamental beliefs.
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DeBorde reviewed on Sep. 11, 2016

The title of author V. M. Franck’s book, Trying Not to Drown, couldn’t possibly be more appropriate. In this book, readers are given a close and personal glimpse into the real-life tragedy of mental illness, murder, and the devastation that it released on three families: the families of those murdered and the family of the murderer.

Based on a true life story, readers follow the book’s main character, Violet Andre, through the tragic events that propelled her life, the lives of her family, and the lives of those murdered into a world of grief, despair, sorrow, and forgiveness. Lost in a labyrinth of emotions while searching to do the right things, the main character struggles to hold her life and the lives of her loved ones together after her own brother’s mental insanity blew a hole through them.

Franck’s gift for writing gives readers a glimpse into the thoughts, feelings, and emotions surrounding herself and her family. Her ability to show their struggle to survive and not drown in the grief, the legal system that entangled them, the stigma that followed them, and the shame that gripped them is truly vivid and compelling. The writing style is so smooth and fluid, and the characters each possess unique, well-rounded traits that make them interesting to follow all on their own. There were one or two portions that were a bit slow, but that was easily overwhelmed by the poignant narrative and doesn’t subtract from the fact that I’d give it a full five stars for its impactful tone.

Reading this book will encourage others to keep on treading and learn to build new dreams. The author’s account of her 36-year-long struggle shows readers her own personal growth, understanding, and resolution to live in spite of those forces which might otherwise have drowned her.
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