Interview with Beth Praed

What's the story behind your latest book?
Actually, I had a dream about this book. I saw a man in a brown robe in a field. He told me to write the book and sell it for practically nothing.
So is this why you are selling your third book so cheaply? This seems odd for a best-selling author to do.
That's exactly what my mother said! But honestly, this is not about making a ton of money. This is about making a difference. One in four women suffer from domestic violence. That's not right.
You mentioned seeing a "man in a brown robe" in a dream. This isn't the first time that you have dreamt about this man, is it?
No, it isn't. The first time that I saw him in a dream, he told me to write a book on multiple sclerosis. He said that he would give me the book in dreams. I refused to write it for quite some time! There is an article about this experience in Guideposts' "Mysterious Ways Magazine".
Where can people view this article?
The published article can be viewed online at this Guideposts' address. (http://www.guideposts.org/inspiration/mysterious-ways/miracle-words)
How do you approach cover design?
I like the cover of my book, "My Freedom from Abuse". There is a great deal of symbolism in this cover. The model is walking away from the camera. This incorporates one of the main ideas of the book which is to leave an abusive man. On the left side of the model, there are words such as fear, sadness, and death. On the right side, there is a set of words with a different focus—words such as joy, safety and accomplishment. The symbolism is that, by the act of leaving her abuser, a woman is making a choice that will lead to positive changes in her life.
You have a fourth book that was recently published with your dad—a children's book! What can you tell me about this?
My Pops was an excellent artist. He just passed away, so this will be the only book that the two of us will ever do together. I love the artwork in this book. The book is called "Moo the Ghost" and it is about a little ghost with a speech impediment.
What are you working on next?
I recently converted "Domestic Violence: My Freedom from Abuse" to an audio book format. This is a very difficult skill set to learn. I never realized how difficult it is to make a successful recording. You mess up six times, then the cat meows. Then a plane flies overhead! The list of mess-ups is never ending. With one audio book under my belt, I might try to convert one of my other books to an audio format.
Speaking of your domestic violence book, your blog about this issue just received a 9 out of 10 rating. What can you tell me about this?
My blog (http://www.myfreedomfromabuse.com) has updated domestic violence shelter lists for the entire country! The blog was rated by Bloggy Award and their review can be viewed at this address. (http://www.bloggyaward.com/inspirational/my-freedom-from-abuse/)
Who do you credit for helping your write?
My mother was the main motivation for my writing. She really helped me understand the power of the written word. I am also very grateful to my journalism professor at Georgia State University.
What do your fans mean to you?
I feel a real connection to people who read my books. The majority of my books are self-help books. When someone reads my book on AD/HD, it is either because they or their children have the disorder. My kids also have AD/HD, so my readers and I have a common bond and can share similar experiences.
Thank you for sharing the information about your third book on domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a problem of epidemic proportions. If this 99¢ book can help women safely escape their abusers, then I'm happy.
Published 2015-03-17.
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Books by This Author

Domestic Violence: My Freedom from Abuse
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,810. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Abuse
Praed's first book on MS was a best-seller at Amazon.  Her third book was developed with the following goals in mind: 1) to help women prepare an escape plan that will allow them to successfully escape their abusers, and 2) to give abused women the tools to completely help them recover.