What is the story behind Love Is the Answer, God Is the Cure?
The books aims to show my true story of perseverance against all odds driven by faith and unconditional love. I want to empower women with my transparency so they may not feel alone and seek help early.
The Miami New Times covered the events that form the heart of your memoir under the headline, “The Case from Hell.” To what degree was writing a memoir a way for you to reclaim and recast your
My mother's side of the story was portrayed in the New Times at the time. My memoir allows me to tell the true story to a wider audience as it actually happened, in my own words. Although the New Times did mention in one of the last articles that my step-father was found guilty of sexually abusing me by the first judge, and the second judge refused to set the ruling aside 5 years later.
When and how did you undergo the conversion that inspired the second half of your title, “God Is the Cure?” Did something specific from your life inspire this particular change?
I was told to write a book when I was 15 years old, now at 43 years old I found a rosary video prayer that I would pray every day. While praying I got a strong feeling that it is time to write this book. Prayer became a source of strength for me and I was able to sober up and live a life where I felt closer to God. Feeling close to God is what helped me write this book and start the healing process.
Why or how do you think this book is particularly relevant now, in the era of #MeToo, or how do you imagine readers at this moment will connect to it?
I wrote my memoir very honestly to be able to connect with people in a way that they would know they are not alone and God loves them. Also I am hoping that my transparency will aid others to do the same, earlier then I did. Speaking up is the main step in the healing process.
Who is your ideal reader and why? It could be a particular person, or a kind of person, or someone imaginary. Or, if you could pick anyone to give this book to, who would it be and why?
Everyone would be my ideal reader because we can be there for one another, even if you were not abused you may know somebody or notice the signs of an abuse and stop it or prevent it. Possible victims can also be encouraged to speak out and prevent further instances and save further targets. I already spoke to someone, because of this book, who had similar experiences and was not sure whether or not transparency is needed. Due to the high prevalence of sexual abuse and domestic violence - One in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime, 1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, this is a very important topic. This is roughly around 17 million women and men suffering in one year according to Children’s Bureau 2015 report.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Miami, a very interesting and never sleeping city with multicultural population. This helped me see the world from many views.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I wake up full of life now, ready for the next day. I check my email hoping there is somebody I can discuss my book with.
What is the one thing you most want to tell readers, other writers, booksellers, publishers, or agents about you or your book?
I want to share my many different experiences so I can relate to a wider audience and be there for as many people as possible. I believe that all my life challenges has shaped me into who I am today and this is the only way I know I can help others.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use apple
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media has been very helpful. I love talking to writers and journalists
How would you cathegorize Love is the Answer God is The Cure?
I would put it as an inspirational memoir, tragic turned love story
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