Interview with Robin Mullins Senger

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have a message to share with the world, and indie publishing gave me the freedom to share it the way I wanted to. I wanted to write about my journey, be transparent, and offer others hope that they can overcome the obstacles in their lives and contribute something significant to the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is knowing that I have a voice and it matters. It's being heard. It's making a difference in people's lives and that is the greatest feeling - to know I am making the world a better place. This is particularly important for the victims of abuse whom I serve. They have been so beat down thinking that they have no voice. They have lost their identity and value. But that is not true. I hope by speaking up, I inspire others to speak up also.
What are you working on next?
I have been asked to create a workbook from the book God Hates Abuse. There are numerous excellent support groups for abused women through domestic violence shelters, but they are often not the appropriate place to bring up questions and dilemmas of faith. The workbook will be useful for faith-based support groups.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a very busy mom of three daughters. My oldest will be starting middle school soon, and with that will come a new phase of life called sports! We love camping, hiking and riding bikes. We "rescue" any animal slow enough to catch and enjoy the chickens, rabbits and other four-footed critters that always seem to be around.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I grew up reading books about missionaries. Their lives of hardship, and yet, God's miraculous provision and intervention, inspired me. So much depth and emotion and grittiness. These stories developed a resiliency in me, and a passion to help others overcome overwhelming obstacles. To help others rise from obscurity and become the amazing beautiful people God created them to be. I didn't intend to settle into the niche of domestic abuse and violence - I guess that was just God leading me into that, but it is a "mission field" where I belong and enjoy watching God work among the oppressed and victimized.
When did you first start writing?
Even though many people told me as I was growing up that there was a writer in me, I didn't believe them. I wasn't interested in it and didn't feel I had anything of value to say. I would respond, "When I have something to say, then I'll start writing." I never wrote for the sake of writing.

After I fled my ex-husband, I suddenly NEEDED to write. I definitely had something to say about the whole ordeal. I started a website called the Toxic Relationship Survival Guide and started writing just to process my experience with domestic violence. I didn't really expect anyone to even notice my writing, but figured if someone did, maybe they would be helped. I started writing about all the things I wished I had known that could have gotten me out of the relationship sooner. It was therapeutic during my own healing process.

However, to my surprise, people did notice and I started receiving letters from readers who were struggling with the same issues. Eventually thousands of readers were visiting my site every month. I decided to take what they were struggling with the most, and put it into a book - God Hates Abuse. I changed my website to Butterfoot Life to present a more positive and hopeful tone.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a small farm in the dry eastern Oregon Outback. My childhood was simple. I enjoyed the benefits of farm life - the animals, the work, the gardening and canning, all the simple pleasures of country life. I was very close to God, and since I didn't have many friends and couldn't just sit in front of a screen, I spent a lot of time talking to God. My relationship with Him is in everything I am and do today. I also identify most with those who feel small and insignificant, and I strive to help them understand how much they do matter. Everyone has value and worth. Everyone has something to contribute that will make life a little easier for someone else.
Published 2016-01-09.
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Books by This Author

God Hates Abuse: Abuse and the Doctrine of Headship and Submission
Price: Free! Words: 60,480. Language: American English. Published: January 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Relationships
Robin Mullins Senger speaks to Christian wives who think they must choose between two grim options: endure abuse or face condemnation by God. Robin draws on her experience married to an abusive "Christian" man and her reluctance to leave due to fear of disobeying the Bible. She exposes the false doctrine of headship and submission that sanction abuse, and offers biblical concessions for escape.